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Rancho Park Archers Store

Rancho Park Archers Store

We now have a store! All proceeds will go toward range facilities, programs, and equipment. We hope you enjoy the selection!

Click on the picture and it will take you there!

Khatuna Lorig coming to Rancho Park March 17th

Khatuna Lorig will be at Rancho Park on March 17th.  She will arrive around 1pm while we will be BBQing and grilling.  This is the time for people who are not taking the private class to meet her, take pics, etc.  The first (mixed level and style) class will start at 2:00 and goes on for 1.5 hours and at the moment, has two spots left open.  The second class (FITA) will start at 3:45 and also goes for 1.5 hours. She is charging $35 for each class.  Please let Joanna Ramos, know if you have reserved a spot but cannot attend.
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Thanksgiving Day Shoot A Success

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Photo by Rocky Vanoost

While many people were out of town this past weekend for the holiday, many archers descended upon the Rancho Park Archery range.

The range put on a Thanksgiving Shoot. It’s first tournament in a while. It was a small low-key event that provided a great opportunity for many to try their hands at competitive archery.

The event had a good turnout. Most were regulars at the range and many, including myself, were tournament newbies. There were definitely some pre-tournament jitters which quickly faded as the event got going.

Alex Kobe, along with several other range volunteers ran the event. The tournament went from 9am-4pm with a break for lunch. It consisted of 20 ends, 3 arrows each.

After check-in time, Alex explained the tournament format and rules. After which we had some warm up time and were given our targets to place on the wall, at which point some chaos ensued with everyone jockeying for space on the target wall. After that, Alex reviewed the score keeping process. We had to do math in addition to shooting? Well technically, not everyone, only a few selected shooters in each lane were designated as scorekeepers.

Once we got started, after the first few rounds, everybody got into a rhythm and things began to move smoothly.

Once the first 10 ends were completed, it was lunch time. We all took a break to enjoy some good conversation and laughs over a great potluck spread and some delicious BBQ–some of which Alex managed to cook in between rounds–so much for burning off those Thanksgiving calories.

Towards the end of lunch some of the Juniors had some additional fun. They got to take a few good whacks at a candy filled Angry Bird. Why didn’t they string up one of the egg stealing pigs?

Actually, what was more amusing than watching the kids, was watching some of the adults rush in for the candy after the Angry Bird’s demise.

With lunch over, we took up our bows again to complete the remaining 10 ends. It goes without saying that some shooters’ performance declined a bit, due to post lunch sluggishness and the occasional excursion to the food table between ends. The victors would be those who not only shot well but who could stay focused and shoot through the post lunch stupor.

Once the last end was completed and the scores were tabulated, we all gathered around for the awards ceremony to bring the event to a close.

Whether you walked away with some shiny hardware or not, I think it’s fair to say everybody had a good experience. It was a great opportunity to try something different and test your archery skills. A fun time was had by all and it was for a good cause. All tournament fees went to the Pink Ribbon charity.

Rumor has it that more tournaments will follow this one at the range. The healthy turn out this past weekend bodes well for similar events. And if the range gets expanded, perhaps the tournaments might get even bigger.

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Rancho Park Archery Range Thanksgiving Shoot

The Holiday Season is revving up with Thanksgiving just around the corner. What better way for archers to enjoy the season than with a Thanksgiving shoot?

The Rancho Park Archery Range is holding a post-Thanksgiving day shoot on Saturday, November, 24. This will be a nice way to have some fun and burn off some of the calories from your Turkey day dinner.

Competitors will be shooting for points, trophies and for a good cause. All funds raised by the tournament will go to the Pink Ribbon charity which supports breast cancer research and awareness.

If you’ve never competed in a tourney before, this is a great event to get your feet wet with. There will be plenty of volunteers around to help you out.

Tournament Details

The shoot will take place between 9am to 4pm. Check-in starts at 8am.

Shooting divisions include: Recurve, Barebow, Bowman, Junior and Adult.

The format for the shoot is as follows:

  • 600 round, 20 ends of 3 arrows
  • Distance 18m using standard 40cm targets.

