Zen archery?

Adam Cowming von Archery Mental Mastery schreibt auf Facebook:

To get one step closer to zen archery you need to open your mind and be okay with taking a loss on the competition field.

Sometimes that is what it takes for you to be comfortable focusing on the shots instead of the scores. My belief is that panic and anxiety live forward of the shooting line. By not looking there it will be impossible to ever see them. By not focusing there you won’t ever find them. If you seek perfection in your shots, then focus your mind on this. You need to be able to close your eyes and visualise every part of your shot routine that sets you up perfectly at full draw. See all the parts of your shot, including the stance, your draw and the anchor. T

Then look at yourself from an outside perspective and see yourself going through the movements to perfectly flow through your shot execution. The subconscious is letting the pin float while the conscious is connecting the mind to your muscles.

You need to feel everything about the pull until the release fires and the arrow leaves the bow. This needs to be something you strive to feel. You need to make this your bar to reach for, and nothing else. This feeling is graceful, it is smooth, it is perfect. I see now that the hardest shots to make in archery are the bad ones.

Good shots are the easy ones.

They require the least amount of work and much less energy. They just flow, they just happen. I am sure you have had the time where “it just went off” and somehow it was in the 10. It probably seemed too easy – but that was it.

So lerne ich es bei CC, aber es ist immer wieder schwierig umzusetzen. Im Traininglager konnte ich mich komplett auf den Sport konzentrieren. Im Alltag geht dieser innere Fokus dann oft wieder verloren und die Scheibenangst behindert und blockiert den Schuss. Es ist dann mühsam, sich wieder zurück zu nehmen – aber es ist die Arbeit an sich selbst wert!

Und tatsächlich ist der Schuss dann „einfach“ und „geschieht“ gewissermaßen ohne Kraftaufwand … und wird dann zur Meditation.

Ob man das dann Zen nennen mag, lasse ich dahingestellt, da ich nicht glaube, dass unsereins das Wesen des Zen ganz verstehen kann.

Und weiter:

Archers have a tendency to be afraid of one factor. That is failure. Failure can be scary, overwhelming, and also intimidating. However, it is something that athletes have to face in their careers in order to succeed and accomplish their goals.

You Will Only Be Average

You cannot be afraid to fail in competitive sports. If you are afraid of failure you are never going to reach your peak potential in your particular sport. You will only be average.To be the best or to win, you have to fail and make mistakes first.

Failure is important to grow as a person and more importantly as an athlete. Through failure you will learn from your mistakes. This will enable you to be the best that you can be in your sport.

You Will Perform Cautiously

If you are afraid of failure, you are going to perform cautiously. When you become cautious, you become timid. Other competitors will notice this aspect of you and take advantage of it.

You have to realize that you are going to make mistakes. You cannot be afraid of failure if you want to succeed. Everyone has failed from time to time in their sport. You have to have the attitude if I fail one day, everything is going to be fine.


In order to succeed in whatever sport you are involved in, you have to come to the realization that you are never going to be perfect. As human beings, we are not meant to be perfect. We are expected to make mistakes. Mistakes will enable you to grow as an athlete. Once you realize that you are going to make mistakes, you will not be afraid to make mistakes. You will accept them and use them as an opportunity.


Alles auch der Hintergrund, warum es im Training und an der blank bale so gut klappt! 😉
Aber es ist durchaus wichtig, mit Auflage zu üben, denn mit reiner Vermeidungsstrategie kommt man eben nicht weiter. Man muss es gut dosieren und den Fokus auf dem eigenen Tun lassen und nicht auf die Scheibe projezieren. Leichter gesagt als getan! Bogenschießen ist eben lebenslanges Lernen …

Im Bogensport-Magazin 3/2017 gibt es gute Artikel zum mentalen Aspekt!