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Footwork Goals

by Jeffrey Tho April 01, 2020 6 min read

In the previous blog post "One thing that can take your game to the next level", we discussed the importance of footwork and how it can have a ripple effect on improving your whole game, while somewhat masking any weaknesses you have.
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How Strength Training Can Prevent Badminton Injuries

by Jeffrey Tho March 25, 2020 2 min read

Badminton is quite an unforgiving sport for the body. There's lots of jumping, leaping and bounding, plus a lot of stop-start movements which are heavy on the joints and muscles. Sprains, slips, strains and tears are all common badminton injuries. And there's the fact that it is one-side dominant.
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One thing that can take your game to the next level

by Jeffrey Tho March 18, 2020 3 min read

In this blog post, I'd like to discuss something that, in my opinion, is supremely important in badminton. Something that, if you improve this one thing, it will have a ripple effect on so many other parts of your game and inherently improve them also.
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Is Your Career The One That's Right For You?

Is Your Career The One That's Right For You?

by Jeffrey Tho March 11, 2020 2 min read

Your career.

Something that you've probably spent a lot of your childhood, teenage and adult lives thinking about it. It's what you're judged on, who you're identified as and what provides you with the money to live. It's what you do for many hours per day, many days per week, many weeks per year and many years in your life.

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Getting Over What Looks Like Failure

by Jeffrey Tho March 04, 2020 5 min read

For this blog article, I’d like to speak openly and honestly about what I feel to be thebiggest challenge for me, during our startup journey. 
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How To Live Your Passion

by Jeffrey Tho February 26, 2020 2 min read

A couple of months ago, Henry & I had a really long chat about life purpose, direction and how one could find and live their so-called 'passion'. We started off pretty broadly and it was a relaxed conversation. But it get very deep and serious very soon after!
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Thoughts on The Yonex Astrox 99 (3U) - Racquet Review

Thoughts on The Yonex Astrox 99 (3U) - Racquet Review

by Henry Wong February 19, 2020 3 min read

A few months ago, I reviewed the 4U version of the Nanoflare 800 in response to chatting to badminton players about what they would like to see more of in the badminton world. So here I am again, presenting you a review on the Yonex Astrox 99 (3UG5) with my co-founder Jeff. 
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Building High Performing Teams

by Jeffrey Tho February 12, 2020 1 min read

"A team isn't a bunch of kids out to win. A team is something you belong to, something you feel, something you have to earn" - Gordon Bombay, The Mighty Ducks
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Walk Before You Run - Everything Starts with The Basics

Walk Before You Run - Everything Starts with The Basics

by Henry Wong February 05, 2020 4 min read

What's something you're really good at? is it badminton? Don't worry about the rest of this post if it is hahaha. Let's say it's not for now and call that skill of yours guitar playing.

I'm sure there was a point when everything seemed unnatural and yet you were compelled to learn how to play a particular song or play like that famous or very skilful guitar player you heard. This translates to most if not all skills in life and of course badminton too. 

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What Makes a Good Coach?

What Makes a Good Coach?

by Henry Wong January 29, 2020 2 min read

How far into your badminton journey are you? Are you just getting started, a seasoned professional or looking for opportunities to get better? If you decided to get better, would you consider getting a coach?

I'm hitting you with so many questions but maybe you'd have some for us if you were considering getting a coach. 

Questions like: What makes a good coach?

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Trickshots vs Deception - What's the difference?

Trickshots vs Deception - What's the difference?

by Henry Wong January 22, 2020 2 min read

Here's a quick one! So what do you think of the question above? Do you know the difference? If not, let me give you some insight.

Let's start with the definitions. While I could google this for you, I'm going to give you my interpretation instead. 
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Coaching On The World Stage

by Jeffrey Tho January 15, 2020 1 min read

Last year in August, I was lucky enough to travel to Basel, Switzerland to coach the Australian Team at the 2019 World Championships.

Being a former player that has competed at such tournaments such as the World Championships, I found that the experience was vastly different as a coach compared to an athlete. 

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