Jie, who received his Masters in Economics from SUNY University at Buffalo, is a native of Jiangsu, China and a dedicated practitioner of traditional Chinese archery. He specializes in the research and practice of Gao Ying’s Inchworm Technique (a military archery technique from Ming Dynasty). Jie is an instructor and lecturer the annual Chinese Archery Program in Georgia, USA (founded in 2013). In Fall 2015, he helped found the Cal Archery Club's Traditional Asian Archery Program (TAAP) at UC Berkeley. In 2017, he helped found the 1st North American Chinese Archery Tournament (NACAT) in Cupertino, California.
More recently, Jie appeared in the in-game "Hands On History" cinematics for Age of Empires IV (video of "Making The Mongol Bow").
His broader interests involve introducing international audiences to Chinese culture. These activities include administering fora on Chinese archery, as well as administering and curating content for a forum on traditional Chinese clothing (Hanfu). Jie is the gold medalist (and set the benchmark record) for the “Modern Asiatic 50# Broadhead” division 2013 Flight Archery Championships. At the 2018 North American Chinese Archery Tournament, he won Gold in the Speed Shooting contest.
Justin is a software engineer who received his PhD in Computer Science from UC San Diego. He is also an avid traditional Chinese archery practitioner specializing in the study and revival of Chinese military archery technique. Justin is proprietor of The Cinnabar Bow, a traditional archery equipment distributor whose mission is to raise international awareness of skilled Asiatic equipment makers. He taught thumb ring shooting for the California Centaurs horseback archery club, founded the Bay Area Asian Archery group, and also provided introductory lessons to Chinese archery in Northern and Southern California. Justin is an instructor and lecturer at the annual Chinese Archery Program in Georgia, USA (founded in 2013), and he was a presenter at the Society for the Promotion of Traditional Archery’s 2013 St. George’s Shoot in Somerset, England. In Fall 2015, he helped found the Cal Archery Club's Traditional Asian Archery Program (TAAP) at UC Berkeley. In 2017, he helped found the 1st North American Chinese Archery Tournament (NACAT) in Cupertino, California.
In the US Flight Archery Championships, Justin won Gold in the Modern Asiatic 70# division (2015) with a 426-yard shot, Silver in the Modern Asiatic 50# division (2015), Gold in the Modern Asiatic 50#” division (2013). At the 2018 and 2019 North American Chinese Archery Tournaments, he won Gold in the Piercing Power category (shooting with 86# and 105# bows). He is also a certified USA Archery Level 2 Instructor.
More recently, Justin appeared in the in-game "Hands On History" cinematics for Age of Empires IV (video of "Making The Mongol Bow").
Previously, Justin was involved in Chinese Wushu: he competed for 11 years and was a US Wushu Team athlete in 2001 and 2003; after retiring from competition in 2003, he went on to be the representative judge for the US in the 2005 World Wushu Championships and 2006 World Junior Wushu Championships; he was tournament director for the 2006 US Junior Wushu Team Trials and the 2007 US Wushu Team Trials.
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