Sumi martial art demonstration

Sumi martial art demonstration
The players in action during the demonstration of Sumi kick fight at Kisama on Thursday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/6/2018 11:36:11 AM IST

Aphuyemiakikiti Association demonstrated the Sumi kick fight (Akikiti) in a bid to promote and revive their traditional game at the ongoing Hornbill Festival at Kisama on Thursday. 

Akikiti is a form of martial art where soles of the feet are their only weapon and defense. In the earlier days, akikiti was played as an amusement game for men and also used to settle disputes between two parties or individuals. However, the sport has now been categorized as athletics. 

The game is played between two players hopping on the left legs and striking lightning kick with the right leg without losing balance. In this game, using hand is regarded as a foul.

The game is played usually for three to four minutes with three rounds. The last person standing after kicking down his opponents is declared the winner. The game requires extraordinary strength along with the skills, dexterity, agility and elasticity. 

With the vision of promoting and reviving, the association said the indigenous game is played every year during the Thuwuni festival. 

Though Akikiti was played since time immemorial by the ancestors at some point of time, this game was hardly played through passage of time due to the advent of modern games. The association was formed in year 2014 to promote and revive Akikiti and to carry the legacy of the valuable indigenous game for future generation.   The finalist of Thuwuni Akikiti Championship 2018 junior and senior category demonstrated the martial arts skill infront of the crowd.

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