Daily Decrease in Archery

Posted: 02/28/2014 in Hunting

That is good advice – my problem is more of a whack-a-mole type, where I eliminate one bad habit, another one crops up, next thing I know I’m turning in a circle (mentally). I’ve been shooting archery since the early 70’s, all but ten years of that in one kind of competition or another, and while I enjoy it, I don’t want it to turn into work again like it did in the late 1990’s.

3D Archery with Gregory Richards

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Besides archery, I’m have been training in the martial arts for the past 20 years, first in Tae Kwon Do, then in Kickboxing and Iaido (Samurai Sword). In the martial arts, Bruce Lee has to be one of the most quoted people and most of the time they get the quote wrong or they misinterpret it.

One “mantra” that he had was “Daily Decrease”. People took this to mean to train in less each day. But what he really meant and it applies to archery is that each day you should strive to eliminate something that you’re doing that hurts your performance. Instead of approaching your training as trying to “get better”, you should focus your training on Eliminating the “holes” in your technique. This is how you will become better. 

Jimmy Johnson, the Football coach has said that it is not always the team that makes the biggest plays…

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