A journey of the mind manifesting into a sport.
Archery / Shooting – A Journey of the mind from the things it fears to focus its consciousness on towards things it desires.
The archer aims at the midpoint of the Dart Board and ejects the arrow using a bow with the required force so that the arrow reaches the goal.
Benefits of Archery/Shooting
Focus – Archers tune out all distractions, focus on their form, and release the bowstring consistently. Concentrating during archery practice can help focus better in other areas of life too. Competing in tournaments is also good practice for coping with high-pressure situations.
Strength – Strengthens your arms, core, hands, chest and shoulders by practicing a proper draw. Trying to draw a bow with too much draw weight can cause injury, so begin by having a professional set the bow to the correct draw weight. As you build strength and skill, increase your draw weight.
Coordination – Many things must happen quickly to execute a good shot. Place your feet. Nock your arrow. Grip the bow, but not too firmly. Push the bow away while pulling the bowstring. Find your anchor point. Release. Many of these steps take just a few seconds, but each affects your shot. Consistent practice builds muscle memory, and your shooting becomes more instinctive.
Exercise – Besides working your upper body by drawing your bow, you can expect to walk a lot while bow-hunting, or when moving between targets when shooting target archery or 3-D archery. If you don’t walk during practice sessions, drawing a bow burns about 140 calories per half-hour, the same as walking at a brisk, 3.5-mph pace.
Confidence – In archery, you can compete against others or against yourself. But the sport isn’t just about hitting bull’s-eyes. Shooting your bow and improving your form with practice also builds self-esteem.
Relaxation – It helps relieve stress and gives a calming effect.
According to the two great ancient Indian epics; The Ramayana, Lord Rama was a defender of the good, who was known to be a great archer, and in The Mahabharata, King Arjuna was also a great archer who was good at aiming a fish’s eye on the ceiling of the palace, viewing only its reflection in oil in a container placed on the floor.
Lord Rama in Ramayana
King Arjuna in Mahabharata
Archery of the Ancient Kings and Queens in Epic Movies
Rising high in the international arena, the Indian movie, Bahubali 2 – The Conclusion, made originally in Telugu and Tamil languages, has shattered many high-profile movies’ records and counting; surpassing that of the movies, The Boss Baby and The Circle, and competing with the Fast and Furious 8 in the U.S. Box Office.
Bahubali was produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni, directed by S.S. Rajamouli and the main cast include: Prabhas (my favorite actor) as Amarendra and Mahendra Bahubali, Rana as Bhallaladeva, Anushka Shetty as Devasena, Sathyaraj as Kattappa, Ramya Krishnan as Sivagami and Tamannah as Avantika, et al.
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Similar kinds of sports include long jump, high jump, shot put, javelin throw, etc.