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BailongBall in Chinese Sports Science

Since its invention by Prof. Bai Rong 30 years ago, 柔力球 BailongBall has become an ever more popular sport in its originating country. It has also become a research object of Chinese sports science. In this article, I would like to introduce you to one of the Chinese scientists who has been studying our sport for more than two decades: Prof. Dr. Wang Hong (王宏), from the Institute of WuShu at Wuhan Sports University.

TBBF Always in Flow – Online / Live Trainings for Free: Get Ready for XPlay

After the “Latina Form” by Olga Ardasheva, in this block we will switch from BailongBall forms to Xplay. Again, this block consists of 6 sessions, in which Philippe Marty will show us basic techniques, as well as advanced techniques.

Teaching XPlay via Web is of course a “special challenge”, considering the missing playing! And yet – Philippe has impressively demonstrated in his first session how basic techniques can also be practiced alone. With your own momentum or with the help of a wall – preferably windowless, in order not to distirb the neighbors ;-). Of course you can also ask another person for assistance – maybe the neighbor can throw a few balls?

From White to Black – the BailongBall Grading System

In order to standardize and popularize BailongBall forms (Taolu), specialists from a number of sports organizations, such as Beijing Sports University (北体大), China Elderly Sports Association (老体协), Beijing National Traditional Sports Association (北京市民族传统体育协会) and others have developed a system of sports grades – Duanwei System, similar to what we find in Wushu.

2021 – The Year of Adaptation

30 years ago, Prof. Bai Rong invented our unique sport and established the four principles: “Rou, Yuan, Zheng and Tui”, which not only apply to specific movements, but should also have a positive influence on individual human actions. Now more than ever, we are writing the year two after the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, we bailongball players are influenced by these guiding principles and look back here on the year of adaptations.

Allways in Flow – Learn the “Latina Form”

Allways in Flow – Learn the “Latina Form” As announced, Taiji BailongBall Federation (TBBF), the organizational successor of TBBA (more on this in a coming post), is offering a series of online sessions. You have the chance to learn three different BailongBall forms from their creators – and it is totally for free! The TBBA […]

How to become a certified TBBA Junior Trainer – the Form (3/3)

How to become a certified TBBA Junior Trainer – the Form (3/3) Would you like to not only improve your BailongBall game, but also share what you have learned with others? Are you thinking about starting / growing a group of BailongBall players or even becoming a coach? If so, you probably have many questions: […]

BailongBall Forms – an Example, Part 5

BailongBall Forms – an Example, Part 5 In this series of blogs, we introduce you to BailongBall Forms. After having launched respective series on the disciplines of Multiplay and Freestyle, this series covering the discipline Forms, aims to complete your picture of our sport. The series breaks down a particular BailongBall Form into several parts. […]

Our sport celebrates its 30th anniversary – congratulations, Prof. Bai Rong!

More than 20 million active players worldwide celebrate this year the 30th anniversary of BailongBall (Roliball). We owe the invention of the ball, the racket and the game idea to the Chinese Prof. Bai Rong, who registered a racket under the name “Taiji game ball” with the Chinese patent authority on 24 September 1991

Experiences with the Online BailongBall Junior Trainer Program

We started with the following plan: Half the time we train via web conference and the other half traditionally, on site.

So on October 26, 2020, we started our first web conference based training session and shimmied from one pandemic social distancing ruling to the next. Bottom line: the entire Junior Trainer training took place via Zoom.

This required a lot of flexibility from the trainers Susanne Ritz, Mike Ritz and Shannon Ritz as well as from us, but this also had advantages, as we were able to schedule appointments at relatively short notice. We had different time windows, ranging from one hour to 4 hours, including breaks.