A few weeks ago I was trying to find my blog about Takraw. I searched and searched and could not find it anywhere. Eventually it was discovered, in my draft file! For some reason I never got around to uploading this page.
Even though it is over three years since I wrote it thankfully the game of Sepak Takraw ตะกร้อ doesn’t change! Just ignore the parts about me plugging the competition at the Sunee Grand Hotel!
So here we go, back to November 2009…..
Sepak Takraw ตะกร้อ is an amazing mix of football, volleyball and Kung Fu. Two teams, a net and a rattan cane ball
The game is believed to have originated in Malasysia but is has been played in Thailand for over 200 years. Sepak is the Malay word for kick and takraw is the Thai word for a woven ball. The game in Thailand is known as Takraw.
Every afternoon after work or school on just about every city block that has some empty land or the corner of a rice farm in every village all across Thailand you will see the local young men playing this amazing game.
I saw this poster up the other day at Sunee here in Ubon so thought I would drop down for a look at a professional competition.
The skill level was much higher then I had seen before and it really was amazing to watch. I took my camera with me and decided not to use the flash so unfortunately I just couldn’t get enough light given the speed that the players move. Better to have poor photos then no photos at all right? Well here are a few to have a look at and hopefully get a feel for the game.
It is on till the 29th so if you get a chance, get down and have a look.