Saturday, May 19, 2007

Heresy in Varese

Too many days and too many happenings!
Michele has been able to get back from Izmir with a Gold Medal for Team (10th world champion title for him), toghether with Galiazzo and Tonelli, so his bet in going there has been winning.
But after that, the development of the season has become very rapid. Firs World Cup stage of 2007 in Ulsan at the end of March, when not yet at the top, but first of the non Koreans in the qualification FITA round, and unfortunately out at the tie break in the 16th of finals. Then, two consecutive FITA rounds to test new equipments, just before the seconfd World Cup Stage in Varese, Italy.
Varese has been an incredible experience for me and for my family. Being at the same time the President of the Organizing Committe and Michele's coach, I have brought my capabilities to the absolute limit for more than 15 days. But what a result! Despite the terrible weather jeopardiziong the quality of the results for 2 days out of six, the tournament has been a terrific success at local and international level, with the highest media coverage ever had for an archery tournament in Italy. And the Heretic Archer has fully helped, getting back to his top exactly when needed, in his home coutry.
Second in qualifiction with 1348 after the jounger Nespoli, Michele went straight to the Gold final, beating the russian Tzyrempilov and getting the most desired result in front of the home spectators, only one medal of the Italian team. And, because of this, jumping instantly from the 13th place to the 2nd of the FITA Worlda Rank List and the sec0nd palce in the World Cup 2007.
And, being heretig again, at the end of the same week Michele has moved to Bignon in France for a local double FITA round shot in the wind and rain, were he has been able to win with large margin over all members of the French National team that were there for the selection of team for Antalya, the third stage of 2007 world cup.
Antalya will be starting one week from now, and there probably the finallists of the world cup 2007 will be decided and the Heretic of course would like to be among them .
I'm now back to writing, as my publishers are urging me for more articles. Let see which one is going to be published next!
Just one comment: the top 3 men in qualification in Varese were all shooting with different techniques. Mauro Nespoli, 1353, is a good example of an adaptation of the Korean basic technique for men, more known around as Mr. K. S. Lee B.E.S.T. technique, with some local adjustements. Michele, 1348, is... the Heretic Archer, and Ilario di Buo', 1344 is a good example of the old traditional puller technique. They were tied at the end of the 50 mt at 994... The search for the final solution is still long and difficult, and no solutions have yet definitely prooven to be ... the best. But we will insist going ... Heretic!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The secrets of the cliker

Well, I did not realize until today that is already more than 3 months that I don't post any new article in this blog. But, they have been vey busy months!
In the middle, the Face to Fac ein Amsterdam, the Italian Indoor Championshios and the Tournament of the Nations in Nimes. And, after that, 15 days of stop for Michele because of an urgent surgical operation. In the hospital from the 14h to the 22nd of February, then back home but unable to start shooting until the 1st of March, with still some small "holes" on his abdomen not totally closed, yet. One week of shooting and the decision to participate in any case to the World Indoor Championships in Izmir, from March 12... an Heretic decision, of course.... Championships are still running, performanc is of course not at the top, but just enough to help the team. Let's see....
The first article of the Heretic Archer II series hs been published divided in two parts on the numers 5 and 6 /2006 of FITARCO magazine Arcieri, and several people has been shocked by some of its content, specifically by the part dedicated to the influence of the cliker position to the appearance of the bare shaft tuning. Nothing special, in my experience, but honestly something people can't easily understand without proper explanation. Anyhow, a great success. Our friend Stephen Avis is translating it to English, and I hope to send it to Archery Focus quite soon. If you only read english, please be patient for few weks more.
Then, number 2/2007 of Arcieri Magazine will publish "Intervening to his or her tecnique", dedicated to the way to approch the changes to the technique and the coaching of hight level archers. Something absolutely not easy to do, IMHO.
I'm writing several other articles at the same time, all at different stage of finalization, like those titled "Shooting in the wind", "The secrets of the rest", "Going more far away", "Front shoulder secrets", "All secrets lye in grips" and others. But nowdays the writing is quite slow, as I'm fully involved as President of the organizing committee of the 2nd Wolrd Cup 2007 Competition to be held in Varese , italy, form April 30, to May, 5 of this year, a very hard Heretic task, for me and all my club.