A Follow-up to “Lessons from YouTube”

In this post I warned people to view Internet videos with a somewhat skeptical eye and gave reasons. I specifically mentioned YouTube videos by NuSensei, who has myriad instructional videos available, many of them suitable for beginners and developing archers. I went on to say “I do recommend Mr. Nu’s effort as his videos are mostly informative.” I then went on to point out what I thought were a number of shortcomings in those videos as examples of what one needed to watch out for in Internet-based instructional videos.

One of you wrote back that you thought I was too tough on NuSensei, that his videos are some that they recommended frequently.

I referred to the author of those videos as Mr. Nu, even though that is not his real name because that is the way he presents himself in his videos. I mean no disrespect to “Nu” and his videos are quite recommendable for beginners … and I still think that before you, as a coach, recommend any of those videos that you view it with a critical eye because you may find some things you might want to add to those presentations. I recommend this process for all instructional material you find on the Internet.

There are a number of sources of very good archery content on the Internet. They are few and far between in most cases. It is my hope that one of the tasks of the currently under development Archery Coaches Guild is that some sort of guide can be created of such videos for people looking for help. Current a broad spectrum search for content will produce as much chaff as wheat (actually more).

If David Nguyen (NuSensei) reads these posts, I mean no disrespect to him and I appreciate all of the work that he has put into making instructional content for beginners. I will add that if he wants to produce a book on archery, helpful to those he is focused on, I will publish that book willingly.



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6 responses to “A Follow-up to “Lessons from YouTube”

  1. Arthur Halligey

    At a recent training course for sports coaches (Mind Set) it was stated that that the learning style of today’s youth tends to the Visual as a result of the march of the technology. While no discussion took place to support this my own experiences of late suggest that my younger trainees are more Visual than Auditory Learners. A ‘library’ of appropriate video clips, You Tube or otherwise, would be a great resource for the coach and archer.
    Unfortunately, to paraphrase Pareto’s Law, 80% of everything is trash. Let me say quickly that ‘trash’ can be subjective. Unfortunately I am of an age where I saw personal computers being introduced – I don’t spend much time in front of a screen so have a limited experience of what is on offer even not being au fait as to where to search. What I have seen fits in with good old Pareto – from my personal point of view there are good, bad and ugly posts out there. A lot of ugly. Nu Sensei’s offerings fit into the good section IMHO. There are some items where questions are left hanging, where there is some disagreement on the part of the viewer. The original post made the point of critical review which often is lacking in such offerings.
    A resource of video, or even still, pictures subdivided into sections would be of great help. This resource would benefit from being compiled by a number of coaches who may be looking at different styles or even aspects within styles, different viewpoints, seeking different awnsers so that the coach can have on hand that which they can illustrate what they are trying to convey to their trainee, occasionally with interpretation of what is being looked at pointing out alternatives or explaining what are seen as anomalies. Sections of Nu Sensei would figure high in my list of (interpreted) choices.


    • I tend to agree completely with you Arthur. Those are learning *preferences*, it was hammered into me. But I am more and more tending to look at archers as customers of instruction. Why would we want to provide instruction in ways they do not prefer. Video production has gotten easier and easier but that doesn’t make it better and better just more available. I, too, would rank NuSensei fairly high, along with Alistair Whitingham, George Ryals IV, and a couple of others. Currently the format is to provide such things and then provide “reviews” from readers which can be useful but tend to be voluminous. It would be more helpful to have a more learned critique of each, but that is more expensive. This is one of those things, I believe, that will work itself out in time, but that leaves “what to do until then” still up in the air.

      On Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 6:55 AM, A Blog for Archery Coaches wrote:



  2. NUSensei here. I fully agree with you Steve. As a teacher, I always prioritise the need to be critical rather than take everything for granted. I’m not the best source of information – I don’t have the skill, experience or training (yet) to provide a pathway for all archers, and I certainly do not want my perspective to be taken as law. I consider myself to be the person someone might learn archery with, not from. I’m not always right, but I want people to question and challenge. That’s how they learn, and that’s how I learn.

    I’m a little different from more reputable sources in that I’m not an experienced expert retrospectively cataloguing the in’s and out’s of archery; instead I’m documenting my learning curve as I go along. That means I’m going to make many mistakes along the way, and my understanding will have holes that I sometimes overlook or choose not to cover. I can’t please everyone and I am no match to the expertise of true professionals.

    My goal is not to provide the most comprehensive guide to archery, but to provide enough insight to form a solid starting point for someone to make their own enquiries into archery and promote discourse and engagement. In the end, I’m just one source of information.


    • Hello, David, once again I find myself accidentally giving offense for which I do apologize.

      It was suggested that I should help rather than criticize, so if there is anything I can do to assist your mission to supply quality information to beginning and “on the way up” archers, I will try to help. I have had a number of constructive partnerships with folks in Australia. Specifically, if you are of a mind to produce a book of help for those archers, that is one of the things we do here. Or if you woudl like to write for Archery Focus maggazine, I offer you that (we actually pay for content!). If we are to improve archery from the ground up, “it takes a village,” and we are committed to that.



      • Ali

        I’d like to pick up on what the other poster said earlier as you mention books and magazines again.
        I am not even of the “young generation” Arthur talks about (I suppose at least, I am 35) and started learning archery just recently. Yet I think YouTube instructional videos are a great thing. I think its not even a generational thing. Its just a great way of learning to see things done and filmed from different angles instead of just having descriptions and maybe a few still pictures at best. I love being at the club and having the coach explain and show things, but he’s busy with lots of people and I can’t go as often as I’d like either. The YouTube video I can play over and over again. I can film myself and try to compare. I can then go ask coach a few specific questions when we do meet. With a magazine subscription I have one chance to see something too (until we talk internet and getting access to a full text searchable archive of all old issues with a new subscription) while on YouTube I can search for and find the exact info I need even if it had been recorded years ago. It amazes me again and again how features like this, that I and the younger people Arthur talked about take for granted, are sometimes ignored. As an analogy maybe: an encyclopedia in which you have to find the right term via countless “index” pages to then find the correct page to read? Why would I use that if I have full text search with a built-in thesaurus that is context sensitive (google).


      • I have no problem with videos … for their intended purposes. I recommend them all of the time, but I caution coaches to preview videos carefully as I find many a strange comment being made in their contexts and you want to know what you are recommending.

        Videos are perfect for conveying information involving movements. Many videos though do not show what they are discussing, just people shooting arrows. Videos are also hard to skim, jump around on, etc. So, they have strengths and weaknesses, just like everything else.


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