An appeal to secure an archery field to help promote this Traditional sport and our passion sustainably
By supporting us on securing an archery field, you ultimately help us on reviving the forgotten traditional archery, and bringing it to as many Singaporeans as possible.
My name is Alfyan Ariff from Singapore and I am a traditional archer practicing the authentic traditional techniques of Ottoman archery and founder of Traditional Archers Singapore.
I have always dreamed of reviving the forgotten traditional archery to
all Singaporeans and further my knowledge and skills in practicing the authentic Ottoman archery.
Why Traditional Ottoman Archery?
Traditional Malay archery ended together with most of the history under the British colonial rule. Through the years there are interest groups that tried to revive traditional archery but most has died trying to establish or practiced traditional professionally and competitively. As a founder of "Traditional Archers Singapore" We have had our fair share of critics and barriers in our mission to reviving traditional instinctive archery. What most forget is instinctive archery has always been one of the primary weapons used in this region, the Malay Peninsula dating back to even before when Singapore was known as Temasek under the rule of Malacca Sultanate, which had close relationship with great Ottoman Empire of modern day Turkey. We aim to revive instinctive archery is shooting an arrow from any bows including modern bows without sight or any other mode of assistance.
Why it Matters (The Impact)
Traditional archery has become a forgotten sport and a forgotten tradition. As they ( Singaporean of all ages and gender ) struggle in this modern age in school and at work, getting sufficient exercise and maintaining focus as well as concentration is a challenge.This is where archery can prove that it is the sport that can help them. It is a sport almost anyone can participate in which will get their creative juices flowing as they learn how to shoot like the best.
The joy of Traditional Archery is in its simplicity and its complexity. At its base level, it is simply a bow and arrow, but to use these tools well, takes practice and a desire to improve. It will give them a boost in a number of aspects in their life outside the sport.
Traditional archery is different due its simplicity; without aids of sights nor aiming guides, it makes the archer step back and realise that execution of a job does not always need complexity. It is not only fun, it helps the mind to focus, body to breathe, limbs to exercise, heart to connect and most importantly spirit to develop.
This activity has gathered strong interests from individuals bringing along their family members. Most were surprised with the simple technique of traditional archery. Although its just bow and arrows, the learning values has created bonds that goes beyond archery. From trust and respect to greater care and concern. Just some attributes to name, leads to a family of champions, on and off the archery range.
Securing An Archery Field
After the loss of our archery field due to upgrading and redevelopment by the the authority and furthermore Singapore being a fast paced country, leaves us with no suitable space to train outdoor.
With the Covid-19 outbreak we have the time to search for a suitable ground as a replacement for the next playing field. Your support could eventually help us secure an archery field to continuously promote this traditional sport and our passion sustainably.