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Kyodo: the Philosophy of Japanese Archery

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In Japan, archery is considered the first martial art. However, when the Japanese military removed archery from its quiver to make room for guns, archery’s popularity in the country fell. The way of the bow had to change to survive. Kyodo became more than a way to protect the country; it became a way to protect your serenity and sanity. The Japanese took a war practice and re-invented it to help people find their inner peace. The practice of Kyodo emphasis form over goal with the knowledge that “right shooting results in a hit” (“Target” by Jerome Chouchan).

Each shot is separated from every other. Your last shot doesn’t matter. Forget about it, go into your form and take your shot. Don’t think about the shot to come. Only this shot matters. This arrow is the one that counts. There is no other arrow before or after it. Clearing your mind and allowing your body to work with your mind and eyes is something foreign to many people in the west. Rather than control the arrow, we must let it flow from our practiced actions and a place of trust.

While “Target” claims to be a book about business, it is also a book about life. Pick it up at Lincoln City Archery or on Amazon (affiliate link) and take your archery practice to a different level.

In addition to a collection of books on archery, we have a wide variety of books written by self-published writers. These are books that you generally wont’ find in larger bookstores that rely on publishing house distributors. Many of our books are written or edited by local authors (including the range leader at our location).

At Lincoln City Archery, we provide archers the opportunity to increase their knowledge of traditional archery and practice their skills at our indoor archery range in Lincoln City, Oregon. Like traditional archery, reading books takes focus and concentration. Turning off your electronics and reading a book for an hour will improve your focus and concentration. If the story is good enough, it won’t even seem like practicing. Plus, it’s a great way to pass the time when you can’t make it to the range. Happy shooting, happy reading, and let’s get on target.

Affiliate links used in this article allow us to earn a small commission on your book purchase while costing you nothing. Thank you. If you would prefer to order your books directly from us, we will be happy to ship them directly to your home for $3 plus shipping if they are available. You can even have them gift-wrapped!

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Penguin Awareness Day 2022: Cocoa, Books, Stuffed Penguins

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January 20 is Penguin Awareness Day 2022! To celebrate our cute friends from the mostly south, Lincoln City Archery will be giving away a “cup” of hot cocoa with the adoption of any penguin and/or the purchase of “Polly Penguin Wants to Fly.” There is little better than watching funny penguin videos with a cup of cocoa in hand.

Can’t make it to Lincoln City Archery? You can still help penguins by purchasing “Polly Penguin Wants to Fly” at Amazon (affiliate link). A dollar from every copy of the book sold, regardless of format, will be donated to Tiri Tiri Matangi for their work with little penguins and other New Zealand Wildlife.

Or contact us to see which penguins are currently available for adoption. A portion of the adoption fees for every penguin goes to the Royal Albatross Centre for their work with little penguins and other birds.

Our handmade stuffed penguins are packed with personality. They said they wanted to do something good for their friends who live in the wild. When we saw the penguins in New Zealand, we knew what we had to do. In 2021, we raised over $100 for the Royal Albatross Centre. We hope to beat that this year.

Celebrate Penguin Awareness Day 2022 and adopt a new penguin friend, get a good book, and enjoy your cocoa.

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How to Shoot a Bow and Arrow Available for Preorder

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When I was first learning how to shoot a bow and arrow, I had a checklist. I went from my feet to my knees to my hips and shoulders, and only when my body was in position would I worry about the bow. Of course, my instructor gave me a good-natured ribbing as I went through the mental list in a not-so-subtle manner, but it was the only way I could remember most things. (Stupid back elbow.)

After opening Lincoln City Archery, I released many of the people who do 15-minute sessions with us or buy a bow from us could use a book to help them remember what they learned in their time on our range. I know I could have used it to help me learn everything better. People have different learning styles, but even those who don’t remember best from reading can use the reinforcements that come from the digesting of information through books.

“How to Shoot a Bow an Arrow” is available for preorder at Amazon as an eBook. (Those who prefer paperbacks can order from this website.) The book is about 80 pages long. It goes through the process of getting your body, bow and arrow into position so you can shoot successfully in a traditional manner. Traditional archery is a good exercise for the body, and it will help you find a quiet place in your mind. As you start your archery journey, this book will help you remember what your body already knows. Preorder “How to Shoot a Bow and Arrow” today.

