Jan 31, 2013

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Archery Philippines – How much will learning to shoot cost?

I’ve been wanting to learn how to shoot a bow since I saw Hunger Games ;). Katniss was pretty cool shooting her bow in that movie.

I did some research and found a couple of ranges where you can practice Archery in the Philippines. I was actually surprised there was one in UP and I didn’t even know about it when I was still there. But I still need someone to teach me and I’m not about to buy a complete Archery set without some lessons first.
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So I did some more research and found two places where they teach archery here in the Philippines and they’re conveniently located in Metro Manila. Coolness!!!!

The two sites I found were Gandive Archery Range & Cafe and Benel Archery Club.

I still don’t have that much time to learn to shoot so I can’t start really learning till maybe summer. They allow trial shooting though so maybe I’ll give that a go some time next month.

Anyway, I was lucky that both groups had Facebook Pages so I inquired about the cost of taking beginners lessons. I’ll write down what they told me below along with some info about where they’re located how they can be contacted if you’re interested in Archery as well.

Gandiva Archery Beginners Class:

  • 8,000 Pesos
  • 20 hours of lessons
  • Lessons can be broken up depending on your sched. Just talk to their staff.
  • Includes range rental, instructor, and equipment
  • Address: Unit 704 One Corporate Center,Julio Vargas st. Ortigas Center Pasig City, 1600 Manila, Philippines
  • Tel #: 6388771 or 6384549
  • http://www.gandiva.com.ph
  • Gandiva Facebook Page

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Benel Archery Beginners Class:

  • 7,000 Pesos for recurve bows (tips curve away from the archer, think old school bows that you see in the movies) and 9,000 Pesos for Compound bow training
  • 10 Sessions sya, 2 hours each
  • I’m assuming the cost also includes gear, range rental, and instructor
  • Address: 17 Calbayog Street, 1550 Mandaluyong, Philippines
  • Tel. #: (02) 531 4681
  • http://www.benelarchery.com
  • Benel Facebook Page

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So Benel Archery has a cheaper beginners class if I choose to learn how to use recurve bows.  But I wasn’t able to ask if Gandiva Archery makes distinctions between the two types and if that’ll affect the cost of their beginners lessons.

And I’m still not sure if I should learn recurve or compound bows. Compounds look cool but I kind of like learning how to shoot the old school bows first before starting with the newer compound models. I’ll have to try both before I can decide which one I want.

I also wasn’t able to ask how much range rental costs if you already know how to shoot and have your own gear. I’ll have to ask them and update this post once I know more about that. In the meantime you can always get in touch with them through their website and Facebook Pages.

If you’ve tried them leave a comment below to let me and the other readers know about your experience :).

And for those who want to know the difference between compound and recurve bows, and what they look like, just watch the video below. Found it on youtube ;).

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  1. Bryan M says:

    I’ve been searching how active archery is in the Philippines. It seems the sport itself doesn’t attract enough attention, due perhaps to the costs of the training and the equipment itself – it is expensive. Also, it didn’t mention in the article if insurance is included in the fees which covers for accidents that can happen both for the instructor and the student. I would also assume that they shoot outdoors or both?

    • Hey Bryan. My advice is that you check out the two clubs to get more info, maybe send them a message through their contact pages or FB channel (you’ll find these in the post). They replied fairly quickly to my queries when I asked for the beginners rates so they should be able to help you out.

      I’m not the best person to answer your questions as I’m not really part of the local archery scene. But you’re assumptions are correct in my opinion. It is expensive. If you want to start learning, the lessons aren’t cheap and the gear isn’t either. And I don’t really know anyone who is really active in local archery. I have friends who’ve tried it but nobody I know trains or competes (gun shooting on the other hand, I know too many who do lol).

