Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Aiming for bull’s eye, New archery centre in KL

A new archery centre in Kuala Lumpur is attracting professionals and newbies to the sport.

Take a shot at being Robin Hood and enjoy some bow and arrow action at the Stars Archery outlet at Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur.

“Anyone can try their hands at archery though we usually limit it only to those above eight years old. If they are younger than eight, we will consider based on his or her physique (body size),” said Stars Archery Sdn Bhd sales and marketing executive Sufian Jurimi.

It can be challenging for those who do not have the strength to pull back the string on the bow.

For an adult bow, it has a pulling force of between 8.16kg and 9.98kg while 6.35kg for a children’s bow.

With such force in play, safety is important. Trained instructors are always on hand to make sure the do’s and don’ts are observed.

“All players are required to wear a glove on their dominant hand that pulls back the string as well as an arm guard on the other arm,” Sufian said.

Pulling them tight: Players taking aim carefully before firing at their targets. 

Before anyone — professional or amateur — can play, they are given instructions on how to use the bow and arrow properly.

“We also do not allow crossfires (where players aim for targets that are not theirs) or dryfires (where players pull back the string without an arrow on it) as this could cause it to rebound and hit the player instead,” he said.

He added many seasoned outdoor archers have found indoor archery to be a different ball game.

“Lack of wind, length of the course and other factors are obvious differences. Here however, nobody is exempted from receiving instructions at the start of the game, even if they are professionals,” Sufian said, adding that indoor archery was more of an apache or hunter style.

Options abound: Many different types of packages for different number of arrows, from RM10 (12 arrows) to RM72 (120 plus 28 free arrows), are available.
He also said trainers gave the occasional tips, help correct the players’ stance and handling of the equipment throughout the game. Usually, there is a ratio of one staff to four archers.

The centre has 20 lanes, six of which are for children with shorter distances.

Many who have been to the archery centre are first-timers at the sport.

Sufian said there are a few things that players can do to improve their game.

“To steady the arms, one should hold their breaths.

“Also, don’t take too long to aim,” he said, adding that generally it takes about 10 minutes to shoot 12 arrows.

Special lanes for children.
The usual game packages are between RM10 for 12 arrows and RM72 for 120 plus 28 free arrows that can be used for a maximum of four players.

Packages priced above RM18 will also receive extra two arrows as part of the current school holiday promotion.

Students, including those with valid student IDs, can also enjoy special packages priced between RM8 for 12 arrows and RM54 for 120 plus 28 free arrows except for weekends, public holidays and school holidays.

Happy hour at the centre is from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Wednesday where players get six free arrows in their game.

There are also various online promotions that can be viewed at
Stars Archery can be found at Lot 05-106 B&C, Level 5, Berjaya Times Square and is open daily from 10am to 10pm.

For details, 

Stars Archery

Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur (20 lanes)
Lot No 05-106 B&C, Level 5
Berjaya Times Square,
Kuala Lumpur
Mon - Sun from 10.00am to 10.00pm
03-2144 1302.

Sunway Pyramid (23 Lanes)
Lot F1.25 & 26 Sunway Pyramid
No 3 Jalan Pjs 11/15 Bandar Sunway,
Petaling Jaya 46150
Mon - Sun from 10.00am to 10.00pm

Mahkota Parade, Melaka (16 lanes)
Lot KS 4,5,6,7,14&15, Second Floor,
Mahkota Parade,
75000 Melaka
Mon - Thu from 10.00am to 9.30pm
Fri - Sun from 10.00am to 10.00pm

1 Borneo Hypermall, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (21 Lanes)
Lot S 210, 2nd Floor (Opposite U Bowl),
1 Borneo Hypermall, Kota Kinabalu
Mon - Fri from 11.00am to 10.30pm
Sat - Sun from 10.00am to 11.00pm

Contact person(s):
019 332 7853 (Zainul Fahmi)
014 634 9814 (Sufian)
012 315 7849 (Tan Siew San)

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