ESASHIKA Kunihiko Associate Professor

ThemeBuilding a new play style from game analysis of soft tennis
Verification of traditional instruction methods in soft tennis and development of an instruction method suited to the characteristic of each player


Research Department/Department of Human Sciences/Division of Natural Sciences and Physical Education/Section of Natural Sciences and Physical Education
Field Physical education methodology, Physical education measurement evaluation
Keyword Health, Physical strength / training, Soft tennis


The playing style of soft tennis has changed dramatically with changes in the rules. The “two-up parallel” formation is now used more frequently than the conventional “one up, one back” formation, resulting in faster, more aggressive matches. Accordingly, each player needs to learn how to volley and smash, which can be winning shots, in addition to learning ground strokes and serves. Diverse patterns of strategies have emerged and made the matches more complex.
In my research, I aim to establishment an instruction method suited to the technical level of each player by classifying the diverse patterns that emerge in games and to explore new patterns to win points at crucial moments.

List of current research topics

  • Study on physical strength of students
  • Game analysis of soft tennis
  • Teaching method of soft tennis
Academic degree Bachelor of Health and Sport Science
License JSPO sport instructor (soft tennis)
Self introduction

Since April 1990, when I started working for Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, I've been in charge of physical education-related subjects as a PE teacher. I specialize in testing and measurement related to health and physical education and in physical education methodology. My best sport is “soft tennis,” and I've played in national athletic meets and other nationwide competitions, although I haven't achieved remarkable results. Since joining the university, I've been pursuing the art of soft tennis while teaching the sport, and I've been devoting myself to self-improvement together with my students.

Room addressGeneral Research Building 1
Mail address esashika atmark