What do you get when you mix today's trendiest sport and pastime? You get an archery-inspired "hugot lesson"!
Here are the top five "hugot lessons" you should know about the sport:
1. Sa una excited ka i-try kasi hindi mo pa naeexperience, pero habang nagtatagal, humihirap kasi mabigat pala yung bow.
Parang sa relationship. Sa una, kinikilig ka tapos parang gustong gusto mo siya makilala. Pero pag nakilala mo na siya talaga at nagtagal na kayo, ang hirap pala. Wala na yung excitement. Wala na yung kilig.
(At first, you are excited because you have not experienced it, but as time goes by, it gets harder because the bow is surprisingly heavy. It is just like having a romantic relationship. At first, you get butterflies in your stomach and it seems like you cannot get enough of the person. However, as time goes by and you know the person already, it gets harder. The excitement and the butterflies are gone.)
2. Historically, archery is both used for hunting and warfare.
As a sport, it helps in developing one’s mental and physical fitness.
It can also strengthen cardiovascular health and tone arm and leg muscles.
It also uplifts your mood.
Sadly, most people in the present age take this activity for granted because they do not know about this.
Yung archery pala minsan parang tayo, natatake for granted. Hindi nila alam marami tayong kayang ibigay. Hindi nila alam kung sino ba talaga tayo. Hindi nila alam kaya natin silang pasayahin. Tapos hindi tayo pinapansin.
(Archery is sometimes like us - taken for granted. They do not know what we can offer. They do not know our history. We are being ignored.)
3. Sabi nung archery coach, focus on the target. Close your left eye to ensure accurate results. Pag paiba-iba ka ng tinitignan, malilito ka hanggang sa hindi mo na mahit yung target mo.
Parang sa pag-ibig, dapat stick to one ka. Huwag ka na tumingin sa target ng iba kasi may sarili ka naman.
(The archery coach taught us to focus on the target. Close your left eye to ensure accurate results. If you look elsewhere, you will be confused till you catch yourself getting confused on which target you want to hit. Just like in love, you should stick to one. Do not look into somebody else’s target because you have your own!)
4. Minsan para tayong arrow na ‘to pag nagmamahal. Hindi na kaya pero kumakapit pa rin!
(Sometimes, we are like this arrow when we love. Although we cannot go on with it anymore, we still hold on.)
5. Sabi ni coach, pag naadjust mo na yung position mo sa target, i-let go mo agad yung arrow. Kapag nag hold-on ka pa raw kasi, chances are hindi ka magiging successful.
Parang sa love, pag kailangan nang ilet-go, gawin mo na. Kapag pinagtagal mo, ikaw din ang magsusuffer.
(According to the coach, if you have already adjusted your position towards the target, let the arrow go right away. If you hold on to it longer, there will be least chances of success. It is just like in love. If you need to let go of it, do it. If you hold on to it longer, you will suffer.)
Discover a “hugot lesson” yourself and unleash the Katniss Everdeen or the Hawkeye in you! Try out archery in Kodanda Archery Range. They have branches in BF Parañaque, Mall of Asia Annex, and Makati Cinema Square, Chino Roces Avenue in Makati. Their coaches are nice and accommodating. They actually helped us formulate “hugot lines”!
You can try shooting for an hour at the original price of P580, but right now Metrodeal offers a discounted price of P377! Grab their voucher now before it’s too late!