ninja-elbow wrote:I've seen that Russian girl video before. Total thumbring or maybe just bare thumb - regardless she is shooting from her thumb. This is a horsebow technique used because horsebows are pretty short (compared to a longbow) so when you go into your draw, a 3 or 2 finger technique might get squished by the angle of the string. Hence, horse-archer cultures, with typically shorter bows, have a thumb technique.
I practice thumb with my horsebow (a 66# Kassai Mongol Bow) and it is hard if you are a western archer predominately. Plus, I need a better thumb ring than the one I have currently.
Horse Archer style for life.
Mongol General: Hao! Dai ye! We won again! This is good, but what is best in life?
Mongol: The open steppe, fleet horse, falcons at your wrist, and the wind in your hair.
Mongol General: Wrong! Conan! What is best in life?
Conan: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.
Mongol General: That is good! That is good.