“GOOD BODY, MIND, AND HEART.. GOOD ARCHERY”
(Dedicated to my son and daughter, Maximilian and Skye)
Kim Hyung-Tak Archery Training Center, South Korea, March 19, 2018
What does this mean?
Coach Kim says “Good body, mind, and heart.. good archery”. And my daily training goals in South Korea are tangible good body, mind and heart habits.
This was a recent milestone, when I understood and experienced my good body, mind, and heart achieve good archery. The byproduct was my end of arrows hitting the gold.
A very small percentage of archers around the world will seek to or achieve mastery of the shot process even on a basic-level form and stability of body, mind, and heart from beginning (stance) to end (follow-through after releasing the arrow).
Recent science provides us evidence showing that elite performance and extraordinary breakthroughs across sports and industries requires human focus on a single task rather than multi-tasking.
For Olympic recurve archery the body and mind are required to be fully present and focused on a single task and continue that same focus to the next task in the shot sequence as the body opens the bow and the mind aims the arrow.
All of this in itself requires hours and hours of good habits and repetitions of good shot sequences to perform well in competition and understand what good archery feels like.
Experiencing good archery becomes a way of life on and off the range, training and competition field.
It offers a lifestyle of excellence filled with opportunities to open the bow and aim the arrow to serve a greater purpose than one’s own life as well as to achieve victories when it matters most.
How can you sense a good body, mind, and heart in archery?
In the archery shot process there is a time just before releasing the arrow when the tension is greatest. The expansion of power that occurs here is a power line that runs from draw elbow, shoulders and back through bow hand and bow.
It that power is balanced on left and right sides of the body and mind, when the archer opens their chest (a movement that is an expansion feeling) the power will be released through the arrow towards the target.
When body, mind, and heart need more focus or work, tension can easily be seen in the archer’s body shaking, facial stress or forced, unnatural release.
When body, mind and heart are good and balanced the archer’s posture and facial expression are fluid and natural. Their release is fast yet graceful, and the arrow’s flight is piercing.
How is this a universal principle in life?
The tension I mentioned is within the energy we inherit and the world we are born into regardless of who we are or where we live. It is neither good nor bad, nor is it positive or negative. Rather, it is purely an energy that is tension.
No matter our circumstance or the obstacles we are faced with individually and collectively, it is ultimately up to us to choose whether to develop good habits daily for a good body, mind, and heart.
We are blessed with this choice and to develop a lifestyle of excellence together that creates the potential for a culture that serves a good purpose and achieves victories when it matters most.
During my Olympic archery journey of international training and competitions, I will be using various technologies to quantify physiological and psychological benefits of Olympic sports best practices for optimal performance and recovery from stress, trauma, and injury
(in collaboration with academic institution research).
I am currently seeking: 1 gold ($25K) , 1 silver ($10K), and 5 bronze ($2-5K) sponsors for international training and competition costs up through the final 2019 National Qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games. I have secured 1 silver and 2 bronze sponsors.
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Short Videos From South Korea:
Fara is a 10-point service-connected disabled military veteran of both the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, where she gathered and disseminated information, briefed pilots before and during sorties, and provided front line combat tactical services to Tactical Ops Centers for mission specific ground and air ops.
Following this she trained and worked as an apprentice instructor in mixed martial arts, including: wing chun kung fu, kali, jujitsu, muay thai, jeet kune do, taekwondo, tai chi and qigong - under Sifu Francis Fong, Guro Dan Inosanto (Bruce Lee's protege), Grandmaster Ajarn Chai Sirsute, and Grandmaster G.S. Yung. Her tactical training expanded to include live fire assault pistol and room clearing, SCARS, CADS and SHRIKE combatives techniques.
While living overseas in the United Kingdom she developed her photography and writing skills as a member of the National Union for Journalists (NUJ). She moved to Los Angeles to accept work as a military consultant and trainer as part of a team of military veterans who set and maintained the standard for modern warfare and combat advising for award-winning TV, film, role-playing games and media.
Beginning in 2009 she was recruited to work as a Department of Defense (DOD) and private security special teams contractor with the Joint Counter Intelligence Training Academy (JCITA), Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) and others for hyper-realistic battlefield simulations and scenarios, anti-terrorism and counter-intel field training exercises (FTX), international kidnapping and hostage rescue operations and elite corporate training for the World President's Organization (WPO) and Young President's Organization (YPO) .
While recovering from service-connected injuries she used a process of testing and implementing evidence-based rehabilitation, stress response and peak performance solutions to collaborate on and innovate best practices. Following this she was asked to participate in combat-wounded academic research, team and project leadership on high-altitude and underwater expeditions.
While participating in sport recovery programs she competed at a disabled veteran national sports clinic at an Olympic Training Center. After she and her teammate shot the top archery scores and led their team to victory, they were recruited for an emerging athlete Olympic Training Center training camp. This led to Fara's passion with archery as well as training in Olympic archery with an Olympic coach.
In 2016 Fara used sport technology applications for high altitude and high performance testing of supplementary oxygen systems, climbing, HALO skydiving and rescue pilot operations at Mount Everest. Filming of her use of these applications with elite rescue teams broadcast on Discovery Channel's "Everest Rescue" series and she started using sport technology applications with Olympic athletes.
Fara's speaking presentations are based on experience versus theory, ranging from audiences of corporate executives, medical professionals, adventure travelers and military leadership. Her efforts have made it onto the front page of the San Francisco Tribune as well as been featured in primetime TV and news, science program broadcasts to global classrooms, and international media.
