Korean Archery Equipment

 

A collection of different belts used in KTA. A practice belt for a new student is usually blank (left). After achieving a perfect end, archers are given a belt with the name of the pavilion, as well as their own name. On the far right is a 1st dahn belt awarded by the national association in Korea.  Making a thumb ring from animal antler is both educational and economical. Here are several thumb rings in various stages of carving. Traditional Korean thumb rings are made from water buffalo horn, and are far more durable than the rings shown here.  Traditional bamboo arrows incorporate hundreds if not thousands of years of technological expertise in fletching. Days of skilled work go into every arrow, from the straightening of the bamboo to the quail feather fletching, every one is a one of a kind.  Gyeongpojang Pavilion in Gangneung city, Korea. This building is typical of many archery pavilions throughout the country, as it contains both modern and traditional elements. As is common, the 2nd level is a covered area for dining or observation.
       
A collection of thumb rings for sale at an archery competition. Vendors typically set up temporary shop at most archery competitions, selling all related supplies and equipment for the sport. Bows, bowstrings, arrows and belts can usually be purchased for reasonable prices.  The 'Jung Gahn' sign for the GangneungJang Archery Pavilion in Calgary, Canada. The two Chinese characters remind archers to respect the sport, their elders, fellow archers, and the Pavilion itself.  A new archery set. A new composite Korean bow will come with its own belt, which is used for storage when the bow is unstrung. New bows also come with at least one new string, which usually requires fine tuning, and the attachment of a nocking point.  This is an arrow case, made in a traditional style. The colorful bags are for the archer's thumb rings and other equipment. Notice that in this instance, the arrows are of modern carbon fiber construction.
       
 A new target for the Gangneung Jang Pavilion of Calgary, Canada. This target is intended for use at only 75 meters, and is therefore exactly 1/4 the overall area of a typical target found in Korea. Following the rules of perspective, this target approximates the difficulty of hitting a full size target at the full distance of 145 meters.  Several new thumg rings displaying the range of sizes available. The overall fit and comfort of this thumb ring is extremely important to an archer. Poorly fit rings cause pain and blistering, and will adversely affect an archer's accuracy and enjoyment of the sport.  Modern carbon fiber arrows are found alongside the more traditional bamboo arrows in Korean Traditional Archery. Generally available for a fraction of the price, these arrows have all the same characteristics of their predecessors; blunt brass arrowheads, and a system of measurement in weight and length that are unique to the sport.  Nearly all archery pavilions in Korea will provide practice bows for its new members. A practice bow will have a lower draw weight, allowing students to focus on proper posture and technique. The strength of the practice bow is gradually increased as a students develops in skill.