Chinlone Revisited

A while back I came across a beautiful sport/art called Chinlone. Some of you may remember this as the subject of the least visited post on this blog in years... so naturally, I'm doing a follow-up post.

Above you see a modern Chinlone ball. Rather than rattan it's made of plastic, which makes it pretty much immune to the changes in humidity which are the death of the traditional balls. I ordered it when I saw the video, and it finally arrived last weekend. I've given it a kick or two, and some of my old hacky-sack skills have resurfaced, but it's really tough to control. My respect for the Chinlone players in Mystic Ball the movie has increased immensely.

Along with the Chinlone ball, I also ordered a kinja (jianzi in Chinese). As you can see, it's basically a big shuttlecock for your feet. Although I still look like I'm having some sort of seizure when I play with it, I am able to keep it in the air somewhat better than the Chinlone ball. It makes a unique clacking sound with each kick that is kind of hypnotic.

Both of these toys are a killer workout. Thirty minutes of intensely kicking either will leave you drenched in sweat, and it's far more fun than the elliptical machine could ever be. It also stretches and strengthens the legs as you try to keep it under control. I can't imagine how strenuous the competitive (over a net) version of this game would be. In addition, to all these health benefits the kinja also offers an unexpected bonus...

All this time I thought ninjas had to train at obscure locations in Asia. Had I known, I would have bought one of these a long time ago...

6 comments:

Levi said...

Holy crap! I wish I had known about this ninja training device sooner so that I would be better prepared for the Ninja restaurant....

Mayren said...

THATS AWESOME!
I can haz Ninja skillz?

you score big with the photos!

Levi said...

Dude, I would love to come down. And the 28th is my birthday, so this will give me an excuse to avoid it!

Flynn said...

We only played about 30 min of it, I feel like more of a ninja already!

Teh Dr. said...

I will so train to be a ninja with you.

WNG said...

It sounds great, but moving around is the opposite of sleeping which I will be devoting myself to full time until I have to go home to Chucktown for the annual X Mas Holiday Smackdown. Besides I haz crazy ninja skillz already!

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