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TIBHAR STRATUS POWER DEFENSE TABLE TENNIS BLADE


TIBHAR Stratus Power Defense Table Tennis Blade

The Tibhar Stratus Power Defense table tennis blade features relatively hard wood and is designed for a modern defensive table tennis strategy.

The blade head is slightly larger than normal, the lightweight wood allows the player to react quickly to the opponents strokes in all situations.

Typical of Tibhar the blade offers good feeling in defensive situations, but with the possibility for crisp and penetrating attacking strokes.

Posted on 6th July 2010

TIBHAR STRATUS CARBON TABLE TENNIS BLADE


TIBHAR Samsonov Stratus Carbon Table Tennis Blade

The Tibhar Stratus Carbon is a very special 7 ply table tennis blade, adopting top quality wood veneers,and combining them with a new generation of carbon kevlar.

This is the ideal formula for a successful attacking; the kevlar provides the necessary hardness for power and stroke stability.

The Tibhar Stratus Carbon offers the perfect blend of effortless speed but with great braking effect for touch play, perfect for the aggressive touch player.

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TIBHAR STRATUS POWER WOOD TABLE TENNIS BLADE


TIBHAR Stratus Power Wood Table Tennis Blade

Created for the offensive player demanding mastery over spin in all situations – a loopers classic.

The 5 ply, Power Wood blade, distinguishes itself by its remarkable flexibility and elasticity.

This enables superb touch for power spin players but permits crispness on pure power strokes.

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Bribar Players


Bribar Player Profiles

We are delighted to support some fantastic players with sponsorship from Victas, Tibhar and Joola…


LIAM PITCHFORD

Liam has been playing amazing Table Tennis for some time now and having beaten players such as Ma Long, Timo Boll and Japanese ‘Wonder kid’ Harimoto, he has risen rapidly up the World Table Tennis rankings to number 12!

Liam’s other achievements to date:

• 2018 ITTF World tour Czech Open Men’s singles third place
• 2018 Men’s World Cup Men´s Team Bronze Medal
• 2016 & 2012 Olympics Men´s singles United Kingdom Representative
• Multi national English champion in singles and doubles

Check out Liam’s new VICTAS Promotional Video

Liam uses VICTAS V>15 Extra rubbers on a VICTAS ZX-GEAR IN blade


PAUL DRINKHALL

Married to wife Joanna, with two Children – Dougie and Bonnie (and one dog, Millie!)

Paul’s had a stellar few years, reaching a World Ranking of 39 (March 17), been the England No 1, is the English National Champion (Just the 6 times now) plus National Men’s and Mixed Doubles Champion!

Add to that a World Team Championship Bronze (2016), Commonwealth Gold & Silver medals (Glasgow 2014) and ITTF World Tour Spanish Open Champion 2014… a pretty good haul with more to come!

Check out Paul’s funny interview on the ITTF’s Ask a Pro Anything challenge

Paul uses Tibhar Evolution MX-P Rubbers on a Tibhar Drinkhall Power Spin Carbon blade


jo-drinkhall1-300x300JOANNA DRINKHALL

Paul and now Jo are both Tibhar/Bribar players!

Jo needs little introduction, she is a 3 times English National Champion, a Commonwealth Gold Medallist (Glasgow 2014), with her highest English ranking at 1 and her highest world ranking at 109 (May 2014) – not too bad!

National Mixed Doubles Champion with Paul!

Jo has her own signature bat:

A Drinkhall Defensive Classic blade fitted with Evolution FX-S – for precise chop and block play – for deadly kills opt for the 1.7mm sponge. Jo Drinkhall Signature Bat


CHRIS DORAN

It’s great to have Chris on board!

The larger than life player is currently ranked No.4 in England. One of the most popular and approachable players on the circuit, Chris Doran holds silver and bronze Commonwealth medals and is always one of the main contenders in the World Ping Pong Championships.

Chris has continued his great form by winning the Grand Prix Series of 16/17 season.

Watch Liverpool Grand Prix Men’s Singles final 2016 (6 mins highlights)

Chris plays with a Joola Fever Blade and Joola RHYZER 48 Rubbers


JACK HUNTER-SPIVEY

Jack is a Pro Table Tennis player and Paralmpian.

10 x times British Champion.

Recently won the Senior Nationals 3-5 wheelchair class event.

Jack plays with Victas equipment…


 

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CRAIG BRYANT

Craig has represented England at Junior level, competing in a number of international opens and European Youth Championships. He has also competed for his country at Senior level, one of his notable achievements, winning a team silver medal at the 2004 Commonwealth Championships in Kuala Lumpur.

Craig has recently started his own company delivering professional coaching and coach education – check out his website at TOP EDGE TABLE TENNIS.

Craig plays with a Joola TPE Fight Blade and Joola Rhyzm-P Rubbers


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Lois had a great 2017 National Championships, winning Bronze medals in the Women’s U/21’s and the Women’s doubles with fellow Sussex player Yoland King.

Highest rankings so far are 3rd in U/21’s and 8th on the Women’s ranking list.

Played for England Senior Women in the European Championships, picking up great experience and a couple of superb wins against players 200 places higher in the rankings. (2015)

Played for England at the U/18 European Championships beating no 3 seeds Germany 3-1 in the team event and won a crucial match against a top 30 player. (team placed 7th – best finish for some time)

Women’s British League “Player of the weekend” twice and part of a”Team of the weekend” twice!


JOSH BENNETT

Josh is ranked at No.3 in the U/21 Boys – rapid improvement has seen him compete at the highest level and he had a great National Championships finishing with an U/21 Bronze medal. He plays with a JOOLA FEVER blade and X-PLODE Rubbers.

Here are some of Josh’s best achievements…

Bronze medal in the National Championship Under 21’s

Bronze (singles), silver (doubles) and a gold (team) at the Junior Nationals

International schools – 2 silvers and 2 gold.

Represented England in Hungarian and French Open’s.


MARI BALDWIN

Currently ranked no 6 on the Women’s list, Mari is still only 15 years old and has beaten some of the top ladies in the country!

