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Table Tennis Discipline
I’m currently leading an Easter Table Tennis Training Camp in Malta. At the HiTT Academy in Valletta run by world renowned TT coach Mario Genovese.
The moment I stepped into the training hall, I instantly noticed something extra special!
Let me paint the picture for you before I reveal what I felt is special.
The list can be continued but I’ll leave it there because it’s a taste as to what the players deal with.
Today the hall had some building work and naturally there was plenty of frustrating noises. Nevertheless, training continued and this is where I must admit I’m yet to have coached a more disciplined group of youngsters & adults.
Special attitude and discipline:
On my arrival I was warmly greeted and respected instantly which made me feel empowered to give them my best. I gathered the players for a physical warm up and it was beautiful watching them gracefully go through the routine; No cheating, no talking, no arguing when one person got in someone’s way by mistake, it was just bliss!
A did my usual group chat prior to our training and each player aged 7 upwards was fully attentive and responsive when directed at.
I quickly realised why this club is the most successful club on the Island by a country mile and then it hit home, why the leading TT nations such as; Japan, Germany, China, France, Korea are top of the tree! Table Tennis requires DISCIPLINE and without that special attribute you will not and can not succeed inside the sport.
There was not one person in the hall today who came up to me complaining, something I hear and have daily in England!
They had about 20 different things to complain about but they smiled and in many aways embraced the good fortune of having; a hall, a coach, tables, balls etc.
It’s a lesson that we must all encirclement and if we can install this kind of discipline and grateful attitude, you’re guaranteed success.
Written by Eli Baraty featuring HiTTA Malta
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