As part of CWM 2020, CCC-B introduced Jianzi to the Sutton Community Games on the weekend of the 13th and 14th July. It was a roaring success with over 400 children taking part along with their parents. Teachers at the event have asked us to do workshops at their schools.
A Jianzi group will be operating at the Chinese Community Centre on Saturdays 1pm to 3pm starting on September 7th.
“Shuttlecock”, or, jianzi 毽子, is a favourite pastime in China, enjoyed for centuries by adults and children, both rich and poor. It can be played just about anywhere, at any time, and whether you are on your own, in a pair or part of a group. The aim of the game is to try to keep the shuttlecock in the air using only the feet, and to get as many kicks in as possible without dropping it. There are many techniques, ranging from simple tricks to spectacular acrobatic displays.
The joy of the game is that it can be played by the very young through to very old. It doesn’t require a big space, is safe to play doesn’t break windows or roll into the road, the shuttlecocks are inexpensive so cheap to play.
To see the professionals in action view on Youtube some examples are