This page features supplemental videos and articles that will help you get started with practicing Chinese Archery. We place a specific emphasis on practicing Gao Ying's Ming military archery form (as described in our book, "The Way of Archery: A 1637 Chinese Military Training Manual"). Even if you practice other Chinese styles, other Asiatic styles, or even other traditional styles of archery, we hope that you can also find some of this advice useful for your own practice.
If you have scheduled an introductory lesson with us, we recommend that you watch these videos prior to the lesson.
Walkthrough for Student's First Lesson
The Bow Shoulder
The following articles provide a brief primer on how to get started with Chinese Archery, including how to choose equipment and how to get started learning technique.
Justin Ma on Getting Started in Chinese Archery (Kung Fu Magazine)
We will occasionally post tutorial videos as supplements to the material in our book, The Way of Archery.
Please also subscribe to The Way of Archery - YouTube Channel to stay up to date on our latest videos.
How to Use the Archer's Thumb Ring
Gao Ying's Double-Hook Thumb Draw
A Simple Shooting Protocol
Thinking About Getting An Asiatic Bow?
Arrows for Asiatic Archery
The Bow Shoulder
Waist Cable Stringing Method
How to Measure Your Thumb Ring Size
Our system of Chinese archery is appropriate for all strength levels and draw weights (light, medium, and heavy).
Because it is a Ming military style of archery, we are able to use Gao Ying's archery technique (and a safe training regimen) to safely draw military-weight bows.
Shooting Ming Arrows at Chinese Brigandine
Shooting at Chinese Lamellar
131# Bow (Ambidextrous)
Rapid Shooting 100# (Update & Final Thoughts)
Slow Shooting with 100#
Long Distance (70 meters) Demo
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