Archers are never bored, #7

Oooh look, coach hung a tiny marshmallow in front of the target, its probably a dry one, and oooh so tiny! Challenge accepted >ω>

1st arrow little too high, 2nd one a little low, 3rd one…

*splurt* aaaaaaah yuck!!! wasnt dry =△= oh well i got it before any of the sight- using recurves did :3 *goes triumphantly to clean up arrow*

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Archers are never bored. #6

Did you think that the double arrow shot of Legolas in LOTR was all cgi? Well, you were correct 😛 but it is not the only way. It can be done 100% real, and it is completely safe and aimable! 😀 Stay tuned for the next post where I will describe in detail how to do it! After all, archery is all about “do try this at home”!

kitty hugs to all~

~Joouna

Outdoor competition 18m and 25m

I just returned from an outdoor archery competition, 18m and 25m, 36 arrows each. It was a huge open field with songbirds and gulls…. and flies and spiders and everything else, oh well ^_^ It was a really nice place and also nice weather with lots of participants who brought camping chairs and party tents with them, so it had a funny summer camping feel to it. xD

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In the warmup phase there were some 25 and some 18m targets and everyone shot wherever they wanted. I always shot 6 arrows, 3 on 18 and 3 on 25, then forgot which targets they were on so spent some time running around in panic mode “where are my arrows???” xD xD

The competition did not go as well in terms of score as I hoped, then again this was my first ever outdoor competition, and a long time since is last shot outdoors. There was also an annoying wind that always changed direction. Still it was not too bad, and I still managed to earn the compliments of my lane mates and a couple of spectators who thought I was very good at barebowing :3

taking aim at 25m
taking aim at 25m

After the 25m round I was at 2nd place barebow. Unfortunately my 18m did not go too well because there were some fantastic rounds but also some big disasters, so the rival behind me managed to catch up. Still I ended up 3rd place barebow in the end ^_^ I respectfully accept defeat by the two barebows that beat me, they were both decades older men than me with clearly lots of experience and practice, something to look up to.

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I also ended up with a sunburn xD oh well. It was a very nice day and lots of fun.

kitty hugs to all~

Joouna

New challenge

After the win of Sunday I decided to score myself on something else for a change yesterday. There is another competition coming up in little more than a week and coach says there will be some seriously good barebow shooters there. Better up my game… I decided to shoot at 3spots because 1) there was randomly a 3spot target there yesterday when I arrived and 2) Shooting at smaller things increases accuracy.

So here is my first ever attempt at scoring myself on a 3spot. 10 rounds, 3 arrows each…

small 3spot, 18m
small 3spot, 18m

I’d say this was not too bad for a first try. I missed 3 times because because ummm nevermind I have no excuse xD I need to improve still and hopefully reduce that number to 0 soon!

kitty hugs to all~

~Joouna

1st Place :D

Yesterday was a competition of 25m 1 arrow, 32 rounds… this was last round:

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The one in the middle is mine :3

aaaaand I got first place barebow!! 😀 with quite a decent score.

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The competition was quite challenging fpr concentration, always shooting 1 arrow at a time and having to wait so much in between. On top of that, the first half took longer than I expected and I was starving in the end >w< the last 3 arrow of the first half were not too good and I thought I doomed myself to some mediochre score and place. Then in the second half I did very well so not only did I manage to balance out the first half but also rise above the others! Yay!!! And it was also a lot of fun.

Wish all fellow archers good shooting, and kitty hugs to all~

~Joouna

Unstuck, yay!!

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Woohoo! After a week of rigorous mistake-hunting and form-correcting, I was forced to miss a training on monday (heeeeh?! you missed a training?!) because a load of mandatory homework descended on me… I was scared I would lose my progress again. But nope ^_^ my form stayed good ^_^

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I scored 228/300 , which is my usual score when I’m alright ^_^ yay~

I’m also going to be competing on sunday which I’m really excited about 😀

kitty hugs to all~

~Joouna

Stuck

Not gonna complain because my scores are not *bad*… but I seem to be stuck. I cannot seem to move past the average of 7-not yet 8 points per arrow…

Mostly it is due to this:

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Unfortunately that arrow in the top left is also mine… thatonearrowagainasdakjlfgrrrrrrrrrr aaanyway it is not always the same one, so equipment flaw is not an excuse. There is something with my technique that allows for occasional freakish mistakes. Meh.

I feel like I am nearing one of those big “aha!” moments again. But to get there, I should get my nerves together first I guess.

Roombow :D

Let me introduce you to a new class of bow: the Roombow.

Definition: A bow that can be constructed, and used, inside a single (normal sized) room.

Here is me in my messy room, shooting one:

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This one is called the 15’er, because it takes about 15 min to cut notches for the bowstring and cut a string the right length and tie knots on it to make loops. It is made of a pvc pipe from the local constructions shop. 😀 It is also not too strong, so my small room target, that is rather thin and thus is only good for slower projectiles, can stop the arrows.

The 15’er can still use some improvement, it is wayyyyy too long. Note the awkward shooting stance, in order to fit it under my low ceiling xD But roombows are fun!!! You can also use them for shooting tag arrows. I recommend to all!

kitty hugs to all~

~Joouna