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Ran into this video on the Olympic Channel. A general overview of China's state-run program and their goal to bridge with the world. Subbed in 11 languages.

Land of Legends: Asia-Pacific
Why China's dominance in table tennis is unmatched at the Olympics
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It is not quite so until LGL became the main coach
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What innovation did they actually bring besides RPB? Most of the techniques are from other country's players. 

Edited by kenneyy88 - 10/02/2018 at 8:36pm
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Dominance doesn't necessarily require innovation. Table tennis is all about refining/perfecting techniques. Needless to say, the Chinese are extremely good at perfecting what others have invented, i.e. the banana flick (Wang Hao/Zhang Jike). I believe that their knowledge of the sport (or at least LGL's knowledge) is unsurpassed, and maybe they have made innovations, but in ways that the average eye can't quite make out. I mean, there are so many talented table tennis out there, but Chinese players are almost always the best. That obviously says something about their knowledge of the sport. 
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China dominates because they dedicate more resources, by a wide margin. Players, coaches, places to play, development system, it's like a Manhattan Project.

The line about 61% of all innovations coming from China, sorry, not buying it. Who defines what an innovation is? Sponge? Speed Glue? Banana Flick? RPB? Was there a committee who decided, and who was on it? Did you know (according to the Internet) that 73.6% of all statistics are made up?
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On the 61%, folks must have missed the thread "The birth of modern table tennis?"

Quote Table 1 Chinese and foreign inventions and innovations in table tennis techniques

Chinese Technical Inventions and Innovations
1. Rong Guotuan's forehand spin and no-spin serve(1958)
2. Rong Guotuan's backhand fast backspin serve(1958)
3. Xu Yinsheng's forehand kick serve(1958)
4. Zhuang Zedong's penhold close-to-table double wing attacking(1961)
5. Li Furong's penhold close-to-table backhand blocking and forehand attacking(1961)
6. Zhang Xielin's penhold long-pips chopping(1961)
7. Wang Zhiliang's shakehand spin and no-spin chopping(1963)
8. Lin Huiqing's long-pips and inverted combination chopping(1965)
9. Liang Geliang's long-pips and inverted twiddling(1971)
10. Liang Geliang's shakehand chopping and attacking(1971)
11. Xu Shaofa's high-toss serve(1973)
12. Diao Wenyuan's backhand side-top/-under serve(1973)
13. Li Zhenshi's forehand "kuai dian"(1973) (TL's note: kuai dian, literally quick point, similar to the flick)
14. Xi Enting's penhold inverted looping plus fast-attack style(1973)
15. Xu Shaofa's "kuai dai" technique(1973) (TL's note: kuai dai, literally quick guide, basically an off-the-bounce drive by borrowing the incoming force)
16. Guo Yuehua's spin block technique(1973)
17. Li Henan's short-pips "little loop" technique(1973) (essentially a weaker version of the loop with inverted rubber)
18. Ge Xinai's long-pips chopping and attacking with a combination of "tui gong"(1973) (TL's note: the term tui gong is a type of blocking associated with long-pips.)
19. Xie Saike's penhold forehand flat hit against looping(1981) (TL's note: gai da in Chinese, literally cover strike, to flat hit through a slow loop with strong force to overcome the strong spin)
20. Cao Yanhua's backhand high-toss serve(1981)
21. Cai Zhenhua's shakehand anti-spin attacking style(1981)
22. Deng Yaping's shakehand inverted and long-pips attacking style(1993)
23. Wang Tao's inverted and short-pips all-out attacking style(1993)
24. Ding Song's shakehand with chopping and attacking combined(1995) (TL's note: modern defense)
25. Liu Guoliang's reverse penhold backhand(1995)
26. Kong Linghui's shakehand backhand "kuai si" technique(1997) (TL's note: kuai si, literally quick rip, an off-the-bounce backhand loop stroke used on backspin and topspin)
27. Wang Nan's shakehand consecutive backhand quick loop technique(1999)

