Friday night 15th December 2017, while preparing for the coming 3D competition in Johor Malaysia, I was praying fervently for good weather; at least 2 cars and a dirt bike (mine) would be making the trip.
Saturday arrived, and when I approached the CIQ at Woodlands about 0545am, I saw an astonishingly long queue of cars; was there a special event in Johor that I was not aware of to attract so many visitors so early before daybreak? However, the motorcycle lanes were fairly clear, almost deserted, which is the norm before 0600am.
A minimal fuss through Immigration and Customs, and I was on my way towards the Malaysian side. I reached B-Point at Johor Bahru, our agreed meeting place, planning to have breakfast before leaving for Taman Daya 3, where the 3D Dinamik Taktikal Piala Ahli Majlis Zon Kangar Daya MBJB archery competition was being held.
Communicating using WhatsApp showed the 2 cars with our competing archers were stuck in the long queue. I got myself a teh tarik (tea with milk skillfully aerated tossed through the air from one large mug to another by brewer behind the counter, see demonstration at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X7W3lz9zi8) and prepared to wait for the rest to arrive.
The sky lightened, then 0800am, still no team mates; the competition is due to start at 9am, and we need to set up and warm up; this started me getting anxious and worried.. bad impression for the hosts the first time we participate in such an event in Malaysia. WhatsApp was now silent, and not knowing what is happening, I decided to get to the competition location trusting to Google Maps to get me there.
When I arrived at the school where the competition was to take place, I suddenly almost lost my nerve as I knew no one, and was not sure if I was breaking any rules and laws; EVERYONE was either in a traditional dress, or was very smartly attired, and I was dressed for hot weather, a short-sleeved T-shirt with a Bermuda-length pair of shorts.. As the time crept towards 0900am, the butterflies in my stomach fluttered more and more strongly, reaching full panic! I paced up and down the main gate and the road trying to remain cool in order to decide to withdraw or go in galloping at full charge to represent the Singapore “contingent”.
As I turned to face the road one last time, lo and behold! Some of my kakis (cronies, partners, contingent mates, etc..) appeared and the sun was suddenly dazzlingly bright! YAAAAYYY!!!
As you could tell from the above, I am quite excitable by nature! All’s well at last, and we then went to register ourselves; the event was delayed (I hope we weren’t the cause, or the only cause for that matter), and after the opening ceremonies and the administrative processes were over, we started the event with our assigned groups and really had a great time.
“The best I have experienced so far”
“Agree. Very well organized. Fun factor 10/10”
“I personally can’t wait for next year”
“Can’t get enough!”
These are some of the quotable quotes and comments from our contingent after the shoot. Some of the targets provided were unexpected, some brought delight, and some very pleasingly challenging.
All in all, other than when a “water dump” in the form of a sudden heavy downpour about 1430pm in the afternoon assailed us, it was the most enjoyable 3D outing we had; there were 20 stations of varying amount of targets, in different offerings such as moving (windmill, pendulum type), partially hidden (behind a tree), or from a precarious perch (on simulated horseback saddle), and so on.
We would like to thank the many people that help to make this event possible, the organizers for doing a wonderful job (really!!), Simply Archery for their sharing the event news with us so we could sign up for it, the other participants that help made the shoot so wonderfully successful, and the authorities that allowed us through with archery equipment with minimum fuss.
For the archers that missed this event, do prepare yourselves for the next edition, I can safely say you will enjoy this!
Till we meet again, shoot straight, shoot safe!
“Archery for Life” is a project initiated by the Eagles Barebow Chapter, with support from the Telok Blangah Archery Club and the Telok Blangah Community Club. It is an outreach programme to spread the simple joys of Barebow Archery and is focussed on Telok Blangah Constituency Residents in the 35-60 years age group.
The first part of this programme is a 3-hour introduction to Barebow Archery. Thereafter, you can sign-up for a specially tailored 3-session Barebow Course (conducted over 3 Sunday mornings) including an add-on 3-month Telok Blangah Archery Club provisional membership, at a special rate.
The event dates for the 1st part introductory programme are:
Run 1: 9am – 12noon, Sunday, 21st January 2018 (This was over-subscribed and participants had a good time. Click HERE for the Event Report)
Run 2: 9am – 12noon, Sunday, 22nd April 2018 (Tickets are now on sale at the Telok Blangah Community Club)
Run 3: 9am – 12noon, Sunday, 22nd July 2018
Run 4: 9am – 12noon, Sunday, 21st October 2018
Event location: Telok Blangah Archery Club Range, Telok Blangah St. 31
Places are limited to 30 persons per run, so do head down quickly to the Telok Community Club to get your ticket(s). Bring along your spouse or a Telok Blangah Buddy too. Begin a lifelong journey of Fitness, Friendship & Fun through Barebow Archery!
Barebow Introduction Event:
Attire – Decent, light and reasonably fitting clothes. Overly loose tops may catch the bowstring after it is released
Footwear – Fully covered shoes e.g. sports shoes are suitable. For safety reasons, open toed sandals and slippers are not permitted for wear within the archery range
Equipment – All equipment, including finger tabs and arm guards will be provided by the organisers. Just come and enjoy the morning.