National Cadet Champion

Runner up – Senior National Championships 2020

Mari plays with Evolution MX-P and Grass D TecS on a JOOLA Wing Medium blade.


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Starting at the tender age of 6 years old, Matt has already won numerous titles including:

Under 11 National Champion at the age of 9

Team Gold at Primary School International (Guernsey)

Team Gold’s at Senior School Internationals (Cardiff & Ireland)

Singles Silver Medal at Senior School International (Ireland)

English Schools Singles Runner-Up U16 (2016)

UK School Games team event-gold (2015) & UK School Games Singles-gold (2016)

Blackpool Grand Prix U-21 winner (15/16)

Tipton Grand Prix men’s runner up & Tipton Grand Prix U-21 winner (2016)

Stockton Junior 4* Winner (2016)

National Championship’s Bronze medal U/21 (2017)

Matt plays with Evolution MX-P rubbers & a Stratus Carbon blade


SARA WILLIAMS

Sara Williams was an English cadet and junior international playing for England on several occasions. As a junior her biggest achievement was winning the Spanish open.

After taking a rest from the game for over 20 years Sara returned to playing competitively just over 2 and a half years ago.  She has quickly risen to be the England Women Vets number 1 and is the current Vetts National Champion, 6 Nations Champion, as well as winning every Vetts Masters event she has entered over the last 2 season including the Western, Eastern, and Southern Masters!

She has represented Hertfordshire Vetts in the county Premier Division this year finishing the season with 100% record. She also plays for Ping Pong in the Vetts British Premier League where again she has a 100% record.

Sara is in her second year of sponsorship with Bribar. Sara uses a Joola Aruna off blade, Evolution MX-P on her forehand and Evolution MX-S on her back hand.


MARK SHORT 

We are delighted that Mark has joined Team Bribar!

Mark is a fairly new Veteran player who in his first year, won a clean sweep of Men’s singles, Men’s Doubles and the Mixed Doubles at the Northern Masters.

He also won the Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles at the Western Masters, plus alongside his wife Sarah, the National Masters Mixed Doubles title!

Mark started the 17/18 season ranked no 2 on the TTE Veterans list and he plays with a TIBHAR CCA7 blade, with TIBHAR Evolution EL-S on the forehand and TIBHAR Evolution FX-S on the backhand.


EMMA ROSE 

Former England No.1 Ladies Veteran – Emma had a good 17/18 season – peaking at the Veterans 6 Nations!

Emma has struggled over the past few years with a serious knee injury but continues to play the Veterans British League and at the Masters events. She is currently ranked No 8 in the country.

Emma plays with a Samsonov Stratus Carbon blade and Evolution MX-S rubbers.


chris-bartram-300x300CHRIS BARTRAM 

Chris, a leading English Veteran player has joined the Tibhar/Bribar squad and plays with the Samsonov Stratus Carbon blade and Evolution MX-S rubbers.

Chris won the Men’s Doubles title and came runner up in the Men’s Singles at the Veterans Masters in 2017.

Unfortunately, Chris has had a serious shoulder injury this season and has been working hard to get back to fitness, in the meantime he has been helping to develop a new Table Tennis Club in Sidcup called Cleeve Park TTC.

Posted on 29th June 2017

Bribar Coaches


Bribar Coach Profiles

We are delighted to support some fantastic coaches with sponsorship from TIBHAR and JOOLA. You can read the latest thoughts, events and experiences of our coaching team in the TIBHAR Coaching Blog section!


Tom Lodziak

Tom is head coach for Cambridge-Parkside Table Tennis Club. He is also a keen table tennis blogger and publishes table tennis tutorials on his popular Table Tennis YouTube channel.

Read our interview with Tom

What’s your main club(s)?

I am currently head coach at Cambridge-Parkside Table Tennis Club. Before this, I helped set up Highbury Table Tennis Club in London.

How long have you been coaching and who was an influence for you to start coaching?

I started coaching part-time in 2011 and became a full-time coach in 2018. My biggest influence initially was Sanket Shah – a popular community coach in London. I liked the way he created a positive atmosphere in his training sessions. There was always a sense of fun, which made me want to help out too.

What part of coaching do you enjoy most?

Spreading some table tennis love! I enjoy doing 1-to-1 sessions as you can focus on a player’s specific needs and help the player make big improvements. I also really enjoy working with beginners, especially the ‘lightbulb’ moments, when a player learns a new skill and starts beaming ear to ear.

What’s your favourite coaching exercise?

1 or 2 balls to the backhand, 1 or 2 balls to the forehand. This can be done as either multi-ball or with me taking part in the rally. It’s a simple but effective drill for developing technique, rallying skills, recovery and footwork.

Who’s your favourite TT Player and why?

I enjoy watching Timo Boll – his playing style, his use of spin, how he has adapted his game as he has got older. I also like how his forehand technique is different to many of the other top players in the world. Just shows there are many different ways to play and succeed at table tennis.

What equipment do you use?

Joola Rhyzer 48 (forehand), Joola Rhyzer 43 (backhand) with a Joola Fever blade.

Give a top tip for young players…

Focus on consistency, consistency and consistency.

What do you like to do to relax outside TT?

Sleep. And watch repeats of Bullseye when I get home from table tennis late at night (seriously, I’m a big fan, ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY!).


Stephen Gertsen

Stephen’s enthusiasm and enjoyment of coaching is infectious, he’s an experienced coach at all levels and is currently the National Youth Coach for Table Tennis Scotland.

Read our interview with Stephen

About me:

Stephen Gertsen, 31, married, daughter called Jessie and another little monkey on the way in November!

What’s your main club(s)?

National Youth Coach for Table Tennis Scotland, coach at a few different clubs across Scotland, based in the Scottish Highlands (www.stephengertsen.co.uk)

How long have you been coaching and who was an influence for you to start coaching?

I’ve been coaching for 17 years and the biggest influence for me in terms of coaching is Dave Treharne.

What part of coaching do you enjoy most?

