Chinese Footwork

Table Tennis Footwork

Last updated 7 years ago

Arnab Ghosh

Arnab Ghosh Asked 7 years ago


This is an old match from 2011, between Ma Long and Zhang Jike. If we leave everything else and just focus on Zhang Jike's feet I am mesmerized as to what level he has taken his footwork to. Other prominent people with tremendous footwork are Xu Xin and recently retired Wang Hao. My first thought was they have practiced it a lot of time with dedication and hard work. But so have the other European and Asian players from countries other than China. But China just excel in it on a whole other level. Are we missing some technical information as to how to train our players or is it just ingrained in their genes? Its like their feet have a mind of their own and they don't have to worry about reaching the right length for the ball. How can we train and achieve such a level? Do we have to go to China for that and if we do, do they allow it?

Arnab Ghosh

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Arnab,

It is amazing the level of footwork by some of the Chinese players.  I love Xu Xin’s footwork in particular.

I think it is just the amount of training that they do.  I don’t think it is technical.  To succeed in China you have to train at a higher level.  If you don’t, you don’t reach the top there.  If you break down due to the amount of training, there is always someone else to take your place.

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Arnab Ghosh

Arnab Ghosh Posted 7 years ago

So would you say that the reason can be there is more competition for this sport in China than in any other Table Tennis playing nation and that the end product which China presents as a professional player is the result of such minute filtering from the bottom stage up?

P.S. Do China allow players from other countries to go there and train under a Chinese coach?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Hi Arnab,

That is a good summary.

They do allow other players to go there and train.  They have some training facilities for International players.

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