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

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Online Student Notes

Check out his homework for the week

I recently gave one of my online students an assignment to write down a listing of ways he can improve his mental game during a training session.  Many players think that tournament play is when they become "tournament tough" but this student is learning that some of the foundational principles and routines can (and should) be applied to practice sessions as well!!!
Hi Coach Samson,
Here are some things I came up with for “becoming mentally tough during practice”:

Targeting the Transition

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Targeting the Transition
“You need to attack his middle.”
“I recommend that you play 80% of your hits to his transition point.”
“Hunt the elbow – play the elbow – your opponent gets jammed easily!”

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:

Safety Update


Safety Update from Samson Dubina


The Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy is still open. Is it safe? Will there be an outbreak of the virus? Will we continue to be open? Will you still be having tournaments? Yes, my friends, there are many questions being submitted from my followers worldwide. Today, I would like to answer 6 of the common questions...



#1 Who can go to the academy?

New Videos!

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Official Team Uniform

Order NOW and get it by Christmas!

One of the best Christmas gifts anyone can get is an official team shirt of the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy.  These high quality Nittaku shirts are available in dark blue, pink, and light blue.  We have most Japanese sizes XO, O, L, M, S with some limitations.  E-mail or call Samson 330-949-9230 to order over the phone.  Samson will give you the sizes and availabilites.
Cost is $39 for 1 or $65 for 2
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Redefining Winning

Winning Defined by the E.L.M. TREE

E.L.M. TREE  -  By Jim Thompson
E for Effort
L for Learning and improvement
M for bouncing back from Mistakes
What was buried in the initial mystifying sport psychology lecture were three keys to success in sports.  Athletes on your team absolutely will be successful sooner or later if they…
#1 Routinely give their best

The Tactical Mindset

Post-Tournament Analysis

     Just like any other table tennis skills, developing a tactical mindset takes discipline.  As I work through the various styles over the coming weeks and teach you how to play against various opponents, I want you to understand that you too can think of your own tactics.  I’m not very smart, I’m just an average guy.  However, I do spend quality time thinking.  You too can develop this same discipline.

The Talent Trap

Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset

The Talent Trap
By Jim Thompson
Carol Dweck of Stanford University, Author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, has identified 2 distinctly different mindsets of most coaches – the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.

Sarah Hazinski Interview

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Upcoming Tournaments


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