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It's Time to Recognize that Ma Long is the Greatest Table Tennis Player of All Time
I'm never too far from controversy, but this is a topic that has come up time and time again over the past decade now. The age old battle of whether Ma Long or Jan-Ove Waldner should be considered the greatest table tennis player in history. For many years ...
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Weikert's Vision and Leadership Continues to Carry ITTF Forward Towards a Brighter Horizon
I haven't conducted any interviews in over a year, but was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to connect with ITTF President Thomas Weikert and speak more about the ITTF; where it has been since his election and where it is heading. I also took an oppo...
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Athlete Transformation: The 10 Day Challenge
My last post was back in May and focused on the steps I was taking to try and build better habits to be more of an athlete. Since then I have worked on a few things, though being in Las Vegas for 3 weeks was fairly disruptive to my training schedule. I deci...
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Athlete Transformation: Improving Health and Wellness
I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder in 2013 and have struggled with periods of relapse and remission ever since, still managing to remain determined as ever to keep my head down and stay in my chosen sport. Each relapse cost me 3-4 months of time ea...
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Attacking the Half-Long Ball in Table Tennis
Perhaps one of the most under-trained elements of table tennis is how to deal with the half-long ball. Sometimes it can be a loose serve or short push, sometimes it can be a long push which is too shallow, and on some occasions it can be intentional to draw...
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The Importance of an Assertive Mindset in Table Tennis
I was recently at a large tournament with some high intensity matches between Youth National players and made a number of observations about an area I have written on before and frequently visit whilst coaching on the bench at tournaments. I had a little ti...
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How to Defy the Odds and Make a Comeback in a Match
Well it has been quite a long time since I have added to my  Coaching Blog  and with a new year turning over there is no better time like the present to try and get some new help topics out there. This blog is on how to look a large score deficit in the fac...
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Guangdong Steps Up on Home Ground in Shenzhen
The Guangdong Team prepared for an epic showdown on November the 4th as they stood before their home crowd against a difficult opposition. Led by Coach and Chinese legend Guo Yuehua along with Chinese National Team member Hao Shuai, the Guangdong team would...
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A big question with many answers
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Is Conformity of Styles Hurting the Sport of Table Tennis
This is a topic that you may have considered subconsciously but never really discussed. Maybe when I talk about it you will notice. I spoke to a couple of players during the World Table Tennis Championships, legends of the sport, one in particular was Jorge...
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