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The Way of Archery provides a detailed introduction to practicing archery in the traditional Chinese military style. It explains the basics of how to shoot using the Asian thumb ring: proper posture, training regimen, equipment, and avoiding pitfalls in shooting. The thorough translation and commentary (with original and new illustrations) provide a fresh and practical perspective on Gao Ying’s 1637 archery treatise (which, itself, influenced generations of archers in East Asia). The authors themselves are active practitioners of Chinese archery, having spent an endless amount of time and effort vetting their understanding of this old manual and putting its ideas into practice. Through this process, the authors have been able to make this archery text accessible to modern readers. Not only will the reader come to understand the technical side of the Way of Archery, but will connect with the philosophy and spirit of the ancient Chinese warriors.
Size: 9 1/8″ x 8 1/8″ | 126 color images | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764347917 | Binding: hard cover
Jie Tian is a native of Jiangsu, China. Justin Ma is a software engineer with a PhD in Computer Science from UC San Diego. As researchers of traditional Chinese military archery, they have taught and lectured at the following events: 2013/2014 Chinese Archery Program (Georgia, USA); 2013 St. George’s Shoot (Somerset, England); 2013 Asian Archery Exchange (California, USA). At the 2013 Flight Archery Championships, Jie won gold in the broadhead division and Justin won gold in the regular division for the new “Modern Asiatic 50#” class (each setting benchmark records for their divisions). Jie’s broader interests involve introducing international audiences to Chinese culture. Justin previously participated in Wushu as World Wushu Championships judge, U.S. Team Trials tournament director, and 2-time U.S. Team athlete.