Crazy World Sports: Sepak Takraw
The lack of major sports until spring 2020 has led us to think about lesser-known sports that people around the world might enjoy, and in turn also miss. It turns out that a lot of you are in strange activities. From insanely dangerous to bizarre level ‘how is that even a thing’ to just hilarious, here are some endless examples in the world of humanity’s ability to turn anything into a contest and then change that contest for one. violence or optimal fun. Today’s entry, the incredible airborne sport of Sepak Takraw.
Sepak Takraw or reverse foot-volleyball
Some sports are on this list because they are weird and trippy, others because they are extreme and violent, and some are just plain hilarious. This one is pure envy, we need this sport in the United States immediately. Part volleyball, hacky-sack and ninja, Sepak Takraw is a game with roots dating back 15e century Malaysia. Played across South Asia, the sport is essentially a hyper-gymnastic version of hands-free volleyball, played with a smaller ball and a lower net. Things fly frequently but are still amazing every time, as seen by the judge in this photo who is blown away by the sheer awesomeness of what he sees.
Similar to volleyball, each team has three opportunities to tap the softball-sized hollow rattan ball before it has to be thrown over the net. Players can use their head, torso, legs and feet to send the ball to each other and onto a net about five feet high. This description hardly does justice to the all-banana acrobatics that take place during matches, which are more reminiscent of martial arts or Luchador wrestlers than anything you’ll see on a volleyball court.
Say whatever you want on soccer, but the bike kick is downright amazing. Sepak Takraw takes this concept, loads it on steroids, blasts it with gamma rays and releases it to hide in an unsuspecting world. In each play, several times the ball is thrown in the air, a nearby player jumps, flips their feet overhead to meet the ball in the air, and sends it soaring over the net for the sport’s version of a peak, before crashing into the hard playing surface.
The service in this game is also an unreal feat. Unlike volleyball where the server throws the ball into the air before hitting it, Sepak Takraw asks a teammate standing at the end of the net to send a shoulder-height pass which the server then throws over the net by the back. end of the yard. Matches are played by teams of three in the best of three game sets up to 21 points.
While Sepak Takraw’s home is still Southeast Asia, the sport is growing around the world. Now governed by the Sepak Takraw International Federation, the sport has a hold over all sporting continents, with ISTAF Superseries and World Cup events acting as the main championships in the sport. And yes, patriots, there is an American team. This video of their performance at the ISTAF SuperSeries is about six minutes of highlights of them being marked in every way possible while committing a series of non-stop nonsense. Hilariously, this looks to be the best we have, since the official team is the one that released it.
Of course, a sport with this very fast-paced, unpredictable action has its share of dangerous scary moments as well as accidental nonsense and highlights.
This is a YouTube rabbit hole that takes a long time to click for highlights.
I don’t care if it’s on this continent, I don’t care if it’s in a time zone that allows me to sleep and I don’t care if the commentary is in a language I understand, I need Sepak Takraw in my sports watch life immediately. Where is “L’Ocho”When you need it?
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