    • its presently very active

    • archery is very much active. PSC-POC just finished hosting the Phil Nat’l Games last may 24 to 27 and archery was held at PUP manila.regarding your query regarding accidents safety is our first priority. beginner course are short range distance (18 meters the most) since you would be learning the basics. benels and gandiva both have their indoor archery range. unlike here in tuguegarao city we only have outdoor range but we make sure of the safety when ever we teach.

      • HwangYanron says:

        Really archery range in Tuguegarao City, that’s in Cagayan Valley right? Where about is the range, where is it located? If there is an archery range in Cagayan, can’t wait to go home dude. Don’t you have a website or some sort?

    • D.Villa says:

      Archery is also very active in Cebu. In fact, Cebu City is making a grassroots program for it and aiming for a Guinness World Record of the most number of archers in a single tournament this year. There is also an active club in Cebu – Cebu Archery Club, they have a facebook page which you can look up.

  2. Bryan M says:

    Back when I was 10, I have always wanted to learn archery. But archery is still not cheap even 10 or 20 years ago (not even for a middle class family) let alone paying tuition fees for education and electricity (yes, electricity is not cheap in Philippines!) What I notice is that its very limited to a small group of fortunate individuals or families who earns above average (or even people who serve in Philippine politics). I think the Philippine Archery Association or whatever group responsible for promoting this sport can have a program that offers this to less fortunate interested people. If Philippine Boxing was able to raise or find a Pacman, who knows if they’ll be able to find the next Hawkeye or Green Arrow. Just saying :D

    • That’s true. It is expensive and I’d love for it to be cheaper like with boxing for example, I just have to pay 200-250 pesos and I can train. With archery though I think it’s the gear and the limited interest that drives the price of admission so high. Since there are so few people who are interested, there aren’t that many clubs that offer classes so the laws of demand and supply allow them to jack up the prices.

      If it were a bit more mainstream then it’d probably be possible to have clubs/ranges that are more accessible. Maybe more of them would sprout up and maybe competition will drive the prices down.

      I just did a quick search on Amazon and in the US you can get a decent (from the ratings at least) bow for $20. That’s less than 1K here but I doubt you’ll find anything close to that price locally. I can’t say for sure though as I haven’t scoured the sports shops yet for bow prices. I’m just guessing here :).

      Still, I do want to try archery at some point and like I said in my post, I will probably save up for it this summer. Siguro naman kaya ko yung 7K ng Benel by April or May. There are a lot of other stuff I want to do but the archery lessons are fairly high on my list hehe so pagiiupnan ko sya.

  3. Bonnie B says:

    archery is an expensive sport but i thinks it is no more expensive than if you play golf or go mountain biking. all these sports require expensive equipments. that seems to be the reason why basketball is big here and the way football is big in other countries. you need just the ball and a lot can play.

    and archery is an individual sport. you are not handicapped by height or speed like track and field or swimming. so dedication to the sport or any sport is the key.

    I did archery in gandiva last year. i think it is better there since they have an airconditioned indoor range and they are open sundays.

    that said, there are sites in the web that shows how to make home-made bows from PVC pipes. haven’t made one myself but the youtube videos seem plausible enough. i’ve even learned how to make my own bowstring. though you have to buy the arrows. it will be dangerous to use diy ones.

    • What’s the distance they cover in Gandiva? Is it between 10meters or 20meters? But I think archery can still be good to promote in the Philippines as selling pre-owned or 2nd hand Bow Kits can be affordable enough for an aspiring archer, it can priced upto less than 50% of its original purchased price. I hope they’ll aim to have an open field archery, ’cause indoor is a controlled environment the true challenge is shooting arrows outside.

    • Thanks for commenting Bonnie.

      I agree with the points you raised about why there aren’t that many people getting into the sport. Price and archery being a solitary type of sport are pretty high barriers to entry for most people.

      Re the DIY bows, I doubt I’d make one to train with hehe delikado. I’ll probably end up buying a bow the first time around. It might be fun later on to build one though but only once I have a bit more experience with them.

