Photo courtesy of Modh Mahboob
However, a pair of scissors did make an appearance during one highly irregular
rokkaku battle. That was during a South Australian kite festival some
years ago, here in Adelaide! So a little birdie told me.
about rokkakus, the traditional Japanese bouts just involved the downing
of kites by means other than sawing through the flying lines.
Most other fighter designs are actually unstable in
the air while there is low tension in the flying line.
With the right
amount of extra tension applied, a skillful flyer can cause the kite to
dart off in any straight line direction desired. The rest of the time, the kite just lazily loops around and around, slowly losing height.
fighters is not necessarily "kids stuff." However, huge numbers of kids
in the countries with a kite-fighting culture do participate. The
skills, in both construction and flying, have been passed down for
In addition to Japan's rokkaku, a number of other countries have one or more distinctive local fighter-kite designs. Here are several major examples, followed by the name of the traditional kite:
Kite masters or designers and their assistants turn out extremely
neat and well-balanced fighter kites for sale. Often these kites are
exquisitely attractive to look at too! The smallest and cheapest of
these are often flown by kids. Bamboo still dominates as a great
traditional spar material, but the traditional sail materials of tissue
and silk are starting to give way to more modern materials such as
nylon, Mylar, and plastic.