We are providing an opportunity for members to practice archery indoors.  

With a proper ritual, the arrow will find the target.

The objective of our practice is not to try to hit the bulls eye, but to perform the shot with proper form.


  • If the arrow hits the bulls eye, everyone will remain quiet. Remember, this is a form of meditation
  • Once an end is finished, everyone will retrieve their arrows. (under the lead of a coordinator)

Equipment - see below

  • Recurve or straight bow of 40 - 45 pounds or less (Youth 15 - 30 pounds)
  • Bow stringer
  • 6 arrows
  • arm guard and finger protection - either glove or tabs.

Shooting tips

The key to good shooting is to be consistent.  That means having consistent posture, holding the bow, drawing, and releasing. Aiming is another thing - in our system, this becomes instinctive with more shots.


The starting point to good posture begins with the stance.  There are two common stances: in-line, like a horse stance with the toes in line with the target. A diagonal stance is such that the toes of the front foot are in line with the leading arch of the back ankle - the line extends to the target.

Archery Stances

Watch this video for a good example of shooting. 

">Archery video example 

Equipment Selection

Recurve Bows - Length

The recommended length of a bow can be approximated by the height of the archer.

Archer HeightBow Size (length unstrung inches) – AMO
Up to 5’6″ 64
Up to 5’10” 66
Up to 6’2″ 68
6’2″ and over 70 or longer

However, the draw length will give better approximation for the length of a bow

Draw length = arm span/2.5 

NOTE: Arm span is measured by spreading your arms out to the sides and measuring finger tip to finger tip.

Bow length = Draw length X 2

Bows - Draw weight

A light draw weight is recommeded for absolute beginners. 20 - 24 lbs is a good beginning. Investing in a good ILF (International Limb Fitting) riser and detactable ILF limbs will serve for your archery evolution.  This way you can change the limbs according to your growth as an archer


Arrows commonly come in three materials - wood, fiberglass and carbon. Carbon arrows are mid-priced and a good start.

Arrows come in degrees of flexibility (bendiness) and that is measured in a number called "spine". Lighter bow weights can use 600 spine while heavier bows should move up towards 350 spine.

Fletching (arrow feathers) are commonly made of turkey feathers or plastic vanes. Recommendation: Feather

Arrow tips can be changed depending on usage. For the safety of our equipment, we recommend 100 grain bullet tips. Since arrows usually are sold with field tips, these will have to be changed to bullet tips, reserving the field tips for outside practice.

Arrows purchased from a store are usually 31 - 34 inches long - too long for normal usage.  The arrow's length can be adjusted to suit the size and poundage of the bow.

Arm Guards 

The string rash from the bow string hitting the inside of the forearm is a stinging reminder of your practice especially as a beginner. Buy an arm guard that will cover most of the forearm.  Plastic arm guards with air slots are comfortable to wear without too much sweat.

Finger gloves/tabs

There are two types of finger protections - a shooting glove and a tab. Each have their advantages and disadvantages. Cheap shooting gloves are usually stiff when first used but will soften during use. 


A small belt loop quiver will suffice for occasional shooting.  The maximum number of arrows that it will need to hold is about 12.

On-line Classes

Ferris Family Karate and 3 Fires Martial Arts Academy have been running 1/2 hour on-line classes since the quarantine started. Beginning May 4th, these classes will be extended to one hour.

Day Time Content
Monday 6:00 - 7:00PM Shotokan Karate - Beginner +
Tuesday 6:00 - 7:00 PM  5 Animal Kung Fu - Beginner +
Wednesday 6:00 - 6:30 PM  Cardio Kick Boxing
  6:45 - 7:30 PM Yang Style Tai Chi - Beginner +
Thursday 6:00 - 7:00PM 5 Animal Kung Fu - Beginner+
Saturday 10:30 - 11:00AM Kinder Class (4 to 6 YRO)
  11:00AM - 12:00PM  Shotokan Karate - Beginner +
  12:00 - 1:00PM Shotokan Karate - Black Belt
Sunday 11:00AM - 12:00PM 5 Animal Kung Fu - Black Sash
  12;15 - 1:00PM Yang Style Tai Chi


We are using two applications for the on-line video sessions.  Ringcentral Meetings for kinders and karate. For Kung Fu andTai Chi we are using the Zoom application. 


These classes are offered to anyone. However, if you currently train at another school that is closed, we expect you will remain as a student with that school while you use the on-line program.  Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the log on information.

Additional to these classes, we have been building our website resources with written and video content. Check them out by logging into the website. If you have forgotten your log on  credentials please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Take care and be safe. 


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Next Beginner Archery Classes Begin in Sept.

Beginning Sept 21 and running two classes on Wed (5:00PM) and Sat (2:00PM), these classes will introduce the students to archery.  These classes include shooting practice (11 steps to consistent shooting)  as well as some theory (range rules, choosing equipment and analysis of errant arrows). Some games are included to increase focus.  Equipment is available to be rented for the duration of the course. 

Dojo RangeBows

Indoor Archery Range                               Rental Bows

Who Are We?

3 Fires Martial Arts Academy is a volunteer-run registered non-profit corporation . Our mission is to provide safe affordable physical training for North Bay and district. Our services include Karate, Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Weapon Arts programs as well as Instructor Training and Junior Leadership Programs.

Our out-reach programs provide physical education support to the school boards. As part of the physical education, we offer an Anti-bullying course based on the internationally recognized program Martial Artists Against Bullying.

Our Volunteers

  • All of our members are also our volunteers starting with the students who are responsible for sanitizing the mats each day - in traditional martial arts process (Soji) that shows respect to the training area.
  • In order to support our youth and senior programs some of our volunteers work at bingo 40 hours a month to bring in much needed funds so that our youth and senior members can have affordable high quality training. 
  • Of course we maintain a clean and organized environment thanks again to our volunteers.  Our volunteers also help local schools by running exercise and self-defence programs. 
  • This same service is extended to reserves such as Bear Island and Nbisiing.

Miigwetch to our volunteers - the unsung heros!






Female Only Karate Class

A Martial Arts Program for Women; Taught Exclusively by Women

3 Fires is pleased to present a unique martial arts program specifically for females 13 and up.

When?  Thursdays 7:15PM - 8:30
Where?  129 Main St E
Cost? $40 / month
  • This program will focus on Tradtional Shotokan Karate 
  • This is not a sport focused program - it's aim is self improvement
  • The program is facillitated by  highly ranked women Black Belts (3rd degree and higher) who are certified in teaching women by the NWMAF
  • The program will include special personal defence modules for females
  • A great way to get in shape in a safe environment!

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