Hello and Happy Health….
There’s a great tradition that is performed before international matches by New Zealand’s Native Rugby Team – The All Blacks. They are called All Blacks because they wear black uniforms and are the most finest and fittest of Rugby players. The All Blacks perform Hakas. They’ve been performing their tradition since 1905. The Haka is an ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. They dance with vigorous movements and stamp their feet rhythmically shouting accompaniment. This was also a means to intimidate their enemy by displaying fierce facial expressions and grimaces, such as poking out the tongue, bulging and showing the whites of their eyes along with their uttering grunts and cries.
If you think about it, Athletes in many ways perform some of the same expressions, the fierce facial expression as we push through our training or cross the finish line. The sticking out of tongues because we’re happy, thirsty in Yoga or just plain delirious as we’re finishing our intense workouts or goal race.
Hope whai ake
Waewae takahia kia kino
(And it’s my time! It’s my moment!)