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Bickerstaffe Coaching and Demo Day 2016

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Bickerstaffe Coaching and Demo Day 2016

On 5th March Pip Bickerstaffe paid a visit to The Longbow Shop For those that couldn’t make the latest Bickerstaffe demo day we had a slight change in format concentrating more on the mechanics of shooting with some coaching analysis input alongside shooting tips and historic thoughts on all aspects of that greatest of bows – The English Longbow. Alongside Pip for the day was renowned Warbow archer and expert Simon Stanley who brought some fantastic examples of Yew Longbows including a huge 154lb Warbow. Everyone there was treated to Simon shooting this beast of a bow so take a look...

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Advice on shooting a new English Longbow

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Advice on shooting a new English Longbow

A new English Longbow needs to be used with due care and attention Your English Longbow has been made very carefully over a long period of time to draw in an optimum bend and tillered to suit the stated draw length and draw weight.  Before using your new bow you need to ‘teach’ it to shoot. This is why we always tell Longbow Archers to never let anyone else draw your bow. It’s been taught to shoot to how you shoot and any variation on this usually has very bad results! To teach your bow, brace it a low brace height...

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Spotlight on The ILAA

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Spotlight on The ILAA

The ILAA (International Longbow Archers Association) is for english longbow archers. The ILAA seek to make entry into the sport of longbow archery easier by ensuring the safe organisation of insured traditional longbow shooting. They cover all the aiming and ranging traditions of the english longbow as practised into the 16th Century. We would like to take the opportunity to inform traditional archers and other interested parties of their history. They encourage historic research into the traditional forms of archery in all countries that trained for battle. Members are insured for all the aiming and ranging traditions of the english longbow and for all weights and sections of the...

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Tips on shooting The English Longbow

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Tips on shooting The English Longbow

When Jason asked me if I fancied coming up with some hints and tips with a coaching element, I thought “this could be interesting! Would you coach traditional archery any differently from recurve or compound archery? What are the differences? What are the similarities?” In the end I thought I would start with the basics. I have spent a lot of time over the last few years watching competent longbow and traditional archers shooting both target and field. I have also spent quite a lot of time talking to them. One thing I have noticed is that there can be...

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