The hand game called Rock, Scissors, Paper, while being an innocent game, may also be considered as symbolic of martial art combat philosophy.
The game is a western version of a 1800’s Japanese game called Jan Ken Po, or Janken or Ishikne (rock ken). It basically played in the same way as the older Japanese game. The game is enjoyed for its ease of play, its sudden reversals, and the quick thinking it requires.
Method of Play
In the game, two players face each other, pump their hands (preparatory motions that may vary according to the locale) and simultaneously extend their hands with the hands held in one of three shapes:
- Rock. Represented by a fist
- Scissors. Represented by extended index and middle fingers
- Paper. Represented by a flat hand
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