Learn about the importance and pitfalls of recognition
In the table tennis world, giving players recognition is very important. I think it is great when tournaments have an award podium and make the awards ceremony very official. The Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy will be promoting more and more recognition in the sport as we continue to grow. However, some players only play for the recognition from others. IF THIS IS YOUR MINDSET, IT WILL HINDER YOUR PROGRESS!!!
We are thrilled to be opening the NEW Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy! Until we open, we will be continuing our Monday classes and Thursday leagues at the Shaw JCC. From May 2nd onward, we will be open Monday-Saturday at the new location.
From now through April 25th Shaw JCC 750 White Pond Dr. Akron, Ohio
Starting May 2nd NEW Samson Dubina TT Academy 2262 South Arlington Rd Akron, Ohio
In this blog, I will be outlining five vital steps in a peaking for a tournament 30 days from now.
#1 Same Equipment
Every time you change equipment, it takes 2-3 weeks to fully adjust. During those 2-3 week, your game will go down slightly. Make sure that you keep using the same rubber, blade, glue, and shoes during those final 30 days before your big event.
Head Coach Samson Dubina
2016 US National Team Coach
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 USATT Technology Coach of the Year
Certified US National-Level Coach
USOC Coach of the Year
Inventor of TT-FlexTM and TT-Serve® and TT-FlexPro™
Author of 100 Days of Table Tennis Book and International TT Skills DVD
2015 US Nationals - Men's Singles Semifinalist
Highest USATT Rating 2510
Full-Time Coach at Samson Dubina TT Academy
During the camp, you will get about 30 hours of drills, multiball, game situations, and match play. In addition to the scheduled times, you will also have plenty of opportunities for match play in the evenings. If you would also like to schedule a lessons with one of the coaches or practice partners, you can schedule it now or when you arrive.
Chance Friend (June 10-15 and June 17-22 and July 29-Aug 3 and Aug 5-10) Cost is $20-$40/30 min
Sameh Awadalla (June 10-14 and Aug 5-9) Cost is $25-$40/30 min
After not playing for a few weeks, you might feel a bit sluggish or out-of-sync with your game. In this article, I want to explain why and give a few helpful tips that you can use to quickly restore and build your playing-level! When you don’t play at all, these are the first three things that you usually lose… timing, footwork, and serve return.
Breathing both BETWEEN points and DURING the point is a very important, and often neglected, aspect of the game! Players who have learned to properly exhale at contact improve their timing, power, mental focus, and endurance.
So how do you test it?
Just warmup forehand to forehand. Is it natural for you to exhale with each hit? If it feels unnatural, you probably haven’t been doing it! Now play some points, ask a spectator to stand close and listen for the exhale and watch your chest.