Coach Samson Dubina US National Team Coach 4x USATT Coach of the Year
 

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Bible Passage of the Week

Read about anxiety...

 
 
Philipians 4:4-9
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Precision

Serving tips!

 
 
 
When serving, many players focus on height, deception, speed, spin, and placement.  These elements are very important.  However, the main reason that you need to practice serving is to develop precision.  If you have control over your serve, it is easy to control the rally when you are serving.  Here are a few consequences of having poor precision…
 

Exciting Tournament Update!

Kanak Jha, Xue Feng Jia, Khoa Ngyuen and many others are coming...

If you have not signed up for the September Newgy Akron Open, be sure to do so in the next few days!  This exciting event staged at the prestigious Walsh University will showcase the nations top players including:
Kanak Jha - Current North American Men's Champion (age 14)
Khoa Ngyuen - 2x US Olympian 
Xue Feng Jia - pro player from China flying to Ohio for this tournament
Many many other top US players competing for the title and the cash prizes.
 
 

Fighters!

Read the article and watch the video!

Fighters win and winners fight!  At the US Open last month, a girl was losing 10-0 in the final game and won 12 straight points!  When you are playing well, when everything is going your way, when the shots are easy, then of course you can win!  However, if you want to reach your peak potential, then you must learn to fight even when you aren’t having a good day, even when your opponent gets tons of nets and edges, and even when you are down 10-0 and you feel like it is over!

 

Lily Zhang

Read an update from the 2014 Youth Olympic Games!

I am very happy for Lily Zhang who just won a bronze medal in the Youth Olympic games.  She is the first American ever to win a medal in table tennis for the US at any Olympic games.  I feel that Lily is really a role-model in several aspects...
 
1. Training.  Even if Lily can only practice a couple times per week, she does it with all of her heart.  There isn't waisted time with lobbing, trick shots, and chatting with the other coaches and players.  It is obvious to see during her practices that she has a goal and it focused on that goal.
 

The Order of Success

Learn the important aspects of improving your strokes!

 
 
The students that I’m currently coaching range from about 100-2200 USATT rating.  For each of these students they are at a different learning stage.  In this blog posting, I will be giving the progressive order of the strokes and the order in which they should be learned.  If you are having trouble with one of the strokes listed below, see if you have perfected these items in order of priority.  Note: You might have missed one of the important aspects! J
 
Serve
1. Ball control
2. Spin
3. Height
4. Depth
5. Placement

Problems, Trials, and Tribulations

Read a Bible passage that likely relates to you right now...

 

 

 

USATT Article + Video

Learn various training methods to boost your level

 

 

In table tennis, there are ten common training methods – drilling with a training partner, serving practice, robot training, multiball training, practice matches against a variety of opponents, video analysis of your own game, video analysis of top players, physical training, mental training, and tournaments on a regular basis.  I will talk briefly about the first four and then show you a short video demonstrating each of those elements of training.

ITTF Trick Shot!!!

Can you play with 3 balls at the same time?

I have submitted my entry for the 2014 ITTF Trick Shot competition.

Hesam Hamrahian

News Update about Ohio's #2 ranked player

 
 

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