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SepakTakraw Going Pro #2 – Perfecting the basics

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Sepaktakraw is an awesome sport; in the accurate meaning of the word – this inspires awe. The iconic pictures of a spiker upside down mid move spike, or a server in the divides at full extension contacting the ball, is what captivates the audience and as players what we aim to obtain. It is very tempting to focus the majority of your own training time on these skills, but for most players who want to go pro, most of your time should at first be spent on mastering the basics.

“But I’m already good at the basics; I need to practice my spiking(or serving)! ” I hear a person cry. You probably do need to practice your spiking or serving, and we’ll get to how to practice these skills in the coming weeks, when you want to go pro then you have to be 110% confident in the ability of your basic skills. You need to master all of them.

Can you trust you to ultimately use your instep, your toes, the knees, and your head to control the golf ball without making a mistake ? I can picture the question creeping across your face. “Does this individual mean… all the time? I occasionally make a mistake but that’s unavoidable… isn’t this? ” If this is what you’re considering, I’ve got some rough news for you – you need to spend more time on the basic skills.

When Alex and I first went to teach in Thailand in 2011, we thought at the time our basic skills had been reasonable – not perfect, but definitely not bad. We could both juggle a ball about 100 instances, a number that for us then was pretty impressive. In one of our first training sessions we had a harsh summary of the world of professional sepaktakraw. The trainer requested that we juggle for twenty minutes. No break. Don’t allow the ball hit the ground. Suffice to state, we couldn’t do it – all of us dropped the ball, a lot. The kids around us that we were training with didn’t falter. All elderly somewhere between 12 and 16, and they could juggle almost effortlessly for the 20 minute period. We after that asked them what their ‘best’ was, the highest number of touches they’d reached by juggling. Most of them experienced passed 3000, none of them were lower than 1500.

So we picked the ball up every time this dropped, and we kept juggling.

It goes beyond juggling the ball though; you need to learn the basics in a game situation. When the ball comes to you over the net, can you believe in yourself to put the ball up and get the ball back over the net? More importantly, can your teammates trust a person? It’s so obvious that it is going without saying, but I’m going to put it out there anyway: if you can’t control the first contact, you can’t win the point.

When you watch a match of sepaktakraw it can be hard to actually see these basic skills with regard to what they are: hundreds if not thousands of hours of practice. The basics skills are really the foundation of sepaktakraw, and without a solid foundation you will never master the sport.

Enough fear mongering, what sort of things do we suggest to assist you master your basics?

Well to start with, can you:

  • Juggle isolating one skill at a time? Ie. Are you able to juggle using only your left feet 20 times? How about 50 headers in a row? 100 right knees?
  • Pass the golf ball back and forth with a friend, low and high, consistently?
  • Use both left and right feet to control and pass the ball?
  • Receive different types of serve? Fast, sluggish, spinning, flat, lobbed?

If you can already do the above, then you’re on the right track, but remember: in any way levels of sepaktakraw it’s important to often spend time on your basic skills – you can never do too much! Even the best players in the world make amount of time in their training to reinforce the basics.

Next week we’ll talk about how important it is to find a good coach that stocks your passion for improving your online game and is excited to help you get better. Stay tuned!

Written by Daniel Ellen-Barwell and Alex Newman of Takrawesome

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Sepaktakraw is an awesome sport; in the accurate meaning of the word – this inspires awe. The iconic pictures of a spiker upside down mid move spike, or a server in the divides at full extension contacting the ball, is what captivates the audience and as players what we aim to obtain. It is very tempting to focus the majority of your own training time on these skills, but for most players who want to go pro, most of your time should at first be spent on mastering the basics.

“But I’m already good at the basics; I need to practice my spiking(or serving)! ” I hear a person cry. You probably do need to practice your spiking or serving, and we’ll get to how to practice these skills in the coming weeks, when you want to go pro then you have to be 110% confident in the ability of your basic skills. You need to master all of them.

Can you trust you to ultimately use your instep, your toes, the knees, and your head to control the golf ball without making a mistake ? I can picture the question creeping across your face. “Does this individual mean… all the time? I occasionally make a mistake but that’s unavoidable… isn’t this? ” If this is what you’re considering, I’ve got some rough news for you – you need to spend more time on the basic skills.

When Alex and I first went to teach in Thailand in 2011, we thought at the time our basic skills had been reasonable – not perfect, but definitely not bad. We could both juggle a ball about 100 instances, a number that for us then was pretty impressive. In one of our first training sessions we had a harsh summary of the world of professional sepaktakraw. The trainer requested that we juggle for twenty minutes. No break. Don’t allow the ball hit the ground. Suffice to state, we couldn’t do it – all of us dropped the ball, a lot. The kids around us that we were training with didn’t falter. All elderly somewhere between 12 and 16, and they could juggle almost effortlessly for the 20 minute period. We after that asked them what their ‘best’ was, the highest number of touches they’d reached by juggling. Most of them experienced passed 3000, none of them were lower than 1500.

So we picked the ball up every time this dropped, and we kept juggling.

It goes beyond juggling the ball though; you need to learn the basics in a game situation. When the ball comes to you over the net, can you believe in yourself to put the ball up and get the ball back over the net? More importantly, can your teammates trust a person? It’s so obvious that it is going without saying, but I’m going to put it out there anyway: if you can’t control the first contact, you can’t win the point.

When you watch a match of sepaktakraw it can be hard to actually see these basic skills with regard to what they are: hundreds if not thousands of hours of practice. The basics skills are really the foundation of sepaktakraw, and without a solid foundation you will never master the sport.

Enough fear mongering, what sort of things do we suggest to assist you master your basics?

Well to start with, can you:

  • Juggle isolating one skill at a time? Ie. Are you able to juggle using only your left feet 20 times? How about 50 headers in a row? 100 right knees?
  • Pass the golf ball back and forth with a friend, low and high, consistently?
  • Use both left and right feet to control and pass the ball?
  • Receive different types of serve? Fast, sluggish, spinning, flat, lobbed?

If you can already do the above, then you’re on the right track, but remember: in any way levels of sepaktakraw it’s important to often spend time on your basic skills – you can never do too much! Even the best players in the world make amount of time in their training to reinforce the basics.

Next week we’ll talk about how important it is to find a good coach that stocks your passion for improving your online game and is excited to help you get better. Stay tuned!

Written by Daniel Ellen-Barwell and Alex Newman of Takrawesome

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