Originally Posted by Rado_Ch
Sepak Takraw really amazed my as I enjoy playing both hacky sack and volleyball (which seem like close derivatives) and I know how hard is to make 1 of those shots, let alone make a comeback or a continuous move. Those guys are real beasts. And its very regional as well. AFAIK only countries in the Thai/Phillipines region. Sure, there are teams from all over the world but a different class overall.
What makes it easy in Headis (in my eyes of course, not that I am that big of a sports person) is that you can use the actual table to support yourself reaching harder shots (something not allowed in ping-pong). Again, I am sure its much harder than it looks, it just lacks the technique and diversity of shots/moves for me.
I do agree that all those athletes in sepak takraw are real beasts. It's just crazy hard to make those kinds of shots.
I was surprised at how Headis players were allowed to not only hold on to the table, but slide up on the table as well. The tables themselves look like they're reinforced (thicker). Again, there's no way I could compete with those people either.
Between the two sports, of course sepak takraw requires more athleticism, but they're both fascinating to watch.
This got me thinking. What other regional sports are out there that our members either watch or participate in?