I forgot to update this blog (which is why you need to subscribe to my Youtube Channel so you never miss a video!) but here are two blogs about life, and badminton, in China during the Coronavirus crisis.
As for me personally, I’m quite safe. The last official sick person was released from the hospital yesterday so Xiamen is officially 100% Coronavirus free (for today anyway). Almost all badminton courts are still closed…except my coaches, so I’ll give an update soon!
hi …this is lakshmi kumar from mangalore, india…my son Hirushy, 13 years old plays badminton…we like your youtube videos very much…very nice…thanks ans regards..
Hi Becky, I don’t normally read peoples blogs and hardly ever comment on websites but I wanted to say I really enjoyed reading your blogs and watching your videos on life and badminton in Xiamen. I stumbled across your website during the lock down in the UK where we are currently unable to go and play badminton. Your blogs have been providing me with my badminton fix and I’ve found it extremely interesting. Its wonderful to get an insight and compare badminton, competitions, coaches, players in China with what I’ve experienced so far in England. Being able to play badminton 24/7 like you sounds like paradise 🙂
Thanks for commenting! I certainly never meant for these videos to entertain people as they were locked in from a deadly virus, but if they can help entertain for a few minutes, then I’m grateful for it! Fingers crossed you’ll be back on the court soon.
Thanks Becky, I’m itching to play and hoping I don’t get too fat and rusty 🙂 Glad to hear that things are returning to normal over in China.
Special thanks for your blog “My Coach and I get into our First Fight”. Reading the section regarding who should take the shot was like finding a gold nugget. Pure gems such as “Forget “girl” and “guy”, “It depends on the partners level”, “It’s based on who can hit it and give their opponent more trouble. Even if you’re closer”. This is the first time I have come across an article or video that backs up my thoughts. I have never been coached but I know ‘coaches’ here who have the ladies fixed at the front and the guys always at the back regardless of whether they are defending or attacking. To me its too rigid and a game of badminton should be fluid. The odd thing is all lower league matches I have watched this season have been played in this way.
Please pass on my thanks to your coach for his words of wisdom and enlightenment. I have learnt from you both.
I like your thinking! Glad you realized that on your own, and happy to confirm it for you. If you keep watching some of my videos you know my pet peeve is when guys tell girls to “stay in the front” so if I coach said it to me I’d go crazy! lol.
And it’s okay to get a little fat and lazy at this time. We all are! I played this weekend with some friends I haven’t seen in a long time and he remarked “we’ve all gotten much worse,” but we ALL got worse, so it connected us in a way. And now we all have a goal to work towards to get back to where we were, haha.
It’s been 3 weeks since I last played but it seems like an eternity. On one hand I’m really looking forward to playing again (whenever that is), but I’m also dreading to see what I will be like. Serves going straight into the net, net kills sailing out of the court, bambi-esque footwork(no offense Bambi fans), jumping a staggering inch off the floor whilst attempting to smash the birdie and missing completely and that’s how I played before the lock down. Can you imagine what I’d be like when I play again and gotten much worse? 🙂
Enjoy the badminton Becky and keep up the good work 加油.