I find coaching very rewarding, I enjoy a blend of working with complete beginners to elite level. I like working with all ages and abilities but there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a player improve who you have helped from the very beginning of their career, this is a great feeling. I obviously enjoy seeing them win but I also enjoy helping teach them life skills through sport just as much, for me this is very important.

What’s your favourite coaching exercise?

Two forehand topspins from middle into backhand block, switch either corner- continuous, bring serve in half way and introduce a free element also.

Who’s your favourite TT Player and why?

Samsonov – I love the way he uses the table and is so clear about his tactics and placement of the ball around the table, not the most powerful but makes up for that with incredible feel and touch. A great role model for younger players who just want to blast through everything and have no plan B!

What equipment do you use?

Tibhar Stratus Samsonov blade with Evolution MX-P rubbers.

Give a top tip for young players…

Don’t take it too seriously, you must enjoy it first, have fun!

What do you like to do to relax outside TT?

Spending time with friends and family, both in Scotland and in my hometown of Swansea, I enjoy walks along the beach with my wife and daughter. I don’t mind the occasional stag do!


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Andrew Rushton

Is currently Head coach for Halton Talent Development Centre and National Coach for the British Para Table Tennis Team!

Read our interview with Andrew

About me:

Andrew Rushton, 34, fiancé Karen, 2 children Jack-5 and Harry-7 months.

What’s your main club(s)?

I play for TTC WIL (current champions) Swiss Superleague.

How long have you been coaching and who was an influence for you to start coaching?

I have been coaching since 2009 and I have many influences including Denis Neale, Bradley Billington and my Father.

What part of coaching do you enjoy most?

I love the pressure of coaching in matches!

What’s your favourite coaching exercise?

Anything to do with service and receive are my favourites…

Who’s your favourite TT Player and why?

Desmond Douglas for the style he played and his approach to the game.

What equipment do you use?

I use a Paul Drinkhall Powerspin Carbon blade with Evolution MX-P black and red rubbers.

Give a top tip for young players…

Make every experience an opportunity to learn 🙂

What do you like to do to relax outside TT!?

Spending time with my family and kickboxing.


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Craig Bryant

Top player and coach, Craig brings a huge amount of experience to the table and is currently expanding his professional coaching company – Top Edge Table Tennis.

Read our interview with Craig

About me:

Age 31, with wife Amy, Son Freddie and Daughter Molly.

What’s your main club(s)?

TTC Nodo (nodo.be)

How long have you been coaching and who was an influence for you to start coaching?

I’ve been coaching for around 12 years and it was Tim Manhire (sadly not with us anymore) who got me involved at Crawley Table Tennis Club, helping out at sessions, the odd one to ones, should anyone want them. He was a great character and genuinely wanted to help, which in turn, makes you want to help as well.

What part of coaching do you enjoy most?

I really enjoy one to one training, I see and I think the players see, improvements taking place, quicker. It’s very gratifying to see someone achieve something and to know that you’ve helped them get there. Whether that’s someone getting their first England Cap or someone mastering a certain shot.

What’s your favourite coaching exercise?

Backhand control, blocking anywhere on the table. It’s a tough exercise, specific to match play and you get to see how hard people can work.

Who’s your favourite TT Player and why?

Without doubt, Jan-Ove Waldner. In my opinion, the greatest mind that’s ever played. So creative and effortless. The type of player that proves there is more than one way to win a point.

What equipment do you use?

I use Joola Rhyzm P on both sides on a Joola Fight TPE blade (straight handle).

Give a top tip for young players…

Work harder, as well as smarter. You need to put the hours of effort into your training but as JOW shows us, you don’t always have to be able to hit 20 forehands to win a point. Experiment with different serves, receives and shots in general, as well as the consistency type training.

What do you like to do to relax outside TT?

When TT is your hobby and your job it’s tough to stop thinking about it. When I get the chance, I’m partial to a spot of carp fishing. I also have a very young family, so it’s great to spend downtime with them, in the park, in play centres etc.


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Natalie Green

Nat is a former England No 1 and International player, since starting her coaching career, she has held coaching roles with Greenhouse Schools, Table Tennis England and is now working full-time at the Grantham Academy and Charles Read Performance Centre.

Read our interview with Nat

About me:

Age 32, married to Alex Green with 2 children, Chloe 5 and Danny 4 months.

What’s your main club(s)?

Coach at Grantham College Table Tennis Academy and Table Tennis Performance Centre at Charles Read School part of the David Ross Education Trust (DRET).

How long have you been coaching and who was an influence for you to start coaching?

I started coaching in 2002 whilst studying at college and have been coaching full time since 2006.

What part of coaching do you enjoy most?

I like being able to pass on my knowledge and experience to the players I work with, it is really rewarding to see when all the hard work pays off and the players get the results they want.

What’s your favourite coaching exercise?

I like setting the players drills that get progressively harder through the exercise so that they never feel too comfortable, that way it is much more realistic to a match play scenario. 2 bh, 2 fh from middle, 2 fh from fh moving into Bh block anywhere on the table is a good one.

Who’s your favourite TT Player and why?

My favourite European player was the Croatian former world number 2 Tamara Boros. She is one of the few European women who could beat the top Chinese, having won a world silver medal in Paris in 2003. She had good serves and a really strong topspin game.

What equipment do you use?

Joola Rhyzm rubbers with a Joola Rossi blade.

Give a top tip for young players…

Work as hard as you can in every session and take as much advice from your coaches that you can – make sure you enjoy it and have fun.

What do you like to do to relax outside TT?

Spend time with my family, and watching all types of sport.


Marketa Myskova

Keta is a former Czech International Table Tennis player with a fantastic defensive style. With plenty of top level experience, she is currently coaching (with Paul Whiting) at the new Talent Development Centre at Eggbuckland Community College.

Read our interview with Keta

About me:

Age 39, partner Kevin Buddell also Table Tennis coach and player, two children Jamie 7, Jessie 4 and two step children Georgia 24 and Ollie 20.

What’s your main club?

JOOLA Plymouth Table Tennis Club.

How long have you been coaching and who was an influence for you to start coaching?

