Badminton? I guess everyone knows how to play this sport. For those that who does not know or aware about this sport, The aim of badminton is to hit the shuttle with your racket so that it passes over the net and lands inside your opponent’s half of the court. Whenever you do this, you have won a rally; win enough rallies, and you win the match.
Your opponent has the same goal. He will try to reach the shuttle and send it back into your half of the court. You can also win rallies from your opponent’s mistakes: if he hits the shuttle into or under the net, or out of court, then you win the rally.
Sounds very easy? Well I will tell you that it is not, Badminton is a sport that needs a lot of strategies and skills!
Fear not! We brought one of our Badminton Trainers to help us in this battle! Introducing Wong Kang Min from Singapore. Read on to find out more about him and the sport he plays.
You can reach Wong Kang Min at https://tueetor.com/wongkangmin
What’s your story?
With the influence of my father , I got in touch with badminton for the first time when I was 14. I later found out the racket I’m using belonged to my mother and my father is using the same model. And guess what, they first met at a badminton game! Badminton sessions become their dating Hotspot, and the racket became their love symbol! ❤
Played on with my dad at different places, starting off with the old 15 point scoring system. And then the new 21 pt system thereafter. It’s been 12 years since I started off and I strive to play at leasr 2 hours every week. I studied everything from the shuttles to the rackets, to the stringing, to the techniques and everything else, and even to the extent I can determine a person’s personality style just from the way they play a game.
What excites you most about your industry?
I always believe “how you do anything is how you do everything.” especially in the areas of sports and leisure is when someone is in the most relaxed state of oneself. Being able to see how different players interact and play excites me as it reminds me how a simple game of badminton can bond so many people together. And not to forget the latest innovations and technologies companies use to improve the game.
What do you hope your students will achieve?
Apart from mastering the basic techniques, I hope my students will be able to develop themselves as a person through this sport, whether is it discipline, perseverance or creativity. I believe these skills students master will carry them throughout their lives.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
“Racket Up.” period. I learnt it the hard way. But only after 6 years into the sport. It’s so important that it changed my game forever. I was learning it while playing a game and my doubles partners came shouting this. Today,this is the first thing I teach to my students.
Who inspires you?
My parents. Especially my father. Seeing how he loves the sport for so many years is something that always reminds me to stick to my dreams and never give up no matter what happens.
What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Badminton is really for all ages. It blew my mind when an old man of 83 is playing doubles actively. 83! I’m not even 38!
If you had to teach something different, what would it be?
Different from badminton? Or something unconventional to the sport? If different from badminton, that will be performing magic. I’m a magician as well. Something unconventional related to badminton, will be learning how to read opponents and their personality. You can win a game or two in techniques but you will crush your opponents for life if you read their mind.
How do you unwind?
Badminton is how I unwind. I am an entrepreneur meeting people from all walks of life everyday. And badminton reminds me to have fun and relax.
Recommend us a book you think everyone should read and why:
You don’t read books for badminton. To me that’s ridiculous. Watch YouTube videos. Learn one thing at a time. And fine tune your play over time.
How can people connect with you?
Twitter, LinkedIn handle?
I’m very active on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp and even Wechat (it’s amazing you know!) so feel free to drop me a pm/ message!