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Is a tennis match a physical or a mental game?

All for the love of music

Thai and Japan art exhibition at CMU until January 25

Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty will awaken in Chiang Mai

Is a tennis match a physical or a mental game?

Cory Croymans-Plaghki

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 talent?”

It’s 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”.

Mental Conditioning:

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 motivation.


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 well.

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]

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 March 2005.

Dr Chaipruck Mekara

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 sequences.

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

Saksit Meesubkwang

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.

Japanese 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 strengthen relationships.

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 Faculty.

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.

ML 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 details.