Sunday, July 24, 2011

Can These Guys Jump, or What?

The coolest thing about the Internet is the opportunity to see weird and wonderful things (no, not THOSE things). It's really very educational out there. Mostly.

One can use it to 'travel' to other parts of the world and experience cultures in an indirect sort of way. I saw a story today about a popular south-east Asian sport I had never heard of before. Sepak Takraw is kind of a cross between volleyball and hackeysack. A team of three has to keep a rattan ball in the air using only their feet, knees and head (basically, anything but their hands) and then send it over the net to score a point against their opposition. I was once able to jump and twist like that (did I just hear someone call bulls*&t?) Here's a 2 1/2 minute sampling...



While reading the Wikipedia info on this (linked to above) I discovered that they have an association here in Canada. After watching the video, I got thinking that it reminded me of the Inuit sport of high kicking that is part of the World Eskimo Indian Olympics held every other year in the North. There is the one foot and two foot variety of kicking. Here is a short video of that...



All interesting stuff. Maybe the world is now a closer place and learning more about each other all the time. If I may quote Martha Stewart, "...and that's a good thing."

5 comments:

Erin Cole said...

As long as I can touch my toes and kick a little a$$ every now and then (granted that's the side-playful-kick you'd give your spouse, siblings, or friends), that's a good thing for me. Just watching that video makes me want to dial my chiropractor.

Niki said...

I don't think I could even hit the ball with my hands let alone my feet! Gee they're clever.

Kara McElhinny said...

Yes, (to answer your rhetorical) that man can jump!

Kara McElhinny said...

or, er... those guys!! :D

Natalie L. Sin said...

The internet is a wonderful thing. I was thinking about that when I wrote my last entry : )