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December 1 Archery Challenge Advent Calendar: Shooting on One Leg

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When you come shoot a regular session at Lincoln City Archery, shooting on one leg is one of the first challenges you’ll face after learning how to shoot a bow and arrow traditionally. For many people, it’s a matter of five to 10 minutes before they are ready to try this. However, others need to shoot on one leg to more firmly grasp the concepts of traditional archery.

Standing at the line, put your arrow on the bow, raise your back leg, and tuck that foot behind your knee. Point at the target, draw the bow, and release when you have your balance.

A lot of people pull the bow and anchor in before they raise their leg. This changes their shot and not in a good way. By raising the leg before pointing at the target, your bow and body will find the proper position for hitting the target.

What does shooting on one leg do? It depends on the archer. For some, it’s just a fun thing to try. For others, it helps keep them from leaning back when they pull the bow. Still others have to concentrate on keeping their balance, so their thoughts can’t interfere with the actual shot.

Practice your balance and see what shooting on one leg does for you. When you’re done, you can shoot on one leg, two legs, or no legs. (That last one I like to call sitting.) Happy Holidays! (Be on the lookout for my new book, “How to Shoot a Bow and Arrow,” coming out soon!) All our videos are on YouTube, so hit the thumbs up, subscribe and hit that bell icon!

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Tomorrow: Archery Challenge Advent Calendar!

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December is almost upon us, and I wanted to make sure you knew about the Archery Challenge Advent Calendar. For each day until the 24th of December 2021, I will be releasing a new video offering you an easy archery challenge. This series is meant for people who are relatively knew to traditional archery, though more experienced archers may find some of the challenges fun, too.

There are some things that you’ll need for the event, including:

  • An inexpensive bow
  • Three arrows
  • A rubber duck
  • A stick, paper towel roll tube, pool noodle
  • A washer, the metal circle with a circle cut out of it. (Not the kind you clean clothes with.)
  • An apple
  • A bell or jingle bells
  • A picture of Santa Claus
  • A Tic Tac Toe or Nick, Nock, No! target
  • Ace of spades
  • Three candles
  • A Santa hat
  • A picture of an undecorated Christmas tree

We’ve made it easier for some of these things by creating downloadable, printable targets that simulate many of these items.

Many of the videos are already loaded to YouTube and awaiting their premiere. Be sure to subscribe to Lincoln City Archery, click the thumbs up and hit that bell icon (with your mouse arrow not a real one). We hope you enjoy these small challenges.

If you can’t find an in person instructor for your archery skills, check out the right-handed shooting, left-handed shooting, and practice 15 minutes a day videos. If you need a bow and arrows for Archery Challenge Advent Calendar, come to Lincoln City Archery at the Lincoln City Outlets in Lincoln City, Oregon. We look forward to getting you on target for the holiday season.

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Oregon Author Signing Books at Lincoln City Archery: Press Release

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For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Shad Engkilterra

                                503-409-8037

                                Shadexaminer@gmail.com

Lincoln City Archery Press Release

Lincoln City, OR (Nov. 12, 2021) – Lincoln City Archery will host Oregon Author T.M. Brenner on Saturday Nov. 20 from 11am to 1pm and Sunday Nov. 21 from noon to 2pm. Brenner will be meeting with fans and signing copies of his books, including “Luminaries,” the Clandestined trilogy and the Sky Child trilogy.

Lincoln City Archery and Brenner are celebrating the release of his latest book, “The Pan-Galactic Misadventures of Dick Blowhard.” Released on Oct 2, 2021, Dick Blowhard is a genre-mashing tale of bar fighting with unicorns, galaxy traveling with space battles, and cursed toys that come to life. The comedy, sci-fi, fantasy adventure features adult comedy, so reader beware. Those who enjoy “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” will love Brenner’s new offering.

“When Brenner came to shoot with us and told me he was an indie author living in the Portland area, I knew we needed to feature him for a weekend book signing,” said Lincoln City Archery Owner Shad Engkilterra. “Indie authors produce some of the most original work out there, and Brenner is a prime example of that.”