I have been coaching on and off since the age of 18, my biggest influence is probably my Coach from the Czech Republic, Milu, she has been coaching me for about 8 years, between the age of 12-19 through my most successful years of playing.

What part of coaching do you enjoy most?

The most enjoyable part of coaching for me is when I manage to deliver good quality session, the players work hard are engaged and enjoy the session!

What’s your favourite coaching exercise?

My favourite coaching exercise is half irregular with one player feeding from BH or FH, the other player plays one from the middle, one anywhere, one middle and one anywhere.

Who’s your favourite TT Player and why?

Favourite Table Tennis player – Jan Ove Waldner, unbelievable feel for ball, innovative shots and very clever player!

What equipment do you use?

My blade is a Tibhar defence, with VariSpin 2,0mm and TSP Curl P-1 rubbers –
I have been using the same combination of blade and rubbers for the last 23 years 🙂

Give a top tip for young players…

Never give up, enjoy, try to practice effectively and don’t waste your time just by being at the session but not giving it everything!

What do you like to do to relax outside TT?

I like being at the beach with the kids, bodyboarding, kayaking or by myself riding my road bike, oh and I love good coffee :-))


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Matt Porter

Chairman and lead Coach at Bishop Auckland, Matt has quickly developed the club – winning TTE National Club of the Year in 2016 and was personally awarded TTE Coach of the Year in 2014.

Read our interview with Matt

About me:

Age 31, Step son aged 10 and a dog called Russell.

What’s your main club(s)?

Bishop Auckland TTC.

How long have you been coaching and who was an influence for you to start coaching?

I did my old ETTA level 2 back in 2000 but didn’t really start coaching properly until 2004 after I had finished at Grantham Academy and got even more involved at Cliffedale Chandlers TTC.

My Grandad was a big influence, he really helped shape my coaching philosophy, he wasn’t a great coach by any means but his patience and calm manner was unbelievable, he would spend hours feeding a ball back for new starters just trying to get them to connect with the ball and then hours learning the forehand and so on.

John Mappletoft and Ken Muhr have both helped me massively.

What part of coaching do you enjoy most?

Seeing the development in players, not just seeing them master the new skill or pick up that great win, but also helping them develop as people and using sport to provide new opportunities for them.

What’s your favourite coaching exercise?

Depends on the phase of the programme, I like to try and ‘mix it up’ and keep it fresh for players – even by just adding little twists to my “normal drills”…

Who’s your favourite TT Player and why?

For me has to be Waldner, there was just nothing he couldn’t do and make look easy!

I like watching a lot of the new generation Japanese players – they are doing something right with all the new and exciting young players coming through!

What equipment do you use?

I use a Tibhar Status Carbon blade with Evolution MX-S rubbers on both sides.

Give a top tip for young players…

Think more, focus and apply in practice – some players receive good advice but as soon as it comes to doing the drills those small words of wisdom are completely forgotten!

What do you like to do to relax outside TT?

I like my films, I have a huge collection of DVD’s and I also like Rock music.


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Paul Whiting

A very experienced coach and seasoned player, Paul is currently head coach at the Plymouth Talent Development Centre.

Read our interview with Paul

About me:

Married to Debbie with two children Amy and Adam.

What’s your main club(s)?

Joola Plymouth TTC and Head coach at Plymouth Talent Development Centre.

How long have you been coaching and who was an influence for you to start coaching?

28 years. No influence really just started as a practise partner for local juniors before becoming the Plymouth & District league Coach.

What part of coaching do you enjoy most?

I enjoy being at competitions with the players you work with at the club. This gives you the chance to see how they react in pressure situations and look at what areas are strong or need improvement.

What’s your favourite coaching exercise?

I don’t have a favourite drill but like exercises that are relevant to the individual players system of play. Sometimes drills can look pretty but don’t aid development.

Who’s your favourite TT Player and why?

Probably predictable but Waldner because of his ability to play with flair and imagination…

What equipment do you use?

Evolution MX-P rubbers and Paul Drinkhall Carbon blade.

Give a top tip for young players…

Play because YOU love the sport and remember it’s your attitude not your aptitude that decides your final altitude!

What do you like to do to relax outside TT?

Cycling and relaxing with family.


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Chris Main

Full time coach and top player, Chris is also development officer at North Ayrshire TTC and Dumfries TTC.

Read our interview with Chris

What’s your main club(s)?

I play for North Ayrshire in Scottish National League Div 1 & British Premier League, I am development officer for North Ayrshire TTC and Dumfries TTC.

How long have you been coaching and who was an influence for you to start coaching?

I have been full time coach for 4 years and I am not sure if one specific person was an influence in why I started coaching. I think I was aware of how much I got out of table tennis and the fun and opportunities I got from it, so I wanted to put time and effort back into table tennis and show others what they can get from it too.

What part of coaching do you enjoy most?

Working with players who have a desire to improve. Having two way conversations on the correct mental and technical aspects of table tennis. I enjoy 1-1 coaching as I can tailor the session perfectly for the player.

What’s your favourite coaching exercise?

Beginners: Shadow Play (work on technique and footwork without the distraction of a ball).

Advanced: Falkenberg exercise (continuous exercise which works on BH topspin, FH topspin, consistency and movement).

Who’s your favourite TT Player and why?

Possibly a boring or common answer, but would have to be Timo Boll for his positive attitude and longevity.

What equipment do you use?

A Joola TPE Fight Blade (Flared handle) and Rhytmz 2.0 Rubbers.

Give a top tip for young players…

Keep working hard and don’t stop believing… ‘Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard’.

What do you like to do to relax outside TT?

Go on holiday, watch sports, play golf, go out for dinner.


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Aad Kwakkelstien

Aad is an extremely experienced coach, having been a National Coach in the Netherlands, ETTA Regional Coach for players with Disabilities and through to his current coaching at Britannia TTC in Ipswich, Stowmarket TTC and NETTS!

Read our interview with Aad

About me:

Born in 1965 and happily married.

What’s your main club(s)?

Currently I coach at Britannia TTC in Ipswich, Stowmarket TTC and NETTS in Earls Colne, Essex.

