Archery Instruction is available at the Kodabow Factory Range.
DIRECTIONS: Turn onto Race Street from Manor Avenue in Downingtown. Proceed to the end of the street, through the open yellow gate and you're there.
Address is 175 Race Street, Downingtown, PA 19335
COST: $45.00 for our Comprehensive Introductory Archery Course.This course is by appointment only and plan to be on the range for over 2 hours. All equipment is provided.
Private Instruction: $40.00 per hour.
Range Time: $12.00 per visit - No Time Limit.
(15% discount for graduates of the Introductory Archery Course.)
Equipment Rental: $12.00 (Bow and Arrows)
(15% discount to graduates of the Introductory Archery Course.)
Archery Instructor: Chuck Matasic Background: Outdoor oriented enthusiast, Retired Naval Officer, Business Executive, Mergers/Acquisitions Outdoor Industry Advisor, Founder of an archery equipment company and former President of a firearms company. Accomplished archer, hunter and firearms expert. Chuck is recognized as a Certified Archery Instructor by USA Archery and the National Field Archery Association.
The purpose of this website is to provide insight about how I teach archery. Instruction must have a "fun" orientation because if a student doesn't discover the joy of shooting and arrow early, they may never pursue this special activity. I have refined an Instructional Process over the past 7 years that really works. The basic components are:
1 - Understand and appreciate the Equipment
2 -Gain a sense of history and the pioneers in Modern Archery
3 - Learn the 4 basic things that every successful archer does.
4 - Define your personal shooting form and process. Practice and modify.
There is a saying that "when 1 teaches, 2 learn." That means that the student teaches the instructor as well. Over many years and with many students, I learned that asking students to adhere to a rigid shooting form doesn't work. People are different and asking a student to exactly replicate another person's exact shooting style and thought process is counterproductive. It is more beneficial to launch the student into archery with an understanding of the implications of doing different things and watch them explore and build a personal style.
I believe an instructor should join their students and shoot. All talk and direction. No fun. I often shoot with my students and we compare and contrast results.
DON'T RUSH OUT AND PURCHASE A BOW: I think the probability of properly purchasing archery equipment without a few shooting sessions under your belt ...... combined with knowledgeable guidance is VERY LOW. A young man arrived on the range recently with a brand new compound bow. He needed a Left Hand bow to shoot effectively but had a Right Hand bow. The draw weight was 20 lbs higher than required based on his strength level. The new arrows were better suited for a 70 lb bow and looked like telephone poles. It was a shame.
I have been shooting a bow since the 1960's. I made every mistake possible. While Field Archery existed at that time, not many people I knew had bows, participated in archery or hunted with bows in those days. Learning to shoot was primarily a self directed effort. There were far fewer resources compared to today with the internet, books, events, and places to shoot. Opportunities are much better now - there is an archery avenue for every interest whether it is target shooting or hunting.
Fun does not mean that instruction is superficial or lightweight. Expect to gain a comprehensive and technical understanding of bows and arrows. I know my stuff and I will share with you the appreciation I have for equipment and perfect arrow flight. I lead all the teaching activities and have had great success with with all age groups from age 5 to 90. Small teams from large Corporate Groups, Scouting Organizations, Family Groups, husbands and wives - have all found this instruction exceptional.
The focus is on traditional equipment and building personal confidence through achievement in a relaxed setting. I have a different teaching style. I want you to walk away with a sense of accomplishment. I like traditional equipment because the connection between mind and muscles to the wooden bow is absolute and uncomplicated. With the first lesson, you will begin to compete with yourself to improve and master skills. You might even begin competing with others on your first visit but any competition is done in a positive and encouraging manner aimed at increasing focus and performance.
Expect the initial lesson to go for 2 hours + to get a solid grounding in form and equipment to build upon in future shooting sessions.
We recently provided an archery session for 8 adult teachers who progressed during the session to a fun competition among themselves after getting the basics. This was their annual Corporate outing. I felt a bit under a microscope since these were professional educators and I was the "teacher". The group eventually split into two teams and had a spirited mini-tournament. Safety is always emphasized in groups or individual instruction. I received an email the next day. It said, "Chuck, the care you took when working with us made each of us more confident. You seemed to know just what to say and do to both put us at ease and to challenge us. We all left having learned about ourselves -- as well as about archery!" Well....that's been the objective from day #1.
Our core students are individuals who take up archery for the pure enjoyment of shooting arrows, exercise and informal competition. I strive to help the student become independent so they can set their own direction and pursue archery formats they find most enjoyable .....whether it is informal shooting time with others, competition, target 3D, hunting, backyard shooting, health, or personal development.
For some students, archery becomes a lifestyle activity. If a few days pass without shooting an arrow, they just don't feel right. There is Zen, Yoga, Cardio --- that is part of shooting an arrow and people have been doing it for 15,000 years so don't be surprised to discover a powerful connection to archery!
Sign up to hear from us about specials, sales, and events.
I love our archers and customers .... so please stop in during normal business hours.
175 Race Street, Downingtown, PA 19335
Instruction is often scheduled during times when the range is closed to the public. The latest range info is always posted on our website - home page. www.kodabow.com