Reported by: Gary Yamaguchi
2008 JOAD National Outdoor Tournament was a successful
tournament run in the nation’s heartland, and drew 199
archers from all over the country plus 3 Canadian
guests. For some of the archers, it was their very
first tournament ever! The archers were distributed
across age ranges and classifications so that there
were about a dozen or more per category, with only the
Cub Female Compound having small numbers.
constant downrange wind was present throughout the
FITA. The strong winds of the morning shooting
sessions turned into fierce winds each afternoon, with
gusts that reportedly reached 53 mph. Some of the
shade covers brought in to cover the competitors
started breaking! All the archers struggled with
this, but kept smiling and upbeat despite the tough
conditions. Scores were probably much lower than
normal because of this. On the morning of the Olympic
Rounds, there was almost no wind. Consequently, the
scores shot during the FITA rounds were not good
predictors of the OR scores.
Special events included a nice barbeque after the
first day of FITA competition, and free (sponsored)
Team Rounds after the FITA was concluded. Three
rounds of team qualification (seeding) rounds were
conducted but unfortunately the team competition had
to be cancelled due to an approaching thunderstorm.
Arizona archers who finished well included:
Anthony Don, Junior Male Recurve, 1st
Place in the FITA with a score of 1232 and also 1st
Place in the Olympic Round
Nathan Yamaguchi, Cub Male Recurve, 1st
Place in the FITA with a score of 1209 and a 2nd
Place in the Olympic Round
Colt Van Patter, Bowman Male Compound, 2nd
Place with a 1351 FITA score*
Kiley Larrick, Cadet Female Recurve, 3rd
Place in the FITA with a score of 1127
Karissa Yamaguchi, Bowman Female Recurve, 3rd
Place in the FITA with a score of 1141*
Olympic Rounds for Bowmen)
the Olympic Rounds, Mackenzie Kieborz advanced
to the quarter-finals of the Junior Female Compound
category but lost to the #1 seed and eventual winner.
Kiley Larrick also advanced to the
quarter-finals of the Cadet Female Recurve division
and lost to the silver medalist. Ashley Carmichael
shot a nice score in the 1/8 round but
unfortunately lost to the bronze medalist.
The tournament was run with a very friendly and
helpful staff, and the competition remained fun and
friendly for the Cub and Bowman divisions that we saw.
JOAD Outdoor Nationals Summer 2008
By Nathan Yamaguchi
Oklahoma City Nationals was one of the most fun
tournaments I have been to! But going to the
tournament was only half of the fun, the other half
was training for it. Outdoor Nationals is a very long
tournament and you need to be in strong from your
first arrow to your last arrow. To get in tip-top
shape my sister and I enrolled in Coach Mark Penaz’s
competition training seminars, and shot hundreds of
arrows every week in our back yard, at the indoor
archery range, and at Papago Park. Coach Penaz helped
us with learning the B.E.S.T. method and getting our
form to be as close to perfect as we could. On
Saturdays, we were at Papago shooting practice Olympic
Rounds (ORs) with our other Coach, Mr. Ed Votruba.
Before long, it was time to go to the real deal,
Oklahoma City dun dun da!
we arrived at the fairgrounds, where the tournament
was being held, we shot a few rounds to get our sights
set for the Oklahoma conditions and went back to our
hotel. After a good night’s sleep we got up early and
got ready to shoot with a good breakfast of bacon,
eggs, and potatoes.
this was my first JOAD National Outdoor tournament I
was surprised to see how many kids were shooting
there. My bale was all the way on the other side of
the range from my sister’s. I set up my scope and
bow. At first the only kid I knew that was near me
was Colt Van Patter from Straight-N-Arrow of west
Phoenix (Bowman Compound). But by the time our
official practice rounds were over, I had met everyone
on my bale and many others. I was shooting with Devan
Wiss from Missouri, Brian Wise from Kansas, and Thomas
Truitt from California. It soon became obvious that
our bale was the one to beat. Devan, Thomas, and I
were leading along with Ben Nabozny one bale over.
Unfortunately, Brian’s limbs had twisted so he did not
shoot as well as I knew he could. And the wind... It
was blowing downrange with really strong gusts.