Fees and Registration

Pre-registration for the tournament is $10. Onsite registration is $15.

To pre-register, download the registration form. Email the completed form to targetbutt@yahoo.com to register and reserve your spot. Payment will be due at check-in time (8am).

Don’t delay! Space is limited so register early.

For more tournament information, email targetbutt@yahoo.com.

Woodley Park Archery Swap Meet This Weekend

If you’re in the market for some new, or used, archery equipment, or looking to sell some equipment, head to the Woodley Park Archery range this coming weekend.

You can buy, sell, or trade archery equipment; bows, arrows, quivers, etc. The swap meet will be this Saturday, October 20, between 9:00am to 4:00 pm.

In addition to picking up some new equipment, US Olympic Archery Team member, Khatuna Lorig, will be in attendance talking about her experiences as an Olympian archer and doing a Q&A session. There will also be medieval and Japanese archery demonstrations.

The event is free to all. For further details, head to the Woodley Park Archers site.

Arrow Star Stephen Amell Talks Archery Form

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen

In a recent article, Stephen Amell, the lead actor in the Arrow series which premiered last night, talked about the importance of his character’s archery form. He seems to be very aware that not only will comic book fans be picking apart the show’s interpretation of Green Arrow, but archers will also be judging his technique.

Recently Laura Fisk analyzed the form of the most recent super hero archers shown on screen. Most of them didn’t fair very well. And she’s not the only one that noticed that archers on screen can have very sloppy form.

Stephen Amell’s archery coach Patricia Gonsalves

Amell trained for Arrow with archery coach Patricia Gonsalves. Before they began practicing, she had him watch a video of TV shows and movies in which archery had been done very badly. Getting proper form down was a priority for her.

It’s to be expected that some compromises in form will be made while filming and some CGI will be used. So we can’t get too nitpicky about what we’re watching. But, I do think it’s a good sign that Stephen is very conscious of his form and that he knows we archers are watching. He also seems to enjoy archery which may bode well for how it’s portrayed on the show.

What did you think about the pilot? Were you critiquing Oliver Queen’s archery form or just happy to see another show/movie with an archer saving the day – and making archery look really cool?

Best Archery Shops in Southern California

Source: Airman Magazine

After new archers have been practicing the sport for a while and gain some basic knowledge about the equipment and what they want, they soon want to buy their own. The first question though is, “Where can I buy archery equipment around LA?”

Unlike other sports, you can’t expect to find a decent variety of archery equipment at local sport stores such as Big 5 or Sport Chalet, if they carry any at all. Nor could you expect decent help from the people working at those stores. Most wouldn’t know the difference between a recurve and a longbow.

So where do you go in Los Angeles to shop for archery equipment? If you don’t want to order online, there are shops in or near Los Angeles. But which place is worth your time and gas money to go to?

To provide some guidance for new archers, and even some experienced ones, I’m taking a poll and asking Los Angeles archers to rank some of the local stores based on their experience.

This list is by no means comprehensive, feel free to mention additional stores you like in the blog’s comments section.

Superheroes vs. The Olympians

I don’t know about you, but I cringe whenever I see an archer with bad form. This is mostly because I’m an archery instructor.  As an instructor, I’m trained to stress form a lot when I teach beginner archers.  It is an integral part of learning the craft.  Lately, archery has become very popular in movies and TV.  So, I thought it would be interesting to see how the Superheroes match up to the 2012 Olympian Archers in a head-to-head competition of form.

Yes, I know the Olympian’s are FITA shooters and not traditional shooters but there are some fundamentals that apply across all archery styles.  With that said, let’s get to the fun stuff and see how the Super archers compare with the Olympians.

