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11-28-2009, 11:36 PM #18
There are plenty of places to play in California. If you go to the San Francisco area, they are opening a new Bin Tang badminton Academy. Berkley is probably the best college to play badminton at since there are many good players like Terrance Pang. The best place to play at is probably Smash City in Milpitas. They probably have the best training program since almost all their big name players win CCS and nationals. There are many GREAT players at Smash City to play with, such as Bruck Belayneh, Galdino Rosas, Andy Quach, Terrance Pang, etc. I would say SoCal has some of the older players, but NorCal has more newer players that are simply amazing.
11-29-2009, 10:32 PM #19
11-30-2009, 12:14 AM #20
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11-30-2009, 04:49 PM #23
Let's not turn this into a NorCal vs. SoCal thread. I'm from NorCal, but I live in Socal currently, and they both have great players to play with/against, but that wasn't part of the OP's question.
He asked for the general overview regarding clubs, and that information has been given.
As for coaches, it really depends on what you're looking for. In NorCal, if your focus is doubles, you should probably train with Chandra. If your focus is singles, you're better off with Holvy @ Smash City or Minh @ Bintang. If you don't have a focus, and just want to get better, pretty much any coach at any club can do that for you.
I'm not too sure about the SoCal coaches, though I'd guess that the coaches at ABC and SGVBC (I'm thinking Hock & Johannah) are more singles-oriented.
Again though, any of the coaches will be able to help you improve, and subtle distinctions like focus don't really apply unless you're actively looking to specialize in a single event.
Last edited by supralover23; 11-30-2009 at 04:57 PM.
11-30-2009, 08:15 PM #24
12-14-2009, 10:45 PM #25
Mike is selling GGBC. People don't want to deal with uncertainty?
Perhaps badminton business is expanding too rapidly, somewhat reminiscent
of the dot.bomb era? And GGBC has reduction in revenue that can only be
matched with reduction in personnel?
I'd been coached by Mike for a year quite a few years back. I didn't get the
impression that he's a mean person. Ambitious (with his ideal, of setting up
a high-quality gym), yet approachable.
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