Facing the haka: A couple of minutes you will never forget


When I scrolled through Facebook yesterday I saw something I’ve never seen before: A haka dance performed by the New Zealand rugby team called All Blacks. When I saw the first ten seconds I have to say, I smiled. It looked so odd, so ridiculous at first, but then I understood. This dance is more than just a dance, it’s believe.

The haka is, according to Wikipedia, a traditional war cry, a war 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, and rhythmically shouting. It was originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition.

The haka I saw was performed by the All Blacks before their rugby match against the Lions. They lost this particular game but nevertheless, they impressed. I have no idea about rugby, I don’t know the Lions, I don’t know the All Blacks, and I don’t know the rules only that there aren’t many. But seeing the All Blacks dance prior to the game reminds us that winning is not always everything. Of course, it’s always nice to win, but it’s way more important to believe in yourself, to believe in your team, and not just to minimize your worth to one single victory.

The haka is exactly that – believe. A believe made visible to the audience and the opponents. Seeing the look on the faces of the Lions while they were watching the haka says everything you need to know – they also believed the Māori All Blacks are one mean team to beat. If you believe – the world will believe, the world will remember and be impressed.

As I said before, rugby is nothing I know anything about, but after seeing the haka, a dance less than two minutes long, I do know now the All Blacks, and will never forget. They left an impression. Their strong, confident believe left an impression. Reminding us to always keep our heads high no matter if we lose or win. Be proud, believe in yourself, and stump with your feet from time to time so other will too. Go All Blacks!

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