June 13: International Axe Throwing Day

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Axe throwing has morphed from a Viking weapon into a present day sport that you can watch on ESPN. On International Axe Throwing Day we celebrate this “new” sport and maybe even give it a try.

International Axe Throwing Day was founded by WATL, the World Axe Throwing League. They are trying “to raise awareness and unify the sport of urban axe throwing”.

Jason Momoa Flexes His Ax-Throwing Muscles for Charity

History of axe throwing.

Centuries ago, everyone had an axe. In fact, it was one of the first inventions made of stone and then metal. An axe can be handy around the farm, but could be easily used as a weapon if the need arises. So axe throwing was practiced for protection and of course there were competitions. Then axe throwing was only found at lumberjack competitions because they were the people who had one.

History of axe throwing as a sport.

Then in 2006 a group of Canadians enjoying the weekend at a cottage became bored. They found an axe and took turns throwing it at a stump. “Upon returning home to Toronto, BATL founder and CEO Matt Wilson decided to set up a target in his backyard and invite some friends over to show them just how cathartic throwing a sharp axe into wood could be. A point system was created, and soon enough a group of 8 friends would meet every week and engage in some friendly competition.”

Click to see an interesting video about axe throwing day (white triangle in center):

Why throw an axe?

Axe throwing is cathartic, a great stress reliever physically, mentally and emotionally. Why throw an axe at an urban indoor axe throwing experience? Parents, nurses, and people in high stress situations throw axes to relax. Stag, bachelorette, birthday and divorce parties are enjoyed at BTLgrounds everywhere. (It’s called International Axe Throwing Day because it is a sport enjoyed across the world today.)

You can even drop into any center on the weekends and enjoy some impromptu play.

How to celebrate International Axe Throwing Day

slow motion axe throwing overhead

Throw an axe.

Why, you throw an axe on axe throwing day of course!

We recommend visiting an urban indoor axe throwing center rather than throwing an axe at a stump. They will teach you how to do it safely and properly.

Make axe throwing cupcakes.

Make any flavor of cupcake, draw a target on the frosting and decorate with these:

Celebrate International Axe Throwing Day by watching a famous axe movie.

Yes, axe throwing is now a sport. But not in the movies!! Want to see a famous axe movie for a fright night? (Okay, one is a rom-com and another a classic but both are a little frightening. The rest are mind bending frightening.) Check out our axe movie bucket list of must-see movies.

movie night neon sign

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