Tampa Kobudo-Kai Launches Archery Program

Tampa Bay Area Dojo Introduces New Ongoing Program Designed for Kids and Adults Interested in Learning the Bow & Arrow
By: Tampa Kobudo-Kai
June 15, 2012 - PRLog -- Tampa, FL – Tampa Kobudo-Kai (http://www.kobudotampa.com) today announced that it has begun offering a regular, ongoing archery program for kids (8 and up) and adults. Designed for those new to the sport, the archery program will cover basics like body posture, breathing, arrow release, and marksmanship, as well as more martial arts/yoga-like topics such as mental focus, discipline, energy projection and inner meditation. Classes are $20 per month and are held every Saturday afternoon from 12:30 to 1:30pm at Florida Aikido Center located at 4405 W. South Ave in Tampa. Additionally, teen and adult archery students are welcome to take advantage of “Open Range Social Hour” on Friday evenings from 8:00 to 9:00pm.

According to Bryce Smith, the primary Kobudo and archery instructor, “Originally we started the formal archery program as a series of monthly seminars. But, interest in archery has been extremely high lately, due in no small part to bow-slinging heroes like Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games, Hawkeye of Marvel Comics’ The Avengers and Merida of Pixar’s Brave. So, we decided to make archery a part of the dojo’s regular ongoing curriculum.”

The Tampa Kobudo-Kai archery program is focused on development of basic archery skills, as well as improving the concentration, control, coordination and confidence of students. Classes are typically held at the Florida Aikido Center’s indoor 45-foot range, but plans are in place for several “meet-ups” at other indoor and outdoor target ranges around the Tampa Bay area.  

According to Mark Irwin, assistant archery instructor, “While we have a small selection of bows and target arrows available at the dojo for new students to use, we recommend that anyone that wants to be part of the program purchase their own equipment.” Irwin goes on to say “This isn’t a Karate or Aikido-like martial arts class, so students do not have to wear a uniform and there is no ceremony. But, we do call on our martial arts instruction experience to tech things like body alignment, deep breathing and mental focus.”

Archery classes are open to students age eight and up and monthly tuition is $20 (range costs for offsite meet-ups are extra). For more information or to register, visit http://www.kobudotampa.com.

About Florida Aikido Center:
Open since 2008, the Florida Aikido Center offers an open, encouraging and respectful Aikido training environment to anybody ready and willing to learn. While the Florida Aikido Center is a “traditional” Japanese martial arts school, the atmosphere is friendly, accepting and ego-free, allowing students to better focus on attaining their specific goals – be they physical fitness, self-defense training, personal fulfillment or everyday stress relief. Florida Aikido Center is located at 4405 W. South Avenue, Tampa, FL 33614. For more information, please visit http://www.flaikidocenter.com.
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