      • It’s not safe building your own bow let alone stringing it, besides if you plan taking archery as a sport they will require a beginners lesson and from there they will keep records of your progress (hand / eye dominance, draw weight, draw length, distance covered and matching height of the bow).

        Maybe to make the sport attractive, cut the beginners fee to 50% and allot only 10 hours rather than 20 hours. It’s kinda long and make it a weekly basis to allow on Saturday or Sunday shoot.

  4. Bonnie B says:

    indoor archery is at 18mts with a max at 25mts. outdoors start at 30mts. at gandiva it’s 18m. but you get to start at 10mts or nearer and learn all the basics. that could be done in a couple of hours. you get the feel of the sport. then you decide to continue a lesson or not.

    i did my mine on saturdays and sundays. those were my only free days.

    compared to friends who shoot guns, paintballs, airsoft, i get to retrieve my arrows and shoot again and again and again.

    • Thanks for the useful info. I recently got into gun shooting and it seems the beginner lessons are similar from what you’re saying. I started shooting at about 7 meters and at first I even thought it was laughable that I’d miss at such a close distance. Apparently it’s not that easy lol. Then the more confident you are and the more in control you becoming with your form, you start moving back a couple of meters.

      • Ronaldo Cunanan says:

        Hi…. I know what you mean by missing the target at such close range. It is typical for new shooters to do that…. I’VE DONE IT too…. that is because shooting a gun is unpleasant (sort of) from the start, but in time, like what you said, you can gain confidence and start getting better…. not enough????? I hope this helps…. when they tell you to squeeze the trigger when you have your sights lined up, concentrating at the front sight, it means to very slowly apply increasing gradual pressure on the trigger. YOU SHOULD NOT KNOW WHEN THE GUN WILL FIRE. It’s that easy… or that hard. You will be surprised how small your group will become if you can follow that simple trick. . What makes us miss the target is the ANTICIPATION of the bang and the recoil of the gun. If you deliberately press the trigger, your brain will tell your body that the bang and the kick is coming and your instinct is to fight the recoil and thus flinching your muscles. The bang and recoil occurs AFTER the bullet exits the muzzle making the bullet hit it’s target. Flinching happens BEFORE the bullet exits the muzzle thus pointing the gun away from the target.
        On sight alignment…. when you concentrate on the front sight, your rear sight and target should be a tad blurry.
        I also do a little archery but I am more of a traditional shooter, meaning no sights, just instinctive shooting. You can learn a lot from the Greyarcher in youtube.about the mechanics of learning how to shoot instinctively. He’s good.

        I hope this helps my good man. Good to know there are people out there that shares the same interest.

        • Hey Ronaldo thanks for the tip. The one about not knowing that the gun is supposed to fire when I hit the trigger is especially helpful. I’ve sort of been told that several times already but it was never worded like that lol. That line makes much more sense when I think about all the stuff I’ve been told about squeezing the trigger. I still can’t help but anticipate the shot but I’m gonna work on it :).

    • Bryan M says:

      That’s the beauty of it, compared to other shoot & aim related sport its not as expensive in crafting the materials needed to enjoy it.

  5. Compound or recurve archery…Both are very expensive sports to begin learning and but its really important that you get the proper coaching in the beginning prior to you going out and buying your own gear. This can save you injury and save you money from buying the wrong gear.
    Having said all this, the cost of a beginners gear isn’t really that much more than a new set gold clubs costing $300-$500. Elite and advanced gear are even more expensive costing between $1500 and over. I’m a Filipino Australian who move here when I was very young. I’m now 30. I mention this because I realise that $300-$500 for a beginners gear in Australia is very obtainable for most people here who wants to start in the sports. I realise that in the Philippines, this amount of money is probably only available to those earning above average income. The gear in Australia is also probably more readily available for purchase with the popularity of the sports over here.
    If you do get some gear of your own, compound or recurve or what every other bows you choose to shoot, then I think it’s a sport that is very inexpensive to learn and improve. Once you have learned the basics from a reputable coach, then it’s really easy to practice on your own and improve your shooting. I regularly practice at my club but I also practice at home in the back yard. I only shoot from 5 to 20 meters at home and really concentrate on my form – posture, my release ect. Out in the club I would obviously shoot greater distances. The point I’m trying to make is that once you do have your own gear, the sport isn’t really that expensive to enjoy and learn. And it’s really upto you how much time and work you put in to the sports. Like most sports, archery requires you to practice and practice regularly to improve, develop and maintain your shooting. Elite archery practice almost every day shooting 200-400 or more arrows a day.

