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You don’t have to watch the whole thing to get the idea. Crazy awesome kick volley ball.


 

Anyway the sport is called Sepak Takraw, (which I am pretty sure translates to crazy awesome kick ball) is a sport played all over south Asia. Its played with a woven rattan ball and scoring is just like volley ball where you play to 21 points. The difference is of course that you can only touch the ball with your legs or chest, and is played in teams of three. Now there are records of games like this being played back as far as the 1500’s, and the game in its current form has been played since the early 1800’s.

It started out as a Chinese military game played to help soldiers increase their flexibility and give them something to do in their spare time, so if it looks like it was invented by kung fu fighters, that because it most likely was. If you are like me, this sport is new to you, but the US sent a team to compete in the world championship in 1989 and we won gold! Of course we tried again in the 90’s and lost badly, but who’s keeping score?

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