Coach Samson Dubina 2016 US National Team Coach 2015 - 2018 USATT Coach of the Year

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Shadow Strokes

FREE Article and Video

Shadow Strokes
Article and Video
By Samson Dubina

Your imagination is your most powerful tool.
Are you using it?
Many club level players dream of becoming a world class players with awesome balance, positioning, timing, perfect strokes, ideal placement, and deceptive variations. However, when I ask them to do shadow strokes, they have no idea. I have sad sad news… If you can’t do it without the ball, you most certainly can’t do it with the ball!

3:1 Principle

Learn to evaluate your training sessions!

3:1 Principle
Inconsistency is likely the main reason for your poor performance in tournaments.  Will doing more drills help you?  Possibly.
Here at the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy, we aren’t just concerned with the number of hours, we are also concerned about the quality of the hours realizing that each individual player might need to adjust his/her drills slightly.  In this article, I’m going to briefly outline the 3:1 principle that we have developed.

Bible Verses of the Week

Philippians 3

Philippians 3:7-9

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith


Overplaying vs Taking The Risk

Learn to Find the Balance

I have written 2 controversial articles about upsetting higher rated players in table tennis.  What is the correct mindset?  Going for broke or playing normal?  In the blog, I have included both articles and a summary of how to harmonize them together to have the best possible result.
Article #1
Taking the Risk

Samson's Availability

December 2019

Here is Samson's Availability for December.
If you would like a lesson, then text him 330-949-9230 or e-mail him
Monday, Dec 2nd
Tues, Dec 3rd
Wed, Dec 4th
Thurs, Dec 5th
Tues, Dec 10th
Wed, Dec 11th

Coaching Availability


To book a lesson with Coach Chance, send Samson an e-mail to or call or text him 330-949-9230.
Here is Chance's Availability for December
Mon, Dec 2nd
Tues, Dec 3rd 
Wed, Dec 4th
Thurs, Dec 5th
Fri, Dec 6th
Mon, Dec 9th
Tues, Dec 10th 

Featured Videos!

Check out the recent action at the SDTTA!

Thanks to those of you who participated in the Nittaku Ohio Open!
Our next usatt tournament is the Presper Financial Architects Open! Check out the tournament info:

Tournament Photos

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Check out the Tournament Photos from the Nittaku Ohio Open!
Join us Feb 7-8 for our next tournament - Presper Financial Architects Open right here in Akron, Ohio!

Tournament Results

click the link above to check out all the results from the Nittaku Ohio Open!
Our next tournament is the Presper Financial Architects Open (Feb 7-8).  See you soon!

Seniors Play FREE

Wednesdays noon-6pm

FREE Seniors Month!
In the month of November, Seniors over 60 years-old play for FREE on Wednesday from noon-6pm here at the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy!  We also have loaner rackets and balls available!  Don't have a partner?  No problem!  We have players of all ages and levels here available to play with you!  Come alone or bring a friend!
2262 South Arlington Rd Akron, Ohio 44312
Phone: 330-949-9230