Barebow Course (exclusive to Introduction Event participants only):
3 x 2hr sessions (Sunday mornings, 10am – 12noon) at the Telok Blangah Archery Club at $80/Telok Blangah resident. Courses will commence 2 weeks after each introduction event. Participants from Telok Blangah are also offered a package i.e. Barebow Course + TBAC 3-month provisional membership at a special rate of $125.
Course participants are required to purchase their own arm guards and finger tabs. All other equipment will be provided by the Club.
Do spend some time to go through our blog. You can see how much we enjoy barebow archery and the camaraderie that comes with it. Don’t know much about the Telok Blangah Archery Club? Click HERE to find out more. You might also discover some interesting facts about Telok Blangah. 🙂
The Sembawang Archery Open 2017 was held on 26-27 August 2017 at the Sembawang Community Club.
The organizers from Sembawang Archery Club did a sheltered set-up in the basketball court of the Community Club, understandably to shut out the sun and the rain. The weather was cloudy for most of the 2 days. Some Eagles felt that the lighting was rather dim and the vision of the targets were thus less than ideal for perfect shots even though the 80cm targets were used. Nonetheless, we were glad to see many fellow archers from the local community participating in the event.
Telok Blangah Archery Club participated in the Recurve Open and Barebow Open categories. We fielded 2 Men’s Open Recurve Team and 6 competitive Barebow archers. Our Barebow archers (represented by Ex Machina, Falcon, Pocahontas, Kat, Kai and Dark Knight) performed outstandingly at the end of Day 1. All 6 archers ranked 1st to 6th at the end of Day 1 and secured the top 4 positions in the IKO on Day 2. Ex Machina, Pocahontas and Falcon eventually won the Barebow competition (1st to 3rd respectively) after a very exciting showdown in the semifinal and final matches.
Our young archers from TBAC also did equally well to win Gold and Bronze in the Men’s Open Recurve Teams. The Recurve archers also secured Silver and Bronze medals in the Recurve Open IKO.
We thank all our supporters from TBAC who turned up to give their moral support and lent their hand at being the unofficial photographers of the event. Special thanks to our Eagles community who took many memorable candid shots of our archers at the event.
The 2017 Singapore Traditional Archery Night Shoot, held on Saturday 30th September 2017 at the the Float@Marina Bay, had 5 TBAC archers participating, including Dark Knight and Venator. Once again, a gathering of like minded friends sharing an activity, infusing a wonderful sense of joy.
Hosted by Traditional Archers Singapore, the event had archers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and as far away as China coming to participate.
This is an archery competition unique in that the rules strictly specify bows must not have arrow shelves, and must be shot with a thumb release as opposed to the more familiar finger release. Naturally, being shot with a thumb release, the arrow would be on the same side as the drawing hand.
The bows that are favoured by most archers are of the Korean/China/Mongolian/Manchurian types, which seem to provide a very good cast with minimal holding and anchoring weight; somewhat similar in feel to that of a compound bow, but without the heft. Such bows are generally short in strung length, demanding physical discipline and mental control to wield with mastery and accuracy.
Another unique aspect of this event are the targets; not just 3D targets, but hung in mid-air secured to a frame, and in one case, a black bat 3D target! What a challenge, to shoot in the dim lights, at a dim target, hung in mid-air on a frame!
The event began with the opening ceremony, with a march-in to the field of play by the archers. Surprise! A majority of the archers came dressed in their traditional clothes, what a beautiful parade of finery!
The opening speech was followed by a display of the traditional defense art of Silat, performed to a captivated audience.
The competition proper began at dusk, with the participants lined up to their assigned targets. There were 9 stations with 9 targets of varying sizes and distances.
The second round of the night was shot with the lights in the stadium turned off! Archers had to shoot by the reflected glow of whatever ambient light was available. Needless to say, the participants were thrilled to shoot such a condition.
It seemed that in no time, the night round ended.
Day 2 saw the elimination rounds and a friendly tag archery competition.
The Chinese team from Alibow took team and individual Mens honours, Nazima Salleh from Singapore was crowned the individual Ladies champion in this 2017 Singapore Traditional Archery Night Shoot edition.
Our TBAC archers had a ball of a time, thanks to our wonderful hosts, and the companionship of everyone there. This will be one unforgettable experience!
I had planned to just take part in competitions in Singapore and West Malaysia this year. I felt that it would be enough to keep this quixotic old archer sufficiently busy. When Coach Ali, our club’s good friend, recently invited me to join his club, Simply Archery, for a competition in Johor State on the 8th of April, at a venue a mere 15 minutes’ drive across the border, I gladly accepted it.
It was jointly (and very well) organized by the Archery Club of the states of Johore and Pahang at a school field near the Johor Zoo. About 10 archers led by Coach Ali went across and all of us took part on the traditional bow category. It was a quite a big event with about 200 archers taking part, divided approximately equally between the traditional and modern barebow categories. There were many local barebow clubs taking part. From the different club T shirts worn, I think there were maybe as many as 15 clubs.