During the 2017-18 I hope to run some Suffolk county sessions. In the past I’ve been head coach at Fusion TTC in London, BATTS in Harlow, TTC FvT in Rotterdam, TTV TOGB in Berkel, the Netherlands.

I’ve worked for the ETTA as regional coach for players with disabilities and lead Regional sessions for the A- and B-squad (East).

In the Netherlands I’ve been Regional coach (U13’s) and national coach for different age groups, up to U21’s.

How long have you been coaching and who was an influence for you to start coaching?

I’ve been coaching since about 1989. I wanted to give something back to the club I started playing at when I was about 11 yrs old: TTV Overschie in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I don’t think there was someone in particular who was a real influence to start off with. As a junior I relied most on the advice of some of the senior players at the club and the exercises we made up ourselves as younger players playing each other.

Soon after starting coaching I went to another club, TTV Korenbeurs in Schiedam, to find out what junior coaching would actually look like…. They asked me to come with them on their October training camp in Lanaken, Belgium to coach there promising U11’s. Basically I was thrown in the deep.

Coaches who’ve influenced me at Korenbeurs over the years were Hans Waterreus, Emma Lingen and Luc Janssen, all in different ways. Although I worked the most with Hans and Luc, I still remember a short conversation I had with Emma. As Emma asked me what I would like to achieve as a coach, I answered after a bit of thinking that I wanted to coach a team to compete at Dutch National Junior level C. This would be a step up from the regional organised leagues, about 6 tiers. She asked me, why not National Junior level A? This left me stunned as I thought that would be far out of my reach. That conversation has always been in my mind and later I realised that was not out of reach at all. I’ve coached boys and girls winning the Dutch National Junior league, the boys being the youngest ever to win it!

Later I was influenced by a number of coaches: Theo Rieken and Achim Sialino, being excellent coach educators and mentors. Segun Toriola, a professional player I had the privilege to work with. Peter Engel, Leszek Kucharski, Christer Johansson and Viorel Filimon, very experienced international coaches. Obviously there were more people, but it would go too far to mention all.

What part of coaching do you enjoy most?

I enjoy the interaction with players. I enjoy finding different ways to improve players. No two players are the same. I enjoy organising the session, who plays who, so everybody will get the most of the session and there is a group atmosphere. There’s always the stigma of table tennis being an individual sport. The sessions I run I try to create a team or club atmosphere where players learn to train together and respect each other. In the end I hope this will help them in their individual matches as well, building up confidence and having the support of other players.

What’s your favourite coaching exercise?

To me it’s not so much what exercise players are executing, but why and how they play a certain exercise. So in that way my favourite exercise would be: make up your own exercise (footwork or service). Asking players to think and make up their own exercise helps me to figure out what they are thinking and gives me the option to reinforce that they’re on the right track, tweak the exercise a bit or point out the weakness of the exercise and helps them set a different exercise altogether.

Of course there are exercises I use quite often, such as the Falkenberg and middle-either corner. Both of them in different variations, tweaked to the individual needs of the players. I also enjoy observing the players I coach in competitions, as this provides me with valuable information about how to move forward. In competitions some players will do better than in training, some will do worse. Ideally there is a strong link between the two: you train how you compete and you compete how you train. For example there is no point in training topspin, when as soon as the match starts you just push…

Who’s your favourite TT Player and why?

My favourite player is Wang Liqin. I regard him as the most complete player in his era and liked his style.

What equipment do you use?

For many years I’ve played with a Tibhar Charly Roesch blade. I still have one or two of them. As a junior I remember playing with Tibhar Spico Speedy spin on my forehand and Tibhar Speedy Soft (Short pimples) on my backhand. Nowadays I’ve got a range of bats I predominantly use for coaching. I’ve got a Tibhar CCA blade with Evolution MX-P on my forehand and EL-P on my backhand. I use this for matchplay and for players to experience a faster blade with faster rubbers. I’ve got also blades with Speedy Soft and Grass Ultra on my backhand to develop players games with or against players with pimples and different playing styles. I use my old Charly Roesch blade with just one rubber (MX-P) for multiball feed.

Give a top tip for young players…

Enjoy your game. Look for improvement. There are so many areas of the game that you can improve that the process never stops and it will always be exciting. The longer it takes you to acquire a certain skill, the more you appreciate it once you’ve mastered it. Don’t let the ranking determine how you feel!

What do you like to do to relax outside TT?

Outside table tennis I enjoy spending time with family and friends. During the holidays I try to get some scuba diving in. I also enjoy reading books. I try to find the right balance between reading for entertainment and for self development.


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Paul Johnson

Paul is a full-time professional Table Tennis coach – working at a regional, county and school level and is Head Coach at Blitz TTC.

Read our interview with Paul

What’s your main club(s)?

Redlands TTC (Worksop) and Blitz TTC (Gainsborough).

How long have you been coaching and who was an influence for you to start coaching?

I’ve been coaching professionally full time for the last 4 years, but have been coaching for a total of 9 years. I first started coaching because I wanted to give other people in my local area the opportunity that I never really got, which was access to coaching locally, and I also wanted a new challenge within the sport.

What part of coaching do you enjoy most?

I love the challenge and seeing the look on a players face, when they start to achieve something that they never thought they could achieve. Whether that be something performance related, that we have been working really hard on together, or outcome related, its just really good to see and makes all the hard work worthwhile.

What’s your favourite coaching exercise?

I don’t think I have a favourite exercise. Maybe the players I work with might tell you different.

Who’s your favourite TT Player and why?

Kalinikos Kreanga – I remember watching him play against Samsonov in the World Championships quarter final in Paris, in an epic 7 set match. Was a crazy match and I just remember thinking “I want a backhand like that”. Ever since then I’ve just loved watching him play.

What equipment do you use?

Joola Flame Fast Blade with Rhythm Original on FH and Rhythm 425 on BH.

Give a top tip for young players…

Just enjoy what you do and try to learn as much as possible.

What do you like to do to relax outside TT?

