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!
pics courtesy of Traditional Archers Singapore
- reported by Decrepit