Turkish Archery-Kepaze Bows, Purpose and Making

Kepaz(d)e bows were weaker bows that have been used in pulling exercises to acquire the muscle memory and good shooting form as well as maintaining this muscle memory. An old Ottoman phrase says "If you leave pulling a bow for one day archery leaves you for ten days". Similar recommendations can be found in other arts in the Turkish world, like caligraphy, for instance.. More...

1st World Traditional Archery Competition Gyula Hungary

The summary of 1st World Traditional Archery Competition at Gyula Hungary. 30/08/2016 - 04/09/2016.. More...

Strength in Archery

Strength training is a very important part of the training regimen of any athlete no matter at which sports he or she is specialized. It is not too much different in archery. In modern archery weight training is meant to increase the stamina and flexibility rather than pure strength. However, in traditional archery there may be some other concerns. In general, the health benefits of strength training... More...

Testing of Three Grozer Bows

The renowned Hungarian bowyer Csaba Grozer has sent three of his bows for testing. Two of these bows are labeled “Turkish biocomposite” and “Turkish Laminated” and the third one is named “Crimean Tatar L2”. All the test bows revealed an excellent finish both in workmanship and the materials used. While Turkish laminated and Crimean Tatar are not... More...

Trickshots with Turkish Archery Tackle

Turkish archery is a school within Asian & Middle Eastern archery. Short, recurved composite bows are shot with thumb release. Despite the popularity of Ottoman flight archery among archery-and history enthusiasts, Turks were brilliant target shooters too. In the Archery field in Istanbul archers used to shoot a target called "puta"... More...

A Bow Review: Zsolt Csermak’s Crimean Tatar Bow

Here you find a short review of a “short Crimean Tatar bow” made by the Hungarian bowyer Zsolt Csermak. Being shorter than most of the Crimean Tatar bows, reportedly it is based on an original and similar in length, has a design that is not too.... More...

A Turkish Bow by Zsolt Csermak-Review

All-resin bows are not famous with their high efficiencies but there are quite good traditional bow replicas made by using this technique. A Hungarian bowyer Zsolt Csermak is making all-resin trad bows and we had tested a Crimean Tatar prototype before. This video is about the testing and results of his new Ottoman-Turkish bow replica of which we recently had a 41- and a 49 pounder.... More...

Khatra in Turkish Archery and the Related Arrow Dynamics

Thumb release (Mongolian release) is a sophisticated shooting technique that has ben developed in a geography where the armies consisted of professional soldiers employed full-time. That’s why many eastern martial arts, especially archery, have techniques that are difficult to master and.... More...

Shooting at Moving Target in a Seated Position Called “Malikler Oturushu”

“Malikler Oturushu” is the typical eastern style of sitting, with legs crossed. In old Mamluk archery treatised this style of sitting was called as “malikler oturushu” referring to the formal sitting position of sultans and.... More... MaliklerOturushu

Our Training Methodology

We follow the authentic training methodology described in Ottoman archery treatises with some slight modifications. Know-how about the mililtary use of Turkish-Middle Eastern archery we harvested from Mameluk treatises are also included in our training method. Here is a brief explanation how we do teaching and practicing in our group.... More...

Trickshots with Turkish Archery Tackle

Turkish archery is a school within Asian & Middle Eastern archery. Short, recurved composite bows are shot with thumb release. Despite the popularity of Ottoman flight archery among archery-and history enthusiasts, Turks were brilliant target shooters too. In the Archery field in Istanbul archers used to shoot a target called "puta"... More...

Fort George August 2013

I think they like me here! Why do I think that? Because Mick jumps with joy from his chair when he sees me and shouts "Oh, its Adnan!", while Wally shakes my hand with "Good to see you, brother..." and Richard keeps trying to involve me more and more in the archery scene of the UK. Thanks to Richard I am now a member of the Longbow Heritage Club headed by Carol as well... More...

A New Lifeline

Readers of our site will know what an important historical site Okmeydanı and its "Archers Lodge" is for Turkish Archery. A literal English translation of Okmeydanı would mean "place of archery/arrows", "shooting range" or "archery yard". It was first appropriated for the use of archers right after the conquest of Istanbul by Mehmet II, when he commissioned a guild... More...

GoPro Shoots

Several videos made during our training sessions using GoPro equipment. Some shots were made with the camera attached to the archer's head. Moving targets were shot at from 7-21 metres. Actual speed was mixed with slow motion in the final cut. More...

Istanbul Military Museum December 2012

On the 21st of December, a publicity event was organised at the Istanbul Military Museum with the collaboration of the museum management and TÜRSAB(Turkey Travel Agencies Association). With the aim to promote the museum to the tourism professionals, a guided tour by experts was followed by a cocktail at the Ahmet Muhtar Paşa Hall. At the start of the event... More...

