It’s a Smash!

By on August 28, 2008
This month after the excitement of the Wimbledon finals, the International Tennis Federation steams into town for the high profile Toray Pan Pacific tournament. The competition brings some of today’s hottest tennis superstars to Tokyo, inspiring adults and children alike to pick up a tennis racket and get on a court. When it comes to activities, tennis is a great sport to choose. It takes care of everything, shaping the body and the mind, making it the ultimate workout. The young ones can put all their energy and stamina to perfect use on the court, while staying healthy, learning something new, and best of all, having fun. For the older players it provides a great aerobic workout, a chance to form new friendships and enjoy a bit of a friendly one-on-one and team competition. In a place like Tokyo though, it can be hard to find good tuition for would- be kings and queens of the court to hone their skills. That’s where the Krissman International Tennis School comes in.
Staying true to their philosophy that tennis should be both fun and a great exercise, The Krissman International Tennis School prides itself on being the crème de la crème of tennis instruction in Tokyo. With over 25 years on the scene, thousands of students have been able to develop their skills under the guidance of the school’s team of experienced, professional coaches. The school has taught aspiring pros and even some Junior Davis Cup players in the past.
Allen Krissman, president of KITS (and one of the head coaches), was a young tennis pro when he first came to Japan in 1982, as a recruit to help local tennis instructors teach the sport with an American method. Two years later, Krissman developed a vision of the ideal tennis school in Tokyo, and brought it to life with the establishment of the Krissman School. Today, as then, classes are taught in English by professionals certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), the biggest and oldest tennis-teaching organization in the world. The school offers the most complete tuition and training programs in Japan, giving you a winning advantage.
A variety of 10-week programs are available for players of all levels and ages. Kids and adults can select from the beginner’s stage, where they learn the basics of the game, or from intermediate to more advanced levels to polish up their skills or to prepare for tournaments. Whatever the case, the drills and games are a surefire way to help you get on your feet and covering the court. For children ages 3 to 7, the Little Tennis program (which is affiliated with the USPTA) will help introduce them to the sport and acquire basic hand-to-eye co-ordination skills, through fun exercises and games. If you are unsure of where you stand, the coaches will help you pick which classes are best for you or your child. Group, private, and semi-private lessons are available to suit your needs.
The Krissman team conveniently holds classes at various locations in Tokyo, making for swift and easy commutes. Lessons are conducted at courts mostly in international schools: The American School in Japan, the British School (both Shibuya and Showa University campuses), the International School of the Sacred Heart, and the Nischimachi International School; although some classes are available only to students of certain schools. There are also lessons held at the Tokyo American Club, the Mitsui American Compound, the Hanzomon Housing Compound, and at the omni-court in Shin-Okubo. (Schedules vary with each site, so please check the school website for information). So, why not match yourself and your family with the pros, get inspired, and give tennis a try? You never know – the person sitting across from you at the breakfast table might soon be serving for match point against Rafael Nadal or Venus Williams.
Toray PPO Tennis will be held at Ariake Colosseum and its adjacent Ariake Tennis Forest Park from Sep 13 (Sat) untill Sep 21 (Sun)
The Krissman Professional Tennis School welcomes all inquiries.
Tel: 03-3325-0924
Fax: 03-3325-0924

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