TRADITIONAL FIGHTER KITES
There are basically two styles of fighter kiting; the American style and the Traditional style. They are equally valued approaches that are radically different from each other.
If you are not familiar with fighter kites from other parts of the world, generally they are made, from split bamboo and paper, generally inexpensive materials, because the kites have one short lived purpose; to cut the opponent's flying line or to be cut. The kite flying game that is most common throughout the world includes the use of a flying line that has been coated with powdered glass so the line can cut the line of the opponent, freeing their kite. The name of this glass coated cutting line is 'manjha'. And the 'manjha' game is a game of lose your kite or cause the loss of your opponent's kite.
Not so with any American style fighter kite game. INSTEAD, American style fighter kites are designed and made to be durable; they last for years. And NONE of the American fighter kite games allow the use of glass coated flying line or any cutting devices at all and do not allow intentional damage to the opponent's kite.
It is the popularity of competitive kite games among flyers of American style fighter kites that has led to the unique design and flying capabilities of American style fighter kites.
Flying an American style fighter kite is like many hobbies or sports; it takes some learning to truly appreciate what it offers. Learning to fly an American style fighter kite is physically easy; there's nothing difficult, tricky or strenuous about flying it, however it does take a little time to learn how to maneuver them.
One of purposes of this web site is providing information to speed your learning and assuring quicker success! And like most sports and hobbies, becoming a truly skilled fighter kite flyer takes practice and lots of it.
With a name like 'fighter kites' you'd naturally think you would use these kites to fight, but the odd thing is ... there is no fighting.