So … what is meant by archery?
Archery is, in physics terms, a fairly simple transference of potential (stored) energy held in a bent piece of wood to kinetic (propulsion) energy in a projectile.
The archer puts potential energy into the bow by drawing back on an attached string whilst holding the bow in place. Upon release of the string (to “loose”) this energy is transferred directly to the projectile which is then propelled (all things being executed well) in the direction of aim at a target of some description.
Exactly when people began shooting arrows is fiercely debated subject. There are those who believe that archery was being practiced some 50,000 years ago while others believe it was as recent at 10,000 years ago. What is agreed upon is that stone age man (the paleolithic era) was suffering the same archery related frustrations as the modern day archer. (well, nearly as much!)
So now we know what archery is and how long its been about … what about styles? Is there one? Many? Are they all the same? Well, its complicated (as with everything in archery) ….
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