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SepakTakraw Going Pro #1 – An Introduction

Published on October 25, 2014 by   ·   No Comments

Therefore you’ve discovered the awesome sport of sepaktakraw and you want to know tips on how to go from picking up the golf ball and kicking it for the first time in order to playing on the world stage like a professional, maybe even at an ISTAF SuperSeries event. Over the next eight weeks we’ll be releasing an article each Monday about how you could undertake this journey and what each phase of it might look like.

But who are we I hear you ask?

We are Alex Newman and Daniel Ellen-Barwell, two Australian sepaktakraw players who also represent Australia internationally at sepaktakraw events such as the King’s Cup Sepaktakraw World Championship and the ISTAF Sepaktakraw World Cup. We’re involved with the Australian Sepak Takraw Association and have also started our own business called Takrawesome to help provide equipment in order to players in Australia.

Through our experiences so far we’ve seen all sides from the sport, from playing for fun on Saturday mornings to living in Thailand training with professional teams. We’ve helped organise international and household events, and we’re constantly carrying out what we can to promote the sport in Australia and globally. Along the way we have used (and against) some of the world’s best players, and we have learnt through some of the best coaches that Thailand has to offer. We want to share our experiences along with you, and hopefully it will get you thinking about how you can improve your game too!

With a passion for sepaktakraw and dedication to training, we all believe almost anyone can go pro. It’s not an easy journey though, and for people like us who come from nations where the sport is still finding the feet and the player base is small, it may mean making a few sacrifices.

In Australia sepaktakraw is still very much a grassroots sport, there are small player groups scattered around the country but there is minimal government support and no established pathways for player progression. In order for all of us to improve, we had to make our own pathways – we chose to relocate in order to Thailand where the sport is popular and players and coaches are aplenty. When we moved to Thailand in order to chase the sepaktakraw dream, we had to leave behind careers, study, friends and family – but it was almost all for the chance to become better gamers.

If you’re lucky enough to live in a country similar to Thailand; where sepaktakraw is an established sport, higher schools and universities have groups, regular competitions are held, and you can tell someone you play sepaktakraw without them saying ‘huh? ’ then your pathway becomes a little better, but no less challenging.

Regardless of your location, one of the things you must have to be able to progress as a player is commitment to training. We’re going to start this series in earnest next week with a piece on mastering the basic skills, and how even when you think your fundamental skills are perfected… you can do more.

Written by Alex Newman and Daniel Ellen-Barwell of Takrawesome

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So you have discovered the awesome sport associated with sepaktakraw and you want to know how to proceed from picking up the ball plus kicking it for the first time to actively playing on the world stage as a professional, maybe even at an ISTAF SuperSeries event. Over the next eight weeks we’ll be releasing an article each Monday about how you could undertake this particular journey and what each stage from it might look like.

But who are we I hear you ask?

We are Alex Newman and Daniel Ellen-Barwell, 2 Australian sepaktakraw players who stand for Australia internationally at sepaktakraw activities such as the King’s Cup Sepaktakraw Entire world Championship and the ISTAF Sepaktakraw Entire world Cup. We’re involved with the Australian Sepak Takraw Association and have also started our own business called Takrawesome to help provide equipment to gamers in Australia.

Through our experiences so far we have seen all sides of the sport, from playing for fun on Saturday mornings to living in Thailand teaching with professional teams. We’ve assisted organise international and domestic activities, and we’re constantly doing what we should can to promote the sport in Australia plus globally. Along the way we have played with (and against) some of the world’s best gamers, and we have learnt from some of the best coaches that Thailand has to offer. We would like to share our experiences with you, plus hopefully it will get you thinking about ways to improve your game too!

With a passion for sepaktakraw plus dedication to training, we think almost anyone can go pro. It’s not a simple journey though, and for those of you such as us who come from countries in which the sport is still finding its foot and the player base is small, it may mean making a few surrender.

In Australia sepaktakraw remains very much a grassroots sport, you will find small player groups scattered throughout the country but there is minimal federal government support and no established pathways with regard to player progression. In order for us to enhance, we had to make our own pathways – we chose to relocate to Thailand where the sport is popular plus players and coaches are aplenty. When we moved to Thailand to chase the sepaktakraw dream, we had in order to leave behind careers, study, friends and family – but it was all for your chance to become better players.

If you’re lucky enough to live inside a country similar to Thailand; where sepaktakraw is an established sport, high universities and universities have teams, normal competitions are held, and you can inform someone you play sepaktakraw with out them saying ‘huh? ’ in that case your pathway becomes a little clearer, but no less challenging.

Irrespective of your location, one of the things you must have in order to progress as a player is dedication in order to training. We’re going to start this series in earnest next week with a item on mastering the basic skills, and how even when you think your basic skills are perfected… you can do more.

Written by Alex Newman plus Daniel Ellen-Barwell of Takrawesome

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