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That is very cool!! I have a lot of respect for archers, especially ones who can doing on horseback.
 

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I like how they respect the past by dressing in traditional uniforms/costumes.
I also admire how they fire their bows. Raising them up high has got to be more difficult than traditional methods. I can see how/why they would, to prevent the bottom of the bow from possibly snagging on something beneath stirrup's level and spoiling the shot (not along the track but along actual fields of battle).

Can't remember where I first saw this quote but I believe it applies here... "sometimes the old ways are best".
 

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Nice article. I have seen film of yabasume and it always struck me as an odd practice because the targets were so close - then it was explained to me that that actually makes it harder rather than easier because the 'release window' is so tight.

Can someone with a better background in archery than I elaborate on that - or indeed comment on it's accuracy? {Yeah! Missile weapons pun attack :D}
 
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Having shot a bow off horses when I was a kid. (and gun's as well) I will say that it is very hard.
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I can't ride a horse or shoot an arrow so if tried that it would be very very dangerous:asian:
 

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That is so cool! I want to learn that. It is now on my list of things to do before I die! lol
 

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Can someone with a better background in archery than I elaborate on that - or indeed comment on it's accuracy?
That is absolutely correct. You've got about a 45 degree release window on a moving target. This is where you can easily shift your body to accurately cover the target without moving your feet. (or in yabusame, your butt!) Now, think of how much more area you could cover with that 45 degree shift at 50 yards as opposed to 3 yards. Now, think about pounding past the 3 yard target at a full gallop, and picture how short of a time it would be in your 45 degree window.
 
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