  6. thanks for the info..! exactly what I was searching for. My interest in the sport was again tweaked after watching the 2nd ep of Game of Thrones. lol

    Now if I can scrounge enough money to get myself the equipment.

    And to think that Benel Archery is just 5 minutes away from where I live..!! Awesome..!

    • Awesome have fun lol. I really need to rewatch seasons 1 & 2 soon lol. I havent watched the second season yet but I’ve read all the books.

  7. Hi Malds I’ve seen your post while searching for an Archery lesson. I’d like to ask if nakapag train ka na in Gandiva.. Nakita ko kasi in their website that they have a summer lesson but it’s on ages 16 and below lang, LOL. Do you have any idea how much kaya yung prices nila for adults perhaps?

    • Hi sorry hinda pa :(. Di pa nakakaipon lol. But like I said in my post, 8k daw yung lessons nila, good for 20 hours. I asked them on FB about it kasi before. Maybe you can try asking them nalang if you have any more questions about their rates. You’ll find a link to their FB page above. Nag rereply naman sila, just send them a message instead of just leaving a post on their page. Mas napapansin kasi yun message sa FB.

      They also have a free trial daw na 8 arrows for newbies if you visit their place :). So you might just want to go for a trial and ask them nalang kung pwede ka sumabay sa “kiddies” hehe or if dapat may separate lessons ka.

  8. HwangYanron says:

    I’m not sure if I’m able to post this but here’s a link of their advert on Summer Camp from Gandiva, scroll down a bit though. http://www.gandiva.com.ph/cominguppromotions.html. They also sent me their leaflet/flyer when I asked them of their archery packages. Very friendly group. Haven’t seen any of the Game of Thrones, is there some archery involved in that program – I’m sure archery picked up when Hunger Games went out.

    I’ve also got my limbs and my quiver to start assembling my kit. Hopefully weather is perfect this coming weekend.

    • Hey Sarah hope someone can help you here. In my humble opinion though you could just go ahead and set up your own class if you’ve got the money/gear to setup a range. Or maybe you could check with UP diliman if you can use their range for lessons on their off days (pag walang PE). I don’t know if the range there is free or if you have to rent it.

      Just market your lessons through FB/website/blog and word of mouth. It’d essentially be just like what my football varsity friends do every summer. They set up football camps where they’re the ones who teach. Promotion is mostly through FB and word of mouth. Their camps are always usually full and they make decent money with it.

      If you’ve got the skill and qualifications to teach, you just have to take care of logistics for the lessons and market your class.

      If on the other hand you want to teach Archery as a PE, you can check with UP as well.

    • HwangYanron says:

      Hi Sarah, Malds suggestions are good to begin with may I add though you may have to ask for permission to teach archery in the local association in the Philippines (that I have no idea how PSC or what governing body manages promoting certain sports)

      Where abouts are you in Metro Manila? I may be able to forward your e-mail to a couple of friends and to my brother. If you have a website it would be great aswell, like what this blog has. Gandiva is good for beginners but with only 18m its not enough to actually for a starter archer to grow – very limited (from where I shoot currently 10-20m is good for kids/teenagers) more like the length of a basketball court is good enough. UP is good as Malds suggested but you may have to pay monthly dues with them.

