Five Pillars of Archery
From the fourteenth-century archery text produced by Taybugha
l-Ashrafi l-Baklamishi l-Yunani during the time of the Mameluk sultanate of Cairo comes what was believed to be the five pillars of archery: accuracy, ability to inflict injury, to strike from a distance, to strike swiftly, and to remain unharmed. This challenge consists of five separate shoots, each based on one of these pillars, to become averaged into a single archer’s score.
Please read the SSAC General Rules, as these apply to all SSAC shoots. Below are the additional rules for this specific shoot.
Targets and Ranges:
Shot at 20 yards, the target consists of three separate circles: one 40 cm in diameter, one 20 cm in diameter, and one 10 cm in diameter each worth 1, 3, and 5 points
respectively. The archer has six arrows but must call his or her target prior to loosing. The archer can shoot at any of the circles, in any sequence and does not have to only shoot at one circle as long as the archer calls their shot prior. Only designated targets count toward their score. Y: 15 yards
Ability to Inflict Injury
Shot at 40 yards, the target is a print out of
a man (provided by shoot creator) that consists of scoring regions divided up by lethality. The head and heart region are worth 5 points, torso 3 points, and limbs worth 1. Archer has 6 arrows to score as high as possible. Y: 30 yards.
Ability to Strike from a Distance
Archers will perform a flight shoot with 6 arrows. Each shot is measured in yards (best estimate using paces, a measuring wheel, or other device). 100-150 yards is worth 1 point, 150-200 yards 3
points, and anything beyond 200 yards is worth 5 points. Y: 50-100, 100-150, 150-200
Ability to Strike Swiftly
Target consists of a 60cm single color circle shot at 20 yards. Archers have 30 seconds to shoot as many arrows as they can. Each strike within the colored zone is worth 3 points. If the archer scores with a single arrow, than any arrows shot beyond 6 arrows is
worth a bonus of 2 points, regardless of if they scored. Y: 15 yards
Ability to Remain Unharmed
To mimic the famous Parthian shot, the archer stands at 30 yards facing away from the target with 6 arrows and turns to fire backwards toward it. Target is a 3 color 60 cm ring target worth 5, 3, and 1 point(s). Y: 20 yards
Running the Shoot:
Each of the above is an individual shoot that does not need to be shot in conjuction or even on the same day as any of the others. Marshals can have archers work on one shoot to improve their average than switch
to another at different practice. The archer must use the same bow and arrows to obtain the overall score (no switching to a very heavy bow and very light arrows for the flight shoot). Arrows touch the line on the target to count as the higher score. Once the archer has
completed all five shoots an average will be calculated that represents their overall score. The scores are added together and then divided by five for the average and that is the archer's score for the competition.
All the same rules apply for youths but the ranges are
reduced, please look under the “Y” for ranges. Please list the youth ages.
This shoot was suggested by: Anonymous