Brazil International

Brazil International

Yesterday my play at Brazil International ended with a tough loss to Italy in the last 32. I gained 920 world ranking points in the process.

I am really pleased with the training and my adjustments that I made here, as well as my overall competition performance. Losing is never fun, but I am playing at a good level, and only improving. I am pleased to be competing with people who train full time and compete at three or four times as many International events as me. This is a good sign. I am doing the right things and making progress.

I leave on Sunday for Cuba. Looking forward to improving on my performance and continuing to push my limits.

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I have a long journey in front of me–good thing I like to sweat! haha. If you are interested in supporting me, check out my gofundme. or email me at kibarkman@gmail.com.

Thank you everyone.

 

Jamaica International

Jamaica International

Hi Everyone!

Jamaica International has come to an end for me. I won my first two matches in some well fought matches, but lost my third to Osleni from Cuba.  I am quite happy with performance so far as I had to fight back a few times to win my first two matches. I feel that I am making progress and improving my aggression and style of play as well as my consistency.

Thank you guys so much for your support. I head to Brazil next. It looks like I will have a really tough first round. Hoping to bring my energy and momentum into that match.

If you are interested in helping, check out my gofundme https://www.gofundme.com/kevinbarkmanbadmintonn

Thanks everyone!

 

To Coach

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I really enjoy coaching, wether it is in China or North America it is always a great way to share the knowledge others have shared with me, while helping kids grow in their own way. When a kid gets something right and lights up it is one of the best feelings in the world as a coach. Being able to have some part to play in that excitement and passion is a real privilege. Coaching isn’t just work, or opportunity, it is a privilege. I get to share my own passion for the sport and for learning with kids who are also eager to move ahead and learn things.

Part of coaching is keeping my own desire and passion to learn and improve alive. For me keeping that fire alive is easiest when I surround myself with people who have the same intent and who are better than me. Sometimes that happens in training, sometimes at competitions.

As I head to these competitions this week (Jamaica, Brazil, Cuba) my intent is to want it (victory) more than anyone else. And to spend the time I have learning and improving. For myself, and for the kids I coach.

Cheers to leaving blood, sweat, and tears on the court, or wherever we are in life.

Headed South!

Headed South!

Hi Everyone!

Thanks to generous sponsors and people I am headed to Jamaica, Brazil, and Cuba for their respective International Tournaments. I leave feb 25 for a few weeks of tournaments!

Since Nationals I have been training, working, and coaching, in Manitoba preparing as best I can for these tournaments.  A few people here have been key in helping me improve and work on my game and I really appreciate their help!

I am very excited to be competing again, and hopefully improve upon my past results. I have learned a lot these past few months, and I am excited to put it all into practice!

Thanks again to everyone who supports me!

 

Malaysia International

While training in China I got to play the Malaysia International. It was a rough match because I ate some bad food and found myself quite sick going into the game. However, it was a good experience to see the level at a small international tournament in Asia. it was quite different than playing in Pan America.

If you are interested in helping me continue my journey please consider donating here:  https://www.gofundme.com/kevinbarkmanbadminton

 

Mexico International

Thanks to the Generosity of some good friends I was able to go play the Mexico International in Aguascalientes. I lost in the round of 16, but  it was a great experience and I found some real parts of my game that need improvement. It was also hard to see my level drop after my training in China, but it was good to see what needed done to get back to playing better.

Part 1:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tjgRtDT5Ls

Part 2:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WNR7aIU4dI

Becoming The Best, Or The Best Me?

2017 Yonex National Championships. 

This year was probably one of the weakest years in terms of draw depth in Mens Singles since I first went to Sr Nationals. It was kind of depressing then for me to lose in quarter finals to an athlete younger than myself. It is humbling too. There was a day when i was that young gun winning things (never a national title) and getting attention. Those days are over. I am now an old guy who works too much, tries to go to school, and as much as he can, trains. The kids say I am old, and the veterans still view me as kid, not yet ready to win. Which is fair, I haven’t won yet. Sometimes it feels like I don’t win anything. Sometimes I wonder why I put every spare minute and every last penny into training and competing. This past year has not been the ideal training time. I worked a lot, and hardly got on court. I did my footwork in the grass, and my intervals on hills in the back country. It’s not exactly professional training. 

I don’t know what is coming next. I don’t know if I will be able to make it to the top. I am getting older by the day, and these kids are better than I am. 

But somehow, I don’t want to quit. In fact I think I am addicted to trying to improve. I think if I had all the opportunities of some of my competition I wouldn’t enjoy it so much. I enjoy fighting for ways to train, and doing things a way no one else has. As far as I know there aren’t any coaches who plan on footwork in the snow in boots and a parka. But if it hasn’t been proven to fail, perhaps it still has a chance to succeed. 

So in the end the question is, do I train to become the best? Or train harder yet because I am training against myself, to become the best me? 

And maybe that is how I will become the best. Or maybe that is how I find out I cannot become the best. But if I end up with the best me, the best badminton player, the best athlete I can become, has my training failed? Have I failed? 

As much as I can, I will walk in the footsteps of those who have gone before me. But as much as they had to carve their own way due to circumstances, so I have to forge my own path ahead using what wisdom is passed down to me.