Saturday, 21 July 2012


Hello everybody! Today I’ll be talking about Shuttlecock(known Chapteh in Singapore).

Shuttlecock is a traditional Asian game which requires players to keep a weighted shuttlecock in the air using their feet and other parts of the body, except for the hands. It is originated from China and is known as ti jian zi(踢毽子, ti meaning kick and jian zi meaning little shuttlecock). It is made of colourful feathers attached to a rubber/plastic sole. The first known version of jianzi was in the 5th century BC in China. The game has evolved through the centuries and over the next 1000 years, it spread throughout Asia, acquiring a variety of names along the way. It went to Europe in 1936 when a Chinese athlete performed a demonstration at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. In Germany and other countries, people began to learn and play the sport, now called 'shuttlecock'. It is popular in Asia and the game has been gaining popularity in Europe

Some of us teenagers used to play Chapteh back when we were in primary school. Chapteh is not a foreign traditional game but not many still play it nowadays. Even though it is known as a game of leisure to most of us, it can also be played as a competition.

The game calls for dexterity, balance and co-ordination. It is played between two or more players and requires one player to kick the Chapteh vertically into the air with one of his feet. Players gained points by the number of kicks they can achieve without letting the Chapteh fall to the ground.

In competitions, the game is played on a rectangular court 6.10meters by 11.88 metres long and is divided by a net at a height of 1.60 metres (1.50 metres for women).

There are unlimited variations of the game, such as trying to keep the Chapteh in the air until an agreed number of kicks (e.g. 100) are reached, either alone or in a pair.

Here’s a video of how to play Chapteh:

Here are some links which can let you know more about Shuttlecock: SFE(Shuttlecock Federation of Europe) and Shuttlecock(Jian Zi) on Wikipedia ^^
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