Learning a New Sport: Sepak Takraw

Learning a New Sport: Sepak Takraw

Sepak Takraw is a very interesting sport. It’s mainly popular in South East Asia, but this sport is actually played internationally. So we at 777iGame would like to share with you, our readers, various sports from different parts of the world. The sport we are introducing to you today is also called kick volleyball. And

Sepak Takraw is a very interesting sport. It’s mainly popular in South East Asia, but this sport is actually played internationally. So we at 777iGame would like to share with you, our readers, various sports from different parts of the world. The sport we are introducing to you today is also called kick volleyball. And it’s the best way to describe Sepak Takraw. Its like volleyball, but with a court that’s about the size of a badminton court, and like volleyball, each team (composed of 3 players each side) has three touches of the ball each to get the ball to the opponent’s side of the court. Sets are the same with volleyball, with winning scores set to 15 or 21. The kicker (see what we did there?), is that instead of using your hands, you use your feet. That’s right, you use your feet to kick a small grapefruit-sized ball, traditionally made of rattan, to play Sepak Takraw.

When watching games of Sepak Takraw, one could easily say that the players move like a praying mantis, with long lean limbs sticking out to move. But watch enough games of Sepak Takraw, and you will start appreciating the dexterity, speed, and balance of those who play this game. There is a certain grace to it that will remind you of kung fu movies. But how exactly do they get to kick the ball vertically, and then over the net?

“Sepak Takraw” flickr photo by dbgg1979 https://flickr.com/photos/dbgg1979/3829307560 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

The basics of Sepak Takraw involve the sole kick, where you use the sole or the arch of your foot to kick the ball. You can do the instep kick, the knee kick, shoulder kick, head kick, or a shin kick. If you play professionally, or if you grew up playing this recreationally, you could also pull off a cross-leg jump kick or the cross leg knee kick. It’s mainly fancy footwork that will leave you tangled up if you aren’t an experienced player.

So, if this is very similar to volleyball, then do they spike, too? It seems physically impossible to spike the ball to hit the ground hard using just your foot, right? Well, do you remember the flashy bicycle kick in soccer? The players who can do that, usually called “killers” can execute something very similar to that, but with a more graceful landing, as they manage quite well to land on their feet.

There are, of course, a lot of variations to the game. And since it is played in different countries across Southeast Asia, you would agree with us at 777iGame that there would be some difference in how the game is played in every country, and within the different regions of each country. We at 777iGame will think of more sports to introduce you to, but for now, check out our other news articles on the hottest and the latest on international sports.

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