I play cricket at a weekend in the summer when I’ve not got anything else on. I also play Drums, which is great for stress levels and when you’ve had a tough day.


Joanna Lacinska-Piwowar

Jo is the Lead Coach and Secretary at Torbay Table Tennis Academy. She played in the First Women’s League in Poland whilst completing her University Course.

Read our interview with Jo

About me:

Age 35, married to Kris Piwowar with two children, Jakub 9 and Kacper 7 yrs old.

What’s your main club(s)?

I coach all ages and abilities at Torbay Table Tennis Academy, develop Table Tennis at secondary school Torquay Academy and since 2016, I work with the boys and girls first teams at University of Exeter.

How long have you been coaching and who was an influence for you to start coaching?

I started coaching in 2001 whilst studying at University. In 2011 together with my husband we opened Torbay Table Tennis Academy.

No influence really just wanted to coach and help other players to develop their Table Tennis skills.

What part of coaching do you enjoy most?

I like to see how the players develop their skills from the moment they join the club.

Seeing the progress in every player, doesn’t matter what level they started, is very satisfying and shows us that we are doing the job right!

What’s your favourite coaching exercise?

Multi-ball training is my favourite part of coaching. It is a moment of the training session when a player and coach give a 100% commitment and focus.

Multi-ball training is very universal – I use it while coaching 5-8yrs old children, performance players and over 50+ seniors and all groups enjoy it, which is the most important part of coaching.

Who’s your favourite TT Player and why?

It is hard to say one name, as I have never had a player who I wanted to follow. I love to watch games of top players and take little things from each of them.

If I have to give a name it would be Romanian player Danielle Dodean, European Champion, great ability on both wings and mentally a very strong player.

What equipment do you use?

Joola Rhyzm rubbers with a Tibhar Balsa Allround blade.

Give a top tip for young players…

Give 100% of yourself in every session, as only then you will be able to judge the true results of your hard work.

What do you like to do to relax outside TT?

Relax with my family and travel.


Krzysztof Piwowar

Kris is the Lead Coach and Chairman at Torbay Table Tennis Academy. He has played in the first league in Poland and was a National medalist in the youth categories. He also now works as a coach at the Talent Development Centre in Plymouth.

Read our interview with Kris

About me:

35 years old, married to Joanna Lacinska-Piwowar with two children, Jakub 9 and Kacper 7 who both play Table Tennis!

What’s your main club(s)?

Torbay Table Tennis Academy and Talent Development Centre in Plymouth.

How long have you been coaching and who was an influence for you to start coaching?

I have been coaching for around 16 years – I started coaching in 2001 whilst studying at University.

Miao Cang Sheng, who was a well-known coach in China but then became the coach in my club in Poland.

What part of coaching do you enjoy most?

To improve the technical skills of a players game.

What’s your favourite coaching exercise?

Irregular game exercises, because of the uncertainty of the opponents style and tactics, every player should have the capability to adjust their game.

Example: short backspin serve, return long push anywhere, then topspin (Fh/Bh) from the whole table to the backhand until winning the point.

Who’s your favourite TT Player and why?

I follow Jan Ove Waldner, he is phenomenal player with a great game instinct. I also like Greek player Kalinikos Kreanga, he has a very strong and reliable backhand and always takes a risk in his game.

What equipment do you use?

Blade: TIBHAR Curious.

Rubbers: Tibhar MX-P Forehand, and Tibhar FX-P backhand

Give a top tip for young players…

To succeed, everyone has to work hard and put all your efforts into training everyday.

What do you like to do to relax outside TT?

I love to spend my time with family. I also like a good action movie and in the winter I love to ski.

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A warm welcome to our new sponsored players!


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DAVID MCBEATH

At Bribar we are excited to welcome David to the Bribar/Tibhar sponsored team! Using his new Tibhar Samsonov Force Pro blade and Evolution MX-P rubbers, David, currently ranked England No.7 was the surprise winner at the recent Aldershot Grand Prix. Seeded No.3 he played commandingly throughout the week-end and comfortably won the Open Singles defeating both Ryan Jenkins and Gavin Rumgay 3-0 in the Semi-Finals and Final respectively. The Tibhar Evolution MX-P rubbers allowed him to dominate with his consistent but powerful backhand loop.

Watch David in action in the Aldershot GP Men’s final against Gavin Rumgay (5 mins highlights)

Well done David, we look forward to your future successes!

 

 

 

Kate Cheer

KATE CHEER

Exciting prospect Kate Cheer took another step forward by taking runners up spot in the Women’s Band 1 event at the Aldershot Grand Prix. Kate, ranked No.4 in the Junior Girls has recently joined the Bribar/Tibhar team and plays with a Samsonov Stratus Carbon blade and Evolution MX-P rubbers.

We’re sure Kate will continue to do well throughout the season!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Bartram

CHRIS BARTRAM 

Chris, a leading English Veteran player has joined the Tibhar/Bribar squad and plays with the Samsonov Stratus Carbon blade and Evolution MX-S rubbers. Chris took the Men’s Doubles titles and came runner up in the Men’s Singles at the recent Veterans Masters.

Well played Chris!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EMMA ROSE 

England No.2 Ladies Veteran Emma is the latest recruit to the Bribar/Tibhar team.  In the recent North East Veterans Masters, Emma had a clean sweep winning the Ladies Over 40’s Singles, Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Emma plays with Samsonov Stratus Carbon blade and Evolution MX-S rubbers.

Excellent stuff Emma!

 

Again, a warm welcome to all our latest sponsored players.