Archery Demonstration at Fatih University

This video is another lecture & demonstration about Turkish traditional archery in one of the universities in Istanbul. Dr. Murat Ozveri made a speech about the meaning of bow and other archery tackle as hunting tool, as weapon of war, as political as well as military symbols in medieval Turkish world, as a holy object from a mystic/esoteric point of view; of which influence on modern... More...

Early Islamic Turkish Archery and Thumb Release

Bow has been a part of the human history for at least 15.000 years. Within all these millenia bow has been shot with various pull-and-release techniques, that appearently varied from one culture to another. Thumb release is a general term that is preferred by contemporary authors. It defines a pull-and-release technique at which the major work is done by the thumb and the other fingers of the hand are also involved in... More...

Ashmolean Museum 28 July 2012

On the 28th of July 2012, a Longbow and Traditional Archery Day took place at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Being a member of the distinguished Tirendaz Archers, I was invited to this event a few months earlier by SPTA founder Hilary Greenland, to talk to visitors and enthusiasts about Turkish Archery. In spite of the weather forecasts - on a sunny saturday morning... More...

St. George’ s Shoot April 2012

As some of you know, I am living in London for some time now. Since I was already in the UK, I thought I would go and attend the St. George’s Shoot. We had long been wanting to go as a group (Tirendaz), but either due to scheduling conflicts or financial issues, we were never able to. The shoot was held in a village called Stoodleigh, eight miles from Tiverton. After an early morning meeting on Friday, I went back to my place... More...

Use of Siper

In Ottoman era sportive archery existed as early as 15th century. In the earliest capital cities Bursa and Edirne there were special archery fields called "okmeydani". After the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 Sultan Mehmed II "the Conqueror" established an okmeydani for archers in the newly named city Istanbul. Flight archery has always been... More...

A Co-operation Agreement

The Hungarian National Archery Federation (Nemzeti Íjászszövetség) is the final result of the revival movement of traditional archery in this pioneering country, which started there in the 1970' s . Based on knowledge and experience accumalated over decades, the federation is the product of an systematic effort of thirty five years. Thanks to warm relations we have built with Hungarian traditional archers, a co-operation agreement has been signed with between... More...

Overview of Puta Shooting

Throughout the history of mankind, archery has emerged in different periods as well as different cultures and has become an inevitable part of those cultures. The need for their emergence however, was more or less the same: Man’s struggle with nature and his quest for survival! Archery has affected different aspects of each culture it has emerged in and has also gained spiritual meanings, despite its primary practical value as a weapon and sports tool. There are examples such as Ottoman archery, with its links to Islamic mysticism or like Japanese archery (Kyudo), which has connections to Far-Eastern mystic schools such as Zen Budhism.... More...

Tirendaz Archers In Hungary

Nine members of Tirendaz Archers took part in the Bornemissza Cup that was held in the Hungarian city of Eger (25th of April 2011). The competition with over one hundred participants was held in Eger Castle, a location which has great historical importance for both Turks and Hungarians......... More...
News piece about the event on local Eger TV:

Thumb Ring Build-A-Long Using Dental Laboratory Techniques

“Archer’s rings” which are authentic to Turkish-Asian archery cultures, are tools that were designed to draw shorter bows. Turks used words like “zihgîr” (or zehgîr) (pronunciation “zeehgeer”), “şast” (or “şest”)(pron. shust) from Persian for archer’s rings. It is also known that other words from Persian such as “küştüvan”(pron. kooshtoovan) in Mameluke sources and “engüştvâne”(pron. engushtvana) among Turkic cultures in the pre-Ottoman era were used..... More...

NTV Sport-“Love for Sport” Show, September 2010

Tirendâz archers Murat Özveri, Adnan Akgün and Mehmet Gölhan were guests on a TV show called “Love for Sport” for the Turkish NTV Sport Channel. In the timeslot reserved for them, they addressed the audience regarding Turkish Traditional Archery as a sportive and cultural value as well as demonstrating shooting techniques. A traditional Ottoman target (puta) was used for the shooting demos.

Vsetice Nadaam 2009

The video of the event that took place on 28.06.2009 at Vsetice, Czech Republic. (more…)

Sheep Horn As a Material in Composite Bow Making

The bowyers and users of composite reflex bows know that the highest-quality bows can be made with single-piece horn laminates on the belly of the limbs. During the first period of studies about the development of the bow the researchers thought that the horn of the earliest type of Hungarian cattle had been considered to be suitable for using on the bow’s belly in the 9-11th centuries. The reason was the extreme length of that type of horn. More...