Hawkeye (left), Brady Ellison (right)

First, let’s compare Hawkeye of The Avengers with Brady Ellison, who won silver on the men’s archery Olympic team this year.  Hawkeye’s form is all off.  His right elbow is rotated inward and his shoulder is pushed up.  Not to mention that he is wearing two arm guards.  Did this guy even get a lesson in archery?  Brady’s left arm, his bow arm, is straight.  The left elbow is not rotated and his shoulder is down, relaxed.  His right arm and elbow are straight back and in line with his bow arm, unlike Hawkeye’s chicken wing which is pointing upward.  Ellison’s grip is precise, while Hawkeye’s grip is too tight.  Not sure if you can compare the grip of a FITA archer with a bare bow archer. FITA archers don’t, to my knowledge, grip the bow as much as they let it rest there.  The finger sling catches the bow when they release.  Bare bow shooters have a firmer grip.

Oh Jin Hyek (left), The Green Arrow (right)

For our next round, we have Oh Jin Hyek, Korean’s gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics going against Green Arrow from the CW’s upcoming Arrow TV series.  Hyek’s anchor, the point at which the fingers of the draw hand touches the face, is solid, right under his chin.  Green Arrow’s anchor is non-existent.  Now, I’m a traditional shooter and my anchor point is the corner of my mouth. I don’t see him anchoring anywhere.  No anchor point equals no consistency and a really bad aim.

The Green Arrow’s bow arm is bent in comparison to Hyek’s fully extended arm.  When the bow arm is bent like that, you can’t get the push-pull effect that is needed to steady the bow arm. When the arm is fully extended, your skeleton supports the weight of the bow resulting in less strain and a stable form. When the arm is collapsed the form becomes less stable because you’re using more muscle to keep a steady aim and push against the weight of the bow.  Hyek’s right elbow goes straight back and is horizontally in line with his bow arm.  This is perfect form.  The Green Arrow has collapsed his form making it very difficult to shoot consistently.

Khatuna Lorig (left), Katniss Everdeen (right)

In this round, it’s teacher vs. pupil. It has been reported that Khatuna Lorig, USA’s 1992 Bronze medalist and fourth place finisher in the 2012 Olympics coached Jennifer Lawrence in the Hunger Games.  I’ve seen the movie and Katniss is pretty good compared to the other Superheroes, however in the picture in this analysis not so much.  Katniss has her right elbow sticking way out.  It should be behind her, as shown in her mentor’s picture.  Unlike Khatuna, Katiness does not even anchor her draw hand, leaving her unsteady and ultimately unable to shoot that bullseye she shot in the movie.  Between you and me, I think Khatuna made that shot for her.  What do you think?

All in all, I think our Superheroes have their work cut out for them.  I mean if you are going to portray an archer at least do it accurately.

Duel in the Desert Trials and Desert Open Coming Soon

If you’re a competitive archer looking for a challenge, there’s a tournament coming up in the Southern California area you might want to check out.

In October, the Duel in the Desert Trials and Desert Open will be held at the El Dorado Park Archery Field in Long Beach.

The event is hosted by the United JOAD and Southern California Archers and is a Star FITA and IPC recognized tournament. It will take place on October 6 – 7, 2012.

The trials are a competition for a spot on the team that will represent California in the Duel in the Desert, an annual team competition between California and Arizona which will take place on November 10 -11 in Arizona.

If you’re not aiming to be on the team, you can still shoot. And, since this is a Star FITA tournament, you can get a special achievement pin from FITA if you shoot a certain score. There are pins starting from 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, and 1400.

For further details (e.g. divisions, rounds, etc.) or to sign up for the competition, visit the State Archers of California site.

Archery: The Ultimate Sport

When I hear the phrase ‘Ultimate Sport’, the first thing that comes to mind is Mixed Martial Arts or the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Archery is not the first thing that comes to mind, and I love the sport.

All athletes have their opinion of what the ultimate sport is, usually it’s theirs. How one defines the ultimate sport varies from person to person. A martial artist will probably have a different idea of the ultimate sport than a marathoner. One’s ideal sport involves skill and head to head competition. The other’s ideal competition is between him and himself, a test of his mental and physical endurance.

So what about archers? Why might archers think of theirs as being the ultimate sport? In the following video, the International Archery Federation (FITA) makes their argument for why this age-old sport is the ultimate sport.

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