What will you learn from this book?

secrets of Middle-East archery techniques

fascinating history of the origins of archery techniques

how to properly shoot with a thumb ring

work out your own archery stance and shooting technique

how to eliminate your mistakes while shooting

familiarize yourself with the construction of the reflexed bow and a thumb ring​

how to match the equipment to your own physical requirements

understand the complex mechanics of the shot

how to correctly make use of a bow and even how to carry out light repairs​

Everything will become easier for you due to (among others) the 109 colour object photographs and drawings, detailed and in-depth descriptions as well as a huge amount of advices and comments.

If you have any questions, or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me

author: Adam Swoboda, 172 pages, full color, index, 9.29″x6.38″x0.71″ (23.6cmx16.2cmx1.8cm), sewn hard cover. ISBN 978-83-933621-1-0.

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A few words from the author

I often encounter questions and become involved in discussions on various topics related to shooting with a thumb ring at archery meetings and tournaments and on archery Internet sites. Many of these topics come up again and again. I wanted my book to offer answers to many of these questions in the most straightforward, readable manner while also providing a comprehensive treatment of the topic so that one source would present nearly all the available knowledge of shooting with thumb rings.
ADAM SWOBODA
The Art Of Shooting A Short Reflexed Bow With A Thumb Ring.

The story behind the book

Archery has always fascinated me. In my case I don’t think this is an exaggeration since this adventure has already spanned over forty years. As often happens when you are fascinated by something, I was initially interested in everything to do with bows. For a brief time I was even involved with the sport of archery. However, always shooting from predetermined distances at the same targets was too monotonous and boring for me. The bow had always been associated in my mind with a certain independence. Shooting in varied terrain at completely incidental target turned out to be decidedly more attractive to me.

For the past fifteen years, I have focused exclusively on traditional archery. Like all traditional archers, in the beginning I searched for my own path and experimented with different types of bows. In the end, I finally settled on eastern archery and the reflexed bow. After I became the proud owner of a wonderful copy of a Turkish bow made by Adam Karpowicz, my interest was cemented for good. This bow has played a central role in the creation of this book. Additionally, it has, in a certain sense, forced me to learn to shoot using a thumb ring [….]

This book grew out of my experiences as I learned to shoot this unique bow using an archer’s thumb ring. I gathered essential theoretical knowledge by reading available sources and through the exchange of experiences with such wonderful Turkish archers as Murat Ozveri and Michal Sodja and with my friend Jarek Bełza, who is a wealth of archery knowledge, as well as with many others. My correspondence with Adam Karpowicz was an invaluable source of information [….]

My main source of information was medieval archery texts written in Arabic and translated into English [….]
The techniques described in the book probably originate from Persia. The discovery and development of many of them is attributed to the leaders of the Sassanid dynasty[….]

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What experts say about the book

