One of the most ancient arts still practised today, archery is inextricably linked with the intellect. It requires focus, so practising it provides active meditation, helping to still the mind while engaging the body.
Archery improves hand-eye coordination, strengthens muscles, boosts energy levels and increases blood flow. It is even believed to ease arthritis pain through consistent practice and developing muscle memory.
‘Verily, strength is in archery.’
The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was trained in archery from a very young age. He practised it as a hobby and in warfare. The greatest archer amongst the Companions of the Prophet (SAW) was Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas (RA), and his excellence in archery brought great joy and pleasure to the Prophet (SAW).
‘Lands will be thrown open to you and Allah will suffice you against their evil,
but none of you should give up sporting with his arrows, and you shall know.’
OCC’s Traditional Archery Course offers students a unique opportunity to revive a sunnah of the Prophet (SAW) and reclaim an ancient art form. Students engage in a transformative sport with physical and mental benefits, while learning to wield the most elegant and widely used weapon in recorded history. Designed for boys and girls, men and women, ages 11-plus, the course runs for 10 weeks, throughout the year.
Our course has a high success rate. To date, many of our alumni have qualified as professional archers and come back to teach new students. We also take part in local (Oxford and Surrey) and overseas (Turkey) tournaments.