Hi, my name is Steven, As my username states, I was born in Tianjin, China. I am a male and 17 years of age. I came over to Canada when I was 4-5, and this is where I currently reside as canadian citizen. My first badminton experience, was when my mom brought back 2 rackets from her trip to China, given by a friend of my mom's. Me and my friend played '' backyard badminton ''. Actually, that would be wrong to say. We were actually playing in the parking lot over the electric suspension cables! My second experience was during grade 8. I would play doubles with a friend and we would compete in the ''class tournament'' in our gym class. It was fun and I think we got 2nd place . I restarted playing one or two years later in a little club. We play doubles and there is a wide array of skill levels. I found badminton a pretty fun sport, and complimentary to one of my traits: Agility and youthful stamina I am not a very built person, not at all. I am quite skinny and measure 1.73m tall. I have always loved to play the game, but I am ready to step up my game and play competitively. This summer, I had the chance to go back to my hometown, and into one of badminton's meccas, China. There, I had the chance to witness some very good players play both badminton and pingpong. Oh have I mentioned I love pingpong also!? During this 1 month return to my hometown, my mom's friend, the same one that I mentioned above, brought me to a friend of his -a badminton/tennis coach/racket store owner authorized by Yonex- and bought me some baddy shoes and an NS-8000! Obviously now I can't blame my equipment =D Just last week, I decided I would step up my game, and I have been doing a variety of exercises to get myself fit and in shape for badminton. Stretching/shadowfootwork/plyometrics???/pushups/situps etc. I have never learned from techniques from a coach or anyone for that matter, so I am trying to find as much information as I can on BC. I am hooked on baddy, so I guess I will be a pretty hooked BC member. Anyways, thanks for spending some time reading this, have a great one!