Cane Ball

Pickup game of Cane Ball in a High Point Neighborhood

A couple of years ago I saw some of the Burmese young men playing cane ball.   In Burma they use a hollow ball made out our woven cane strips (here it is plastic).  In competition, they play 3 on 3 seeking to return the ball across the net without touching it with their hands.  Check out this  video on how to set it up.

The actual sport of Chinlone is not competitive and better depicted in the clips that follow.  It’s all about form and style.   Variations of this sport are found in many Asian countries.

Here is a link of some teens lobbing the ball in a circle similar to how our teens used to play with a hacky sack.  Here are some clips of advanced players demonstrating their skills.

When I talked with some of my Burmese Christian friends, they said that some players associate their prowness in Chinlone (cane ball) with a spiritual zone.  I just enjoy seeing the ability these athletes have developed and the benefits of physical fitness and good health.

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About johnmcmurphy

Jesus is first and foremost in my life. He is above all religions, principalities and powers. In everything He must increase and I must decrease. Into the hands of Jesus, God has placed life and death, truth and purity. strength and meaning. Only in a growing understanding of the triune God, and his son Jesus can I do, breathe, exist and serve. I have a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Vennard College, a Master's in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph. D. from Ohio State in Family Relations and Human Development. I am an ordained pastor involved in cross-cultural ministry. I am currently employed at several colleges as an instructor. If you need to get in touch with me, just leave a comment, I screen all comments and so you can leave further contact information which I will erase before it is published. -John

Posted on May 29, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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