      If you are near DeLa Salle Taft or Vito Cruz the stadium there is perfect apart from that its in close proximity of a posh university :D

      Anyway, start with a website or even in facebook to advertise your plan to teach archery, find the Manny Pacquiao of archery in the Philippines :D

    • HwangYanron says:

      Hi again, here’s a link for you to start to enquire about teaching the sport locally http://www.olympic.ph/nsas/archery.html

  9. Gun Shooting is even more cheaper than Archery training :(

    • Yeah, true. If you have your own gun, the bullets aren’t that expensive I hear.

    • i find archery much cheaper for the cost of procuring your gun is more expensive than buying a bow package. with archery we dont have to deal with permits and arrows are reusable you just need to retrieve them to be used unlike bullets you need to have them reloaded and pay for the reload.

    • HwangYanron says:

      I think the reason that its cheap is because its common and its “quite” easy to acquire a firearm, the firearm in itself is cheap and so I think re the ammos.

      But I think the bullet(s) will cost more per shot compared to the arrow.

  10. Hi there !
    sorry for my late reply, but i don’t have internet connexion at my place … First of all, i want to thank you all for your kind and motivating answers.

    Actually, I am French and thinking about moving in the Philippines in the months to come.

    As you said, i need to make a facebook page or blog, it will require some time but i will really think about it seriously!

    I don’t have a teacher ability for now, this is my main issue. But I have been in contact with FFTA (French Archery Federation) and i could get a training within november. It’s a “leisure” training (because the coach training is too late next year and i am so eager to come to the philippines) but perfect for a beginning.

    Just to explain also, the French habits with archery: beginners shoot from 8 to 15m, then once you are “confirmed” the regulat shooting distance even for competition is 18m indoor.

    Outdoor (but this year is so cold and rainy in France that i didn’t even went only once) you shoot from 20 to 70m – but my bow is too weak ;-) i can hardly shoot 30m without losing my arrows in the grass!

    I will think things through again and again, and if I ever get a website i will post it here for you to follow me ;)

    Thanks again and i will keep you posted!
    Sarah

    • Hey sarah thanks for updating us on your plan. And if you ever get your business up and running here in the Philippines, feel free to drop a link here to your site or FB page. I can also feature your class on my blog once you’re open for business. I’m always looking for new stuff to write about :).

    • HwangYanron says:

      That’s great Sarah :) keep us posted. I think archery in the Philippines is just right there’s more sun in that tropical country compared to France :). Get your teaching accreditation in FFTA then come to the Philippines, share us what you know and hopefully you’ll succeed in your endeavour.

  11. So … after additional researches here’s my conclusion: i will never be able to be archery teacher in France! or at least, not that easily ! 2 trainings are possible for a start : the “coach 1″ training, but you first need to be pre-qualified after a first training, THEN, you can be allowed to get the “real” training. THEN you can pass the exam. But the pre-qualification training is next january, then pre-qualification exam in february. Then real training in april and then … guess what ? Exam is next next march ! yes, exactly : march 2015…….

    Second option is more a “leisure” training, to work in holiday camps – it is twice as expensive…. That’s not a good news. :-) However good news is I could make the 2 weeks training in november. BUT BUT BUT this training is actualy dedicated to those who already have “coach 1 training” ah ah ! OR already working in a club (which I am not)(because I don’t have a training!) OR if i score 480 (out of 600) which I never had in a competition but this is a score i can reach with intensive training! 2nd thing you need a Health & Security certificate (first aid) but that’s cheap quick and easy. Just a formality to be sure you can help if anyone in your class has a medical problem during a lesson.

    So i am just like … “GRRRRRRing” now, frustrating either to wait so long, either to pay so expensive and not even be sure to be allowed to the 2nd option training !

    I am contacting the Philippine Archer Alliance right away !

    ps: blog coming soon !

    • lol good luck Sarah, that’s a lot of stuff you need to get done. Seems like this is something that you really want to do so you should be able to find some way to surmount those obstacles. If you want something bad enough, there’s usually a way to get it.