Most archers today are familiar with bows made of synthetic materials and modern shooting methods which commonly employ sighting devices and mechanical string releases. While some have heard of drawing the string with three fingers, few are aware that Eastern methods were also used in the past. Among these methods, the best known was shooting with a ring; the so-called thumbring, allowed holding the bowstring with the thumb. This drawing method made using short Eastern bows more comfortable, and it was particularly important in horseback archery. Armies of mounted archers equipped with short reflexed bows terrorized the world at the time conquering half of Europe and most of Asia. The arrows of Turkish archers trained in flight shooting reached distances of over 800 m.Interest in the traditional archery of the East has increased steadily over the last few years. There are many websites and interest groups as well as horseback archery clubs. Many types of reflexed bows can be purchased, including those made in the traditional manner. Although many books have been published on this topic, we still do not know much about ancient shooting methods, and new owners of reflexed bows often do not know how to start. Adam Swoboda's book fills this gap very well.Very few traditional archers possess Swoboda's qualifications in this unusual field.The author not only found original sources, he also interpreted them in a way that is accessible to modern readers. This was an extremely difficult task which required a thorough understanding of equipment, as well as an in-depth knowledge of archery based on many years of practice.The reader will discover not only detailed and comprehensive descriptions of traditional reflexed bows, the positions of the archer while shooting, the grasp of the bow and methods of release, but also systems for aiming, which is often the most difficult skill for the archer to master. Even injuries that can be sustained from shooting are explained clearly and logically on the basis of original sources.As a veteran user of the thumb ring, I have no doubts the book by Adam Swoboda, recommended for beginners and experienced Eastern archers alike, will become an essential addition to the archer's library and will contribute to the popularization of this fascinating sport.
ADAM KARPOWICZ
A world class expert on the structure and the properties of traditional composite bows, particularly those of Turkey and the Middle East. He has constructed and tested many exact replicas of historical bows, made entirely of natural materials and has helped to teach new bowyers, also in Turkey, to revive the archery tradition. He wrote a book "Ottoman Turkish bows, manufacture and design" www.ottoman-turkish-bows.com published in 2008 and many articles on the composite bows. He is a long standing user of the thumb ring and an expert in the old methods of shooting.
The first glimps revealed a high-quality book, from his paper weight to its well-made hard cover and brilliant pictorial content.Since then I have been trying to understand the texts, at least the few words below the photographs. By the way, photographs are really good! Honestly, I've never felt such an urge to learn a foreign language. I wanted "badly" to read and get into the book. A book that would attract and "absorb" any reader.And thank you for honoring me in your book. It's an undeserved honor and great pleasure to see my name in your book, and additionally with Adam Karpowicz's and Michal Sodja's. Good that Adam wrote the forward, another attractive feature of such an excellent book.The book will surely make any archery enthusiasts happy. Congartulations and thanks a lot!
Dr. MURAT ÖZVERI
Murat Özveri was born in 1969, in Istanbul. He graduated from İstanbul Erkek Lisesi and Istanbul University Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his PhD at the Periodontology Department at the Faculty of Dentistry in Marmara University. Short after he started with modern sports archery he came across the magical world of traditional Turkish archery. He started to work systematically in order to repair the broken chain of tradition, to recover and save the know-how that had been lost in history. Özveri has been teaching archery by following the authentic Ottoman training methodology under the banner of Tirendâz, which he founded in 2008. He and his students have been participating in traditional archery competitions organized in Turkey and abroad. Giving lectures in Turkey as well as in other countries, he keeps consulting documetary films, doing scientific research in museums, writing articles and participating in TV programs.
I strongly endorse Adam Swoboda's book for anybody who would like to learn to shoot with a thumb ring. There has never been any comprehensive and so complete work done in modern language to date that would help us in understanding of shooting short, reflexed composite bows of Asian origin with the use of thumb draw. This work is as important, in my opinion, as the work of Klopsteg, Elmer and Karpowicz among others. I strongly recommend this work to anybody, who is inclined to learn this technique of shooting traditional bow.
LUKAS NOVOTNY
Saluki Bow Company
This is a unique book. Adam has done a great job in gathering together and presenting systematically all the available historical materials. An additional advantage of this book is the fact that Adam is an archer and has tested personally all of the techniques described. I have no idea how he has managed to present such a vast number of details so accessibly, but he has.Archers who are interested in shooting with a thumb ring will find this book an invaluable source of information. It is, in fact, a ready textbook from which one can choose one's own optimal technique.The book also presents the entire richness of Eastern archery, while also ensuring that these achievements will not be lost to history.
JAROSŁAW BEŁZA
is well known all over the world as the maker of arrowheads, following the old designs and blacksmithing techniques belza.iq.pl. He is a long-standing sports archer, an expert on bows and crossbows and a consultant involved in many research projects on archery. He also authored a ground-breaking study on the penetration of arrows and bolts through armour.
This review concerns a new book by Adam Swoboda about a particular branch of archery which is made clear by its title, The Art of Shooting a Short Reflexed Bow with a Thumb Ring 1. This title might seem verbose, but it must be understood that thumb rings were used to shoot other than short reflexed bows 2 and short reflexed bows were sometimes shot using two fingers rather than the thumb. Using the information supplied in such books as Arab Archery 3, Saracen Archery 4, and Turkish Archery and the Composite Bow 5, he has set out to synthesise a modern technical manual for shooting in this traditional manner for the modern archer. Unlike his sources, his book is fully illustrated showing postures and techniques in a way earlier authors could have only envied.[...]
BEDE DWYER
Was born and still lives in Sydney, Australia. He has pursued his interest in oriental archery for approximately 36 years of his adult life. In that time, he has researched the archery traditions of Turkey, Mamluk Egypt, Iran, Northern India, Mongolia, China and Korea. Rather than just compile information from old books, he has actively tested equipment and techniques. He makes archers' rings, arrows, quivers and bow cases. He was the first person to shoot an arrow guide of the style of a Persian nāvak (Arabic majrā) in the American Flight Archery Tournament at Bonneville Flats in Utah. He also uses the Ottoman siper overdraw in flight shooting and briefly held a world distance record for shooting a hunting arrow with a traditional composite bow.[...]
This book by Adam Swoboda is an excellent resource for everything I enjoy about archery and horse archery. [...] The photos are very clear, the book thorough and exhaustive, and the breadth of knowledge quite academic. I spent quite a bit of money on SARACEN ARCHERY by LATHAM. This book covers more, and is clearly on par with everything in that book.I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn the art. I am reading it now, and find it is thorough and knowledgable.[...]
TODD MATHIS
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The Art Of Shooting A Short Reflexed Bow With A Thumb Ring

author: Adam Swoboda, 172 pages, full color, index, 9.29″x6.38″x0.71″ (23.6cmx16.2cmx1.8cm), sewn hard cover. ISBN 978-83-933621-1-0.
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Traditional archer, an organiser of archery tournaments, a founder and leader of the archery fraternity 'Swobodna Company' and an honorary member of the Polish Association of Traditional Archery. He was the winner and participant in numerous traditional archery tournaments in Poland and abroad. His main achievements in traditional archery: a vice- champion in the European 3D competition in Vorau-Austria 2009, class PB-HB. The winner of the 3D Polish Cup in 2010, class PB-HB. He took IV place in the 2011 European 3D Championship, Koszeg-Hungary, class PB-HB. Adam Swoboda was the only archer to use a thumb ring and historical shooting techniques during the European Championship. He gained Ist place in the 3D HDH IAA Polish Championship in Field Archery in 2012, class PB-HB. The winner of the III rounds of the 2012 3D Polish Cup in Field Archery, class PB-HB. He gained IV place in the First Polish Championships in Traditional Archery in 2012.
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