2005/12/29

Kicking the shuttle cock


Kicking the shuttlecock is a game and also a popular form of exercise, which is beneficial to the body and to the mind. This exercise evolved from a military game call sul-gee invented by the emperor Huang-di in ancient times. Kicking the shuttle cock is therefore not only a unique feature of china and a legacy inherited from ancient times but is also an athletic activity in China today. Legend has it that the emperor Huang-di in orders to train and strength his soldiers in defending China against invading barbarians invented it. In ancient time there were many different names for this type of exercise but all were variations on the game of Sul-gu. In view of this we can say in all truthfulness that kicking the shuttlecock evolved from military exercise from thousands of years ago. Sul-gu gradually evolved from an exercise of military training to popular civilian activity by the time of the Hun and Han dynasty. The game was very much in vogue and many public sul-gu matches were held. Form this we can get some ideal how enthusiastic people were about the game. After the sung dynasty many new variety and forms of this game arouse its name was change to chung-zu. Ready-made shuttlecocks were made for sale in local market places. In the winter kicking the shuttle cock was very popular game among children because it warmed the body and got the blood going and enable them to cope with sever cold climates. These shuttlecock games were often accompanied by the most popular folk songs of the time. In 1975 the Republic of China incorporated kicking the shuttlecock into a physical education curriculum and the game popularity boomed in elementary schools. Today it is one of the most favorite physical activities of school children all over Taiwan.
The materials needed for making a shuttlecock include paper, cloth, plastic, wool, yarn, and rooster feathers.



source : http://edu.ocac.gov.tw/home_en.htm