The Clubhouse of Korean Traditional Archery

The clubhouses of Korean Traditional Archery combine both the tangible and intangible aspects of Korean culture. In some cases, the construction and architectural composition of a clubhouse is extremely modern, using materials such as galvinized metal roofing or glass doors. In other clubhouses, organizers and builders use only traditional Korean construction techniques, solid wooden timbers, and the traditional paints often seen around Korea's beautiful mountainside Buddhist temples and tourist sites.

Whether built in a modern or traditional fashion, the building itself embodies the same teachings which can found in the precepts section of this website. In every clubhouse, regardless of age or size, is a 'Jung Gahn'. This is an expression written in Chinese Characters which reminds archers of the Confuscian teachings and precepts embodied in Korean Traditional Archery. There are many ways in which to translate the meaning of the 'Jung Gahn', as it can be interpreted to refer to either the place, (clubhouse), or to an archer's desire to maintain proper focus. Addtionally, there is a traditional reading of 'Jung Gahn' which references the more senior members of the clubhouse, who may or may not be in attendance at any given time. What is similar in all interpretations of 'Jung Gahn' is the importance of an archer showing respect and deference upon entering the clubhouse. This is done by having every archer bow to the 'Jung Gahn' sign when she or he first arrives to the clubhouse. Similarly, it is expected of every archer that she or he bow when leaving for the day.

In a typical clubhouse, members will regularly attend for the following functions:

1. Monthly financial or operational meetings

2. Inter-clubhouse competitions, usually with prizes

3. Daily individual practice

4. Meeting peers or equal skill level archers

5. Lessons with more senior or experienced archers, or the clubhouse's master

6. Clubhouse maintenance or cleaning of the clubhouse