Issue 1

Updated: Jul 18, 2019

Greeting from M Badminton Academy, we are excited to launch our first post on blogminton. Every subsequent post will follow a similar format. In the first half of the post, we will share some of our handpicked badminton tips while in the second half, we will discuss some social/philosophical aspect of sports, as well as sharing of personal experience.

[Click here for our intro in Chinese - 简介]

3 essential tips to improve your game in general

1. Don't skip leg day

Leg training is an essential part of an elite badminton player. In fact, a lot of the points lost in a match are due to the inability of the player to reach the shuttle, especially in the later parts of a game. Here are some exercises that strengthen the leg and increase the overall stability of the player. Perform 4 sets of each exercise with 8-12 reps each from medium to heavy weight.

  • Dumbbell single leg squat

  • Barbell lunges

  • Half squat (instant tip toe at the top for that explosive effect)

*search YouTube for proper demonstration of each move

Lee ChongWei - Kuala Lumpur 2016

Did you know Lee ChongWei can perform 3 reps of 220kg half squat in a single attempt?

2. Consistency

Many intermediate players put too much emphasis on sophisticated skills and tactics but overlook the importance of the fundamentals. A decent quality high ball or drop shot will restrict your opponent’s movement and sometimes even result in a straight kill. The following are guides to high ball problems:

Implement a 10 to 15 minute half court base to base defensive clear (shuttle have high trajectory) drill with your partner. This warms up your body for any following activities and will drastically change your game in the long term

3. Improve your Concentration

In badminton, the essentials of concentration include visual tracking of the shuttle, monitoring the auditory cues (hearing the sound of shuttle being hit), monitoring proprioceptive perception (being aware of your body position and movement), tracking player positions on the court for strategical purposes, and dealing with your inner thoughts and feelings. Here are several techniques that may help a badminton player concentrate better:

  • A proper warm-up

  • Breathing pattern. Deep controlled breathing between rallies increases cardiopulmonary circulation and physiological recovery. It also helps to prevent the mind from wandering towards other thoughts.

  • Practicing your concentration. Participate in drills of 30 shots without mistakes to develop an acute sense of focus during play. Though these drills, the player will become good at maintaining concentration. Keep in mind that badminton is a fast game and several points can be lost in a match situation due to lack of concentration.

  • Most players try to keep the pace of play fast when they are winning and are focused. When things are going downhill, players need to develop a routine (breathing, running in place, mental rhyme) that helps them regain their focus. Do note that getting angry, worrying about losing, or doubting your own fitness level will hinder you from concentrating on the game.

Character & Sports

A common belief is that sport builds character. As such, the implementation of sports programs in educational settings are often deemed promising because of their supposed character-building adequacy.

However, Sports can serve as a medium to cultivate moral values, but not in its very own nature possess the ability to deliver significant moral character influence. The Professionalization of values has demonstrated that the longer one participates in a sport and the higher the competitive level, the lower playing fair is regarded as a value relative to winning. For instance, a badminton player who lived in poverty is playing his deciding match, fighting for a place into the national team. If a false judgment has been made by the umpire, in his favor, will his fair play mentality outweigh the contingency to shake off poverty? There is no most righteous approach because, on the flip side, act utilitarianism is favored when such an issue arises.

Although research regarding the moral practice of sports has shed some light, such regarding performance character still came forth promising. which includes perseverance, adaptability, ambition and competitiveness. Findings show that young adults who participated in sports in high-school, perform better academically later in life.

Aristotle’s concept of the noble person encompassed being proud of one’s personal achievements while also working within a community to help develop the best traits of that community, to counteract the prevailing focus on disreputable and unprofessional behavior.

As athletes, it’s easy for us to understand courage, perseverance, ambition in the context of athletic competition. But outside of that particular context, athletes struggle in applying it to all areas of their lives. Athletics has an end goal, and that’s victory, but it’s not merely an end in another self. That athletic is also part of this sort of greater end towards happiness and moral virtue. If we understand in that context, then the emphasis on character becomes more important and we won’t just focus on the mere immediate end, but will also look at the greater end as well. When you don’t physically compete at those highest levels, and when you treat sports merely as an end during the moment when you are competing, then you are missing out on a whole mirage of values that you can carry over onto rest of your life, even after you have stopped competing in the sport.


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