Throughout the whole FITA tournament, which is held
over four different distances and two days, Devan,
Ben, Thomas, and I were battling to stay ahead of one
another. At the end of the FITA, I had won by the
skin of my teeth.
last day was reserved for the Olympic Rounds, which is
a head-to-head single elimination format. You have to
shoot well or you’re out. The morning of the OR was
very nice. Surprisingly there was barely any wind.
Everyone seemed confused looking for targets, bale
assignments, and getting some practice in on the side
targets. The really fun part of the OR is that the
top four seeded shooters got a bye, so while everyone
else was shooting we could practice without worry.
Well, the whole day was filled with nerves. Everyone
from the judges to the spectators were curious to see
who had won each head-to-head match. Even other
archers who decided not to shoot came to watch their
fellow archers. Words of encouragement were given
from one archer to another.
the end of the OR rounds there were a bunch of ties,
except not in my division where Devan Wiss had shot
the lights out. In the Junior Male Recurve division
there was a one arrow shoot-off between Tony Don from
Tucson and Aaron Henslin. They both shot very good.
awards were especially exciting because National Head
Coach Kisik Lee was handing out the awards. I was
very excited because this was my first year going to a
Outdoor National and I had gotten one. Oklahoma was
everything I imagined, except I missed hearing Mr.
Pian’s music while we were scoring our arrows.
would like to thank the judges, fellow archers, and
everyone who sponsored this tournament.
JOAD National Outdoor
by Karissa Yamaguchi
dream of going to Oklahoma City for Nationals all began
with last years Nationals in Chula Vista, CA. I loved
having so much competition last year! I also enjoyed
meeting new friends. I got so crazy about going to
Oklahoma City I even did my school state report on
my dream came to reality this summer. As soon as school
was out for the summer and I had a couple of weeks off I
was ready to start training more seriously. My brother
and I signed up for a competition training program with
Coach Mark Penaz and he started giving us tips for
better form. Soon we started shooting about 120 arrows
every other day to get us in shape for the F.I.T.A.
After a couple of weeks I started to like training.
only thing that felt a little frustrating to me was
having to constantly tune my bow over, and over again.
My new arrows were longer and stiffer than my old ones,
and were bought to match my new, stronger limbs. The
only trouble was I wasn’t strong enough for the new
limbs yet. Dad told me that if I “cranked up” my limbs
my bow would tune better. My tuning ‘mishap’ cost me.
For when I decided to “crank up” my limbs it was about a
day or two before Oklahoma! Even though we only
“cranked it up” a little bit and got it well tuned, it
was a bit strong for me.
next day I woke up early and packed my archery gear. My
brother, mom, dad, and I all boarded the plane. The
plane was pretty comfortable all the way to Oklahoma.
After we got our luggage we found that our bow case was
open and must not have been shut after they inspected
it. Lucky for us, nothing was missing.
reached the hotel then we drove to the Oklahoma State
Fairgrounds where the tournament was held. My brother
and I were there to shoot just a little bit to get our
sights set. When we checked into the tournament my
brother and me each received a bag of things such as a
small cooler, a water bottle, Chap Stick, sun screen, a
luggage tag, and a lot of other things too. We had wear
numbers on our quivers.
really fun meeting all of the girls on my target. We
all had fun shooting and battling the wind. I
personally thought I did horrible the first day and did
way better the second day. It was probably because my
arm kept on straightening too much, however I did fix
the problem on the second day. My parents and I loved
the leader board and were constantly watching mine and
my brother’s scores in comparison to the others’. In
the end I ended up getting third in the F.I.T.A.
tournament and my brother Nate got first.
the F.I.T.A. tournament was over, we participated in the
team round. I got matched up with Cara, a really good
Cub shooter, and Mary, who won our Bowman Recurve
division. Mary and I had fun trying to shoot 50
meters. Sadly, we had to stop because of lightning. We
also had to wait for the awards to be held the next
day. It was also a good thing though, because my family
and I got to go out to eat at Cattlemen’s Steak House
with the Dons, and to see the Oklahoma City Memorial.
of the awards the Olympic Rounds were held. I watched
as my brother fought through the semi-finals. He just
barely made it! Then when he was in the finals he lost
to his friend Devan.
the archers from Arizona did well. We got to see Kiley
Larrick, Mackenzie Kieborz, Ashley Carmichael, Colt Van
Patter and his sister Skylar. Tony Don won an exciting
in all, it was a good tournament and I met a lot of