USPTA ELITE PROFESSIONAL
USPTA SPORTS SCIENCE SPECIALIST,
ITPA TENNIS PROFESSIONAL,
RPT COMPETITIVE COACH,
MASTER OF TRAINING TECHNOLOGY,
PhD RESEARCHER AT WASEDA UNIVERSITY
For five years in Japan, I have trained junior players to the highest rankings of the
All Japan Championships, Kanto Championships, All Japan High School tournaments, ITF tournaments
and titles of Yokohama High School champions.
USPTA エリートプロフェッショナル、USPTA スポーツサイエンス、ITPAテニスコンディショナー
My TENNIS Methodology
Tennis is a game of controlling the time and space
Tennis is the game of the spatial-temporal pressure (of space and time) which the player have to overcome to place the ball at the opposite side of the court, away from the opponent.
Tennis demands patience, determination and discipline. But most of all tennis, as a precise and demanding neuromuscular activity, demands a smart practice.
The foundation of the smart and efficient practice should be based on the complete understanding and awareness of the current and planned activities during the practice.
Being aware of the importance of the personal space and control of the body parts (proprioception) are the key elements of the efficient practice.
In order to control the time element, the player needs to base the practice on the visual search on the important cues of the game in order to be able to be prepared for the constantly changing demands of the tennis environment
Anticipate, do not participate /
Early perception = timely reaction
I have managed (and still developing), through years of teaching and studying, to implement a teaching program
AHA (anticipate-hit-anticipate). The program is based on creating the best possible perceptive- action capabilities of the players. Perception to action begins with reading the important cues of the game at the optimal time in order to create a timely kinetic reaction and efficient movement.
Practice based on anticipating the movement of the ball and the opponents in combination with the efficient moving technique and technical - tactical tasks are the foundation of creating the most efficient and constructive
junior development program.
Technical-Tactical importance /
Not separating these two!
Through years of consistent tryouts, my teaching philosophy changed from priority on the technical aspect of the game to creating the technical-tactical training base, as those should not be taught separately.
To train the player to understand what kind of stroke to use from what position at the court, related to the ball characteristics and opponent’s position is the most important element of my practice. There are many stroke options but building a pattern of knowing which one to choose in certain situations is the quality of the intelligent players.
HIGH DECISIONAL INVOLVEMENT
By creating highly demanding environment with diverse task objectives, we stimulate our athletes to be highly attentive and involved when creating decisions about their images of movement and striking options.
We strongly believe that practices with highly adaptive demands can prepare our players to have wide range of possibilities to predict the dynamics of the point.
Manage the training that is matching the personality / It’s all about self involvement.
At the center of my methodology is always the player.
A player has to understand his/her personality in order to work on the strengths and weaknesses.
By understanding the source of my player’s behavior and thoughts in order to manage the development process.
Every player is a specific individual and therefore I’m a big fan of the Personalized Training Process. Assessments through questionnaires such is RPE are big contributors to the efficiency of training providing to the players more self involvement in their own training development process and by that, boosting the levels of their internal motivation.
It’s all about achieving personal excellence and breaking through personal limits.
Waseda University Tokyo PhD research
Learning process never stops
At this point, my journey of understanding tennis and passing my insights and knowledge to others is continuing.
The PhD research at Waseda University in Tokyo in Sports Neuroscience mentored by Professor Kanosue, has given me a chance to understand the game of tennis in more detailed way.
The beauty of this game is at its smallest details, as they can determine the consequence of any movement. The early moment of perception can turn the player into the efficient mover and agressive finisher.
Anticipation gives the player the feeling of spatio-temporal control, slowing down the game and lowering the levels of the stress of unknown. Feeling of control over the dynamic environment and turning unpredictable to predictable leads to the high levels of confidence and it’s confidence that counts as the crucial element of the successful performance.