Sepak Takraw, or simply kick volleyball, is an ancient sport indigenous to Southeast Asia. Unlike its precursor foot volleyball, Sepak Takraw revolves around a ball, called “tsai”, that is propelled by a bouncing ball on four legs. The game is played with two teams at each end of a long lane. Each team consists of seven players.
This game is a simple one. Two teams are laid out with the point line being the centre of the court, opposite the side wall. One team comprises the entire squad, while the other is comprised of players who stand astride one another, holding onto the handles of their respective takraws. The entire team is then arrayed in a dense cloud of particles. The objective of the game is for the players in the dense cloud to throw their takraw into the void towards the point where the players nearest the boundary lines are grouped.
When the takraw comes in contact with the boundary lines, it is volleyed back out into play along the original line, much like how a volley is played in lacrosse. It is also possible for the players in the dense cloud to collide with one another, although this rarely occurs because the boundaries are not very close to the players when playing in the open court. The game is usually played for a period of two to three minutes. During this time, the players on one team try to score more points than the other team.
The game has a unique history in Malaysia that has spanned generations. Many say that it can trace its origins to an Indonesian court game called “Sekar Pinagkapit”. However, there is no direct evidence to support this claim as there are no court records or other written evidence to confirm this. Some historians have suggested that the first Malaysia-ported kick ball was probably invented during the Second World War when American servicemen in the Philippines brought the sport to Malaysia.
The game today is commonly played using a heavy weighted net that contains strings made from fiber or metal and is woven into a net ball. The players use two paddles attached to each other and alternately swing at the balls with these paddles. Each player can have up to four separate paddles, but only two to three can be utilized at any given time. When the balls are struck, they bounce off the edge of the net and into the opposite team’s goal. A point is scored when the ball makes it through the net.
There are two teams that play in this game, each team consists of five players. Each player on each team is permitted to have two toes and three fingers, but not both. The maximum number of toes and fingers that a player may wear is two.
The origin of the name “Sepak Takraw” is derived from a Malay language
saying which translates as “placed beneath the palm, in a place where there is darkness”. According to the Southeast Asia Sports Association (SASA), Sepak Takraw was first known as Sankoh Takraw in the month of April or May in 1950.
In Malaysia, the sport is known as “Nasi Sharar” or “Spinning Stick Sport”. The name has stuck and is commonly referred to as Sepak Takraw by the Malaysian people. Due to the lack of information about the sport in Malaysia, some inaccuracies have been created and are being actively fought by the sport’s supporters. Despite this, there is no doubt about the fact that Sepak Takraw is one of the most well-known and widely played sports in Malaysia. Sport officials in Malaysia claim that over fifty percent of all school students in Malaysia are passionate enthusiasts of Sepak Takraw. Although most sports enthusiasts say that they begin to play the game when they are around eight years old, some say they began to play when they were only three years old.
When it comes to sports, there is no denying the fact that competition is intense, both personally and professionally. However, there are many factors that should be taken into consideration before making a choice. First and foremost, you must choose between playing for fun and earning money. Many people say that since they started to play in order to earn money, they have neglected the fun aspect of the sport. Playing for fun can be quite rewarding but for some, the financial aspect is the main reason they play. Another important consideration is your exposure to the different, Southeast Asian countries and their culture, as the sport will greatly benefit you if you spent some time in Southeast Asia, especially in places like Malaysia and Thailand.
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