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February 18, 2014

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When the second-fittest man on Earth asked to film a haka, Henry Heke took it a step further.

The member of CrossFit Hawkes Bay composed a special haka—a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from New Zealand’s Māori people—for NorCal CrossFit during the mid-January CrossFit Tour stop in the country.

“I wanna see some biceps,” Heke said, coaching CrossFit Games athletes Jason Khalipa and Scott Panchik through a newly created haka for Khalipa’s affiliate in San Jose, Calif.

“We’ve come up with a haka, and the haka is about invoking the gods and sort of sending out the warning shots,” Heke explained.

Then Khalipa, Panchik and Rusty Bruner, the latter a coach at NorCal CrossFit, together performed the new haka with native Māori men—shirtless on the mats below the pull-up bars.

Afterward, Khalipa was all giggles.

“It was fuckin’ awesome, dude,” he said.

Later, Heke invoked the gods for Khalipa as the 2008 CrossFit Games champ attempted at 270-lb. hang snatch for the fourth time.

Video by Jordan Gravatt.

10min 56sec

HD file size: 203 MB
SD mov file size: 76 MB

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Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 288 by Justin Judkins, published Aug. 9, 2013.

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