32829RE: [SCA-Archery] Dear Western style archers- an open letter
- Mar 15, 2013
I am not sure the issue is safety but consideration of others on the range. Giovanna does not cite safety but the annoyance of others invading the space of a workout/practice. I have had people come up to an archery lesson I am giving and tell me I am doing it all wrong. I am a level 4 NTS coach and I am doing it wrong… I usually have to just shake my head and move on. I understand that we see things differently. People are always happy that they have learned something new and they think that what they were just taught was gifts from the gods. I am not focused on my wrongness because that is not what I am working on. I also have to give these people the chance to come to their own conclusion that interrupting my lesson/practice is rude and sooner or later they will be in the same position and I hope they will respond in kind.
I agree with you, Giovanna, we need to tolerate other archery forms. Some days people just don’t get it.
Those are not complete thought, but a start
While I agree with your sentiment, I will have to disagree with your request. It has nothing to do with you, or Eastern vs Western Archery, it has to do with safety concerns. If the range Marshal(s) sees something that does not look correct, or possibly unsafe, he/she is obligated to step in and verify things. The simple solution is that when you, or any other archers, who may use an unusual bow and/or style, at check in, make sure that you mention this to the Marshal, so that he/she is aware of the altered style, then there is no need for any interruption.
--- On Fri, 3/15/13, Dawn Ratz <dawn.ratz@...> wrote:
From: Dawn Ratz <dawn.ratz@...>
Subject: [SCA-Archery] Dear Western style archers- an open letter
To: "(Unknown)" <archers@...>, "(Unknown)" <SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Friday, March 15, 2013, 1:05 PM
Dear Western style archers,
When a new person of whom you have not seen before comes out to the range with an Eastern bow and they seem to be doing things "differently" please allow them the time, space and consideration to shoot in their style. If you have questions save them for after the round of the shoot as tapping and double teaming the person and Literally standing over them asking them if they are doing it right will only make them flustered but also wish they had never bothered to use your range. Shooting styles are not all the same. Please allow for archers to shoot in their preferred method. http://www.kyudo.org/html/articles/shichido_eng1.html there is an article on a different shooting style.
I will certainly never use a new bow on range without others who shoot in the same style with me again.
One very flustered mounted archer
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