Weekend Ping Pong Classes with my son... Kids learn fast.
I have been a fan in playing ping pong when I started to play competitively during my career as a designer. At work during break time we used to bet on lunch coupons and we were really serious about it.... blood sweat and tears all for a damn lunch coupon!!! It was worth it cause I would eat so deliciously in front of my opponent who lost. hahahahaha. Good times. :) This was like since 2008... I didn't play ping pong before that. So whoever thinks they are too late to play... I can proudly say "NO!!" its not!!~~~ I started in my 30's.
When we decided to go all in and take real lessons and put down the cash I also brought my son to a store to show the glory of equipment... taaa daaaaaa~~~ bling... I love going to sport equipment gear shops... :) Having your own equipment brings another lever to your game as well when playing.
The thing about equipment is when we want to try things out yes we can rent, but when its time to really give it my all and make it my own sport... I need to buy my own equipment... and combine it with my body and soul!!~~~~~ He-man!!!! I went to a professional ping pong store and got a paddle that was right for me. I use the pen grip style and some people think I am old school but this is the way I love to hold ma paddle baby!!!
For pen type ping pong paddles its good to carve out the wood where the thumb and the index finger lays down on the paddle... it gives it a good custom tailored grip perfect for your hands. This took me some time to understand because when you do it your first time, you don't know what is right or wrong... you just need to do it and feel it. Luckily it wasn't my first time so I just hacked it out. Perfect!
Fast forward to now and my son is now 9 years old and he is now old enough to play with and against me. That is the beauty of sports I think... in the game, there is no such thing as superior... at the moment both are treated as total equals for the win. No excuse!!!
At first he thought ping pong was pretty lame just by looking at the paddle... he thought it was small and tennis is more cooler. However this is when he didn't see the dynamic of the game through his own eyes. