User Tag List

Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Moderator cobalt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Arrakis
    Posts
    8,351
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    38 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default The Last Komodo Dragon - a Tribute in 3 parts

    The Last Komodo Dragon – a Tribute in 3 parts.

    Part 1

    When I was growing up through my teens, I was captivated by the stories of badminton players like Rudy Hartono. He was just a name, but even then, in an age without computers, the Internet, and just very basic television, it seemed his name was whispered from mouth to mouth, flying across cities, countries, and then continents. Rudy Hartono. The invincible emperor of badminton. All that we got to see were infrequent pictures in the papers (mostly the Sunday papers with their special features in colour), and if we were very, very lucky, a brief 10-second glimpse on television – black-and-white. There was a grace, and yet lethal element to his play that seemed just so deceptively easy!

    Of course, I soon learnt that there were others. Like the Danes. I couldn’t believe that an European country could play badminton as compulsively as the Indonesians. But I soon learnt to respect their style, dedication and competence. Hartono was not alone any more.

    And then, there were always whispers about the Chinese. The Red Army was coming! What would it mean for badminton? We were told the Chinese were even more talented and powerful than Hartono! Could it be? I was awed by the number of champions that suddenly emerged from that country. Their mastery over the rectangular battleground was truly awesome. Their technique was mind-boggling. Their conditioning was supreme. But secretly I still longed for…



    Liem Swie King! Now we’re talking! The party has re-started! The excitement is rolling again! Hartono and King: Immovable object and irresistible force, working together! And over the next decade they were joined by other men and women from that chain of beautiful islands in a flamboyant demonstration of joy, power, dominance and insane talent. What was it about the Indonesian players that got your blood racing? I witnessed a parade of names, legends take the stage, dominate it, and leave millions happier in the end. Why did the players of other nations not evoke the same mad laughter or excitement from us? Why why why?


    There is something in the art of the players of the islands of Garuda that evokes an ancient rhythm of the seas, the wind, the earth. It is primal; yet it speaks of an art, of sublime mastery of the way the body moves, how it responds to the moment in battle. We watch with the delicious anticipation of the unexpected. And yet, when violence is committed, it is with a silken, utterly graceful undertone, and leaves us grateful for the violence!

    These warriors spent millions of years doing battle on the sands of their islands; a rubber mat must give them wings to glide gracefully on. And they took their time to get into their stride, to bring out those lightning-quick reflexes when the sun had warmed their backs. Yes, they had Time. And once their blood was warmed, mayhem followed inevitably; beautiful, impossibly beautiful mayhem. Just a scent of weakness from the prey come within striking range, and they pounce with lightning speed and immense power; it is over! These were the masters; silent predators of the islands.


    Tomorrow: Part 2

  2. Thanks kwun thanked for this post
    Likes kwun liked this post
  3. #2
    Administrator kwun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Santa Clara, California, United States
    Posts
    35,346
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    43 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)

    Default

    cobalt is now an official Badminton Central columnist who will be contributing regular articles here in BC to share with other fans.

    thank you cobalt.

  4. #3
    Moderator cobalt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Arrakis
    Posts
    8,351
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    38 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by kwun View Post
    cobalt is now an official Badminton Central columnist who will be contributing regular articles here in BC to share with other fans.

    thank you cobalt.
    I am honoured.

  5. #4
    Moderator cobalt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Arrakis
    Posts
    8,351
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    38 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default

    Part 2 of this 3-part Tribute is now up:
    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...Tribute-Part-2

    Thank you for reading; all your comments and suggestions are very welcome!

  6. #5
    Moderator cobalt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Arrakis
    Posts
    8,351
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    38 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default

    The final part is up now. Thanks for your patience.
    You can read the complete work here:
    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...45#post1741745

    I hope it was worth the wait for all you readers!

Similar Threads

  1. Custom-Made Stringing Machine Parts
    By Pete LSD in forum Badminton Stringing Techniques & Tools
    Replies: 420
    : 03-12-2014, 11:58 AM
  2. The Last Komodo Dragon – a tribute: The Complete work
    By cobalt in forum Indonesia Professional Players
    Replies: 5
    : 03-24-2012, 02:59 AM
  3. The Last Komodo Dragon - a Tribute: Part 2
    By cobalt in forum Indonesia Professional Players
    Replies: 2
    : 08-18-2011, 08:59 PM
  4. Parts of a racket..?
    By klycC in forum Badminton Rackets / Equipment
    Replies: 10
    : 12-21-2007, 05:35 AM
  5. Yonex - all parts manufactured in japan?
    By babyken in forum Badminton Rackets / Equipment
    Replies: 52
    : 12-10-2007, 01:03 AM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •