How to become a certified TBBA Junior Trainer – the Solo Techniques
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: How long is the trainer program, what is its content and where is it being offered? Is there an examination and if so, what exactly will I be tested on, by whom and how? Are there different types of trainers or levels and if so, which ones and what distinguishes them? What does a TBBA certification actually stand for? …
In this series of blog posts we want to give you answers to the many questions reagarding the TBBA trainer certifications and encourage you to take the next step in your BailongBall game.
In the first three parts of this series we will cover the Junior Trainer program and certification. Part 1 deals with the so-called “Solo Techniques”, part 2 with the “Mutiplay Techniques” and part 3 with the “Basic Form”. In part 4 and following we will then focus on the Senior Trainer Progarm and certification.
But one step at a time. The Taiji Bailong Ball Association (TBBA) has set out to spread BailongBall in Europe according to the playing principles of the sport’s inventor, Professor Bai Rong. So if you want to learn BailongBall “in the spirit of the inventor”, TBBA is the right place for you. You can get your level of skills certified by TBBA and promote your training or even your school with it.
The Junior Trainer is the first level of the TBBA trainer certifications. It gives you the skills and tools to train players in all BailongBall disciplines. In the next level, that of the Senior Trainer, you develop your skills to the point where you can not only further individual talents of advanced players, but also train junior coaches. As an Instructor you will achieve the highest TBBA Trainer certification, which allows you to additionally train additional senior coaches.
In the Junior Coach program you will learn the playing principles that make this sport unique among ball and racket sports: the round movements, using the entire body, the elasticity, dynamics and smoothness of the moves and finally the receiving of the ball and reversing its direction.
What makes our sport so unique are not only the playing principles but also the game variations. These are also part of your training and allow you to gain a foothold in all disciplines – be it Multiplay, Freestyle or Form. As a Junior Trainer, you will have the capability and flexibility to offer your students the full variety of BailongBall.
An excellent starting point to learn the playing principles are the Solo Techniques. Without the need for a partner you can practice BailongBall and build a solid foundation for all disciplines. You can learn the swings and movements with a trainer on site, but also under guidance via interactive web session (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.). In all, there are 11 Solo Techniques you will learn and be tested on during your exam. One of these Solo Techniques is “U-Swinging”. We would like to give you a brief introduction to what makes this technique so essential for a junior trainer and what, for example, you need to keep in mind for the examination.
With U-swinging you perform the most elementary of all BailongBall movements. Racket and ball draw a semicircle in front of your body in the lower half of your body. In this movement, besides the rounding of the semicircle, the ball inversion and the elastic use of the body are shown in a gentle and dynamic way. In short, all the principles of the game are being put to use with this movement. The following video shows U-swinging from two perspectives:
What you should pay attention to:
- Shift your body’s center of gravity downwards and perform the movement with your knees slightly bent
- The distance between your feet helps you maintain balance during movement and simplifies the execution of a large semicircle
- Your outstretched free arm helps you to keep your balance – relax your shoulder when stretching your arm
- When moving, imagine drawing a “U” in front of your body with your racket
- The U starts on the racket side and ends at the same level on the other side of your body
- Start the swing by turning the racquet 90° with the edge of the frame facing the ground (practice this without the ball initially)
- To keep the ball on the racquet, “catch its fall” in a U-movement with the racquet
- When you reach the other side of your body with your racket, the movement reverses and you return to the starting point with the racket
- In order to draw the U in front of the body, it is important to rotate the hip – more precisely, the whole movement is initiated here (not with the shoulder and not with the arm)
- For right-handed people the hip turns “counter-clockwise”, while swinging from right to left and “clockwise” while swinging back
- For left-handed people the hip turns “clockwise”, while swinging from left to right and “counter-clockwise” while swinging back
- Catch the end of the swing on both sides with a shift of your weight – in other words: your body’s center of gravity follows your racket
Of course, there are more Solo Techniques that you learn as a Junior Trainer. In this video you will find all exercises that are important for your exam.
All Solo Techniques at a glance
If you have any questions about these exercises or would like to talk about them with someone, a TBBA trainer will gladly help you.