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Community Highlights: Meet Malik Basri of Capital Badminton Academy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Malik Basri.

Hi Malik, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
My name Fung Foo. I am a hard core badminton players since 2002. I have been playing a lot of badminton in the area at different high school gyms and local recreational center. There is no dedicated badminton facility in the region and I see a lot of people like me going around playing badminton in a different gym every day. Most of the time the gym was overcrowded with people waiting 20 to 30 min just to play for 12 minutes and the gym only reserve 2 hours for the badminton. In early 2016, I meet Malik who is a professional badminton coach who coach in the local last four years with a lot of students. Both me and Malik see the opportunity and decided to start Capital Badminton Academy. At the beginning, We rent different public school gyms every day for about a year. In early 2017, we see our academy growing and more demand from parents but lack of coaching time so we decided to start to find a permanent place for our academy. Luckily, we found our current location in mid-2017 and moved in early 2018.

Due to the large amount of students, we hired another three former ranking international players from Indonesia in 2018 to help us fulfill the demand. Not only that, our academy growing, and we open our gym for public to start the membership. We got around 100 plus members in just few months since we are the only dedicated badminton facility in the area.

Everything went well until the pandemic hit in March 2020.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Not a smooth road at all. We learn how to do bookkeeping, marketing, managing staff, how to communicate with team, parents and trainees along the way. However, the more difficult thing to do with is how to change your business model and your customer’s behavior during the pandemic. This is something that we scramble to come up with a plan based on the federal and local government regulations.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
We are a badminton facility in Maryland provides a badminton training for both adults and kids all year long. We offer badminton camp, group training, private training and etc. to the locals. We also offer court rental in addition of training for extra income. However, our main focus is junior training programs. We provide a program for children as young as 6 yr old to join our program from beginner level to competitive. Most of our kids participate in USAB ranking tournaments around in the region and their goal will be represent USA for international competition. We do have two former students from our Elite programs represented USA participate in World Junior Badminton in 2018 and 2019.

Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
I was growing up back in Malaysia where the badminton is our national sport. However, I played basketball since I was young. I missed playing everyday with my cousins and siblings when we were young.

Pricing:

  • 1 on 1 private lesson: $75/ea
  • 1 on 2 semi-private: $45/4a
  • Jr group: $40/ea for 1.5 hour
  • Peak hrs 2 hours court rental: $70
  • Non-peak hrs court rental: $60

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