TSAA Archery News
Issue 58
May 2, 2006

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In this newsletter:
Texas Shootout & Arizona Cup
Kisik Lee At The AZ Cup and Texas Shootout
Upcoming TSAA Events
Seeking Disabled Archers
One Archer's Approach To BEST
Training Opportunity for CAMP COUNSELLORS
Archery-Specific Training Exercises

Texas Shootout & Arizona Cup
Two of the three big target archery tournaments that lead up to the Nationals have been completed. Were you there?

The Arizona Cup in Phoenix was held at Ben Avery Shooting Complex, and the guys in Phoenix worked magic to greatly increase the size of the shooting field. Shooting went smoothly as there was no moving of the targets back and forth - a decided benefit to shooting 70 meter OR Qualifying rounds instead of FITA rounds. The ever-energetic Bob Pian seemed to be everywhere I looked, taking care of literally anything that needed doing, and the folks supporting the event did a great job. Each morning brought a number of hot air balloons on the horizon, and one came directly overhead much to the bemusement of some. I suspect there were some archers that never noticed.

For archer photos, you can use this link. The results were posted quickly after the event, always a good thing for the archers that competed.

The Texas Shootout finished just a few days ago, and while I sure like going to AZ for their shoot, I am a bit partial to having grass underfoot to go with the blue sky - the green color goes well with white, black, blue, red, and gold.
The practice day was windy, and with thunderstorms predicted to move through the area during the night before competition, the head honcho wisely moved the start time back to 11 am to allow things to dry out. The OR qualifier round had a pretty stiff wind that was left to right and mainly consistent, but there was definitely an impact to the scores of most archers. Just as last year the OR day saw very little wind which made for a lot of close matches, especially in the medal rounds.

More below on an event that happened at both of the tournaments: Kisik Lee's presentations.

For Shootout photos, you can use this link. And to see the results on the Aggie website, use this link. A copy is stored on the TSAA website's results section for posterity.

and the Gold Cup is still upcoming. For more information on this June 3-4th tournament, click on this link.

Finally, the USA Archery website now has information on the National Target Championships for 2006, to be held in Colorado Springs.

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Kisik Lee At The AZ Cup and Texas Shootout
National Head Coach Kisik Lee provides tournament attendees with brief seminars on his method and philosophy of coaching. Both presentations focused on portions of the B.E.S.T. method that he has developed and were well attended and received. Though he is still acquiring his skill in English (or rather, "American"), most people I spoke with after the two talks felt that they had understood most of what they saw and heard.

I think that his presentations to archers and others at these two events were aimed primarily at conveying to us that these precepts, these component methods of BEST, are the result of applying the scientific method to the execution of the archery shot. Time and again he goes to great effort to establish the "why" of a given part of the shot must be done according to the method he defines. In fact, he has diagrammed the entire archery shot execution as a "shot cycle". And each time I see his presentations, from the first time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado a month ago through the just-completed Texas Shootout, I see a little more precisely just what he is relating to us all.

And the presentation that Tom Parrish provides to lay the groundwork is a continuation of the many articles he has written for the USA Archery magazine. To condense his presentation down to a sentence is tacitly unfair, but here goes: While American archers have gotten better over the years, it does little good to send them abroad to TRY to compete when their average best score is 40 or 50 points LESS than their competition's.

We in the US cannot continue doing what we have done in the past and expect to win where it matters most. Tom's analysis of scores also includes the fact that of the top 4 archers in 12-arrow matchplay in recent WTC and Olympics THREE are Kisik Lee students. Clearly, BEST-method archers are better able to hold up under the stress of competitions because they are using better shot processes. Tom also points out that the FITA is still an accurate predictor of excellence in competition - in the last two WTC 32 and 40 recurve finishers shot greater than 1300, and that if an archer was not in the top half of the brackets beginning the OR, he had a 15% chance of winning that first round. (!) Shooting 1300 is no longer "good enough" - the archer with gold in mind must be able to reliably score at least 1330.

We in the US are indeed fortunate that Tom Parrish chose to recruit Coach Lee, and that Coach Lee agreed to make a huge leap of faith to come to the US and attempt to alter the course of archery here. Coach Lee has played a hand in nine of the 18 Olympic Gold medals won since 1984. I am hopeful that in another few Olympiads that ratio is even better.

If you have not yet reviewed and studied the KSL Shot Cycle, I suggest you take a few minutes to go to his website, BOOKMARK IT, and get started on acquiring the BEST method. A final comment from the peanut gallery - I cannot begin to see how Kisik Lee will achieve maximum success unless we all support him. And that also means supporting our High Performance Director, Tom Parrish and insuring that our organization retains him. Many people do not know that there is apparently an effort by certain factions in the NAA to see to it that Tom does not continue as HPD. His performance to date has been extraordinary - measured, intelligent steps in following the guidelines set forth by the USOC. And in case you didn't know this - the USOC provides the majority of funding that the NAA receives. If we as an organization fail to meet their requirements then we stand to lose our funding as well as our prestige as the National Governing Body of Archery for the USOC. It has happened to other NGBs and it can happen to us. I am certain that if we turn our backs on what Tom and Kisik have started, the NAA will quickly become a footnote in history. Tom has, and is, meeting the USOC mandate and requirements better than any other person in the NAA/USA Archery organization. And the team of Kisik and Tom can usher in a renaissance of US archery excellence.

