As far as we can tell, kite battles come from the origins of the kite. However, different regions hold different styles of kite fighting more traditional than others. Depending on where you are in the world, kite fighting will hold it’s own rich history locally.
There are many different styles that can be applied to use in a kite battle, however a fighter kite is usually small and highly maneuverable. Its string is partly coated with powdered glass, sharp sand, ground pottery, or even knife blades. The kite flyer attempts to bring down his opponent’s kite by cutting its line. It takes skillful maneuvering to cross other kite lines to cut them. In Japan today, the Nagasaki fighters are the best known participants in this type of competition.
Pete has attended kite festivals as a part of his growing passion and love for kites. The following images were taken by Pete himself!