Kite Fighting

Kelly Ross

Reading — Advanced Level
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Kite fighting is done in many countries and rules vary. In general, two or more contestants fly their kites and the person who cuts the opponents line wins the fight. Most fighter kites are flown with an abrasive line and some with knives attached to the tail, line, or kite. Kite running has become very popular as a result of these fights. In kite running, groups of people run after and catch kites that have been cut loose in battles with other kites.

There are other factors in who will win the event which include the size and quality of the kite, the quality and abrasiveness of the line, the quality and size of the spool, the spool handler, the skill of the person flying the kite, and the wind conditions.

The abrasive materials used in kite fighting have evolved to become sharper. Rather than using the traditional cotton string, kite fighters are using synthetic materials with metallic or even chemical abrasive compounds. Because of reported accidents involving the injury and deaths of animals and humans, many countries have set limits to the abrasiveness of the lines.
  1. What are some essential winning points of kite fighting?

  2. What is one way to cut down an opponent's kite?

  3. Which of the following is true?

  4. Why have some countries started monitoring the abrasiveness of the kite line's abrasiveness?

  5. What is a kite runner?


Practice your writing skills by discussing the questions below

  1. Would you want to participate in a kite fight? Why or why not?

  2. Are their traditions or competitions similar to kite fighting in your country?

  3. Do you think that dangerous traditions should be banned or allowed? Why?

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