Although its origins date back to the ancient Turks, Turkish archery is a tradition that primarily developed during the Ottoman Empire. It serves a variety of purposes and implementations. Just as it did in the Turkish tribes, the archery reflected the military strength of the Ottoman Empire. As such, the Empire prioritized archery training to ensure mastery of this skill. Today, many clubs offer many hobby or professional archery activities.
Okçuluk Vakfı (The Archers’ Foundation)
The Archers’ Foundation strives to promote archery and other traditional Turkish sports. It achieves this through national, historical, artistic, cultural and educational programs that aim to increase cultural awareness. The foundation wants to ensure that current and future generations embrace all sporting fields. The foundation also trains athletes, provides them with material and moral support, establishes training and sporting facilities, and maintains old facilities to ensure they remain true to their original state. You may wish to become more familiar with the foundation that organizes various tournaments, festivals and training organizations.
Address: Keçeci Piri Mahallesi, Fatih Sultan Minberi Cad. No: 1, 34445 Beyoğlu/Istanbul
Basic archery training, advanced archery training and special archery lessons can be obtained at Yaban Academy. This is widely regarded as one of the best places to practice archery in Istanbul. You can also take part in free shooting events on certain days of the week, provided you receive basic archery training at the Yaban Academy. Besides archery, there are other courses available at Yaban Academy, such as mountaineering, canoeing, diving and shooting.
Address: Uğur Mumcu Caddesi, No: 9, MKM B5, Akatlar, Mehtap Sk. 34335 Beşiktaş
Demka Okçuluk (Demka Archery)
Demka Archery: Located in Ümraniye, Demka Archery provides a “Hobby Group Service” for those who wish to make archery their hobby. You can learn basic archery techniques through their training program, which is provided on a weekly schedule.
Address: Barbaros Mah. Sütçü Yolu Cd. No: 49, Ataşehir/Istanbul