31. 05. 2020

By Mark Lebedew: Kim Ho Chul – Combinations Master Class

Source: marklebedew.com; Photo:CEV

Author: Mark Lebedew

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There is a school of thought that suggests for a player to be truly legendary most of what he did should be unrecorded, that he can only live in memory. By that definition Kim Ho-Chul is one of the most legendary players of all time.

 

His peak was in the mid 80s when there was not much volleyball on TV and his national team was never one of the top teams who played for medals at big tournaments. But people who saw him play revere him, especially in Italy. Once with the Australian team in Italy we played a tournament where he had played. The opening ceremony featured memories of him playing in that gym – 23 years after the fact. Such was his impact. He played for a couple of years in Italy, winning the championship and the European Cup. A video of him playing and winning that European Cup recently surfaced. I pieced together some clips of him.

A couple of thoughts I had when watching the whole match:

  • Although he was renowned for his ‘creativity’, but once he is more than 1.5m from the net he played only high balls.
  • The opponent block is seven steps past clueless. I really have no idea what they were doing, thinking about, looking at. It very obviously wasn’t anything useful.
  • It is fun to watch this video, but after a few actions, I can’t not think about the previous thought.
  • My favourite actions are the six pack at 0:14 and the combinations at 2:17 and 2:50.

 

 

The full match video is here.

 

About Mark Lebedew:

Mark Lebedew authors the At Home on the Court Blog. He coaches professionally in Poland, in season 2019/20 with Aluron Virtu CMC Warta Zawiercie. That follows five seasons Germany where his Berlin Recycling Volleys won three straight league titles and a CEV Champions League bronze medal. He has prior professional experience in Belgium and Italy. Mark was also Head Coach for the Australian Men’s National Team. 

Mark partnered with his brother and father to translate and publish "My Profession: The Game", the last book by legendary Russian coach, Vyacheslav Platonov. 

With John Forman, he is behind the Volleyball Coaching Wizards project (link http://volleyballcoachingwizards.com/) which identifies great coaches from all levels, making their experience, insights, and expertise available to people all over the world. The project has produced multiple books, a in e-book format available here ( link to http://bit.ly/34yakou ) or in print at Amazon here (link https://amzn.to/2JRqTE6)

 

 

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By Mark Lebedew: The Best Player You Might Have Heard Of...but have probably forgotten

Older video, records and analyses, editing, research by Mark Lebedew are very interesting. I take his work as priceless.. No one else do such a work...He provides us with many volleyball jewels, observations.. In past we often could not see many top tournaments, or matches on TV ….There was no Internet, no YT. Only very limited TV ... We often did not know the background, problems on some tournaments - see e.g. what happened during Italy vs Netherlands OG 1992, on M.L. YT channel, and how it had influenced a final with Brazil..
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