“Badminton is like ballet dancing, it requires a lot of control, strength, mind play and measured movement.”–Aamir KhanHaving a good physical condition alone is not enough to completely achieve physical fitness. You should also use the power of your mind to concentrate on what you are doing. Badminton is one of the best sports in order to attain the perfect condition of your body and mind. Let’s have fun!
Lesson 2: Badminton“Theobjective of the game is simple, that is to hit the shuttle over thenet sothat it lands in your opponent’s court before it can be returned.Youcanhit the shuttles fast, slow, high, flat or low. You cansmashitwith maximum power or use the most delicate totouchshots.” Before we begin this lesson, let’s have a warm-upactivity.HISTORY OF BADMINTONBadminton evolved from a similar game called battledore played in fifth-century B.C.China. The people in China then played a game called ti jian zi. A direct translation from thisword ‘ti jian ki’ is kicking the shuttle. As the name suggests, the objective of the game is tokeep the shuttle from hitting the group without using hand. Whether this sport has anything todo with the history of Badminton is up fpr debate. It was, however the first game that used aShuttle.About five centuries later, a game named battledore and shuttlecock was playedinChina, Japan, India, and Greece. This is a game where you use the battledore(apaddle) to hit the shuttlecock back and forth. By the 16thcentury, it hasbecome a popular game among children in England. In Europe this gamewas known as jeu de Volant to them. In the 1860s, a game namedpoonawas played in India. This game is much like the BattledoreandShuttlecock but with an added net. The British army learned thisgameinIndia and took the equipment back to England during the 1870s.Thegame we all know as badminton began in the 19th century (1870)and was named by the Duke of Beaufort after the BadmintonHouse in Gloucestershire.InEngland, there had long been a children’s game known as“battlecoreand shuttlecock”. Player used a paddle, called a battledore, to keepa corkstaffed with feathers called a shuttlecock, in the air for as ‘long aspossible’. This game had been popular since medieval period times.The modern version had migrated somehow to India and then backagain.England played the same badminton rules as India in 1887. The BathBadminton Club standardized the rules and regulations, making the gamemoreinclined towards the England ideas of how the game should be played. TheBadmintonAssociation of England published the first set of rules in line with the newregulations in 1893 and officially launched the game of badminton. The All England OpenBadminton Championships began in 1899 and were the world’s first badminton competition.In 1934 the International Badminton Federation (IBF), which is now known asBadminton World Federation, was established. England, France, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands,
New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland and Wales were the first members. In 1936 India joined as anaffiliate. Globally, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) governs and promotes the sport.