      I’ve no idea about qualification requirements locally, so I hope it’s easier than what you’ve got in France. It’d be awesome if you get to set up shop here soon. Will definitely check your class out once it’s up :).

    • HwangYanron says:

      Don’t be troubled just keep your head up and if that’s what you really want to do in the Philippines I believe your friends will be there to support you :)

  12. My son want to learn archery but no idea how much the bow & arrow uses in the archery sport, can you give me idea how much it is? I already have idea how much the cost of learning it and where to find it. I want my son to start with it & support him if time dictates & became good in it i long for him to compete international he keep on begging me even we are from Batangas I will try to give it a try to my 7 years old son………… Any support group. Gracey

    • It seems your son knows what he wants, or does he? Ask him what inspires him to learn and why he wants to do it.

      With regards to the costs of the equipment, I would suggest you give him a beginners lesson first. If you know where to start his lessons, the people in that sport will let you know the costs of the equipment if he improves in his chosen sport and stays with it. He is still young and can still change his mind once he is exposed longer to the sport, you can never know. If you want him to compete perhaps let him decide on that, because if you push him in competing from the sport it might “kill” his desire to continue on and enjoy. Remember he needs to enjoy and have fun in the sport.

      Have a beginners lesson, then ask for recommended starter kits. In the beginners lesson they will assess the capacity of his body in drawing the bow, so they will lend or “rent” their starter kits during the beginners lesson. If you want him to practice at home, as starter kit may cost from 5k-10k depending on manufacturer. Choose the local asian brands not the western ones as customs tax is steeper compared to buying within the asian region. Samick Polaris starter kits are just fine, never buy a locally hand made one. It might cost an eye or an arm if used incorrectly.

      • actually he is inspired by hawkeye of the avengers everytime i show him the picture of the Bow he really amazed how it will work. Very challenging to him but in simple larong pilipino if he uses sling he can shoot the can or something he targets it. Its cool…

    • D. Villa says:

      If you’re in Metro Manila Area, you can check out Gandiva and Benel. As far as I know, in the visayas, you can check out Silliman University in Dumaguete and Cebu Archery Club in Cebu.

  13. im so glad i found your article! i also been wanting to be an archer since i watched the hunger games!!! well archery from since i can remember has always been in my bucket list and then after watching the hunger games i just suddenly wanted for that wish be a reality. i also just dont want to shoot a bow for a hobby,i want it for sport.

    • what i meant was to shoot an arrow not a bow sorry i got scatterbrained by my excitement. i also wanted to know if you can visit those places just to try to shoot but not yet enroll

      • Hey molly, I got in touch with both benel and gandiva before and they said pwede naman daw magwalk in. They actually do trials din but you might just wanna get in touch with them first through phone or Facebook just in case :).

  14. how about dito sa mindanao? gensan to be exact.. wla bang archery club dito?

  15. I’ve tried Gandiva Archery Range twice already. If you just want to give it a try and have a feel, Gandiva can accommodate beginners without shelling out the whole amount for an archery class. You can take a one hour session with an instructor and it will cost Php670.00…The next time you visit and you are confident to be alone without instructor, then it will cost only about Php375 both inclusive of range fee, bow and arrow rental and your target face.

    You can check out my blog over here http://erraticlakwatsero.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/gandiva-archery-range-unleashing-the-hawkeye-in-me/

  16. Sophia Shang says:

    Hello! Do you know a place in Quezon City that offers Archery classes? Gandiva and Benel are sort of far from where I live :(

  17. ace pablo says:

    who to join the archery……?

  18. Hi, UP has an archery club. If you are an alumna, we will gladly teach you, especially if you are willing to buy your own equips, we can also help you with that for you to maximize your money’s worth. :) We have alumni and undergrad members from UP Baguio, Diliman and Los Baños. We hope to meet you soon.

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