Sepak takraw

A kick volleyball sport played by six people, three on each side, using a rattan ball. Countries in East and Southeast Asia claimed to have originated this beautiful sport. But one thing is certain: it developed its signature scissor-kick manoeuvre and rules, and was widely adopted in the royal courts and villages of Southeast Asia. Sepak is Malay for “kick” and takraw is Thai or Siamese for “woven rattan ball”. As a modern sport, it’s played by the military classes throughout Southeast Asia, in particular Thailand and Malaysia. The agility, speed and balance required to play the game are indicators of a player’s potential in the martial arts.

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