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

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Beat the Chopper

Learn How to Beat 2 Different Types on Choppers...

In this blog, I’m going to outline the strategies in beating 2 types of choppers…
 
 
Choppers Who Strictly Defend (and don’t attack)
 
What he wants to do
The chopper wants to extend the rallies and win points from your mistakes.  He will often serve long (hoping that you will attack) and give low, deep pushes.  If you loop, he will go away from the table and give spinny chops.   He moves well side-to-side and reaching the wide balls fairly easily.
 
What you should do

The Good News of Jesus Christ - Part 8

Who Are You Serving?

Matthew 6:24
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and money.
 
In the Bible passage, Jesus clearly tells us that we can only have 1 God in our lives.  God doesn’t want a rival with our time, our emotions, our desires, our energy, and our focus. 
We cannot serve God and table tennis
We cannot serve God and our job
We cannot serve God and our stuff
 

Tournaments

Preparing for Success

 
When playing at a local table tennis club, a player generally needs his racket and shoes.  However, there are some other items that he might want to include when traveling to a tournament.  Below is the list of items that I generally bring:
 
Racket
Shoes
Spare racket – identical and assembled
Extra rubber
Balls
Video camera
Tripod
Hand towel
Floor towel
Glue
Glue sponge applicator
Scissors
Snacks
Drinks
Money
USATT Membership Card
USATT Rule Book

A Daring Challenge

Try this out for 2 weeks each year...

 
 
Each year, you should take about 2 weeks and try to experiment with some new skills in your table tennis game.  During this time, instead of focusing on matches, focus on practice.  Try to play every day with a robot or training partner.  Here are some possible new things to try…
 
Distance. 
Instead of playing only 1 distance, try playing slightly closer to the table or slightly further back from the table.
 
Spin.
Instead of looping with the same spin, try to add slightly more or less spin to give your loops more variation.
 

Serving in a New Dimension

Learn How Zhang Jike and Other Top Players Have Changed Our Sport

Throughout the last 20 years, when returning serves, most of the world’s best players have looped the long serves and pushed short on the short serves.  In order to attack first, about 90% of the elite serves have been short.  This information has trickled down to even the lowest of the club level players.  I heard many many many club players repeating, “Com’on, serve short!”
 
SERVING SHORT has been the theme of coaches and players in an attempt to stop the receiver from looping the serve.
 

The Best Coach

Read About My Criteria For Selecting an Assistant Coach

 
Within the next few years, I plan to open a professional table tennis training center here in Akron, Ohio.  As I look into the possibility of hiring some elite coaches, I have written out some criteria.  Today, I want to share my thoughts with you as to what I feel would make an excellent coach.
 
He must first know the info.  He must know table tennis at an elite level. 
 

Tournament Results

December 14th Elite Tournament

Open
1st Samson Dubina
2nd Yahao Zhang
3rd-4th Keith Pech and Seth Pech
5th-8th Hesam Hamrahian, Ali Khatami, Alex Averin, Don Hamilton
 
Open Consolation
1st Ricky Vesel
2nd Harsh Khandelwal
3rd Shreyans Bafna
4th Sidd Khandelwal
 
Thanks to all the players who attended our event.  We hope you can join us for the January 3-4 clinic as well as the March 21-22 tournament here in Akron, Ohio!

The Bible is a Lamp and a Light

The Psalm of the week and my prayer

Psalm 119:105 Your Word (the Bible) is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
 
Here is my prayer today:

Fitness!

What is the best way to get fit?

Question:    Can I get fit playing ping pong/ table tennis?
 
Answer:        Yes you can.  Here are the stats:
 
Recreation ping pong  - 200 calories/hour
Professional table tennis athlete (moderate drills) – 800 calories/hour
Professional table tennis athlete (highest intensity) – 1000 calories/hour
-Compared to-
Running 7mph – 800 calories
 

Stepping Forward

Learn from watching this short video clip!

In table tennis, footwork is important for all levels.  Using the Newgy Robo-Pong 2050 is one of the best ways to improve footwork.  Most players try to improve their side-to-side footwork, which is important.  However, only a few players try to improve their in-and-out footwork.
 
In-and-out footwork is vitally important for the slow block, especially when you are away from the table.  Watch how Joo Se Hyuk demonstrates the stepping in on this video:

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