Foreigners Technical Inventions and Innovations
1. UK's hardbat(1902)
2. Hungarian shakehand double-wing attacking(1926)
3. Hungarian shakehand chopping style(1930)
4. US's fingerspin and knucklespin serves(1931)
5. Austrian thick black sponge racket(1951)
6. Japanese penhold single-wing attacking(1952)
7. Japanese inverted/non-inverted yellow sponge racket(1957)
8. Czechoslovakian tomahawk serve(1957)
9. Japanese loopdrive(1960)
10. Austrian antispin racket(1970)
11. Swedish shakehand fast-attack plus looping(1971)
12. Hungarian shakehand double-wing looping(1971)
13. Swedish shakehand serve-grip(1981)
14. Korean penhold looping plus double-wing attacking(1988)
15. Swedish shakehand double-wing loopdriving and attacking plus defense all-round style(1989)
16. German shakehand forehand and backhand wrist-snap punch-flicking technique(1989)
17. French shakehand aggressive attacking style(1991) (TL's note: colloquially known as the reckless/irrational style in China)
18. Croatian shakehand backhand down-the-line flat hit against looping(1998)
19. Austrian shakehand reverse pendulum serve(1999)


27 to 19, that's around 58% in 2006. Roughly 3 more innovations have been added since then.
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Originally posted by jfolsen jfolsen wrote:

China dominates because they dedicate more resources, by a wide margin. Players, coaches, places to play, development system, it's like a Manhattan Project.

The line about 61% of all innovations coming from China, sorry, not buying it. Who defines what an innovation is? Sponge? Speed Glue? Banana Flick? RPB? Was there a committee who decided, and who was on it? Did you know (according to the Internet) that 73.6% of all statistics are made up?

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CHina also aggressively looks for and identifies athletes of potential at real early age... and they got 1.4 BILLION population... that gives them a LOT of kids to develop and a LOT of them will get a high level. Odd are more of them from China make it to World Elite level.

System, resources, numbers... a hard system to beat.
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Originally posted by zeio zeio wrote:

On the 61%, folks must have missed the thread "The birth of modern table tennis?"
Not to downplay this thread in any way but where is Seemiller grip?
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I first learnt about the grip because of the Atlanta Olympics, but other than that, it never made an impact on the international stage. If you notice, many of the inventions/innovations coincide with the WTTC, so world impact is a crucial criterion.
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Hi,

I must say: the list zeio posted is fascinating.  I could comment endlessly on it, however, in restraint, I will only say that the equipment innovations are, in their absence, being downplayed.  These engineering expressions are similar in nature, for table tennis, to the scientific influence of inventions such as the microscope and telescope, that permitted behaviors not possible previous to them.

On the matter of the import of Chinese technique innovations on their degree of success: I see these as relatively minor in their Olympian success history.  Exceedingly most pertinent to their brilliance, a brilliance that may rank as number one among all countries in all of the history of sport for the depth and longevity of dominance by a given country in a given sport, is the theme of Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, namely the recognition that every discipline has a prevailing structural model that governs, in an almost dictatorial manner, the behaviors within the discipline.  He termed it a paradigm.  This paradigm stands with little significant variation until an inflection point of sufficient force from contradictions to that paradigm demands from the discipline's thought leaders the creation of a new paradigm from which to govern.

China's greatness is the result of optimizing the prevailing paradigm, in a similar manner that the Japanese did in the auto industry in their heyday.  Nobody does it better; nobody approaches the quality of their execution.

A consequence of this Chinese complete focus is a stagnation, an unwavering fixation on exactly how one should play, exactly what is successful and effective.  The weakness of this approach, an approach which optimizes the current state to a staggering degree, is revealed upon a movement in the sport precipitated in equipment and technique changes that makes much less effective, at the highest level of performance, of the prior paradigm, the paradigm dominated by the Chinese.  The best examples of these inflection points are the Japanese sponge rackets, the Hungarian men's success of the 1970's, and the Swedish men's success of the late 1980's through to 2000.

At any given time within a paradigm period, individuals from anywhere may reach the highest level of the sport using the understandings promulgated in the Chinese system.

This analysis affords a direct prediction of the future.  At the country level, the Chinese will be the dominant force until the paradigm shifts.  [As a side note: table tennis has entered a time period some economists have termed Late Capitalism, where the technology structure is so advanced that significant innovation rivaling the past revolutionary developments is highly unlikely, if not, effectively speaking, impossible.  If this is the case with table tennis equipment, then China's future is secure; the paradigm will not shift.]  At the individual player level, all of the most outstanding exertion remains possible.

