Who runs the academy?

Who runs the academy?

Zheng Yuli (Chinese: 郑昱鲤) is a retired female badminton player from China.


She earned a bronze medal as a semifinalist at both the 1985 IBF World Championships and 1987 IBF World Championships in women's singles, dropping three set matches in each case to her compatriots Han Aiping and Li Lingwei respectively.

She won the women's singles at the Japan Open in 1984 and at the Denmark Open in 1984 and 1986. Zheng played on Uber Cup (women's international) championship teams for China in 1986 and 1988.

Yuli now lives in Perth with her 2 daughters.

The academy was started in 2009.

The academy caters for children interested in playing badminton as a hobby and sport.

The academy also supports the Western Australia State Badminton teams.

YuLi coached the 2012, 2013 , 2014 and 2016 Under 17s WA badminton State team. The 2014 team won a historical bronze medal. The 2016 state team did even better and won a silver while one of her students won the triple crown. Information regarding the state teams can be found at http://badmintonwaunder17s.blogspot.com.au/

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Dear readers 

The 6th year already of the Tan and Tan Family Cup! My favourite badminton tournament. Parent and child teaming up to play against another parent and child. Family bonding at its best.

Monday, May 14, 2018

The 4th An Yu and Tan and Tan Lawyers Family Tournament

Results of the 4th Annual An Yu and Tan and Tan Lawyers Family Tournament

It was such a great and fun Saturday. The Family Tournament is at it's 4th year and it is just as popular as the first year when Yuli and I thought about a tournament where the parents and kids can play as a team for family bonding.

Of course, the problem was seeing how the new and young players could get a good game and not be upset at being smashed by better players like the parents.

So the rule was made that the parents or parents for hire cannot smash the young players. All the parents can do is to return the shuttle to the other side and give the young players a chance to hone their skills.

I must say many of the young players have improved so much from Yuli's coaching.

I am told, many of the young under 11s are very determined to improve. Great for the players , Yuli and WA's future state teams.

I can see how Sarah Wang can now do a powerful smash while partnering my son Tyzton who adores her.

This was the the Under 11s.

In the under 15s, you can see that the players who have been training with Yuli for a few years have much better skills. With parents who are quite strong too, there was no hesitation is smashing every one.

It was great to see how the parent and child in the under 15s played.

For the Over 15s, it was another interesting slant to the competition.

We had WA state players like, Joanne Zheng, Vevina Yang, Julian Lee, Dawson Lawrence, Jasper Tan, Jason Lee, Jackie Zheng, Bernice Teoh, Jazton Tan and Cindy Lawrence.

We also had Australian national players like Xiang Lin, Kai Chen and Tyzton Tan.

The state and national players had clear instructions as some of them were playing with their mums who do not play badminton but have supported their child trough through state and national competitions.

Xiang played with his mum Wendy as a partner against Kai Chen and his mum Emma. Both boys were so supportive of their mums, No smashing, They were even using their rackets in their non dominant arms to give the mums a chance. It was a great sight to see the Australian national level boys competing with their mums.

Of special mention was the semi finals where Sok Teoh and Bernice played against Kai Chen and Emma. It was a all Teoh affair. Sok Teoh was reminded that if he won, he would have no dinner from his wife that night. He gracefully lost to his wife so that Kai Chen and Emma could play against Jason Lee and his dad in the finals.

The finals in the Over 15s became a 3 setter as the Lees were fair and generous in not smashing Emma. At some stage, Emma just has to stand in a corner while KC was running all over the court.
KC ran out of steam and the Lees won the gold trophy at their 2nd attempt after losing to Tyz and I, 2 years ago. Good on the Lees. They were so fair in not smashing Emma.

So the eventual winners are:

Under 11s

Bronze: Angel and Hayden
Silver: Tyzton Tan and Sarah Wong
Gold : Jazton Tan and Zhi Ron Tan.

Under 15s:

Bronze: Robin Fu and HaiTao Zheng
Silver: Vevina and Gary Yang
Gold: llias and Timothy Sentosa

Over 15s:

Bronze: Bernice and Sok Teoh
Silver: Kai Chen and Emma Teoh
Gold: Jason and Chin Wee Lee.

That was a great weekend. Till the 5th year, see you.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

First An Yu Team Badminton Tournament

Dear friends

Tan and Tan Lawyers and An Yu Badminton Academy have decided to sponsor a new tournament. The other sponsors are Jooyyume Sports Training and Wang Zheng Badminton Academy. The event is a team tournament. The age groups are Under 15s, Open and Over 45s. Please come and take the challenge by forming a team to compete. See brochure.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The 2017 An-Yu Badminton Academy Juniors Championship

Dear readers
It has been a busy week end for me.

