Foot archery, also known as footbow or foot archery shooting, is a unique and challenging sport where archers shoot bows and arrows using only their feet. The sport originated in Japan in the 16th century as a form of entertainment for samurai warriors, and it has since gained popularity in other parts of the world.
Foot archers use their feet to hold and aim the bow, and to draw and release the arrow. The archer’s feet must be strong and flexible, with a well-developed arch to hold the bow and a high level of dexterity to manipulate the arrow. Foot archery requires a great deal of concentration and skill, as the archer must be able to maintain their balance and coordinate their movements while shooting accurately.
The woman in these two videos is Shannen Michaela, an Australian woman who recently moved to Central America “to pursue a life of freedom, sovereignty, nature & intentional community.” She started out as a gymnast and gradually trained herself–over six years–to shoot a bow and arrow competitively using only her feet.
Shannen has put out a number of videos showing her performing what some would call a stunt but I’d call a tremendous feat of athleticism. Here’s one I think is one of the best:
That video was posted on Twitter and got over 7 million hits
New World Record
In the video below, Shannen attempts a new world record of 18m (about 55′) and incredibly scores a near-perfect bullseye! And Guinness later confirmed it was a world record. Watch the incredible shot below and please leave us a Facebook comment to let us know what you thought of this talented woman!
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