ShaTranj specializes in mounted archery, mounted combat disciplines, traditional weapons training and bushcraft.

Our instructors have more than 8 years experience in mounted archery & combat disciplines and more than 30 years experience in bushcraft.

Johan de Bruto received Protea colours twice and competed in Korea and Hungary (where SA ended 7th out of 25 countries). He has also received an award of Honour from the World Horseback Archery Federation (WHAF, in Korea) for his contribution and dedication to the sport of Mounted Archery.

We are affiliated in Korea, China and Hungary; with the aim of establishing Hungarian Martial Arts as a sport in South Africa.

Marcia de Bruto has received Protea colours as SA coach twice and had the honour of her junior students receiving 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings in International Tournaments.

Our Bushcraft training aims to prepare the individual for an amazing outdoor experience, as well as general survival.

That been said, survival is about much more than just the ability to fend for yourself out in nature, but also how to handle yourself in a conflict situation. Physical conflict can be survived by using various parts of your body as weapon, blunt or sharp traditional weapons, other objects that have been substituted for weapons, or modern firearms etc.

The period before and after direct conflict are however, just as important. Without the necessary preparation and the aquirement of the survival skills needed, whether that be wound and shock treatment, the aquiry of food and water, food preparation, shelter and heat; the chances of survival for a person who finds himself/herself seperated from modern luxuries (electricity, water, cover...Pick’nPay.....) becomes dramatically smaller.

At ShaTranj these skills are demonstrated and taught. Much better to have skills and not need them, than need them and not have them !!


In the practise of Traditional Mounted Archery, various different traditional/historical weapons and outfits are used.

Through various suppliers/makers, ShaTranj provides for these unique requirements. 

The following are supplied:

  • traditional horse bows and longbows

  • arrows, fletching, points etc.

  • armour & outfits

  • swords

  • spears

  • axes and other traditional weapons


ShaTranj provides various services as well. Amongst them are:

  • stabling

  • schooling of young horses

  • tuition for both riders and horses

  • tuition in the arts of mounted archery as well as various weapons katas performed with Traditional Mounted Archery

  • clinics as per group requirements

  • corporate days & functions

  • various activities included with (or without) venue hire for functions, parties, school outings and other


At ShaTranj we also teach bushCraft, which includes the following:

  • Tracking

  • Hunting

  • Camouflage

  • Setting up camp

  • Finding water

  • Bush quisine

  • Essential kit, and much more !

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Shatranj Mounted Archery Pty

Reg No.: 2016/536191/07

Call us today to book/order     +27 82 309 1651


Plot 98, Green Road,

Boschkop, Bronkhorstspruit,

GP, South Africa, 1020

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