An-Yu Badminton Academy had it's 5th Annual Junior Badminton tournament. This is a chance for many of Yuli's students to see how they have improved as they compete against each other. This year, there were a few players competing who are not Yuli's students.
It is always good to have external competitors as Yuli's students can assess their standar against others.
There were over 50 players competing in the tournament. 
Many of the players have been training with Yuli for at least a couple of years.
It was good to see how the young players have improved so much under Yuli's coaching.
Many of Yuli's players have of course progressed to representing WA and even Australia. It is a testament to Yuli's love of badminton and her passion for coaching plus her love for her adopted country.

I have loved supporting Yuli as I have seen how she cares for her students and encourages and nutures them as a coach. The support to Yuli extends to the support of my wife and my 2 boys for the An Yu Badminton Academy and the children there.
I have seen the young ones growing up being more confident in their skills and also as young persons.
I have seen the players becoming state and national players through their hard work and through the guidance of Yuli.
Many of the junior players will have their paths ahead laid out for them with guidance from Yuli.
Let's look at the winners of the tournament yesterday.
Under 11 Singles:
1st: Zhi Ron Tan . He managed to beat Seryna Xiao in 2 sets. Zhi Ron is young and has great parental support. We hope he continues his badminton journey and will likely represent WA when he gets older.

2nd : Seryna Xiao. She has been playing badminton with her parents for a few years. I have seen her improving strongly and she will be a pillar for WA's state team when she gets older. She fought valiantly but was unable to win stronger Zhi Ron.
3rd: Alex Li: Alex also has supportive parents and will grow to be a good player. He however needs to learn disclipline. He can be a future star if he starts to focus.
Under 11's doubles
1st: Zhi Ron Tan and Alex Li: Yes, they were too strong for the rest of the challengers. I could hear both sets of parents encouraging them. Good on them. May their partnership bring them to greater glory.
2nd: Dale Cunningham and Kaden Griffiin. Kaden is young and Dale is also young. They show great promise and potential. As they grow bigger, they will be a force to reckon with.

3rd: Aaisha Gill and Jugray Singh. These 2 players have just started and will improve substantially.

Under 15s singles

1st. Julian Lee: Julian was in the WA Under 15s state team but did not have much chance to play for WA in the team event. However, he has to know he has the skills needed to propel him to future badminton greatness. He has to believe in himself. He fought hard in a 3 setter to beat Dawson. Good luck in his badminton journey. His parents are always supportive and we wish the family well.

2nd: Dawson Lawrence: Dawson is young but I can see the fire in his eyes. He has great potential. He was in the 2nd WA team but I can see that his skills have improved so much that he will fare well in future state teams.
3rd: Timothy Sentosa: This is another rising star. He was in the WA 2nd team and will progress next year as he can play in the Under 15s.
Under 15s Doubles:
1st: Matthew Cunningham and Jia Ding Loo. This 2 boys did well did well and will continue to grow stronger. 
2nd: Zhan Dian Eing and Natasha Wee. Both players have improved so much and will continue to get stronger.
3rd: Justin Lim and Timothy Sentosa. Again , young players who will get stronger and better.

Over 15s


1st : Bella Liu: What can we say. She is our strongest girl player in WA. Hopefully she will play for WA in the next tournament.

2nd : Janice Tan: She continues to improve and push herself. Her parents are so supportive. She will have the chance to prove herself in the next national tournament.

3rd: Bernice Teoh: Dear hardworking Bernice. She has grown so much and is now taller than her mum. She was ranked 2nd nationally. Her work ethics will bring her closer to becoming Australia's no. 1 in her age group.

Girls doubles:

1st. Janice Tan and Angie Yang. There is no doubt that Angie is one of our best WA doubles player. Janice and her were no match for the other teams.

2nd: Bella Liu and Joanne Zheng: No need to say any more about Bella. However, Joanne is another rising WA star. She has given so much for WA. She will prove herself as a force to be reckoned with in all national tournaments.

3rd: Katrina Garing and Bernice Teoh. These 2 young ladies will continue to bring WA state teams glory.

Over 15s Boys singles

1st Jason Lee: Jason who always brings a smile to my face as he is such a great kid. Always polite and obliging. He has so much skills and continues to improve. He fought had for his 3 setter win against Milain. By the end of the game he was on the floor.

2nd: Milain Ranasinghle: Milain has been missing from the badminton circuit concentrating on his studies. He turns up with a beard!!!. They are all growing up.

3rd: Jasper Tan: I saw Jasper giving his all and telling me, Uncle, I am out of shape. Jasper is concentrating on his studies but will definitely make a mark in the next Under 19s tournament.

