Fighter Kites

(video from YouTube – by Dry Day Entertainment)

Used for the sport of kite fighting, most fighter kites are small, unstable single line flat kites where line tension alone is used for control, traditionally an abrasive line (like Manja) is used to cut down other kites but due to the dangers of cutting line, many countries have banned Manja line and are using “line touch” rules for combat instead.

Kite fighting is done in many countries, but is particularly associated with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Korea and the slums of Brazil.  Most cultural fighter kites are made with paper and wood, but modern materials like Orcon and carbon fiber have become very popular in recent years.

Examples of Fighter Kites