Sitting as a sport? Oh yeah. We would never have thought that people over the age of 10 would play chair games again but the Landschütz brothers created this street sport in 2007 and since then Hockern has been gaining more and more followers.
The Hockern story could perfectly start like this: Once upon a time, Michael and Stephan didn’t know what game to play so, instead of waiting for someone to tell them what to do they created their own sport.
But, what is Hockern? Well, basically it s a new sport that is built around sitting. We like the way it has been described in the blog Strange Sports. They see it as “a little like competitive break dancing… only, break dancing using a milking stool”. Actually, stool is the English meaning of Horckern, you can surely guess why!
The hockern is basically a tube with a round plastic seat on each end. You use it by spinning it on the floor, flipping it around, balancing upon it; then, you throw it in the air and wherever it lands, resit yourself on one end of the hockern. Actually, this is one of the most attractive aspects of Hockern: your tricks won’t be actually considered a legitimate move unless they end with a sit-down. It resembles a static version of skateboarding – you can do flips and whatnot, but you don’t need to worry about the wheels or actually landing or balancing on the hockern most of the time. Watch this video and listen to Landschütz brothers explaining what Hockern is.
We don’t know how far this sport will go, we might see it at the Olympics in the future. Who knows? What we do know is that it is fast becoming a trend in many European countries and it is easy to find “hockerers” playing around in capital cities such as Berlin, Amsterdam and Brussels.
Photo credits: Fabian Schreiter