The fastest archer in the world
Lars Andersen (b. 1964) is a Danish painter and author.
For years, he has also been the world's fastest archer.
Lars Andersen was the first archer in modern times
who could perform the historically described
3 arrows in 1½ second.
How can we know historical archers
shot 3 arrows in 1½ second?
In 2003 Lars started archery
in large medieval battle in Denmark.
Together with his friend Peter Vorbeck, they began work on
their archery skills .
This was very far from modern slow stationary target archery.
They shot at living targets in motion, who shoot arrows back.
They fought in large armies and also against castles.
Even though it was done with safe, soft-tipped arrows,
Lars learned some valuable lessons about past archery,
and he and Peter started practicing tricks like shooting incoming arrows with their own, and moving fast while shooting.
The second was that if he wanted to learn how to shoot really fast, modern archery techniques couldn't help him.
So he turned to old manuscripts, and realized that many things about modern archery seemd wrong.
He was helped by foreign experts in historical archery, and began to develop his own system.
After a few years, Lars put videos on the Internet.
His 2012 video received a million hits on YouTube in three days.
His 2015 video became the most seen archery video ever in 3 days.
Lars Andersen is now world famous, but he’s also created debate
in archery communities worldwide:
Does he actually know what he’s talking about?
In his famous video, Andersen tells that he has
“re-invented ancient techniques”.
Some archery "experts" reacted critically to the statement,
and the amount of online debate that has followed has been
The fact is that nobody in modern times before Lars has mastered these historical methods.
Some of the methods have been known in small historical circles before, but no one has been able to perform as described in historical texts, such as shooting 3 arrows in 1.5 second, or hitting incoming arrows, etc.
Lars was the first in modern times to start holding the arrows in his hand pointing forward.
Arab Archery: "Another way to do this stunt is by placing the arrows between the fingers of the right hand thus: the nock of each arrow between two fingers...."