The Cinnabar Bow
Traditional Chinese Archery Equipment

The Cinnabar Bow is an effort by Justin Ma to supply traditional Chinese archery equipment, including Mariner (水手) traditional Chinese bows, Nomadic Arts Archery quivers, and Vermil Archery thumb rings

The Way of Archery: A 1637 Chinese Military Training Manual (by Jie Tian and Justin Ma) is a new book about Chinese archery technique that is now available for sale. Please see the Books page for pricing information.

Please also visit the official site for The Way of Archery for more information, as well as updates about related teaching events.


June 5, 2015: Starting today, bows made by Mariner (水手) will be sold exclusively through regional distributors throughout the world. I'm really happy to work with these great folks. Please welcome our new partners!

For more information, please see our Order page.

May 23, 2015: The Cinnabar Bow is proud to be the exclusive reseller for the King of Rui's Thumb Ring (by Jinxian Archery). This brass ring is a replica of the gold ring that was excavated from the Mausoleum of the King of the State of Rui (from the Spring-Autumn Period, 771--476 BCE). Rings are now available for pre-order, so please have a look at the King of Rui's Ring page for details.

April 16, 2015: Vermil Victory rings are now available for pre-order! The Cinnabar Bow collaborated with Vermil Archery to bring you this new design, which we're happy to debut.

February 3, 2015: Vermil Classic Brass rings are now available for sale! We have a limited quantity of the common sizes, but we can always order more if your size is not in stock.

January 22, 2015: Vermil Classic rings made with Brass are now available for pre-order. Please see the Brass Vermil Classic page for more information.

January 13, 2015: The new Vermil Lotus is now available. This is a nice thumb for archers who prefer the simplicity of a ring without a string guard. Please see the Vermil Lotus page for more info.

November 23, 2014: We finally have a Facebook presence. Please like our The Cinnabar Bow Facebook page to receive updates on our activities.

November 18, 2014: We're very excited to announce! This is a new collaboration with Peter Dekker for introducing Jia Zhiwei's Manchu Bows to international archers. Jia's goal is to make affordable reproductions of Qing bows that match the angles and proportions of antique horn bows. We also have a Facebook page.

Please also have a look at our updated Links page, including a pointer to Cathay Armory, a new venture by Caesar Zhang dedicated to bringing the most authentic, historically-sourced Chinese armor reproductions to the world market.

November 8, 2014: We're very excited to announce a new collaboration with Vermil Archery, makers of the Vermil Ring! These rings are made with a proprietary plastic to give you a resilient and comfortable thumb ring. Please have a look at the Rings page for more information on available sizes and colors. This is just the beginning, and we look forward to a great partnership.

May 3, 2014: The new Ming Moon 7 is now available for sale! The Ming-7 is optimized for a short draw and has a more aggressively reflexed design than previous generation Ming Moons. Could this be the right bow for you? Learn more.

April 5, 2014: We're in the process of establishing a new horseback archery club in the Bay Area called the Sonoma Coast Centaurs (in Petaluma, California), and this past weekend we held our first general interest meeting/clinic. The meeting was organized by Mike Loades and the Sonoma Coastal EquesTraining Center. Mike gave an overview lecture/demo, Tim Macmillan demonstrated Yabusame and provided hands-on instruction, and I provided a hands-on demo of thumb ring shooting. Great start! Photos of the gathering here.

February 15--17, 2014: We held another productive and successful Chinese Archery Training Program at Jaap & Kay Koppedrayer's Bamboo Farm in Odum, Georgia! Peter Dekker provided instruction and presented his latest research on Manchu/Qing archery, while I provided instruction in Ming dynasty archery. Photos and a review of the event are available below.

Hope you can make it to next year's Chinese Archery Training Program, which will be held February 27th--March 1st, 2015.

January 31, 2014: Happy Near Year of the Horse! Thanks again everyone for your continued support of The Cinnabarbow Bow. We have some exciting developments in store for this year. One is wooden veneers, of which Mariner has been experimenting with Bocote (among other woods). The other is the new specialized Ming-7 for short draws up to 28"-from-the-belly. We've been evaluating prototypes and will be ready to debut it soon. Please stay tuned for upcoming announcements!

October 3, 2013: People often ask me how to use the thumb rings with guards. To that end, I have filmed a short video on how to use this style of ring, as you can see below and on the Rings page.

May 13, 2013: On April 20--21, 2013, I traveled to Somerset, England and gave a presentation about Ming Dynasty military archery at the SPTA St. George's Shoot. Had a great exchange with all the archers there, including Mark Stretton (who holds the world record for shooting with a 200# English longbow) and Joe Gibbs (who himself can shoot with 180# English longbows). There's a brief photo album of the event, and some video me working with Mark on some heavy bow pulling drills.

April 12, 2013: Here are some photos from the Chinese Archery Program and Lectures that were held in Odum, Georgia, USA this year on March 22nd--24th. Jie Tian and I gave a lecture on Ming Dynasty military archery, and provided instruction in Ming archery technique. We thank Jaap and Kay Koppedrayer (Yumi Bows), and Peter Dekker (Manchu Archery) for organizing, lecturing, and teaching. And most importantly, thanks to all the people who traveled from all over the participate!

Photo Album

It was a tremendous amount of fun, and we plan to do it again next year during President's Day Weekend 2014!

Previous News: Please see the News Archive.

Visit our official Facebook page for The Cinnabar Bow for updates on our activities.

Visit our community at the Chinese Archery Facebook group.