You must have played shuttlecock kicking (a.k.a. jianzi) when you were a kid, right? This traditional Chinese sport has a history of nearly 2,000 years.
Even though it might seem easy, experts will tell you that there are 180 different kicking styles.
The north jianzi is made with soft feathers, while the south jianzi is made with tougher ones.
With more than 50 years of kicking jianzi, Deng Yongsheng, known as the “King of the south jianzi” in Guangzhou, is designated as the inheritor of South jianzi.
Deng said that the key to this sport is your feet and shoulders.
“You must let the jianzi pass your shoulders and neck smoothly; this is the essence of this game,” he said.
It would be best if you used the strength of your shank, not your thighs, when you play the jianzi.
In addition to physical coordination, jianzi is also very much about teamwork.
South jianzi is played with a group of 4 to 5 people, and each person will give it a kick to make it work.
Meanwhile, the difficulty doubles when the players increase.
How long has it been since the last time you played jianzi? Why not invite your friends to take a challenge this weekend!