Most recently before embarking on this international Olympic archery training journey, Fara lived, trained and worked at 9000ft. in the Colorado Rockies as an Assistant Nordic Director.
LIVING AND TRAINING IN SOUTH KOREA
Kim Hyung-Tak Archery Training Center, South Korea, February 28, 2018
Preparing to Train
I wake up early when night is turning to day. It is cold here and flakes of snow are falling on the stone path crossing the river. I can see my breath in the air as I exhale. I run up the hill of the mountainous South Korean landscape. The sun begins to rise above the mountains and turns the sky from blue to a deep gold.
I regulate my heart rate, breathing and movement for efficiency and training goals. I come to the last stone crossing over the river as I return to the Kim Hyung-Tak Archery Training Center range. It has rained recently and the river is full, just below the tops of the rocks. I take long strides across the water from rock to rock until I reach the center of the river.
It is here that I find my center before starting the day. I soften my gaze and take in the stillness in the air, mountains and water of the South Korean landscape. I listen to the water flowing and I sense its power flowing around and past me. I can feel my pulse in my ears and my heart is beating a slow, steady, strong beat.
I am present with nature and my environment; my mind still and free of all thoughts and judgements, my body stable like the mountains, and my spirit flowing like the water of the river. This is what I do to prepare to train year-round as an athlete.
Olympic Archery Training
So far I have lived and trained with international archers from Denmark, Switzerland, Brazil and India. Six days of the week we train together for 3 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the afternoon (7 hours/day). Concentration is at an elite level.
During this time we are on the shooting line working on consistently improving and concentrating in silence on technical skill training of the Olympic archery shot process. The first shot at 9am and last shot at 6pm have the same concentration level.
Our focus (primary, secondary, tertiary, etc.) depends on the technical analysis we’ve received from Coach Kim. Within that focus are the specific actions and attention to details for improvement, which comes from consistent coaching feedback from Coach throughout the day.
The sound of a bow string singing when an arrow is released, from one archer’s bow to another, becomes a non-stop symphony. The sound actually reveals much about an archer’s shot, and coach can hear what you’ve done even when he is looking elsewhere.
We take a break every 1 ½ hours and usually refresh and warm ourselves with hot tea or coffee and an occasional Korean snack by the wood stove. At lunch and dinner, we bike into downtown Goesan to eat meals together. We have many different kinds of interested and healthy and interested homemade foods (more on food and nutrition in a later blog).
As the hours pass during training, I take notes on Coach’s feedback and the developments in my shot process. I write notes in affirmative statements to myself; do this versus don’t do this.
This is one way Coach Kim helps us to focus mind and body on achieving consistent and sequential improvements. It is vital for realizing one’s potential on a micro scale (daily training) and macro scale (highest levels of performance in competition).
I am deeply grateful to be living and training at Kim Hyung-Tak Archery Training Center, South Korea, and for my international archery family here.
South Korean Olympic Archery Process & Coach Kim Hyung-Tak
It is an honor to be trained and coached in a South Korean Olympic archery process that is free from being either Americanized or Westernized.
This is the original and most successful sports-science engineered and evidence-based Olympic archery process in the world. It evolved in the 1980s when Coach Kim was the Korean National Archery Team Head Coach and has continued its success.
Coach Kim’s mastery of the Olympic archery shot process comes from decades of research, knowledge and application from coaching and technical analysis for South Korea’s Olympic medalists to World Champion International archers.
He processes, communicates and demonstrates individualized and relevant coaching and technical analysis feedback faster and more effectively than any technology I’m aware of or have used. It’s amazing!
I am so thankful for this knowledge, coaching and technical analysis that I am taking steps to learn Korean language this year to improve my ability to comprehend and apply this process as well as communicate with Coach Kim.
Archery & The Legacy of Easton
My deepest gratitude in archery is for the unwavering high standard and legacy of excellence, support and contribution of Easton Foundations, Easton Archery and Hoyt Archery. Gomapseumnida, 드림 (with respect and sincerity).
“It was a pleasure working with Fara on a difficult task in Europe. She is a very sharp operator in the field who has a dynamic and assertive approach to work. I hope we do get to work together in the future.” - Peter King, Director at IMAAG,
(International Maritime Anti-Piracy Advisory Group)
LEVELS OF SUPPORT
Below I've included several short video links on Olympic best practices and sports science. At the bottom of the page is a photo gallery from international expeditions related to my About section.
$250 - Autographed Photo
$500 - Autographed Photo & Autographed T-Shirt
$1,000 - Autographed Photo & Autographed Shooter T-Shirt
$2,500 - Autographed Photo & Individual or Group Skype Chat
$5,000 - Autographed Photo & Dinner with Archer (bronze-level logo placement)
$10,000 - Autographed Photo, Visit & Motivational Talk (silver-level logo placement)
$25,000 - Autographed Photo, Visit & Motivational Talk, 2 Event Tickets (gold-level logo placement)
INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE AND ARCHER LIFESTYLE OF EXCELLENCE
Live radio podcast interview discussing experiences with U.S. and International Special Forces for counter-intel, anti-terrorism, kidnapping and hostage rescue operations, and use of advanced technology to recover from military service-connected injuries: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/neurotechnology-resilience/id761010893?i=356629415&mt=2
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