Watch This Amazing Haka Face Off Between Middle Schoolers
Maybe you don't recognize the word "Haka" but I guarantee you'll recognize what it is when you watch this video. I would wager that this will be one of the coolest things you see today.
Do you remember your middle school days? Mine were awkward to say the least. I remember being frustrated, and impatient, waiting for puberty to arrive (I was a late bloomer)...and I remember fearing the ever-present threat of the unexplained and unwanted erection in the middle of class. There must have been something about the comfort and loose-fit of my sweat pants...I dunno. Having said all that, I can tell you what I do NOT remember ever happening...and that is groups of boys performing a Haka in the middle of the school cafeteria. Reckon this video makes going to school in Indiana seem a bit uneventful. Guess we can always fall back on cow tipping.
A Haka is defined as "a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment."
In the past several years the Haka has been made somewhat famous by the New Zealand "All Black" rugby team. They perform their own Haka before each match (you can see an example at the end of this post).
Here we see a group of middle schoolers squaring off in their own Haka. It's the 7th graders (on the left) taking on the 8th graders (on the right). And since it seems to be a challenge between the two groups, who do you think won? Which group was more intimidating?
And now a Haka performed by the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team before a match this year against France. Damn!