Is a tennis match a physical or a mental game?
Every tennis player must have wondered at some point what
they could possibly do to play better. The most obvious considerations would
then mostly be on the physical level: “What can I do to improve my
reaction speed, my technique or my condition” and “Do I have the
a long hard road to be as perfect as this player
Talent and speed are mainly hereditary and thereby more
difficult to acquire through training. But the physical condition can be
improved with regular training. New techniques can also be trained upon but
this is a rather slow process. New plays and movements can only be learned
through vigorous and endless repetitions until they become “automatic”.
Psychological factors are involved in every sport’s
performance and they will influence both training and competitions. They
affect (in a positive or negative way) the performance of all athletes,
whether they are elite, professional, amateur or novice. According to
Mahoney, the well-known sports psychologist, the difference between two top
players will be 20 percent physical and 80 percent mental. The important
elements of mental condition will be concentration, self confidence and
There are various possibilities to improve the mental
condition. Most players and trainers try to influence through the conscious
part of the brain with what we call “pep talks”, but it will only
influence a small part of the brain and does not include the subconscious
part, specifically the area where emotions, creativity, fantasy and
intuition are located. There are ways to do so and that is why more
professional players and amateurs want to optimize these capabilities as
What to do? How can a player ‘improve and increase concentration,
reduce stress and anxiety’ resulting in steely concentration, strong and
well-focused motivation and confidence, and the nerve to take risks? With
proper guidance, by learning to relax and manage stress more effectively
through regular meditative practices and deep relaxation treatments. By
dealing with negative and unhelpful thoughts and improving concentration. By
overcoming fears of losing (or winning!) and by learning to manage the
stress of a big competition like their own country’s championships or the
Olympics. For more information, please contact [email protected] healingarts.com.
All for the love of music
Cory Croymans - Plaghki
Chiangmai born Dr Chaipruck Mekara, also known as Chiew,
is the conductor and one of the performers at the Chiangmai Classics Concert
series which will be held in Chiangmai on 28 January, 25 February and 12
After graduating as a Bachelor of Arts with a major in
Music from Payap University, Chaipruck went to study in the United States
where he got his Masters of Music degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago
and his Doctoral degree DMA in Composition from Northwestern University.
Like many Asian composers who went abroad to continue
their education, Chaipruck soon realized the value of his native culture.
His music attempts to combine the aesthetic philosophy of the East with the
compositional techniques of the West. This is clearly audible in his
“Melancholy” composition (called Wungweyng in Thai) which he composed in
1995 when trying to adapt to his new home in Chicago. This piece is meant to
convey sadness and melancholy which is however decorated with many graceful
notes, a characteristic of Thai traditional music. This piece also uses the
full range of the clarinet and alternates between meditative and joyful
Dr Chaipruck Mekara is regularly accompanied on the
violin-cello by his Swiss born wife Karin Mekara whom he met six years ago
here in Chiangmai during one of his holiday visits back home.
Chaipruck presently teaches music at Chiang Mai’s Payap
University. He has two main projects: the first is to teach Thai music
students how to work with computers – for film music, electronic music,
composition and computer composition which require sophisticated software.
Chaipruck’s second project is to develop classical
music in Chiangmai. He is the Music Coordinator of the Chiangmai Classics
concerts of western classical music which brings together professional Thai
and overseas musicians.
For more information about the Chiangmai Classics concert program, please
e-mail [email protected] or fax 0 5380 4753.
Thai and Japan art exhibition at CMU until January 25
Chiang Mai University’s Fine Arts Faculty in
cooperation with Tokohagakuen University, Aichi Prefect Art University,
Jurashiki Art and Science University, Nagoya Zokei Art University, West
Fujeda High School, Tokohagakuen High School and Namazu Special School have
all contributed to the Thai and Japan Contemporary Art Exhibition at the CMU
Faculty of Fine Arts, which runs until January 25.
Consul General Katsuhiro Shinohara (2nd left) and Asst. Prof. Amnat Yusukh
(1st right), CMU deputy president open the exhibition.
The exhibition is to exchange art experiences with
emphasis on 3 dimensional sculpture; develop contemporary sculpture and
The exhibition was officially opened on Jan 6 by the Japanese Consul
General Katsuhiro Shinohara and Asst. Prof. Amnat Yusukh, CMU deputy
president and Assoc. Prof. ML Surasawas Suksawas, dean of the Fine Arts
Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty will awaken in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Ballet Academy
ML Preeyapun Sridhavat, the director of the Chiang Mai
Ballet Academy (CMBA) recently welcomed new colleague Karin Nicholas, an
advanced level ballet/tap teacher from Vancouver, Canada.
Preeyapun Sridhavat welcomes new colleague Karin Nicholas.
Karin, along with Pang Williams from the UK, will be
devoting their creativity and love of dance to teach the students at the
CMBA studio in Fa-Haam and at the Art Museum in Chiang Mai University.
Both of them will also join ML Preeyapun to choreograph the double bill
production of Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Sleeping Beauty’, and ‘Manohra
Fantasy’, an ancient mystical item from Asia, at the Kad Theater on March
20. For more information, contact 053 306 357 and 053 306 358 for further