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Originally posted by HuLimei HuLimei wrote:

Originally posted by zeio zeio wrote:

On the 61%, folks must have missed the thread "The birth of modern table tennis?"
Not to downplay this thread in any way but where is Seemiller grip?
I think Seemiller said he would not advise players to use this grip
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The list is completely arbitrary and highly subjective. Let's start at #1:

1. Rong Guotuan's forehand spin and no-spin serve(1958)

Really, you think it took until 1958 for someone to develop a spin/no spin serve combination? Decades of international play and he was the guy?
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   Chinese gUiding directives/ principles as follows
-- Speed
-- Diversity
-- Unforgivingness

   Comprehensive textbook on table tennis many subjects , original in chinese, 1983 year edition.

Edited by igorponger - 10/03/2018 at 10:22am
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Originally posted by tom tom wrote:

Originally posted by HuLimei HuLimei wrote:

Originally posted by zeio zeio wrote:

On the 61%, folks must have missed the thread "The birth of modern table tennis?"

Not to downplay this thread in any way but where is Seemiller grip?
I think Seemiller said he would not advise players to use this grip


It is still an innovation. Many of these items are either out of current fashion or no longer viable. At one time 4 of the 5 players on the USA Men's world team played some variation of the Seemiller Grip, and we were in the first division back then. And this is the part of the whole "subjective" thing. Who decided this was the list? I am guessing a European would have had a radically different perspective.
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Austrian first brought the salt, Hungarian came with the steak, Swedes offered the barbecue and the Chinese cooked and ate it all by themselves.
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(Sorry to be off-topic): 

What's the Austrian (Schlager?) shakehand reverse pendulum serve? Is it just a standard rp serve? I would have assumed they're much older but then I've watched relatively little TT that's more than 20 years old and it's possible that I just never noticed the lack of rp serves. 
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Perhaps one of the most often used shots in the game after the the FH and BH loop.

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Originally posted by zeio zeio wrote:

On the 61%, folks must have missed the thread "The birth of modern table tennis?"

Quote Table 1 Chinese and foreign inventions and innovations in table tennis techniques

Chinese Technical Inventions and Innovations
1. Rong Guotuan's forehand spin and no-spin serve(1958)
2. Rong Guotuan's backhand fast backspin serve(1958)
3. Xu Yinsheng's forehand kick serve(1958)
4. Zhuang Zedong's penhold close-to-table double wing attacking(1961)
5. Li Furong's penhold close-to-table backhand blocking and forehand attacking(1961)
6. Zhang Xielin's penhold long-pips chopping(1961)
7. Wang Zhiliang's shakehand spin and no-spin chopping(1963)
8. Lin Huiqing's long-pips and inverted combination chopping(1965)
9. Liang Geliang's long-pips and inverted twiddling(1971)
10. Liang Geliang's shakehand chopping and attacking(1971)
11. Xu Shaofa's high-toss serve(1973)
12. Diao Wenyuan's backhand side-top/-under serve(1973)
13. Li Zhenshi's forehand "kuai dian"(1973) (TL's note: kuai dian, literally quick point, similar to the flick)
14. Xi Enting's penhold inverted looping plus fast-attack style(1973)
15. Xu Shaofa's "kuai dai" technique(1973) (TL's note: kuai dai, literally quick guide, basically an off-the-bounce drive by borrowing the incoming force)
16. Guo Yuehua's spin block technique(1973)
17. Li Henan's short-pips "little loop" technique(1973) (essentially a weaker version of the loop with inverted rubber)
18. Ge Xinai's long-pips chopping and attacking with a combination of "tui gong"(1973) (TL's note: the term tui gong is a type of blocking associated with long-pips.)
19. Xie Saike's penhold forehand flat hit against looping(1981) (TL's note: gai da in Chinese, literally cover strike, to flat hit through a slow loop with strong force to overcome the strong spin)
20. Cao Yanhua's backhand high-toss serve(1981)
21. Cai Zhenhua's shakehand anti-spin attacking style(1981)
22. Deng Yaping's shakehand inverted and long-pips attacking style(1993)
23. Wang Tao's inverted and short-pips all-out attacking style(1993)
24. Ding Song's shakehand with chopping and attacking combined(1995) (TL's note: modern defense)
25. Liu Guoliang's reverse penhold backhand(1995)
26. Kong Linghui's shakehand backhand "kuai si" technique(1997) (TL's note: kuai si, literally quick rip, an off-the-bounce backhand loop stroke used on backspin and topspin)
27. Wang Nan's shakehand consecutive backhand quick loop technique(1999)

