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Thread: Kung Fu and the Art of Badminton
08-09-2006, 02:24 PM #103
There are many common things between MA and badminton. One such thing is .. the stance. Yes it may sound very irrelevant but I actually found it's very important to have a good lower body pose in order to play lifts, drives and especially powerful smashes. It's more tricky to have good lower body pose in badminton because you are always moving, however.
As for the use of muscle, when i started to play badminton, I tended to harden all my muscles (at least from the abs to upper, lower arm and fist). But it never works for me. I found my smashes stronger if i can keep my whole body relaxed upon impact, except for the grip.
08-09-2006, 02:50 PM #104Originally Posted by Syndrome_B
back to topic. Yes, i think MA would help badminton alot. Combination of fluidity, timing, accuracy, power with stamina, explosiveness movement are all essential in both of these arts. It is known that jet li plays badminton to maintain his quickness and flexibility when he's isn't doing MA. It is not that simple to conclude badminton popularity in china is all due to its success in the world tournaments. Why are new asian immigrants in canada and US still gravitate to badminton instead of football, basketball, hockey, baseball especially when these sports are all well entrained in their school programs here as I have went through. We (asian) play badminton more so because it seem it is easier to pick up and improve on the game for them. Badminton is about balance, too big and strong is not optimum, too skinny and lightweight to be quick not all good either. It is also mentally demanding too as no one has the optimum physique, your brain is required to juggle those strength and weakness and to out smart your opponents, just like life.
Last edited by cooler; 08-09-2006 at 02:53 PM.
08-09-2006, 04:54 PM #105
I think Syndrome B has a point that alot of people has mis-understood.
Alot of chinese don't do martial arts but alot of people would like to do martial arts if the had the time, inclination, money, discipline, courage, etc, etc, etc.
Alot of Chinese people like to play badminton and improve their game cause they find it cheaper, more fun, more competitive, a good way of excise, etc, etc, etc.
So Yes, I do think their is a strong correlation between badminton and martial arts.... (but hidden sub-consciously in our minds) and the fact that most of the best players in the world are oriential is testimont to that fact.
Do I like fighting other people ?... no. Do I enjoy playing a really good game and beating (out witting) my opponent in badminton ?.... yes.
Is there that big of a difference in our minds ?
I see badminton like sword play.... the best badminton players are the best swords people....ha, ha,....> agility, strength, balance, skill, quick thinking, etc, etc, etc.
08-09-2006, 10:13 PM #106Originally Posted by monkeymagic
08-09-2006, 11:30 PM #107Originally Posted by huynd
only idiots forget things, especially if u gonna die or not...lol
08-14-2006, 01:21 AM #108Originally Posted by cooler
Here's a quote from another MA movie, Hero with Jet Li. While MA does help a lot with badminton, I just hope this particular belief won't be applied:
"Swordsmanship's first achievement is the unity of man and sword.
Once this unity is attained even a blade of grass can be a
The second achievement is when the sword exists in one's heart
and when absent from one's hand one can strike an enemy
at 10 paces even with bare hands.
Swordsmanship's ultimate achievement is the absence of
the sword in both hand and heart."
I wonder how the Badminton world would take it if the 'ultimate achievement'
becomes the absence of racquets... hahaha
08-14-2006, 01:44 AM #109
I think a lot of MA focuses on speed and agility. Eg, Taekwondo focuses on leg power and aims at attacking ur opponent at the further distance possible from your weaker parts of your body (smashing at the highest possible point of contact??).
Tai Chi is a different concept when Master Cheung Sum Fong developed it. He harnessed the energy of the opponents and converted it against them. Can we link it into badminton? Eg, the harder the opponent smashes, the more rebounce the shuttle will have and when you just slightly tap it so that the birdie crosses over the net, your opponent will have a hard time to rush forward. Did you watch Shaolin Soccer btw, guys ?
08-14-2006, 11:30 PM #110
Martial Arts can contribute a lot to Badminton.I am a black belt in Karate.(1st dan).Shfting body weight to racket while smashing,staying in the air for a split second,waiting as if we have left the shuttle and hiiting at the last moment,staying without kneeling down even after fully exhausted,changing shuttle velocity by apt hits etc..are more easy for a player who has got training in martial arts.To cap it all,the peripherral vison of a martial arts trainee will be wider and he will have a very good reflex.
11-14-2006, 07:18 AM #111
I have two years of training in Ninjitsu and it DOES help! I feel it is much easier to return smashes even to the side lines. It's now easier to jump and the footwork improves as well
I'd definitely agree that martial arts contributes to badminton!
11-14-2006, 08:43 AM #112
Martial arts would not only improve your speed of reactions, your muscle fitness and balance but also your state of mind so its hardly a wonder that someone who has achieve a good level of skill in a martial art can transfer much of there skill/strength to a ball game.
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