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The fastest archer in the world

Lars Andersen (b. 1964) is a Danish painter and author.
For a couple of years, he has also been the world's fastest archer.

In 2003 Lars started shooting with bow and arrows
 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 sometimes 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.

One of the first things Lars learned, was that the classic backquiver seen in many Hollywood movies turned out to be almost useless in motion.

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.
Populism and communication

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:
 Is it real?
Is it all fake?
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
truly staggering.

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.

This debate has prompted Andersen to make a short new video, explaining some things to critical viewers.
And to make it interesting for everyone else, he’s spiced it up with some previously unreleased footage of him performing trick shots.