Mounted archery is considered internationally as a martial arts discipline. Its roots date back to the domestication of the horse and the nomadic way of life in Central Asia.
The horse cultures of the Asian steppes mastered the fine riding skills for mounted archery. Their design of the composite bow, along with the mastery of reinless riding combined to produce a revolution in warfare, which led to large armies of mounted archers, the most well-known from the era of Genghis Kahn, whose conquests resulted in the largest empire in history.
The historical influences of the Mongul culture are still being felt today, through the ideas of commerce, paper money, religious tolerance, human equality and the court system, to name a few.
Although archery, and indeed horses, as key modes of warfare has been replaced by gunpowder and high-tech weaponry, there remained an interest in traditional archery for hunting, and more recently, horseback archery as a recreational and competitive sport.
More than thirty countries now have programs in this martial arts discipline. Kassai Lajos of Hungary has been a leading force in the sport for about two decades. In addition, Grand Master Kim Young Sup of South Korea, has been instrumental in re-introducing mounted archery as an international martial arts discipline and competitive sport.
For more about the history of horseback archery:
Krakow Company website
David Gray’s website is a small portal into his vast knowledge of the history of mounted archery. There you will find accurate and interesting reading and over 100 uncommon reference books to choose from. He and his wife Phyllis also deal in fine bows, quivers and other archery equipment from all over the world.
Primal Trek website
The creator of the Primal Trek website is an expert on ancient Chinese coins and charms — and ancient they are, as China was one of the first countries to use metal coins. Great photos and fascinating history. CIMAC’s logo, created by Lynn Woodward, is based on one of the coins on this website.