Victory in the All-Japan HEADIS Championships! Becoming the Japanese Champion

August 20, 2017 | YMC

The All-Japan HEADIS Championship was held on August 20, and I was fortunate enough to win. HEADIS is a sport that originated in Germany in 2006. It’s a fusion of tennis and ping-pong, and you hit the ball with your head instead of a racket. It is essentially head-pong. It has the same rules and uses the same table as ping-pong. All you need is a special ball and you are set. It is popular because it is a simple, dynamic, competitive game that utilizes your whole body. It has become very popular in Europe recently. Pro soccer teams (like Dortmund) have started including it in their practice sessions, and some universities use it in their curriculum.

There have been real competitions in many areas in Japan starting this year. I used to play soccer, and that helped me to beat 80 people in the Tokai region qualifying round. This time, 12 winners from all over Japan competed. There were a few close ones, but I am delighted to have become the Japanese champion. I will go to Germany, the birthplace of HEADIS, in late November for the international HEADIS competition as the Japanese representative. I want to give the best performance possible.

Nobuyuki Hirano, G Line 2, Area 1, Production Group, MC Body Manufacturing Factory (YMC)