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About Fe Doro Manchu Archery
Our mission is to rediscover and spread the art of Manchu traditional archery in its most authentic form and give it a new lease on life as a traditional martial art. This means we're taking it the martial approach, not the sports approach.
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How it began
As it turned out, I realized the bow wasn't inefficient but was rather misunderstood because it had such a different purpose from most other composite bow designs. Where most composite bows were designed for shooting relatively light projectiles at high velocities, their success in doing so was often evaluated in terms of arrow velocity per poundage pulled. The Manchu instead was built to deliver very large and heavy arrows, resulting in lower velocities per poundage pulled but with rather devastating impact within their effective range.
Over the years more and more pieces came together and to my own surprise I got invited all over the world for demonstrations, seminars and lectures. Through these travels I met some wonderful people, many of whom became close friends since. They have contributed greatly to my understanding of the many facets of traditional archery.
One of the highlights so far was meeting Ku Ku of the Tonggiya clan, who may well be the last Manchu archer alive. She was able to fill in some details about hand positioning and thumb ring use that one can't pick up from photographs and texts alone. It was also wonderful to see how she responded to my studies. She was amazed that the few texts and photographs I presented were all I had, and that they were enough to get my fascination going. She started the meeting with a highly sceptical approach, who is this foreigner that claims to be into our tradition? But in the end, she warmly expressed: "There is hope."
Recently we tested a 82# replica of a Manchu warbow. With 190 fps it outperformed a 128# longbow that shot the same arrow at about 170 fps. More empirical testing is required for a full analysis but finally the reputation of this bow seems to be clearing up and interest in Manchu archery is picking up rapidly all over the world. It was about time this archery culture got some positive attention!
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