Lincoln City Archery features a selection of independent author books at its indoor archery range and retail store at the Lincoln City Outlets. These are books that are generally not found in larger book retailing establishments.

“With so many people screaming for originality in TV and movies, it’s important to support those that are creating those new stories,” said Engkilterra. “It’s hard for those voices not connected with already successful IP or a media conglomerate to find the space to make some noise.”

Brenner is a graduate of Portland State University with a degree in Computer Science. He has written eight books. Brenner can be reached through his online presence:

Email: tmbrennerbooks@gmail.com
Website: http://www.tmbrenner.com
Facebook: Author T. M. Brenner
Twitter: @TimothyMBrenner

For those unable to make it to the book signing, T.M. Brenner’s books are available at Amazon (affiliate link).

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Nick, Nock, NO! Archery Tic Tac Toe at Lincoln City Archery

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Nick – To cut slightly. The arrow just nicked that box. Nock – To place an arrow on the bow string. NO! – What a Nick, Nock, NO! player shouts when the opponent blocks his or her square or defeats the archer by getting three in a row. Nick, Nock, NO! – Our version of archery Tic Tac Toe, invented at Malta Archery and now playing at Lincoln City Archery.

The rules for Nick, Nock, NO! are simple. You get three of your arrows in a row while your opponent tries to do the same. You can also attempt to block your opponent from getting three in a row. The archery version allows both players to shoot all three arrows, which means both players can win in the same game! If neither player gets three in a row, neither wins. An arrow that breaks the line of two boxes counts for neither box. The first person to hit a particular box, owns it; that box cannot be occupied by the other player. If an arrow hits a box that is already occupied, it simply doesn’t count.

For those wishing to add a point system, players can score one point for each box occupied by a single arrow. Three boxes in a row count gets a two-point bonus for a total of five points in the round. If one player wins, he or she gets an additional five points. If both players win, they get no bonus.

Individuals can play by themselves. A single player would only score points according to the first two rules of the above paragraph. Alternatively, keeping track of how many times the player gets three in a row during a specific time period (we suggest 15 minutes) will allow the archer to compare games won to other archers during the same time frame.

There are two versions of the game target – one that is simpler and one that is more difficult. The simple version has a black dot in the center of the squares. This focus point helps some players get their arrows in the boxes easier. A blank box is harder to hit for many archers.

At Lincoln City Archery, we focus on tradition archery using the Mediterranean draw for beginners. We offer expansive lesson that run for six hours over the course of six weeks, and we have shorter instructions for those who simply want to get their feet wet – 15 minutes at our range is sufficient enough for most people to get on the target. If you’d like to enjoy “archery near me,” come to Lincoln City Archery. Reservations are suggested, but walk-ins are welcome when there is range availability. If you can’t make it to our range and would like to download a Nick, Nock, NO! Archery Tic Tac Toe game sheet, check out our downloads here.

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Rod Serling on Going Home Again

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Every time I read something by Rod Serling, I think, “My God, that man knew how to write.” When I read the memoir penned by his daughter Anne Serling, I thought “that man knew how to love his family.” He may have worked too hard, smoked too much, and spent a lot of time thinking about the ills of society, but he found a way to make it work for him.

In the book Night Gallery with stories based on the TV series, Serling explores several of his favorite story-telling motifs. “They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar” examines the idea that a man can’t go home again. After 25 years of service, Randy Lane is on the verge of losing his job to a back-stabbing assistant. As he descends into acceptance of the situation, with the help of copious amounts of alcohol, he takes part in hallucinations that come from his memories of 1945, the best year of his life. Lane learns that a man can’t go home again, but if he is lucky, his memories and friends from now will help him find a way back to the present, so he can live a more fulfilling and satisfying life.

Rod Serling is a gift to us as human beings. Find his stories and devour them. And then try, with a mighty effort, to live up to them. We’ll all be better for it.

At Lincoln City Archery, we provide archers the opportunity to increase their knowledge of traditional archery and practice their skills at our indoor archery range in Lincoln City, Oregon. Like traditional archery, reading books takes focus and concentration. Turning off your electronics and reading a book for an hour will improve your focus and concentration. If the story is good enough, it won’t even seem like practicing. Plus, it’s a great way to pass the time when you can’t make it to the range. Happy shooting, happy reading, and let’s get on target.

