#5 – Daniel Ives: TableTennisDaily in China (Part 1)

Daniel Ives is the founder of TableTennisDaily, one of the most popular table tennis websites in the world. I actually used to play against him as a junior in tournaments and county matches (he would always win), so I’ve known Dan for some time.

In January 2015 he travelled to Beijing, China with STIGA to film a four-part documentary series called ‘STIGA Presents The Journey Through Chinese Table Tennis’, which you can watch here. I decided to get Dan on the show to talk about his experiences and share some of what he discovered about Chinese table tennis.

This is Part 1 (Part 2 will be released in a week) and covers Dan’s trips to a recreational table tennis club in Beijing, a table tennis school for 5-12 year olds and the Beijing provincial team.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What a recreational table tennis club in China is actually like.
  • All about the Chinese pyramid system and how it works.
  • How the ping pong schools select and train their young players.
  • Which drills and exercises they do.
  • What happens if they are dropped or kicked out along the way.
  • All about the discipline and strictness of the training environment.
  • How the training fits around academic work.
  • About the transition from school to provincial table tennis.
  • What life is like as a Chinese provincial table tennis player.
  • How Dan fared against the young Chinese players.
  • The level of these young players compared to UK standards.

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A big thank you to Dan for joining me on this episode. I hope you are looking forward to hearing Part 2 of our chat next week. It will be released, as usual, on Friday morning.