Posted on 6th October 2015

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NEW BRAND PRODUCT TYPE PRICE SPEED CONTROL WEIGHT PLY HANDLE
* Victas Liam Pitchford Extreme Attack £100-150 106 69 90 5+2 FL, ST
* Joola Vyzaryz Extreme Attack Over £150 F/H 106 F/H 67 85 5+2 FL, ST
* Joola Fortino Pro Extreme Attack Over £150 B/H 94 B/H 74 85 5+2 FL, ST
Tibhar Aruna Hinoki Carbon OFF Extreme Attack Over £150 105 66 85 5+2 FL, ST, AN
* Gewo Energon Super PBOc Extreme Attack £100-150 103 68 90 5+2 FL, S
Joola Koki Niwa Wood Extreme Attack Over £150 104 69 85-90 5+2 FL, ST
Victas Stratus Carbon Extreme Attack £100-150 100 71 90 7 Fl, ST
Tibhar Sensus Carbo Speed Extreme Attack £50-£100 102 69 85 5+2 FL, ST, AN
Gewo ZX Gear Out Extreme Attack £100-150 104 67 88 5+2 FL, ST, AN
Victas Santoru 3K-c Extreme Attack £100-150 108 65 89 5+2 FL, ST
* Joola Koki Niwa Carbon Extreme Attack £50-£100 105 67 88 3+2 FL, ST
Victas Force Arc OFF Extreme Attack Over £150 105 69 85-90 5+4 FL, ST
Gewo Blasa 8.5 Top Speed Extreme Attack £50-£100 102 67 85 5+2 FL, ST
TSP Rapid Carbon Light Extreme Attack £0-£50 105 64 75 – 80 Fg/balsa FL, ST, AN
Tibhar Sensus Carbo Touch Extreme Attack £50-£100 102 66 75 5+2 FL, ST, AN
Gewo Zelebro PBOc Extreme Attack £100-150 101 70 88 5+2 FL, ST
Joola Fortino Force Extreme Attack £100-150 94 76 85-90 5+2 FL, ST
Tibhar Hurricane Long 5 Extreme Attack £50-£100 102 70 85 5+2 FL, ST, AN
DHS Santoru KL-c Inner Extreme Attack Over £150 100 70 90-95 5+2 FL
* Joola Fire Fall AC Extreme Attack £100-150 103 69 92 5+2 FL, ST
Victas VS Unlimited Extreme Attack £50-£100 104 67 85-90 5+2 FL, ST
Tibhar Primorac Carbon OFF+ Extreme Attack Over £150 101 70 85-90 5 + 2 FL, ST
Butterfly Liam Pitchford Extreme Attack £100-150 103 63 87 3+2 FL
Tibhar Drinkhall Powerspin Carbon Power Attack £100-150 95 75 85-90 5+2 FL, ST, AN
* Joola Vyzaryz Freeze Power Attack Over £150 98 73 85 5+2 FL, ST
Victas ZX Gear In Power Attack £100-150 99 75 89 5+2 FL, ST
* Joola Santoru KL-c Outer Power Attack £50-£100 93 72 85 5+2 FL, ST
* Tibhar Shang Kun Hybrid ZC Power Attack Over £150 98 73 80-90 5+2 FL, ST
Joola Rossi Emotion PBOc Power Attack Over £150 90 78 90 5+2 FL, ST
Gewo Sensus Powerfeeling Power Attack £50-£100 94 72 90 5 FL, ST
Joola Nobilis PBO-c Power Attack Over £150 92 77 85-90 5+2 FL, ST
Gewo Robles OFF Power Attack £50-£100 93 71 90 7 FL, ST
TSP Balsa 6.5 Offense Power Attack £0-£50 90 70 75 Fg/balsa FL, ST, AN
Tibhar Nuytinck Hybrid ZC Power Attack Over £150 96 74 82-87 5+2 FL, ST, AN
TSP Gaia II Power Attack £0-£50 92 72 80 5 FL
Tibhar Kinetic Speed Power Attack Over £150 97 74 82-87 5+2 FL, ST, AN
Gewo Hybrid Carbon X Speed Power Attack £0-£50 97 70 80 5+2 FL
Tibhar Samsonov Force Pro Power Attack £0-£50 91 75 85 7 FL, ST
Joola Mattenet OFF Power Attack £50-£100 94 74 85 5+2 FL, ST
TSP Euro Power OFF Power Attack £50-£100 93 70 92 7 FL, ST
Impact Carbon Power Attack £0-£50 98 68 80-85 5+2 FL, ST, AN
Tibhar Samsonov Force Pro Black Edition Power Attack £0-£50 89 77 85-90 7 FL, ST
Joola Challenger Carbon Power Attack £0-£50 92 70 85 5+2 FL, ST
Tibhar Stratus Power Wood Power Attack £0-£50 88 73 85 5 FL, ST, AN
Tibhar Balsa Fibretec 75 Power Attack £0-£50 98 70 70-75 3+2 FL, ST, AN
* Joola Vyzaryz Trinity Classic Attack Over £150 86 78 90 5+2 FL, ST
Victas ZX Gear Fibre Classic Attack £50-£100 84 78 85 5+2 FL, ST
Gewo Dynatec ZV Heavy Classic Attack £50-£100 89 74 95 5+2 FL
Tibhar Fortino Performance Classic Attack £50-£100 83 78 85 7+2 FL, ST, AN
* Joola Xylo 7 Classic Attack £50-£100 87 77 87 7 FL, ST
Tibhar CCA 7 Classic Attack £50-£100 88 77 85-90 7 FL. ST
Gewo Robles OFF- Classic Attack £0-£50 88 74 80 5 FL, ST
Tibhar Lebesson Classic Attack £0-£50 84 76 85 5 FL, ST, AN
Victas Fire Fall FC Classic Attack £50-£100 88 71 80-85 5+2 FL, ST
TSP Euro Feeling OFF- Classic Attack £0-£50 84 75 85 5 FL, ST
Tibhar Chila Offense Classic Attack £0-£50 85 75 75 5 FL, ST, AN
Butterfly Maze Magic Classic Attack £0-£50 83 72 85 5 FL
Tibhar Drinkhall Offensive Classic Control Attack £50-£100 78 78 85-90 5 FL, ST, AN
Impact Attack Control Attack £0-£50 75 74 90 7 FL, ST, AN
* Tibhar Shang Kun Hybrid AC Control Attack £100-150 86 75 80-90 5+2 FL, ST
Joola Air Carbon Control Attack £100-150 83 78 71-72 5+2 FL, ST