Affiliate links used in this article allow us to earn a small commission on your book purchase while costing you nothing. Thank you. If you would prefer to order your books directly from us, we will be happy to ship them directly to your home for $3 plus shipping if they are available. You can even have them gift-wrapped!

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Legends in Archery: Adventures with Bow and Arrow book review

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When the Civil War ended, Confederate soldiers had their weapons confiscated. As combatants for the South, brothers Will and Maurice Thompson returned their demolished home without a way to hunt. They turned to the bow and arrow, and it was lucky for archery enthusiasts everywhere that they did. The brothers were writers, who published their adventures in magazines and later books. Maurice’s The Witchery of Archery is credited with reviving interest in the sport of bowhunting at a time when the rifle was considered a superior weapon.

Their story is just one of those told in in a collection of short vignettes by Peter Stecher. Legends in Archery: Adventures with Bow and Arrow explores the pioneers of modern-day western bowhunting. In addition to the Thompson brothers, he covers Howard Hill, Fred Bear, and many others while focusing on their bowhunting achievements. There are plenty of photos with their kills. There is also some discussion centered on the idea that big game couldn’t be taken with a bow and arrow.

While Stecher’s ramblings occasionally interrupt the biographical notes of the hunters in his book, overall, he provides and entertaining read. Because the author is Austrian, he also includes a couple of Austrian archers near the end. If you want a quick orientation to the fathers of the return to western traditional archery, Stecher provides a great place to start.

Legends in Archery is available at Lincoln City Archery and through this affiliate link on Amazon. At Lincoln City Archery, we provide archers the opportunity to increase their knowledge of traditional archery and practice their skills at our indoor archery range in Lincoln City, Oregon. Like traditional archery, reading books takes focus and concentration. Plus, it’s a great way to pass the time when you can’t make it to the range. Happy shooting, happy reading, and let’s get on target. (We use affiliate links in this article to earn a small commission on your purchase while costing you nothing. Thank you.)

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Facing the Zombie Apocalypse Horde

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Nearing the shop, I noticed a light flickering inside. Maybe one of the emergency lights was going to have to be replaced. I was pretty sure I shut all the other lights off. I unlocked the door and opened it. A wall of decay and death rolled out of the shop. I gagged on the scent and wondered what had died and who I would have to call to remove it. Then I heard the groans and moans coming from the back of the range. As my eyes adjusted to the dim light, I could see movement.

“Hey! You back there!” I shouted and gesticulated. “You aren’t supposed to be here. How did you get in?”

The figures at the back synchronized their turns to face me. Something wasn’t right. They didn’t walk; they shambled. They groaned and moaned. They started coming toward me.

“Do you need a doctor?” Only moans and groans and shuffling feet answered my question. More appeared out of the darkness behind them. “Don’t come any closer.” I pulled out my phone to call 9-1-1. There was no service. I dialed anyway and hoped that it would work. “I’m serious.” I put the phone on the counter and grabbed a bow from the wall.

One of the figures passed beneath an emergency light. I could see maggots and worms in its face. A bit of the skull shone through where the flesh had torn away. My brain couldn’t process what I was seeing.

“Stay back,” I menaced as best I could. The figures moved inexorably closer. I strung the bow and grabbed some arrows. “If you keep moving forward, I will be forced to use these.”

They kept moving forward. Amidst the moans and groans, I could hear a splorching sound, like a wet rag slapping against the floor. It was rhythmic. With each shamble forward, the splorch came from somewhere in the back. I fired a warning shot and got no reaction. The arrow hit the green tarp with a thud.

The figures were densely packed into the range. Only the green tarp kept them contained. They had to be coming from somewhere, but not one of them spoke. “Last chance. Sit down.” There was no response. That’s when my brain finally processed what was going on. They were zombies.

(This is part of the Zombie Apocalypse Live Action Arcade story that starts with the finding of a video game cabinet. If you want to fight off the zombie horde at Lincoln City Archery, make a reservation. Here are the rules for the game.)