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    Must be a hard decision to retire.
    But disciplined hard-working athletes have the ability to succeed in any career they are passionate about. Best wishes, Mr. Comedian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheComedian View Post
    Well, I would also like to use this thread now to say that I'm "Retiring" :P Due to consistent rotator cuff injuries and also my age, it's time to start working towards a career. I had my super series experience so it's time to call it quits.
    Good luck in future endeavours! Can I ask how old? Could a little time off - get the shoulder back to normal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by catman View Post
    Good luck in future endeavours! Can I ask how old? Could a little time off - get the shoulder back to normal?
    I'm turning 24 in March. I've tried everything with my shoulder. Ice, rest, strengthening the muscles around it and the muscle itself. Sometimes it hurts so bad it can't hold the weight of itself never mind a racket. I have learned a lot and learned from all different kinds of coaches. I can be a good coach, a great coach. but my athletic daysI think are over.

    It's really hard to quit... but I have to stop kidding myself. It's time to stop

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    Sorry to hear that. I thought you were just getting going!

    Come to HK to coach?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    Come to HK to coach?
    Why hong kong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheComedian View Post
    I'm turning 24 in March. I've tried everything with my shoulder. Ice, rest, strengthening the muscles around it and the muscle itself. Sometimes it hurts so bad it can't hold the weight of itself never mind a racket. I have learned a lot and learned from all different kinds of coaches. I can be a good coach, a great coach. but my athletic daysI think are over.

    It's really hard to quit... but I have to stop kidding myself. It's time to stop
    What caused the shoulder injury? I think I remember seeing you play, I recall thinking - boy that guy hits with a lot of power. Was there an issue with technique or equipment that caused the injury at a relatively young age?
    It would be great you can coach in Canada, if the opportunities are available.

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    I've decided to hire a trainer to deal with my injury. I'm not retiring just yet. My girlfriend at the was a big big factor in my decision to retire. We talked about it and we decided to break up. Anyway I'm not retiring. I'm back on a full time training schedule. My next match will be the China international challenge in Beijing. I feel kinda stupid again lol

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    By the way? Where did you see me playing?

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    Welcome back....already coming out of retirement - I should be your press agent.....the retirement was for the relationship!
    I believe it was at the Toronto Elite Tournament - a few years ago - it was tournament at Humber College right after New Years. I think Hariwan Hariwan from Indonesia was there at the time.

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    I only played at Humber college once before I came to china. I believe it was the Ontario B's. I lost in the 2nd round to the number one seed. He went on to win the tournament. My Canadian badminton career wasn't very good but that was years ago. If I went back now it would be a different story. I'll come back to Canada in the summer to see my folks, while I'm there I'll try to get out to a tourney. See how much I've improved. Pwn the nubs XD. But I want to do well in Beijing, I'm gunning for quarter final. Gots to train hard now, got nothing else anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheComedian View Post
    I only played at Humber college once before I came to china. I believe it was the Ontario B's. I lost in the 2nd round to the number one seed. He went on to win the tournament. My Canadian badminton career wasn't very good but that was years ago. If I went back now it would be a different story. I'll come back to Canada in the summer to see my folks, while I'm there I'll try to get out to a tourney. See how much I've improved. Pwn the nubs XD. But I want to do well in Beijing, I'm gunning for quarter final. Gots to train hard now, got nothing else anymore.
    Good luck in Beijing. Are you going to try out the Pan-Am games - I think it's next year in Toronto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catman View Post
    Good luck in Beijing. Are you going to try out the Pan-Am games - I think it's next year in Toronto.
    No, I don't think so. To tell you the truth, I don't like playing in Canada. A lot of players have attitudes that I don't like to deal with. I may in the future, but I really enjoy playing here in Asia. The Chinese, Indonesians, and Malaysians just love the sport so much, They create an atmosphere around the court that I just love to be a part of. Two years ago I played the Vietnam Grand Prix event. I was the only Canadian taking part so I had to warm up alone. But the Indonesian team was warming up in the match hall and they invited me to train with them. I will never forget how much fun that was to warm up with them. The same happened at the China open when they allowed me to spar with Sony and Tommy. Thais are also a fun people. They let me play two against one with Tanongsak and Boonsak at the China open. The love for the sport and the attitude of "I don't judge you by how good you are" is fantastic in Asia. This is why I love badminton so much here and why I don't want to play back home any more. Back home it doesn't matter the what sport it is, you are judged by your skill (among other players, obviously your judged by skill for your ranking lol) I used to play basketball before badminton, that attitude drove me away from the sport. I represent Canada because it's my homeland and I am proud of it. But I don't represent that judgement and attitude. So, I don't really care about my national ranking (I don't have one) I am focusing on my world ranking. If I can excel in Asia, I can excel anywhere. I don't need Pan-Ams. Maybe after A few years training and I have an Asian title under my belt.

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    True. Probably because in countries with big population of badminton players like INA and CHN, the players know that there'll always be someone better than them, so they're more humble.

    You know the saying: big fish in small ocean vs small fish in big ocean.

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    Sad to hear you won't be playing in Canada. I am not familiar with elite level badminton. I assumed Canada Badminton was sending you to all these tournaments. Are you on your own? Don't want to invade your privacy - how do finance your pro tour? Is from the Pro Kennex sponsorship? It must quite expensive, going from country to country?

    Another quote from Gandhi (?): "Be the change you wish to see in the world". Hopefully, you'll comeback and change the attitudes in Canadian Badminton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheComedian View Post
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    ... the Indonesian team was warming up in the match hall and they invited me to train with them. I will never forget how much fun that was to warm up with them. The same happened at the China open when they allowed me to spar with Sony and Tommy.
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    ... I don't need Pan-Ams. Maybe after A few years training and I have an Asian title under my belt.
    You really are having a great experience! Hopefully you will win a bunch of asian titles. Then after that you can come home and teach us Canucks how it's done!

    Maybe consider the Maritimes: We are awfully friendly, and could use a world- class coach.
    (and if not you, then send my hero, Sony. He needs a retirement plan, no? )

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    I would like to change badminton in Canada. That's my whole plan. I believe that in countries like Canada and USA and some European countries, the mistake is having national rankings. In Thailand, they don't have national rankings. They just spar and improve their games and not worry about who is number one. You can have a league, but national rankings I think are silly. National Championship, fine. But too many players are only concerned about their national ranking. I want to create a team of young players outside of the Canadian circuit that will improve from a training plan and from sparring with one another under the guidance of the coach (me). This is my plan for once I retire.

    And yes I am on my own for funds at the moment. But it's not too bad cause I don't travel too far. Just within Asia. China, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The plane ticket prices reasonable.

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    That's an excellent point about national rankings. In fact, Toby Ng of Canada has pointed out malalignment of logic in rankings and seedings in Canadian badminton.

    Good luck with your vision!

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