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    Default Koudai Naraoka (奈良岡功大)

    youngest player to win u-15 championships and youngest player to win a match at All Japan National Championship (13 y.o), currently most talked about junior player and should be among the top single players in Japan in the near future

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    can share more details about him? Have not been following some local tournaments for some time. hehe...

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    some of his accomplishments last year was youngest ever player to win u-15, youngest ever player to win a match in All Japan tournament (but then lost in the second qualifying round) and finished top 4 in u-17 (all these feats accomplished while only 13 y.o.)

    here's a video of Naraoka (12 y.o) playing his favorite player TH in an exhibition

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5NdfILGRR8

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikescully View Post
    some of his accomplishments last year was youngest ever player to win u-15, youngest ever player to win a match in All Japan tournament (but then lost in the second qualifying round) and finished top 4 in u-17 (all these feats accomplished while only 13 y.o.)

    here's a video of Naraoka (12 y.o) playing his favorite player TH in an exhibition

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5NdfILGRR8
    thanks. Dig out some news about him with Uncle Google just now. Looking forward to see him at the AJC and WJC

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    13?!? He looks twice the size of Yuta Watanabe (渡辺 勇大)

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    Bio:

    Name.........: Ko(u)dai Naroaka
    D.o.b.........: 30/06/2001
    Hometown..: Aomori, Japan
    School.......: Namioka Junior High School
    Height.......: 171cm (Dec. 2014)
    Weight.......: 64kg
    http://shuntrend.com/2838.html

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    http://www.smash-net.tv/topics/details/id/1122/


    http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%82%...81%A1%E3%80%9C
    Last edited by demolidor; 04-17-2015 at 06:10 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demolidor View Post
    Bio:

    Name.........: Ko(u)dai Naroaka
    D.o.b.........: 30/06/2001
    Hometown..: Aomori, Japan
    School.......: Namioka Junior High School
    Height.......: 171cm (Dec. 2014)
    Weight.......: 64kg
    http://shuntrend.com/2838.html

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    http://www.smash-net.tv/topics/details/id/1122/


    http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%82%...81%A1%E3%80%9C
    only 13, already 171cm tall. How much more he can increase in his height?

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    interesting video, thanks for providing the link demolid

    some highlights about Naraoka in the video

    5:23 wall practice at home even after a long day practicing in the club,

    7:04 gotta love how he jumped to hug his dad (who's also his coach) after u-13 victory, this one is right in the feels

    8:12 his dad explaining the toughest enemy he's facing right now which is himself, with a lot of junior title in hand he started to show self content and his dad think he isn't training as hard compared to when he was younger when he used to be always drenched and soaked in sweat after hard training, recently he even hardly perspires

    23:17 valuable advice from his senior Tago about how to play world level badminton, to keep the play simple, that he'll have to start from scratch and reset himself, to forget everything he learned all along and by the time he'll be able to do it then he'll be a much better player

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