This post has two parts, the reminiscence and the current events. Looong and boring.hehe.
This past few days have made me recall one of my high school students passion, which was badminton. I reminisce a lot about it lately, and it DOES feel good.
I remember our glory as district player, training very passionately towards the state level. We made far well than we had thought, just losing to the defending double champ, who was last year state champion in the quarter final. It was a straight set, but we put really great fight to torture the champion.
From the beginning, my school is not a project school for churning out badminton talents. Well, because of the hardwork and the determination of our school players, plus the support from the principal( Mr Rauhi likes badminton so much!), we managed to swipe the men singles and doubles in the district level.
Next, to the state level. And now we’re trained like hell by our young coach, one of the natioanal players from NS. He showed us some hidden skills, and he made us learning from basics.
Oh by the way, I’m a double player. I partnered up with Shukran, or Hanan, and together we brushed up our skills and the best thing was, we once were picked up to represent our state to the national level. There were 8 doubles that were selected, and only 3 could make it to te national. But, we didn’t go to the selection, as Mr Rauhi didn’t permit us, certainly because he wanted us to focus on SPM.
Haha. That’s what he said(focusing on SPM), but we continued playing. Along with our juniors, we even infiltrated the locked badminton hall, and luckily we never got busted. And even if we got cought, I think nothing would bad happen, as we had the school boss backing us up! Plus, apparently and coincidentally the majority of the badminton players really had good results. You see, now I’m in Japan, and Shukran’s now in Rep. Cech, pursuing his medicine.
During my high school days, the point system used was 15-points system. The system enable us to play longer, and much importantly, to feel secure making silly mistakes. Now the currently-used 21 point system doesn’t give the players any chances to screw up. Worse, the game becomes shorter than before.
The current point system actually helped Roslin Hashim to gain his mere 2-week-only number one in the world ranking. He’s the second Malaysian player to achieve that, while Lee Chong Wei is the third one.
Personally, I don’t like the system. I prefer to play longer. We all do, right?
It’s the YONEX Japan Open that actually sparks my passion back. I went to the semi-finals and finals on 26th and 27th September. Sadly, no Malaysian players made it to the semi-finals.
I was given by the embassy 15 free tickets to the semis and 5 tickets to the finals. On behalf of MSAJ, and I was in-charge to distribute the tickets to Malaysian students who wanna go to the event. But as expected, not many who wanted to go. What I can conclude are, first, many were in Malaysia to have their summer hols there, and second, Malaysian players led by Lee Chong Wei were putting their asses down back to Malaysia. Haha still, I didn’t care, as what I wanna watch is world-class badminton!
In the semifinal day, There’re about 12 students who got into the venue stadium, which was Tokyo Gymnasium near the Sendagaya Eki, while during the final day, 5 students came, with the group from embassy, led by En Redha. Pn. Siti Zaharah also showed up with her husband and kids.
There, I watched Taufik Hidayat and Bao Chunlai playing in the final. The former was simply awesome in the semi, but due to reasons I didn’t know, his performance was near par during his defeat to Bao Chunlai in the final.
Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan partnership also was world-class level. They showed to all what double player should do. They beat their young compatriot and won the double in style.
There were also Japanese players in the final. It was Maeda Miyuki-Suetsuna Satoko pair. Before that, in the semifinal, Hirose Eriko entertained the Japanese crowd with an awesome fight before going down to Wang Yi Hang from China.
It’s my brand new racket-and I’m going to use it for at least in 15 years to come!
The frame top, frame, joint, shaft, top and end gap and the grip are simply the best—>used by the most talented shuttlers in the world, Taufik Hidayat and Cikun jugak hahahaha
Here are the features for Acrsaber 10:
I chose to buy 3U-G4 specs for my racket. 3U for the lightest weight and G4 grip for the biggest grip available(arcsaber only has G4-G5)
But I plan to add more grip size by putting on some grip tape later:)
Apparently the racket is still new in the market, where official launch was in March 2008. It’s newer version is Arcsaber Z-Slash.
Yesterday I smashed the shuttlecocks for the first time using ARC10 and it feels really great!! It’s like I’ve turned into Taufik Hidayat!! hehe LOL.
Playing along the real regulars from Malaysian embassy really level up my passion towards badminton. As a matter of fact, it’s been over one year I never play seriously. And maybe every Wednesday night, I’ll play(not play-play) badminton with them at Meguro-ku Chuo Gymnasium.
ps: I LOVE IT!