The underlying structure of a ball is an Icosidodecahedron, see the following Orthographic
(4.5mm or your choice of size) rattan core
The main idea is by applying the fact that we can make
the top of a box stay closed by using this
The reason it holds is that one half is held down by
the previous flap and the other side is on top of the next
flap, holding the next one down, it can do this due to it's
Each shape you see on the orthograpic projection will
have the same property as folds on the top of the box. For
example, we will have triangles where for each band
involved in the triangle one side goes under a band and one
side goes over a band. This gives the ball it's
I recommend putting 7-8 layers in a band. A layer is an
individual wrap of the ratan that forms a band.
TODO: Video of constructing a chinlone ball from
As you use the ball it will get worn down. Eventually
one of the bands will start to break down and snap, this
usually isn't a problem until you have at least 2 or 3
bands breaking down. At the following point of wear in the
image, I would replace the band
Remove the old band (you can snap the band as you go),
and just weave the new band in.
By repairing your ball it actually becomes smaller and
tighter, this makes the ball harder to break in the future.
Also repairing one band once in a while is easier than
making a whole new ball from scratch.
Spinning kick in a parking garage:
Ideas To Improve
Play more ball
The process of getting better is the development of
being able to recover in difficult situations
Try to hit the ball later than you think, your foot
will get under it at the last second. Once you can do this,
you need to wind your foot up behind you to give it more
power, think like your foot is a piano hammer that slides
right underneath the ball at the last second.
If you do this properly you will give the ball
backspin which keeps the ball closer to you, and if it
touches any other object it moves towards you
The angle of your foot in relation to your shin
determines if the ball will move away or towards you
If the ball goes backwards too far into you, use your
knee to so you can prepare your next kick
Might mean you are hitting it with your toe, try aiming
for the end of where your sholaces are.