Coach Samson Dubina 2016 US National Team Coach 2015 USATT Coach of the Year

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An article related to improving players table tennis skills.

Fix It or Trash It?

Learn to problem-solve during matches

In every match, you will miss some shots.  When you miss a particular shot in table tennis, what do you do?  Do you adjust your particular shot or do you stop doing that particular shot? 
Let me illustrate…

Maximum Spin

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Bible Verse of the Week


Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6
So why do I read the Bible?  Why do I pray?  Why do I trust the Lord?
I can be so self deceived about the world, God, myself and many other things.  The Bible commands me not to trust in my deceitful heart but to trust in the Lord.  He can give me wisdom and guidance to guide my life far beyond what I'm capable of doing.  My prayer today is that God would direct my steps, all of them.

Satoko Hayashi Interview

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Growing SDTTA

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2018 at the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy

2 New Weapons

Watch this video demonstrating fast short serves and slow short serves!

Most club players have 2 types of serves – long ones and short ones.

In this blog, I’m going to talk about 2 different types of short serves – fast short serves and slow short serves.


A fast short serve is impacted very close to the server’s end-line, travels over the net and quickly hits twice on the receivers side.  This serve is very difficult for the receiver, because he needs to quickly decide if it is long or short.


Inspect Your Opponent's Racket

5 main tips!

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20 Different Opponents!

This year, become a tactical tournament player!

Playing the right tactics is one of the vital keys to winning your next match.  In order to know which tactics to play, it is often helpful to label your opponent as a looper, chopper, lobber, blocker, etc.  Once you have placed him in a category, then you can begin making a game-plan.  (please realize that many playing styles overlap)
Check out these tactics articles on playing specific opponents:

Forcing the Movement

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Sometimes when learning a new skill, you just need to force yourself to do the right thing. It may not be your habit, but you need to just remind yourself over and over and over for days and weeks during training and during matches. For Ron, moving doesn't come natural. He demonstrates that he CAN move, but just must force himself to do it. I admire his efforts

Tactical Choooing?!?

5 things to consider...

How verbal should you be during a match? 
Is it a waist of energy?
Is it motivating? 
Is it rude? 
In this article, I’m going to outline some instructions for my personal students.


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