Kodanda Archery Range

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I’m a huge fan of The Hunger Games and although I have a bit of a love hate thing going on with Katniss I admire her skills as an archer. I’ve always wanted to try archery and I was excited to visit Kodanda Archery Range with Bastian which made it even more fun. He also likes the book series and wanted to try the much talked about sport.

Kodanda [ko*dan*da]  is Sanskrit meaning “He who has a bow.” Lately, archery has become a popular sport. Aside from The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead has made it awe inspiring whenever Daryl takes down those zombies one arrow after another. 

Kodanda Archery Range has been open since 2013 and is gaining a steady interest. The range is modest in size with seven-lanes and is fully-air conditioned. It’s located in Makati Cinema Square and a few floors down, hidden to the side of the stairs.

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We were there early and had the archery range to ourselves. Coach Linda and Coach Ronna May assisted us and taught us the range rules and etiquette. We were also taught how to wear gear to correct posture and stance. There’s a bit of equipment needed to ensure your safety but it’s well worth it.

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The belt provided holds your arrows but can also hold your gadgets. Just don’t forget them like I almost did! If you have long hair you have to tie it up so it doesn’t get in your face or distract you.

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We were guided on how to stand, aim and shoot. It takes quite a bit of muscle power on both arms as you balance the bow and try to aim your target.

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We were also taught how to properly remove the arrows and there’s only a certain time when you can retrieve your arrows to avoid injury. In archery you have to practice safety as you can easily get hurt if not from firing the arrows then while retrieving them.

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For first timers we did alright. Bastian got in many good shots.

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I got a few myself and was quite proud of myself.

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Here are our final target shots. Bastian’s has quite alot and he did well aiming at the yellow target.

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I had less shots because I didn’t want to strain myself too much. I’ve learned the hard way what happens to me when I push myself to the limit!

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You can opt for lessons at only Php6,000 for 10 sessions/ 1 hour each session. With this you are fully guided and taught by expert instructors.

For walk-ins there’s an hourly fee of Php550.00 per person which includes the use of the range, equipment and protective gear as well as basic coaching from expert instructors. There’s an additional Php30.00 for the target paper which can be proudly hung in your homes as a testament to how great you are at the sport!

For those that have their own gear it’s only Php200 per hour.

Reservations can be made by calling 02)774.54.10 and (0932)843.6614 or email them at kodandaarchery@gmail.com.

Kodanada Archery Range is located at FB-D3A Makati Cinema Square Chino Roces Avenue, 1230 Makati

Operating Hours: Opens Daily (Monday – Sunday) at 10:30am until 7:30 pm.

Thank you to Isay Roque for the invite and Coaches Linda and Ronna May for being patient with us!

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