In Denmark there are less than 6 million people, and yet we have produced 10 World Champions. Only China (1.3 billion people) and Indonesia (230 million people) have produced more. How can Denmark compete when we have so few people? We’re obsessed with quality over quantity.
I’m not saying that the Chinese and Indonesians don’t focus on quality, far from it. They are producing excellent players, with fantastic technique. However, because we have far fewer players to choose from in Denmark, and much less time to dedicate to training, we have to be sure that we are focusing on quality.
In order to produce high quality results we have to start by focusing on technique. Improving your technique takes time, and lots of practice, but with the right instruction I believe that you can see massive improvements in your technique.
In this video we interview Kaveh Mehrabi, Iran’s first Olympian in badminton. He chose to move to Denmark because it was the best place for him to go to bring him to the next level, and without doing so he would not be an Olympian today.
Playing badminton is a great deal of fun, but let’s be honest with ourselves, winning makes it that much more fun. But to win you need to be good, and to be good generally takes practice. However, simply working hard is not going to cut it, you have to work smart too. You have get serious about your training if you want to see drastic results. You have to be organized, and your training needs to have structure.
The difference between those who reach their potential and those who don’t is in the systems they develop to improve upon themselves and their discipline in executing those systems.
Great coaches understand this concept, and will do whatever they can to put their players into a system that will develop their skills and physical abilities even further.
If you don’t have access to a great coach who can develop a training system for you, then you’ll have to study on your own. It is doable though, so long as you understand it is all about having a system that you follow religiously. That’s not to say that your playing and training system cannot grow, and cannot be flexible to new situations. You need adaptation, and improvisation, but it is easier to do so when you have the foundation of a strong system supporting you.
It’s not about what you can do once, but what you repeatedly do that defines who you are. If being a great badminton player is who you want to be, you need to develop the habits of a great player. It’s all about routine, what you do regularly.
Build your system!