Foreigners Technical Inventions and Innovations
1. UK's hardbat(1902)
2. Hungarian shakehand double-wing attacking(1926)
3. Hungarian shakehand chopping style(1930)
4. US's fingerspin and knucklespin serves(1931)
5. Austrian thick black sponge racket(1951)
6. Japanese penhold single-wing attacking(1952)
7. Japanese inverted/non-inverted yellow sponge racket(1957)
8. Czechoslovakian tomahawk serve(1957)
9. Japanese loopdrive(1960)
10. Austrian antispin racket(1970)
11. Swedish shakehand fast-attack plus looping(1971)
12. Hungarian shakehand double-wing looping(1971)
13. Swedish shakehand serve-grip(1981)
14. Korean penhold looping plus double-wing attacking(1988)
15. Swedish shakehand double-wing loopdriving and attacking plus defense all-round style(1989)
16. German shakehand forehand and backhand wrist-snap punch-flicking technique(1989)
17. French shakehand aggressive attacking style(1991) (TL's note: colloquially known as the reckless/irrational style in China)
18. Croatian shakehand backhand down-the-line flat hit against looping(1998)
19. Austrian shakehand reverse pendulum serve(1999)


27 to 19, that's around 58% in 2006. Roughly 3 more innovations have been added since then.


A really arbitrary list designed to get the desired outcome IMHO.
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Maybe because there are many more highly talented TT players in China than in any other nation on Earth?
Sorry for trivializing this...
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China is dominant for one main reason in my opinion: their players put in more quality hours of training  by far than any other country. 

When the kids are very young they start to play seriously, once they are 8 or 9, they basically stop going to school and practice 40-56 hours a week.  If a player puts in that kind of training with coaches and quality practice partners, the top players in the system will achieve an incredibly high level of play.  Even if they are at the back of the pack of the group, they will still probably be better than top players from other countries where practicing like that is simply impossible. 

If you are a typical player trying to improve or become a professional player you have to deal with the following:

1) If you wanted to train 40 hours a week, is it even possible in your area to find a club with open tables for that amount of time?
2) Can you find players at your level who are willing to train with you?
3) As you improve can you find better and better players to train with?
4) Will anyone coach you or tell you what you are doing wrong when you play?

In the Chinese system you don't have to really worry about any of that once you are in their training system.  In other countries, good luck.  These four things will become huge issues that are hard or impossible to overcome.  You either have to have parents or family members who are serious players to practice with or you need a ton of money for a live-in coach or at-club coaching.     
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They also find you in their schools. If you have a talent for the sport for sure you will be exposed to it in China and you have a chance to discover the talent. Not true in most of the rest of the world. Many countries have one or more national sports. TT is China's and they have 1.6 billion people and a half century of tradition. Just how it is.

A lot of countries that used to subsidize TT (like former Eastern bloc countries) don't anymore.

China cares about TT more than anyone else. The chances of Sweden or Hungary matching them are now zero, Yugoslavia no longer even exists. Now we are left with Germany and Japan, which have population less than or equal to one Chinese province.

Edit added. Actually Japan is equivalent to about two provinces now that Chongqing is no longer officially part of Sichuan province.
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"What innovation did they actually bring besides RPB? Most of the techniques are from other country's players.  "

This is in fact a red herring argument. The topic is China's dominance, not about innovation. China dominates simply because the government supports the development of the sport. They have a vast supply of excellent coaches, they have developed a large amount of good quality players, and they have developed the infrastructure to do so. Table Tennis is a profession in China. You can make money as a player. Ok, you can in a few other countries too, fair enough.....But the main thing is that China supports the sport. Other countries simply don't have the will to do this on a gubernatorial level. It has to be on a private level. And yes, as Lightspin has correctly pointed out, there also is the need to have a large group of players of high quality that can raise each others game! Jan Ove Waldner did not come out of a vacuum.

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Originally posted by Fulanodetal Fulanodetal wrote:

"What innovation did they actually bring besides RPB? Most of the techniques are from other country's players.  "

This is in fact a red herring argument. The topic is China's dominance, not about innovation. China dominates simply because the government supports the development of the sport. They have a vast supply of excellent coaches, they have developed a large amount of good quality players, and they have developed the infrastructure to do so. Table Tennis is a profession in China. You can make money as a player. Ok, you can in a few other countries too, fair enough.....But the main thing is that China supports the sport. Other countries simply don't have the will to do this on a gubernatorial level. It has to be on a private level. And yes, as Lightspin has correctly pointed out, there also is the need to have a large group of players of high quality that can raise each others game! Jan Ove Waldner did not come out of a vacuum.