The number of targets, a mix of 2D and 3D targets was also quite large, 22 in all. Participants had to do one round of 4 arrows at each station/target. The novelty targets were interesting and we could borrow some of the ideas. For example, there was a station where the targets were hung empty plastic bottles which unless they were hit squarely, the arrow will not pierce and will just glance off. Few archers managed to register a hit. I was one of the lucky ones at that station. There were also swinging plastic foam balls at another station.
I thought that I had a chance to get a top 10 to 15 placing as I had done well at local competitions, having received prizes at the very first two attempts at traditional bow competitions in Singapore. However, the Malaysians were very good traditional archers and I ended up number 48 out of about 90 competitors in the category. It turned out that I was only a mere kampong (village) champion.
But I had a lot of fun, with lots of opportunities to chat with the Malaysian archers because many wanted to know who this old Chinese man that Coach Ali had brought along was.
The 2nd Sembawang Archery 3D Open 2017 was held on 9th April. What a lot of fun! This year the format was slightly different and we had 9 x 3D Targets and 1 x 2D Novelty Target. The targets were arranged along routes of 5 targets each and archers were divided into details comprising 4 to 5 archers.
Safety was well considered and only 1 detail was allowed onto each route at any one time. All was orderly and the organisers handled the whole event very well. This was a One Arrow per Target Event and it meant that archers only discharged a total of 10 arrows in the range. You can see how the course was laid out below:
The most interesting target was at Route 1 No. 5. Archers had to stand on large tyre and shoot at a 40cm 6-ring target, while ensuring that their arrow passed through a suspended tyre! No one scored any points! :p
This year, there were about 50 participants (7 Eagles) in 3 classes of competition i.e. Compound, Barebow and Traditional. Our Eagles did well and made a clean sweep of in the Barebow category. Congratulations and well done to Falcon, Venator and Dark Knight who secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively. You can see the happy smiling faces below.
We thank Sembawang Archery Club, our supporters and friends for making the 3D Open such an enjoyable experience. See you again at the SAC 3D Open 2018!
The Thailand Outdoor Archery Club is hosting its 3D & Field Challenge 2016 at Nakorn Nayok from 12th-13th November.
The shoot location is about 2 hours drive, Northwest of Bangkok City. It looks scenic with hills,
waterfalls and meandering rivers; and promises to be a very interesting setting. There will be 2 parts to the competition, a Field Round on Day 1, based on IFAA rules with 24 targets over 2 rounds. On Day 2, it will be a 3D Round with approximately 25 targets, also over 2 rounds. Three of our TBAC Eagles will be making the trip up north this time, to enjoy this event and to get to know our Thai friends better.
After 2 months of intense planning, the Eagles (led by Red Dragon) hosted our first 2D/3D competition on the auspices of TBAC. Many thanks go to our Chairman Frankie Yat and Treasurer Jocelyn Low for supporting this effort and for getting the necessary clearances from the Telok Blangah Community Club…. kudos also go to Hong Hui for his invaluable help in tabulating the scores and wizardry with the excel spreadsheet. 🙂
Hong Hui is also a keen photographer and he was ably assisted by Vivian Low and Isola Chan who contributed about 600 photos altogether (we have used their contributions here) …. Archers are really fond of shooting all kinds of stuff! We also have Uncle Rhino Chew to thank for agreeing to be our judge for the day. He really did his job well, ………. getting all archers in line with his gruff bellowing.
As this was the first “serious” meet that we planned, we kept the numbers manageable and sent out invitations to clubs that we were familiar with. Support was good and we had about 40 archers participating in 3 categories i.e. Barebow, Traditional Historical Bow and Traditional Open.
Prizes were also awarded to the:
Best Lady Barebow Archer
Best Lady Traditional Historical Archer
Best Male Novice
Best Female Novice
Best Dressed Archer
We believe that this is the first time that the Traditional Historical category has been included as a separate category in a local competition. Indeed, the Malay Traditional Archers added a lot of colour to our event!!!
The completion was conducted over 2 rounds.
Round 1 – 4 targets, 6 arrows per target (Total of 24 arrows)
Round 2 – 8 targets, 3 arrows per target (Total of 24 arrows)
See the course layout diagram and photos here.
Enthusiasm remained high after the competition proper and some archers formed impromptu teams to participate in a team shoot (with no prizes!).
We hope to organise a larger event after this experience and look forward to continued support from the Archery Fraternity. Hopefully, we will see the beginnings of a local Barebow and Archery circuit that keeps us occupied and sharp all year round.
The PA CSC celebrated their 40th Anniversary and decided to host a Traditional and Barebow Archery shoot on 17th July 2017. The TBAC was one of the lucky invited clubs and it was a cosy affair with about 40 archers participating. We learnt that the shoot was put together within 2 weeks! Kudos go to the organizing committee (Potong Pasir CSC) for a job well done. Find out more about the Peoples’ Association Community Sports Club HERE.
The venue was the Shelton College grounds at Telok Blangah Rise. Eagles did well and almost made a clean sweep, collecting 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in both Men’s and Women’s categories. In the Team KO event, we secured the 1st and 3rd prizes. All in, it was a very satisfying outing for us and we enjoyed renewing ties with some very interesting archers.