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One-foot High Kick

One-foot high kick is an Indigenous Arctic physical game in which participants attempt to kick a suspended object and land on the same kicking foot. Participants begin with either a running or standing start. They then rest one hand on the ground to support themselves, thrust their dominant foot high to kick the suspended object, and attempt to land on the same dominant foot. The main difficulty does not lie in kicking the suspended object, but rather landing on the same foot without losing balance; hopping on the kicking foot to maintain balance is allowed in competitions. Although this is a competitive sport in the Arctic Games and Masters Indigenous Games, it is often practiced informally for pleasure, pride, and competition. At competitive levels, athletes can kick a ball suspended at over 3m above the ground.

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What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

One-foot high kick is a traditional game created by Inuit peoples who live in present-day Arctic Canada.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds, typically of Inuit heritage.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

In the GTA, one-foot high kick occurs at Indigenous cultural festivals and multi-sport competitions. It may also be taught in physical education classes or practiced informally as a playground game.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Masters Indigenous Games

Cultural Significance

One foot high kick is a significant form of Indigenous Arctic physical culture, particularly for Inuit peoples, and is often practiced at events that celebrate Indigenous culture.

Is there anything else we should know?



Physical Game
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