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Are you ready for Table Tennis Success?
22 years ago, I saw a man on-screen hitting a ball up against a folded Table Tennis Table and become World Champion in what seemed to be a few months!
Unfortunately, and fortunately that scene made me think that I could also become a World Champion one day! I was a natural sportsman and I felt with hard work I’ll achieve the same goal with relative ease.
Today’s youth have the same issue I had back then but it’s on a much bigger scale, everything must be or is INSTANT!
Older and wiser, its clear to me how ignorant I was and what a tough sport Table Tennis truly is! I ponder across many playing memory's but the initial stumbling blocks always stick in your mind. For instance back in 1998 having played table tennis for around 2 years and climbing up the junior ranking list very fast, I believed myself to be a skilled player. But one week at a local league match I lost to a man in his mid-60’s who only pushed and chopped both sides. The same week I lost to a man over 20 stone in weight who just downed a few beers prior to our match. Admittedly, unbeknown to me John Taylor was Barnet league’s leading player for many years and top 40 men at the time. The man enjoying his beer while destroying me was former England senior no.2 Graham Sandly, a gentleman who lost to Desmond Douglas deuce in the third twice! (back then up to 21 points) at the Senior Singles National Championships.
Don't Judge or let others misdirect you, be in control of yourself!
Their record and ability was unimportant to me, due to their physical appearance and I was truly devastated as an aspiring World Champ. Memories of being awake (in the middle of the night, unable to sleep) replaying both matches and thinking if I’m losing to an old man who only pushes and a man who can’t move “what’s the point?”. I felt demoralised and defeated and on the brink of throwing in the towel. Fortunately for me the love for the sport kept me playing and I went on to beat John the following season. Graham had quit playing, so I was unable to get revenge but my playing developments enabled me to represent England as a player at Safir's (Sweden). My skills continued to grow to a point where I was able to beaten and train with some world class players. I did not manage to become World Champ because I ultimately quit playing competitively at a young age (that's another story). I changed pathway from player to coach but the dream is not over! I still believe I’ll win a world championship title one day, whether it be as a coach or possibly as a player aged 60 years old plus :-)
I look back and think the key was pushing beyond that horrible feeling which enabled me to achieve as a player and today as a coach. I have developed such grit that hearing negative comments such as; “I can’t make a living from being a coach”, “I’m a rubbish coach”, “I steal players”, “I’ll never be a good coach”, “get a proper job” just makes me stronger and better as an aspiring world leading coach.
There have been many occasions when I felt like, maybe it’s time to get a “normal job” but something deep down pushed me further, especially when tough times hit. I looked at how I could better myself?! I kept driving forward and today I realise without the tough times i would not have knowledge and success. I honestly believe that my journey has just began even though I’ve been coaching for 18 years. I have huge goals and a massive ambition to change the face of table tennis for the better and I will achieve it because I refuse to quit. Each time I fall or get hit it makes me smarter, stronger and pushes me forward ten folds.
I’ve come to a realisation;
Its a long journey, so put your seat belt on and get ready for some bumpy rides:
I coach some very rich and influential people, some that can buy and have almost anything on earth.
The reason they love Table Tennis, is because they know it’s impossible to be a good player instantly. They want to graft, grind and work towards success because there's no better feeling than working towards a big goal and achieving it.
You are in control:
If you have a mindset of I’m willing to; work, learn, and face the tough times plus get through them, then you’re ready for Table Tennis Success.
Written by Eli Baraty
eBaTT (Eli Baraty Academy of Table Tennis)
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I began playing when I saw Forrest Gump and from that day it became a life long journey..