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Upcoming TSAA Events
On-line registration continues for the Field Championship and the State JOAD Championships.
The deadline for the field event is rapidly approaching:
MAY 5th! Don't let it get by you!
The field event each year is held on an exotic animal ranch and it just keeps getting better and better.
Use this link to view last year's photos, and this link will let you register online for the event.

There is also a JOAD target tournament being held in northeast Texas by the Shooting Stars of Texas JOAD! The date is May 28th and the location is near Tyler, Tx. Check it out!

The State JOAD Target Championship will be held in Victoria, and you can register online at this link.

The Texas State Target Championship will be held in northwest San Antonio, and registration information is pending. I'll let you know as soon as I have it uploaded to the website.

Adults are welcome to shoot just for fun in the JOAD event, by the way. And there might be a clout event in San Antonio coming up as well.

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Seeking Disabled Archers
Target Archery is a unique sport in the US because it welcomes those with disabilities. Archers with sometimes severe "inconveniences" are able to compete on the line with everybody else. That makes archery tournaments a better place for everyone.

The pool of competitive archers with disabilities is relatively small, especially considering the size of the population in the US. But it is growing more and more as word circulates and people discover the sport and the possibilities.

Help to get the word out and about.

If you know someone with a physical disability that shoots archery, please put them in touch with me. There is every chance that he/she might be able to represent the US in international competition or even the Paralympics in 2008 and beyond.

Currently there is only ONE US female archer with disabilities in the whole country. At this point the United States cannot even field a team of three female archers for international paralympic competition! If you as a coach, as an archer, or just as a spectator have seen any female archers competing with disabilities (recurve or compound) then please get them in contact with me. Of course, if you are reading this and you have a disability and want to know more, then write me. The possibilities are enormous but time is a factor! Either write me yourself or get them to write the webmaster at texasarchery.org .

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One Archer's Approach To BEST
Acquiring all of the aspects of the BEST method is difficult at times, and all of us are trying to find the best way to adapt to the BEST. There are too many bests in that sentence, but you get the idea.
Thomas Tenerowicz has written up an article on how he found a way to adapt to the method. It has some great ideas in it, and as Tom would say, it is not necessarily the only way to learn, but it was helpful for him and it shows me another way to look at things. As we all evolve and gain a greater understanding of what Kisik is teaching us, some things will no long be the "way to do it", but this article has some "here and now" benefits.

Learning to use the lower back muscles utilizing the Biomechanically Efficient Shooting Technique.

"One Archer's Approach"
By Thomas Tenerowicz, NAA Level II Instructor

...When reading on the web about the "Korean Method", "Australian Method" or the "B.E.S.T." system whatever you may call it, I was intrigued by the idea of being able to shoot without any pain. I suffer from a rotor cuff tear in my draw shoulder. An old softball injury that did not plague me when shooting a compound. However when transitioning to a recurve (I love shooting with my fingers) I was faced with having to shoot a limited amount of arrows, perhaps 60 maximum followed by a couple days of shoulder soreness and downtime. So to me, the idea of not using your shoulders and upper back muscles to draw a bow seemed too good to be true.....
To read the rest of this informative and illuminating article,
use this link to the documents section of the TSAA website.

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Training Opportunity for CAMP COUNSELLORS
Attention: Summer Camp Instructors
Edward Vargas, a NAA Level 3 instructor, will be teaching a Level 1 certification course at SureShot Archery in Humble, TX, on May 28 from 8 am to 5 pm. The NAA Level 1 course is the perfect course for Summer Camp Instructors because it includes training time with young, inexperienced students, exactly what you will be doing at camp. For more information or to register for the course please call 281-540-2265 or email
Ed Vargas.

and for additional training opportunities always keep an eye on the Training Ops page on the TSAA website.

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Archery-Specific Training Exercises
Denis Baudet of Canada recently shared a link with me to a site that holds a wide variety of exercise examples complete with video demonstrations. Pick a muscle group and see how to exercise it! Now if I could only get myself off of the couch! Thanks, Denis!

And on a related note: Korean Archers Push Imaginary Reality from BBC News. I think the title says it all. and thanks to Ron Ostrowski for the link tip....

Last, Joe Tapley sent me a link to a Turkish article on Archery-related injury. Very neat! (it's an acrobat document so you will need the acrobat reader)

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