Over 15s doubles

1st: Romy Puhalovich and Milain: These 2 boys played well and was no match for the younger teams. Romy has been in a few state teams and will be representing WA again.
2nd: Julian Lee and Hong Yuan Wong. Hong Yuan recently migrated to Perth. He will be a force to be reckoned with in the next few national tournaments.
3rd: Theodore Kang and Jonny Kok. Both boys were in the silver WA Under 15s team. They will be an asset to the Under 17s nationals.
So it was a geat tournament and I could see how excited all the parents were. 
I wish all the players a good badminton future.

Monday, October 2, 2017

The results of the individual events from the Under 15s championship

Dear readers

Have not been able to update the blog as I have been very busy.

Life has finally gotten back to normal with Annie back at the office and having lunches with me.

To wrap up, the results of the individual events are as follows:

Boys Singles:

Jonny had no problems beating Otto in 2 sets. He learned from his previous 3 setter in the team event where Otto's weakness are. With coach Yuli guiding him, there was a 21/11 and 21/15 score which shows how dominant Jonny was. Good on him.

In the plate, Damien was not able to contain Ricky Tang losing in 2 sets.

Girls singles:

Bernice finally met Angela Yu for the first time. Angela is much taller than Bernice. Bernice was not able to contain Angela conceding at 21/19 and 21/15. I am sure she put up a brave fight but had to settle for silver. I am told Angela's parents are both olympians and coaches. How to fight with that ?

In the plate, Vevina won her first national title although it was a plate event. She beat J Donald 21/10 and 21/13. That should give her confidence for next year.

Mixed doubles:

We had no players in the main event. However, Theodore and Yasmin Say won the plate beating Austin Chen and Phoebe Ooi.

The main draw was won by the Yu siblings. 

Boys doubles:

Again we had no players in the main finals. Theodore and Julian won the plate beating Dawson and Damien in a all WA plate finals.

The main draw was won by Thomas Ng and Ricky Tang.

Girls doubles:

We had no one in the main draw which was won by Irene Chau and K Ea.

However, Bernice and Joanna managed to bring in the plate beating D Nugruto and C Tan.

Well, that was the end of the individual events.

The WA players have given everything for the team events and still found energy to play in the individual events.

Quite a few players are still able to play in a couple more of the Under 15s nationals. So we have to look out for them next year.

Jonny was ranked No. 1 with Theodore at No. 5. Bernice was ranked no. 2.

Congrats to coach Yuli and Anyu Badminton Academy for producing these great players.

I saw the players last Sunday and they were already back at training with coach Yuli despite having played badminton for 1 whole week ending on Friday.

That is dedication.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

We nearly win gold.

Dear readers

The morning was tense for the whole team and the parents. They knew they were playing against Vic 1 which had demolished NSW 7-1.

Can WA do better? Well, with lion hearted team players and the encouragement of Coach Yuli, Manager Annie, Asst Manager Sok Teoh and now Asst Asst Manager, Teoh's oldest daughter, we had to do well.

The match started with Theodore and Jonny in the doubles against Thomas Ng and Otto Zhao. WA won the first set 21/18 after some close shaves. However, Vic 1 caught up with a 21/16 2nd set. This was looking challenging. Theodore and Jonny came through with a 21/15 win.  WA was 1 up.

Next was Bernice and Joanne in the girls doubles.  Joanne had been running a temperature and was not in the best shape. However, trooper as she is, she was going to give her all for WA.

Unfortunately, her best was not enough and the girls went down 17/21 and 12/21.

Next on was Theodore. He did not disappoint WA winning in 2 sets at  21/10 and 21/10. His confidence is growing every day and he will have a good individual tournament.

That meant WA was 2/1 ahead.

Vevina then stepped in for Joanna who is still unwell. She played Sydney Go who is a more experienced player.  Vevina tried her best and gave everything but could not contain Go losing in 2 sets.

Her parents should be proud of her. She never gave up and gave everything for WA. She still has another year to represent WA and I am sure she will shine next year.

We were now 2/2. Jonny steps up for WA. He plays Otto Zhao who has beaten him before. Jonny is  not fazed and is in full focus mode. He wins the first set 21/19. He progresses to the 2nd set at 21/19 although he gave Coach Yuli some anxious moment when he lost 3 pts in a row.

WA was now 3/2 up against Vic 1.

Next came Bernice.  She is such a strong player  and never a prima donna.  A credit to the Teoh family who have brought such great players and children. Mummy Teoh was all stressed watching young Bernice fighting for WA and giving everything.

She won the first set 22/20 to the relief of WA. She lost the 2nd set at 13/21. However she stayed focused. You can see it in her eyes. Such determination and focus. She knew she had to win to give WA a gold chance. And win she did. She won the 3rd set at 21/19.