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Not a red herring.  Innovation is *one* of the reasons for China's dominance.  From the video, here is what former national coach and current ITTF vice president Shi Zhihao said: 

"China remains the innovation hub for the sport. The amount of innovation capital is the highest.  From equipment innovation, to inventing new techniques and tactics, we are at the forefront.  So for us to be able to reach the top of this sport and to have remained as a leader of the sport for so many years, the spirit of innovation is our ultimate secret weapon."
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<span style=": rgb251, 251, 253;">This is in fact a red herring argument. The topic is China's dominance, not about innovation. China dominates simply because the government supports the development of the sport. They have a vast supply of excellent coaches, they have developed a large amount of good quality players, and they have developed the infrastructure to do so. Table Tennis is a profession in China. You can make money as a player. Ok, you can in a few other countries too, fair enough.....But the main thing is that China supports the sport. Other countries simply don't have the will to do this on a gubernatorial level. It has to be on a private level. And yes, as Lightspin has correctly pointed out, there also is the need to have a large group of players of high quality that can raise each others game! Jan Ove Waldner did not come out of a vacuum.</span>
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I read that china has many phd doing research full time in tt and I think they ve turned table tennis into science.kong linghuii is a table tennis teacher in shanghai university i heard crazy things about how you should do a no spin serve your serve must comply like 10 steps
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Originally posted by Baal Baal wrote:

 
A really arbitrary list designed to get the desired outcome IMHO.

I agree.  I would use the term advancement or improvement rather than innovation.

I would say that the biggest thing I've seen China do recently, maybe starting late 90's or early 2000's, is they seem to allow the players to express more individuality.  This then leads to them expressing themselves with more creativity.  


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China is big, with a large population. Imagine if Europe played as one nation, but the Chinese only could represent nationally in divided provinces, with their best players spread throughout. As far as innovations go, over the last 70 years most have come from Japan and Europe, the Chinese are very good at copying. Japan = sponge rubber
Europe = speed glue

 The Chinese lost to Hungary and Sweden in the Swathling cup because they were slow to change, then moved away from the flat hitting/counter hit game to develop their own version of Euro style, the first product of this was Kong Ling hui, who trained with the Swedes.
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based on population India is 2nd best Country for table tennis and America is the 3rd
and Jamaica is 140th best Country in sprinting
and New Zealand is 126th best at Rugby

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The views on innovation of various well-established members are appalling here, to say the least.

By that logic, the Europeans, namely the Hungarians and Romanians, were beaten by Japanese because they were resistant to change. After a decade of defeats, Hungary and Sweden then "copied" from Japan when they ditched the defensive style. The Japanese were then beaten by the Chinese and fell into oblivion because they held on to their "FH-only" philosophy.

Even more, ITTF sources indicate Europe and Japan, among others, were resistant to the equipment standardization at first, yet China embraced and lobbied for it.

Last but not least, I dug up the source for the 61%.

And to wrap up this post, here is what the late Japanese 藤井基男(Motoo Fujii), WTTC XD brozne medalist in 1956, former principal photographer for magazine Table Tennis Kingdom, and table tennis historian, wrote in his book "卓球 知識の泉", or "Table Tennis: Fountain of Knowledge" in English:

Look up its meaning at Google Translate, if you will.
Quote 33 〈中国の強さ〉四つの秘密
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〈4〉絶えざる技術革新
 一九五○年代の日本の時代には、技術革新も用具革新も、日本は世界の先頭だった。
 六○年代以降は、中国が世界の先頭に立っている。
①粒高ラバーとシェークの異質ラバーによるラケット反転使用(カット主戦型)
②シェーク異質ラバーによるラケット反転使用(前陣攻守型 ― 例・蔡振華、鄧亜萍)
③ペンホルダーラケット裏面活用型(七一年のサービス活用、近年の劉国梁などによる裏面バックハンド攻撃)
④さまざまなニューサービス(例:投げ上げサービス)
……などなど。
 李富栄氏は、先の講習会でこう語った。「指導者の仕事はただ管理指導するだけではなくて、常に新しいものについての研究をすることです」


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Originally posted by smackman smackman wrote:

based on population India is 2nd best Country for table tennis and America is the 3rd
and Jamaica is 140th best Country in sprinting
and New Zealand is 126th best at Rugby

 That is my point, Hungary (pop less than 10m) and Sweden ( 6M) both beat China through innovation.
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