• Sat. Nov 26th, 2022

Leeds dad combines pole dancing and archery to perform amazing stunts

ByMary M. Ward

Oct 26, 2022

Video clips show David Balcer-Whittle, 29, who has dubbed the unique sport ‘pole archery’, performing the fantasy-style archery tricks he has mastered over the years . He can shoot targets while spinning, jump on the pole from a distance and shoot upside down, and also imitate animals like a frog and a flamingo.

David, who has been an avid archer since he was 15, got into pole dancing when he was 20, but had never thought of combining them. Three years ago, while working on speed archery techniques – learning to shoot while running, jumping and even upside down – he had the idea of ​​combining the two.

He first started with a popular pole move called Cupid, where he uses his legs to hold himself up, so his hands are free to wield the bow and arrow.

Pictured is David Balcer-Whittle. A dad combined his two favorite hobbies, pole dancing and archery, to pull off incredible stunts, never missing his target. See SWNS story SWSMpolearchery. Father-of-one David Balcer-Whittle, 29, has dubbed the unique sport “pole archery”. Video clips show the fantasy-style archery tricks David has mastered over the years.

David, a lab technician from Leeds, also works as a part-time pole instructor, so he is able to hone his pole skills for up to 10 hours a week.

Archery is more weather-dependent, so he has to tailor his training to his work and family commitments.

Father-of-one David said: ‘Training pole and archery together means setting up a pole and an outside shooting range, so I can usually only manage about a hour per week.

“Bruises go hand in hand with poler territory and sometimes I get random muscle or joint injuries. The worst I’ve had is due to a freak accident involving an arrow that broke and drove shards into my hand, sending me to A&E.

David is looking to make his pole vault and tricks his main job and even has some pole vault archery performance already.

He added, “I’m taking more teaching, and I’ve also received many requests for art and animation references and online tutorials.

“If I can get tutorials and stuff sorted, I have more time to focus on the things I love to do, which allows me to train harder and get better at archery. archery Who knows, maybe one day you’ll see me on stage or on TV doing something really exciting!