Turkish Archery

Turkish ArcheryGökmen Altinkulp reveals his passion for archery. In this video, we get to see a real life depiction of the warriors described in historic sources. Altinkulp displays some of the incredible techniques mastered by medieval warriors


Extraordinary techniques in Turkish archery: Jarmakee and Majra
Turkish archery is unique in many aspects. It has had remarkable influences on “Saracen Archery” through the Turkish mercanaries employed in early Islamic armies and have later founded the Mameluk State. The very early European records, especially that of Crusaders, was about Seljuk Turks who Crusader armies encountered at the very beginning. The video is about an interesting shooting technique, jarmakee, and using an over-draw device called “majra”.

Pulling and releasing the string of a bow were executed with various techniques and thumb-release (or Mongolian release) was one of them. It is an old technique and has been used widely by many nations and tribes in history. Turks were one of those who perfected the technique and used for centuries successfully both on battlefields and in sport archery. Here we demonstrate how the shot is stabilized by this shooting technique and what an ancient Turkish archer might have been
capable of.

In Ottoman era sportive archery existed as early as 15th century. In the earliest capital cities Bursa and Edirne there were special archery fields called “okmeydani”. After the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 Sultan Mehmed II “the Conqueror” established an okmeydani for archers in the newly named city Istanbul. Flight archery has always been popular all the 623 years (1300-1923) in which the Empire survived. Bilek siperi or siper was an over-draw device that has been used by flight archers to draw shorter arrows beyond the bow grip. Here you can see how it is used.

Unboxing the Golhan Sipahi Bow – Ottoman Turkish Horsebow