Korea Archery Association: World Class Status

Korea Archery Association and its History of Developing the Sport

History of Korean Archery and How It Accomplished World-Class Status

The Korean Archery Association was founded in 1931 and the first national championship was held in 1963. Korean archery has a long history, dating back to the Three Kingdoms period when bows were used in warfare. The first modern day Korean archer is believed to be Yi Hwang, who competed against China at the 1904 St. Louis Olympics.


Korea’s dominance in world-class archery is not by chance. It has been a long time coming and it is due to their dedication and discipline towards their craft. Archery has been a part of Korean culture and tradition since the Three Kingdoms era.


Archery competitions have been held in Korea since the beginning of recorded history, with archery being an important part of military strategy. The word “kon-doe” in Korean means “bow” or “to shoot with a bow”. The Koreans are also known for using the Double-edged Sword as their national weapon.


Korean archery competed for international recognition in the early 20th century, with a Korean team traveling to Paris to take part in the 1900 Olympics. However, after that Korea did not field a team again until 1992. As of 2008, the Korean team is currently ranked 21st in Archery World Cup rankings, and has never won a gold medal at the World Championships.


In the past Korea was a powerhouse in archery, winning numerous gold medals at world championships. Korea is currently ranked 21st in Archery World Cup rankings, and has never won a gold medal at the World Championships , with their last victory coming in the 2004 European Championships.


In society there is a great interest in the sport. In 2009, between 1 and 2 million people watched the World Cup finals live in China. The sport consists of two rounds followed by a final round. The first round is called “Quarterfinals” and is divided into four groups with three athletes competing per group.


The winners of each group advance to the second round, called ” Semifinals” and is divided into two groups with three athletes competing per group. The winners of each group advance to the final round, called “Finals.”


In the second round, there are also four groups with three people in every group. After this is the finals with two people in every final race.


The first round of competition is called ” Qualifiers.” The qualification round is the first round of competition. There are ten (10) competitors in each group. After the qualifiers, there are three groups, with five people in each group.


The group winners get to move on to the finals, while the second and third place competitors race for third place and fourth place respectively.

Korea Archery Association and Why Should You Care?

Korea Archery Association

The Korea Archery Association is the governing body for archery in South Korea. The Korea Archery Association was founded on September 3, 1971. It was established to promote the sport of archery in South Korea, as well as to provide a unified voice for Korean archers.


The purpose of the association is to promote and develop archery in Korea and represent Korean archers in international competitions.


The members of the Korean Archery Association are divided into four types of associations: the Amateur Archers Association, the National Team Association, the International Team Association and the Korean Governor’s Cup Committee.


The Amateur Archers Association (Korean: 초등연구회) is the largest association of archery in Korea. It was established in 1963, and is controlled by the Korean Archery Association.


There are about 10,000 registered members. The purpose of this association is to offer archery facilities, organize competitions and provide technical support to all archers.


The Amateur Archers Association is divided into 6 branches: Sanbon Branch, Naejang Branch, Gangnam Branch, Daehak-Dong Branch, Yongsan-Gu Branch and Dongdaemun Branch.


Each branch organizes an annual tournament every year. The Grand Prize of the Sanbon Branch Tournament is set at ₩1,000,000 ($826) and the Daehak-Dong Branch Tournament is set at ₩1 million ($815).


The ranking for archers in this annual tournament is determined by the total score of each archer in a match based on their performance. The winner of the tournament is the archer with the highest score.


This is a ranking of the top 100 archers in Korea on that country’s Archery Association website. The rankings are based on total score, and include a tiebreaker for first place.

How Seoul Became the Home for World-Class Archers

South Korea has been the home for world-class archers, with Seoul being the city that all archers aspire to live in. There are many reasons why Seoul is considered the home for world-class archers.

One of them is that it has a long history of practicing and promoting archery as one of its official sports. Another reason is that there are many schools and academies in Korea that teach archery and produce talented students year after year. Lastly, South Korea has a culture where people are encouraged to compete and be competitive in order to succeed, which makes it an ideal place for the sport of archery to flourish.

In the past, South Korea has produced many world-class archers including women’s team world champion Kim Ji-hoon and her sister Kim Ji-yeon, as well as men’s team world champion Cha Jong-duk.

There are also three South Korean men who have won gold medals in individual Olympic games: Kim Dong- soo, Seo Su-ji, and Lee Seol-in. In Winter Olympics, South Korea has won silver medals in cross country skiing (a discipline they have never medaled in before) with Kim Da-bin and Park Jong-sun in 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games.

Notable South Korean archers include: Kim Ji-h oon, the current Olympic champion in the men’s individual competition. Park Sung-hyun, who became the youngest athlete (aged 16) to win a gold medal at an Olympic Games. Kim Seo-yeong and Kim Do-hyeon, who won the silver and bronze medals in team event respectively in 2008 Beijing Olympics.

South Korean athletes have won 25 gold medals, 19 silver medals and 27 bronze medals at the Summer Olympics, surpassing China’s total of 21 gold, 16 silver and 23 bronze. And this was achieved by far fewer athletes than Chinese teams. China also has three times as many athletes competing in each Olympics as South Korea (1.5 million versus 600 thousand).

In the Beijing Olympics Chinese sportspeople won more overall medals: athletes from China won 69.5% of total medals at the 2008 Olympics, while athletes from South Korea won only 27.7%. of total medals.

Understanding More about the History and Future Development of Korean Archery

In order to understand more about the history and future development of Korean archery, one must first understand its origins. (HISTORY OF KOREAN ARCHERY)


The origins and development of Korean archery are rooted in the ancient days of Korea. In fact, it has been said that “the art of Korean archery” has been around since the Three Kingdoms Period (57 BC-668 AD).


However, the traditional knowledge and methods were lost during the Japanese occupation of Korea during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). However, modern Korean archery has been revived and is now a prominent sport in Korea.


Korean archery was first introduced into the Olympics in Seoul 1988, when Kim Choon Hee won the gold medal. The Korean style archery event is also one of the events of the Asian Games.


South Korea is the nation with the most gold medals of any country in this event, reaching a total of eighteen golds between 1956 and 2006.The Korean name for archery is “gungdo”.


The first use of bow and arrow by Koreans can be traced back to the Dangun period (c.3000 BCE), approximately 3,000 years ago. Some Korean historians state that Dangun, the founder of Gojoseon, was an archer.


A Korean traditional archery competition is called “nori-jeol” (노리절) in Korean. The “sijorae” or “sipyeongseo” is a competition where participants wear a mask of a bird and shoot at moving targets placed on long bamboo poles.

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