Players, especially beginners, may wish to benefit from the coaching experience of the Chinese singles maestro, Han Jian, who arrived in Malaysia in 1989 to become its national coach and stayed on to help develop the game in Malaysia for many years now. He helped Malaysia reached the finals of the Thomas Cup in 1990 and won it back in 1992. He has also worked with top ranking internationals like Razif Sidek, Jalani Sidek, Rashid Sidek, Foo Kok Keong, Cheah Soon Kit, Soo Beng Kiang, Wong Choon Hann and other national players and junior players. Han Jian was appointed chief coach of the Badminton Academy of Malaysia from 1993 until 1996. He has also been attached to the Pelikan Badminton Academy as its chief coach and is now promoting the game in other states. Punch Gunalan, who is a member of the IBF Council and who was a Malaysian champion himself during his playing days, considers Han Jian's footwork as his strong point and no doubt we can learn this from his e-lessons. Even players like Park Joo Bong of South Korea thinks that Han Jian has the best footwork in badminton as he is able to move around the court very smoothly and fluidly. "He seems to be able to move off immediately and effortlessly for the next shot the moment he stops to play one shot." Han Jian distinguished himself as a great singles player by winning numerous major international tournaments from the time he started in 1978 to his retirement in 1986. He has been very consistent in his performance and was credited with reaching no less than the quarter-finals in all the tournaments he participated. On most occasions, he either reached the SF or F or won the tournament outright. His accomplishments include winning the following: 1982 - Asian Games (New Delhi) 1983 - World Cup (Kuala Lumpur) 1983 - Japan Open 1983 - China's National Games 1984 - World Cup (Jakarta) 1984 - Dutch Open 1985 - World Championships (Calgary) 1985 - World Grand Prix Finals 1985 - Indonesian Open 1985 - Swedish Open apart from other lesser-known individual titles. He also helped China to win the Thomas Cup on their first attempt in London in 1982 and again in Jakarta in 1986. Han Jian took up badminton late at the age of 16 and was still able to reach the top when he was about 26, about 10 years of training! I must say he is an exception and many of China's aspirants receive their training at about half that age nowadays. But he is a good example for those who start later because of circumstances. He was born in Liaoning, China, on July 6, 1956. The Milo sponsored website address is as follows: http://www.milo.com.my/sports.centre/sports_clinic/main.html It will be good if you can get hold of his book "Basic Skills of BADMINTON', which he co-authored with Ooi Lay Beng, a sports journalist in 2000. Happy browsing and hope you can benefit from his lessons!