Turkish Archery – New Trend in Malaysia

Traditional Turkish archery is becoming very popular in Malaysia, since a local school, namely IDRISSI School, included it in its curriculum.

These days, more students have signed up to practice and increase their skills in this ancient sport. Currently, approximately 108 students between the ages of 7 and 10 are training for it.



Turkish archery, through the support of  Yunus Emre Institute and the Archers Foundation entered the country. They introduced the Archer Project two years ago in 16 countries, including Malaysia. In Malaysia mounted archery is already a long-held tradition. Prior to the course, four Malaysian teachers were trained by the Archers Foundation. The Yunus Emre Institute also launched a separate archery course in January 2018 in Kuala Lumpur. They now have 50 successful graduates. Malaysia has since won the top title at an international tournament, organized as part of the Archer Project in October 2018.


The IDRISSI School in the Malaysian city of Shah Alam is the first school to introduce archery in its curriculum. The school's archery instructor Adriana Amin Zahari spoke to Anadolu Agency (AA) and said: “Students are very excited in learning archery. They are all very into it. You need a strong mind, heart and body for archery.” He also added that there have also autistic and dyslexic students taking archery lessons, because they realized that they feel much more confident and comfortable after the courses. School principal Julie Wong stated that they chose Turkish archery because it helps students be "more patient, calm and focused." She also added that they plan a trip to Turkey for archery students and will continue the courses in the next academic year as well.

Last Updated: 5/4/2019 6:57:28 PM


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