Thursday, December 15, 2005

Takraw is really cool

I just got an old roll of film developed, and found these shots from about a year ago.

I saw these guys playing in Taipei on "Foreign Workers Day", some government sponered event where South East Asian workers got together for music and food and games.

Takraw originated in Malaysia hundreds of years ago, but the modern form was developed more recently. Played on a badminton like court, the rules are similar to volleyball, except you can't use your hands. Players can hit the ball up to three times, the final hit often being a spectacular spike for which the player does a crazy flying flip thing. The above picture is actually this guy's serve. He was good.

It's kind of like hacky sack, only for really light, athletic, and flexible people.

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