Friday, May 4, 2012

29th Annual Western Trail Archery Classic

I'm in Redding, California this weekend to report for American Trigger Sports Network (ATSN-TV) covering the 29th Annual Western Trail Classic at the Straight Arrow Bow Hunters Club! This is a huge archery match; far over fourteen hundred participants! And everyone is so welcoming, and embracing the spirit of competition! We’ve gotten a lot of great interviews and footage. I love doing the interviews -- I'm learning so much about archery. It's nice to see the parallels to shooting, too. Yet I can’t seem to get over the quiet…there’s no need for ear muffs! 

I made a new friend from all the way from Maui, Hawaii, Kelson Uragomo! He is a National Archery Junior Champion! He was with his dad, also a very skilled archer! Kelson has been shooting archery since he was only three years old; how's that for dedication?

There are many junior shooters here, as well as pee-wees and women! Go girls! There’re many pros too! They’re wonderful to talk to as well as interested in sharing about the sport they love.

The funniest part of the match is the sixteen foot tall Big Foot that’s shot with two arrows from one hundred and one yards away! The really skilled archers can actually hit the bull eye on Big Foot’s chest! But the most amazing part, as with any competitive sport, is the focus of the participants, their love of archery and their incredible skill. I definitely won’t forget this experience!


  1. Tsuyoshi KawanoSaturday, May 05, 2012

    Oh,great!! Nice picture of your reporting!
    I've played Japnese old-style archery called "
    KYU-DO" when I was in high school.

  2. Hi Tsuyoshi,
    Tell me more about KYU-DO, what type of bow do you use? Do you shoot at 3D targets?

    1. Tsuyoshi KawanoSunday, May 06, 2012

      Hi, Molly! Thanks your reply!
      Japanese Old-Style Archery "KYU-DO" is very old and traditional that was used by "SAMURAI" -Japanese Warrior.
      KYU-DO's bow is made by bamboo and that's arrow is also made by bamboo with bird's feather.
      The bow doesn't have sighting device,then we will shoot the target 28m or 60m from us.
      That target is just like trade mark of US's super market "TARGET"
      Again,Thank you your reply!
      I always support you from JAPAN!

    2. That's really cool! I love to see traditions like that continue. While at the Western Trail Classic I met a Lakota man (Native American) who was shooting a bow similar to a bow that would seem to be used with Kyu-Do; it wasn't bamboo, but it had no sighting device. It was remarkable to see how good his hits were! I imagine with Kyu-Do it's very similar...amazing! Thank you so much for telling me about it. Please feel free to email me, Have a nice day/night! :)

  3. Hey Molly, good to meet you, your Mom & your camera man at the Trail shoot. Many Blessings new friends!

  4. Hi Dennis! It was nice to meet you too. ATSN has a great crew to work with! The Cameraman/Director, Chris Ward, is the best! Did you happen to see the new camera-gear he had? He wears it so he can follow the competitors with ease. It was a great match! I really enjoyed the weekend.

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