Have you ever wondered how does Katniss Everdeen felt when she goes shooting arrows and making a bull’s eye? I’ve always thought how cool or sophisticated it is to be an archer. Katniss and Merida make it look like it. I’ve always wanted to try but I don’t know where and too shy because I know nothing about archery. Good thing, I have the best boyfriend, surprising me with an archery date in Sagittarium Archery Range.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Sagittarium is located 4th Floor A&A Building, Scout Borromeo Street, South Triangle, Quezon City. It is totally in Waze so you can do that. The building looks like a residential building but it has a large sign outside saying Sagittarium so keep an eye on that!
If you haven’t heard, they offer a first-timer promo for the whole month of September! For an affordable 99 pesos, you can be Katniss Everdeen or Oliver Queen wannabes. It is inclusive of 15 arrows, target paper, equipment rental, basic instructions from their trainers. It is a no reservation but first come first-served basis.
Sagittarium is an indoor archery range with 11 lanes. The first thing you need to do is read the safety range rules at the entrance. It may be a cool activity but still, a bow and arrow is a deadly weapon. Number one safety rule is always to keep your arrows pointed towards the target. In the range, they have three whistle commands that must be followed:
2 whistles blasts: From the waiting area, proceed to the shooting line and hold on proper posture
1 whistle blast: Load your bow and arrow, aim and start shooting
3 whistles blasts: Stop shooting. Hang your bow and retrieve your arrows from the target board.
4 or more whistle blasts: ceasefire, stop or emergency.. archers need to be on the safe zone or waiting line.
In the promo which is solely made for newbies, the target boards are fixed in 5 meters and the bows are bigger with stabilizers and pin sights. The trainers will teach you the proper posture and the right hands and feet position. After that, you just have to remember to breathe, aim then let go.
At first, I’m actually nervous and excited at the same time. I don’t want to make a fool out of myself of having arrows on the floor instead of the target. Turns out, it’s easy and fun. The arrows are already stabilized so you just have to practice your focus and accuracy. I didn’t even expect my first arrow to land inside the circle. But I did it so yay! And it’s a good exercise for your back as well.
I enjoyed archery given that I’m extra bitchy and enduring a headache due to work that day. It’s a good activity to release your rage and stress, btw. (haha!) But seriously speaking, even I only got 15 arrows, I had so much fun proving myself that I’m one Katniss Everdeen. (NOT! I’m so long away to being one) Nevertheless, it’s a new experience and skill learned. I hope that they make the 99 pesos promo a regular rate and I’ll surely be one happy regular.
So you have 20 days to try this, adventurers!