The modern gal’s guide to keeping active – archery

10450152_710895708946385_6418636656109534747_nThe first few weeks after discovering Tinder I pretty much booked all my evenings with a date. While my enthusiasm to take the dating world by storm was contagious, the late nights did not agree with me too much. Thus, I decided to take everyone’s unrequested advice and attempt to put some balance into my social life. I started looking for some interesting activities I could take part in.

The first place I came across was archery lessons, managed by a lovely gentleman named Armin of German origins, with a highly un-German sense of humour.

I didn’t really know what to expect, so I tagged along 3 other friends with me, whom were mostly persuaded by my annoying whining. By annoying whining I mean highly compelling arguments in favour of the activity, such as: “you suck if you don’t come with me”.

Little did they know they would soon regret giving in to my pleas, when realisation would hit them at the archery site that there was a very high probability that an arrow from yours truly could strike them at any time.

Anyhow, before we began Armin explained to us how we should proceed as to avoid any chance of injury.

We stood in a straight line about 2 meters away from one another, and proceeded to shoot at targets about 5-8 meters away from us. It was great fun, but what I found more interesting was the unique teaching technique that Armin used.

Armin teaches different types of bow-shooting, one of being intuitive archery. His technique reminded me of the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, voted the most spiritually influential person in the world by the Watkins review in 2011.

To our surprise, his simplified way of teaching ensured that after half an hour we were shooting pretty decently. To spice things up, Armin removed two of the targets and gave each remaining target a number. He then shouted one of the numbers and all four of us had to shoot at the right target. Anyone that knows me knows I’m not the most gracious loser. Of course, this made me the perfect target of everyone’s jokes, and the more frustrated I would get the more entertained they would all be.

It wasn’t quite how I had planned the afternoon to go, but once I managed to actually shoot where I aimed I let it all go. I highly recommend the classes to any ages. Armin is a fantastic teacher with a sharp sense of humour and the archery itself has an indescribable buzz.

Classes currently are being held at Triq Robert Mifsud Bonnici, Lija at Malta University Residence

Times of classes are: Monday 4pm to 7pm, Thursday 4pm to 7pm, Sunday 9am to 12am (for individuals and groups up to 5)

For a course with a duration of 90 min. the prices for the Instinctive Archery or Combat Archery Courses, including equipment and instruction are:

from 6 – 12 people = 12,50 Euro
from 13 – 24 people = 10,00 Euro
from 25 – 36 people = 7,50 Euro

More info on 9995 8104 or on the website http://www.malta-archery.com/

Monique Chambers

Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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