As anyone who’s visited Rocksports will tell you, our gym is all about the atmosphere we create, and that comes back to the friendliness of our Rocksports’ Team. We recently welcomed Hikari to our little crew, and we couldn’t be happier to have her on board. Hikari is an experienced coach and climber, and is helping us deliver high quality and enjoyable coaching to our next generation of climbers. Next time you’re in the gym – say hi!
Can you tell us a little bit about your climbing history – Where did you start? What sort of climbing do you most enjoy?
Hey! I started climbing back in high school. That was about.. 9 years ago? (I was really lucky because my school had a high wall and a boulder cave too!) I decided to try it out at a trial session during open day.. And I guess that’s where it all started! (I never thought that I’d love climbing this much hahaha) If I had to choose, I think I’d prefer bouldering to lead climbing. I love technical problems, especially on slabs! It makes me think and understand my body better. I really enjoy flowy climbs too.. It makes me feel like I’m dancing on the wall.
If you could go on a climbing trip anywhere in the world, where would it be?
HAMPI (India)! The boulders in hampi look really amazing. It’s like a grassland covered in huge boulders, and I heard that the routes there are super crimpy too! Not too much hiking between boulders and I love crimps.. So it’s a win-win situation for me HAHA.
If someone is interested in trying climbing, but isn’t sure where to start, what advice would you give them?
I’d say.. Start out at a climbing gym with plenty rope climbing (*hint hint: Rocksports) and try out all the easy problems. Get used to relying on your legs (keep bringing your feet up as you’re going up as though you’re climbing up a ladder) more that pulling yourself up with your arms. Once you get the gist of it, try to work your way up by challenging yourself to harder problems!
As a Rocksports’ Juniors Coach, do you have any particular coaching philosophy, or things that you like to emphasise when helping young climbers get better?
When I climb, I focus a lot on my technique and flow. I always emphasise on technique and body positioning rather than on physical strength. Being technical not only make your climbs more efficient, but it also make you look really graceful on the wall, and I’d like the young ones to feel that as well. “Keep your arms straight, and swing your hips!!!” (I say this all the time. You can ask my kids haha)
Other than climbing, what do you like to get up to in your spare time?
I enjoy baking goodies (like brownies and cookies) whenever I’m free. But when I’m feeling lazy, I usually just laze around and listen to music.
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