Archery Academy Manila

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Archery with ChaMike.

Looking for a new hobby? Why don't you try archery. Mike and I constantly search for new things to try and while I was browsing for deals on I came across an archery class promo at Archery Academy and decided to avail a 1-hour archery class for P275 each. We bought 2 vouchers months ago but it was just this month that we decided to finally use it.

Archery Academy Manila is a group of passionate archers who want to expand the archery  community by exposing more people to the sport by conducting hourly classes and full programs to first-time archers and archers who want a refresher course.

I've always been fond of fictional characters who use the power of bow and arrow for fighting. The likes of Robin Hood, Legolas, Hawk Eye and of course District 12's superhero and lady archer of Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss Everdeen made me want to engage in the sport even more.

Archery Academy hub
I texted them just a day before and they were very quick to respond, luckily they still had a slot for the Sunday 3pm class. Located at the fifth floor of Intrawest Center in Greenhills we arrived there 15 minutes before our actual class. The place was just small, good for intimate classes. 

One of the murals

Upon arrival we handed them our vouchers and we were asked to sign a waiver. They then began gearing us up.

Read and sign the waiver before anything else

They also asked us to choose our bow which we'll use until the end of the class.

Choosing your Arrow

In any archery class it is important to have a target so we were given the chance to choose our own. The 10-ring target faces come with a P50 fee but if you don't want to pay you can choose any target at the left side of the wall. The free targets are too small for beginners like us so we chose to pay P50 for the bigger ones (it also looked more legit right?)

Target and Schedule for that day

It is also important to wear sporty outfit and closed shoes which we did. Mike couldn't help wearing his Ateneo shirt for a witty statement - 'Mike the Blue Archer'

All set as the Blue Archer and Chamniss

Actual Class
We were six in the class which is the maximum capacity for an hour class. Coach Gio lectured us on the proper stance and form, the proper handling of the bow and arrow and how to properly aim for the target.

Coach Gio doing a one-on-one session

My turn

Mike's one-on-one session
Archery with ChaMike

It was just a quick lecture so we could have more time to experience it ourselves with the guidance of the Archery Academy team. The staff was also willing to take photos while we were doing the session so that's a plus for customers like us.

My classmates

My Legolas <3

Nice stance

Blue Archer- hehehe

Channeling Katniss Everdeen

Releasing the archer in me

Chamniss :)

They also taught us how to properly remove the arrow from the target

The one hour class passed by so quickly just right after I had three bull's eye hits which made me so kilig and happy. 

My target

Mike's target

Archery is not as easy as it looks. Yes, it was fun but believe me we were already sweating even during the middle of the course. Aside for an enjoyable experience, archery has many benefits - improves the upper body strength & develops focus and attention skills among many others. So I highly suggest you to try it yourself. It's good for date activities and barkada bonding.

Wednesday & Thursday | 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 8pm
Friday | 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
Saturday | 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm
Sunday | 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

P550 per head for 1 hour

Coaching, use of equipment and range, protective gear and fun practice target faces

5th floorm Intrawest Centre, #33 Annapolis St., Greenhills, San Juan 

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