Badminton Coaching History
Every second in Badminton Coaching
Badminton Coaching held by Mr Eric Chuar who is also the founder of ST Badminton Academy and Wilson Tuan are partners. Between them, they have over 13 years of badminton coaching experience.
Badminton Academy Established in 2007
Mr. Eric set up ST Badminton Academy in 2007. During those days, he realised that badminton coaching is not so simple as what he thinks. As he found that “Play and teach” both is totally different thing, you good in play not meaning you know how to teach well.
Tons of Issues Facing in Badminton Coaching
At that time, when facing this issue, he ever thought about stopping providing badminton coaching because feel guilty that his students 5 to 9 years old not be able to play well. He gives all the training instruction to the students but students seem can not really understand.
After 3 Years of Badminton Coaching
Really lucky that he did not stop, after 3 years of badminton coaching for kids, he found that normally when student not improve or doing the wrong thing in training, the badminton coach will only know blame on the students. Actually this is wrong, not the students’ fault. Again, this is not the good way. Why?
Student not improve, whos fault
When we blame on the students, think twice, who is the one to teach them and they cannot learn? The badminton coach fault, not the students. Who is the person come out the coaching method? The badminton coach, no other. So the coach should change the training method, not the students.
Eric understand becoming a badminton coach, he had to solve different skill problems that his students encountered during badminton coaching. And not one training method suitable for all type students. Why? Because every child has individual weakness.
Important of Proper Badminton Training Method
Mr. Eric understands that using proper badminton training method can help every individual student improve in short time. Therefore, normally we can see the kids with improper badminton training will show many bad habits, play ugly foundation, the skill sets not smooth at all, leisure badminton coaching method is hurt, this will spoil the kids’ interest in badminton.
Monitor and Change in Coaching
Eric continue to do research and create new training programmes and methods for each individual student. At the beginning, he collects all the data from his students after the alternative training method. And with this real data, he keep change the training method to more efficient. Actually, the best training is not that tired, mean improving, NO. This is leisure badminton coaching mindset.
Train more not meaning can improve
In leisure badminton coaching, many coaches will think that train hard, let the student tired, mean they can improve, No. This is only help students increase muscle memory, not meaning they can play well. This is leisure badminton coach mind-set. Proper badminton coaching for kids can help the students play better, more consistent in every skill set, the skills will look more natural smooth and confidence.
As a coach, don’t always think that overseas training is better then us
Many beginner coach or even parents will think that overseas training methods is better, their standard is higher, because they are from Malaysia, China or Indonesia, NO. This is a layman mind-set, we said this because we don’t treat badminton seriously, they always think badminton sport in Singapore no hope, so just to treat badminton coaching as a business is better. This is purely beginner coach mind-set.
Why Oversea Badminton Coaching are Better?
They can bring up the student because they are really spending time to focus only on badminton coaching, they know this is their life, not for part time extra money, or treat this as a business, fun training. They look into deep in training method ensure their student skill is unique. In Singapore, copy each other training method but not 100% sure what is it for, who knows that is only a small part copied. In this way, of course we are lacking behind of standard compare overseas. But in advertising description like Olympic champion, useless. Although we understand difficult to being a good badminton coach, really difficult, but we must do.
Is oversea Badminton Coaching Better
No. For the coach, honestly, who always thinks this way is really stupid person, or maybe lazy. Same example, people always feel Singapore English good because they are Singaporean. Is this because of the country? If lazy, don’t find excuses to block yourself to learn. Remember, No such stupid answer. If the coach really interested in teaching badminton, they will learn and fall into every single matter in badminton coaching, dig deeper into it. Not just bring a box of shuttlecock and blindly teach the same thing: hope for Jackpot Toto. Coach blind, student also blind too.
What type badminton coaching is the Best
The best badminton coaching type is the coach willing to spend time to learn and develop new training method help every individual student’s weakness, figure the problem don’t close one’s eye, and go find out and help them. They don’t keep thinking of get new student since the current batch student level not yet up to standard. Money aside, always learn new, doing not just only mouth talk, keep change, and they will definitely improve. His Students of course will improve too, this is the best coaching type.
Talk about Effort not Medal
After years of badminton coaching, we know to provide a good badminton coaching is not just talk about the coach current level, how many Champion the coach get, Olympic champion, but why so many champion, the students still play ugly and showing like not his problem. This kind of “Medal” is only good to show in advertising. In STBA, we will always think twice before getting new students. Find out how much effort we need to spend on them, calculate how much time, if we just blindly slot the student into the class without proper planning, after 2 or 3 years they will not improve too. Therefore, we have decided maximum is one class only 4 or lesser. Medal cannot help all this.
Passion or Business in Badminton
In badminton coaching, every badminton coach knows time and money is important. But really want to train out an excellent level student, have to spend more time and keep figure the student weakness and change them. If the parents not a rich family, not a big deal, money cannot buy the kids future, treat this is passion, it’s not a lost, you will be happy because you did something good, happier than the few dollars’ money. The students when they grow up, they will know you help them before, let them have a memorable badminton coaching when they are kids in their life.
Keep Good Attitude and Discipline
This is Covid-19 year, in badminton coaching is an enormous challenge for us, the court limitation, no competition. But we are very lucky in Singapore, under excellent control stage against Covid-19. So for us, this Covid-19 is not an excuse for us to lazy, stop improving, we will still keep the good discipline and attitude in learning and create new useful training method in badminton coaching. Good preparation is important for players, you will succeed when the time is right. Every second in coaching is precious, because the kids grow up and we getting old. All the best to all parents and coaches!