This is only the 2nd time WA has ever gotten to a 4/2 lead against Vic 1. The first time was in 2012 when Tyz's team beat Vic 1.

We now had to just win one more match to win gold. However, it was not meant to be. WA lost both mixed doubles match despite the players giving their best.

So much emotion and adrenaline. To feel on top of the world and then to crash to 2nd place was hard for the team. Even President Lily had tears in her eyes knowing the young WA players had given everything but had to settle for silver.

We lost by 2 sets. Even though, the team need to feel proud of what they have achieved.

They made history by beating NSW 1 for the first time since the tournament started.

They got a great score against Vic 1 losing in 2 sets. All these they owe to Coach Yuli, Manager Annie and umpire Lily. They had confidence in what each of you could achieve.

I had dinner with Coach Yuli and wife Annie tonight. They had reached home at 3 pm and slept till dinner time, exhausted after all the adrenaline.

Their assessment of the team:

Jonny did such a great job stepping up as captain and giving his all for WA. The best thing is, he can play again next year.

Bernice: Such a backbone for WA. So focused playing under pressure and always giving her best for WA. She is going to represent Aus for sure. Maybe the Olympics with brother Kai Chen.

Theodore: Quiet Theodore who does not say much but always gives his best for WA. I heard he finally had a laugh with the team last night after Jonny asked why Theodore was always so quiet. Theodore, enjoy the game as it is a game. Enjoy the team as they all want you to feel a part of a greater force for WA. You have the Under 17s to look forward to.

Joanne: Such spirit, our young Joanne. And she can play in 2 more Under 15s. She will be a star next year. In  fact she is already a star this year. If she did not win NSW 1 in her singles in 3 sets despite the pain , we would not have the chance to fight for gold. Her parents need to be very proud of her as much as WA is proud of her.

Julian: He  did not have a game today and was disappointed that he could not contribute more for WA. Julian has much to offer WA. He has the Under 17s to look forward to. He has done his part for WA in this tournament although I am sure he wished to have contributed more. Julian, you have contributed to a silver medal for WA and no one can take that away from you. Train hard and shine in the Under 17s.

Vevina: You have the spirit and everyone can see how you fight for every point. That is admirable. As you get more experience, you will shine. You have the making of a great player. Your mum was apologetic for your performance. Coach Yuli and everyone else, says we are proud of you. Train hard next year for the next Under 15s. You have the skills to be great.

Coach Yuli: My assessment. Yuli has been the greatest thing for WA junior badminton. She has single handedly turned WA juniors badminton around with her dedication and love for the sport. She nearly got gold today but had to be content with silver. Maybe we can persuade her to coach the Under 15s again next year.

Manager Annie: She is always a great manager. That is why Tan and Tan Lawyers are doing so well. However, we hope she spends more time at Tan and Tan Lawyers instead of badminton. So proud of my wife.

Umpire Lily and President: Thank you President for giving your time for this young team. You have shown the players your commitment to WA. You have led by example. BAWA is in good hands because of individuals like yourself.

 Finally to the parents.

WA will not be where we are if not for the parents who support their children. These parents for the team were great and so supportive. I can see their love for their children. Why do I  blog even though my son Tyz was over the Under 15s years ago?

It is because it is  important for the players and parents to have a record of what they have experienced.

I hope the players will treasure what they have achieved. Good luck in the individuals.

Lastly, the players have to be thankful to  their seniors like Kai Chen and Kai Jie, Tyz and Xiang. These elders were supporting you all the way. 

So, make us all proud tomorrow.

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Under 15s State team will be fighting for gold in the National tournament

Dear readers

The WA state team under Yuli's coaching and Annie's management will be fighting for gold tomorrow. President Lily is the team umpire pushing everyone forward 1 game at a time.

Oh, yes, Sok Teoh is the Asst Manager.  The team also had the help of elder brothers Kai Jie, Kai Chen, Jaz and Tyz and of course Xiang and Jasper to inspire and coach them.

The last time WA fought for gold was in 2012 when Tyz was captain, Jaz was asst coach, Annie was umpire and I was the manager with Kim Rogers as head coach.

We fought NSW 1 but could only manage a silver. We beat Vic 1 for the first time in many years to get to the gold medal fight.

This time, WA beat NSW 1. This is the first time in known history that WA has beaten NSW 1 relegating them to the bronze medal. And it was such a close fight. We won by 1 set in a 4-4 match. The team was fantastic and cohesive. Every one played their part. Some did more but every one made WA proud.

So tomorrow we will face off Vic 1. The match starts at 10 am. I have had to reschedule a few appointments so that I can get to Kingsway.

Can new history be made?

We need every one's support to get the team there. I have just been told that NSW 1 lost 1/7 to Vic 1 today.