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"Is archery a martial art? By definition, yes! The term dates to 16th century Europe, and refers to any military fighting system that soldiers use in battle. Many Western martial arts evolved into sports like fencing and javelin. Some even consider boxing a martial art.

Contrary to what encyclopedias say, most people believe “martial arts” refers to organized fighting systems that originated in East Asia as forms of attack or self-defense. Unarmed versions include judo and karate. Kendo, on the other hand, uses weapons. Nowadays, martial arts doubles as a sport when it involves competition. In fact, Judo and Taekwondo are Olympic sports, as is archery.

More so, when you hear the term “martial arts,” you probably envision action movies, a graded ranking system, colored belts, ancient traditions, and controlled and disciplined calmness. In fact, martial arts are a discipline requiring study under the guidance of an older teacher. But what does this have to do with archery?" Continue reading ...

Is archery a martial art?



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