Re: Apache style
- I've been reading these posts and I agree with the concensus. I
learned bowmanship from a Native American bowman. The push/pull method
can be documented in most tribes throughout the US. If you think about
Medieval longbows with 120# draws, it seems only obvious that a
technique had to be devised to use that weapon that didn't include
only one arm. A push/pull technique "feels" more natural once you get
the rythem. I really think Hollywood put the one arm draw in our
heads. Additionally, in my studies, few bowmen lower the bow to
target, rather raise it as the draw is completed because, generally,
the arrows were staged in the ground in front of them and this is a
more efficient movement.
--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, "Daniel Hawley"
> I agree with Carolus here, but the G.N.A.S. have banned any draw
> where the bottom of the bowhand is above the top of the drawing hand
> (Unless you need to aim that high to hit the target, in which case
> you cannot aim above the target at any point) due to safety
> problems. Someone was drawing a bow with the "start above the head
> method" and loosed accidently, the arrow went beyond the overshoot.
> (English Longbows are exempt from this rule) I draw with the bow
> held down level with my waist and then push and pull to full draw. I
> believe that some Eastern cultures draw with both hands above the
> head, then push and pull down to anchor, but I am not an expert on
> these styles.
> > Yes, if I read your post correctly, it is a "push, pull draw" and
> > taught by many NAA and Olympic coaches. The bow begins slightly
> > or, preferably, below level and as it is brought horizontal the
> force is
> > divided between pushing with the bow arm and pulling with the
> back. I
> > often use it myself, particularly at longer ranges. It gives a
> much more
> > powerful draw.
> > Carolus