Joola Challenger OFF Control Attack £0-£50 79 73 85 5 FL, ST
Tibhar Balsa Fibre OFF 60 Control Attack £0-£50 78 76 70-75 5+2 FL, ST, AN
Gewo Zoom Pro OFF- Control Attack £0-£50 82 70 85 5 FL, ST
Joola Xylo 5 Control Attack £50-£100 80 76 90 5 FL, ST
Neubauer High Technology Control Attack £50-£100 85 75 64 5 FL, ST
Joola Air Fibre Power Allround £100-150 75 76 59-60 5+2 FL, ST
Tibhar Drinkhall Allround Carbon Classic Power Allround £0-£50 73 77 85 5+2 Fl, ST, AN
* Victas Dyna Carbon Power Allround £50-£100 66 80 85 5+2 FL
* Gewo Aruna Carbon ALL+ Power Allround £50-£100 70 77 80 5+2 FL
Joola Mattenet ALL Power Allround £0-£50 69 77 80-85 5 FL, ST
TSP Balsa 5.5 Allround Power Power Allround £0-£50 78 73 70 -75 Fg/balsa FL, ST, AN
Gewo Zoom Balance ALL+ Power Allround £0-£50 72 80 85 5 FL, ST
Tibhar Balsa SGS Power Allround £0-£50 65 80 75 5 FL, ST, AN
TSP Euro Classic ALL+ Power Allround £0-£50 65 75 72 5 FL, ST
Tibhar Techno Power Contact Power Allround £0-£50 F/H 75 B/H 64 F/H 73 B/H 78 85 5 FL, ST,AN
Neubauer Special Power Allround £100-150 75 75 68 7 ST
Butterfly Andrez Grubba ALL+ Power Allround £0-£50 68 72 85 5 FL
Neubauer Firewall Plus Power Allround £0-£50 73 75 70 5 FL, ST
Tibhar Drinkhall Allround Classic Classic Allround £0-£50 60 80 85 5 FL, ST, AN
Joola Rossi Allround Classic Allround £0-£50 60 80 90 7 FL,ST, AN
* Victas Dyna Five Soft Classic Allround £50-£100 58 80 85 5 FL, ST
Gewo Hybrid Carbon ALL Classic Allround £0-£50 65 80 75 5+2 FL
TSP Balsa 4.5 Allround Classic Allround £0-£50 65 78 70 – 75 Fg/balsa FL, ST, AN
Tibhar IV-L Balsa Classic Allround £0-£50 63 78 70 6 FL, ST, AN
Gewo Allround Classic Classic Allround £0-£50 59 71 80 5 FL
DHS Wind SR Allround Classic Allround £0-£50 60 75 85-90 5 FL
S & T Black and White Classic Allround £50-£100 F/H 78, B/H 58 F/H 74, B/H 80 67 7 FL, ST
Stiga Allround Classic Classic Allround £0-£50 60 78 85 5 FL,ST, AN
Butterfly Boll Allround Classic Allround £0-£50 64 70 85 5 FL
Victas Matsushita Special Control Allround £100-150 56 94 90 5+2 FL, ST
Impact Allround Control Allround £0-£50 56 80 80-85 5 FL, ST, AN
Joola Challenger ALL Control Allround £0-£50 55 80 85 5 FL, ST
Tibhar Balsa Allround 50 Control Allround £0-£50 58 83 70-75 5 FL, ST, AN
Joola Falcon Medium Control Allround £0-£50 50 80 80 5 FL, ST, AN
S & T Zeus Control Allround £100-150 F/H 60 B/H 55 F/H 85 B/H 92 90-95 3+2 ST
Butterfly Boll Control ALL- Control Allround £0-£50 60 70 85 5 FL
Joola Rossi Junior Junior Allround £0-£50 60 80 70 7 FL
Victas Koji Matsushita Original Modern Defense £100-150 53 94 90 5 FL, ST
Joola Chen Weixing Defence Modern Defense £0-£50 55 94 90 5 FL, ST
Tibhar Li Qian Modern Defense £50-£100 83 78 85 5 FL, ST
Victas Yuto Muramatsu Modern Defense £100-150 57 90 90 – 93 5 FL, ST
Tibhar Drinkhall Defensive Classic Modern Defense £0-£50 50 95 85 5 FL, ST, AN
Gewo Velox Alpha Defense Modern Defense £0-£50 56 95 80 5 FL, ST
Victas Koji Matsushita Offensive Modern Defense £100-150 59 85 90 5 FL, ST
S & T Firestarter Modern Defense £0-£50 F/H 50 B/H 40 F/H 92 B/H 98 90 5 ST
Tibhar Balsa Def 25 Modern Defense £0-£50 46 94 75-80 5 FL, ST, AN
TSP Balsa 3.5 Defense Modern Defense £0-£50 50 93 70 – 75 Fg/balsa FL, ST, AN
Tibhar Samsonov Stratus Power Defense Modern Defense £0-£50 58 90 85 5 FL, ST, AN
Joola Chen Defender Ultimate Classic Defense £0-£50 38 98 85-90 7 ST
Victas Koji Matsushita Defensive Classic Defense £100-150 42 97 85 5 FL, ST
Tibhar Defense Plus Classic Defense £0-£50 38 90 80 5 FL, ST
TSP Balsa 2.5 Super Defense Classic Defense £0-£50 40 98 65 – 70 Fg/balsa FL, ST, AN
DMS 2 Faces Classic Defense £100-150 F/H 78 F/H 80 75 5 FL
DMS Toni Hold Defence Classic Defense £100-150 B/H 34 B/H 98 75 5 FL
Joola Wizard Classic Defense £0-£50 35 95 80 5 ST
DMS CO-S 3 Classic Defense £50-£100 F/H 85 F/H 75 60 5 FL
DMS Chen Defender Ultimate Classic Defense £50-£100 B/H 42 B/H 95 60 5 FL
Tibhar Koji Matsushita Defensive Classic Defense £0-£50 30 95 80 5 ST

All of the specifications in this catalogue are as tested by BRIBAR TABLE TENNIS and don’t necessarily coincide with those produced by the manufacturers.


Posted on 12th August 2015

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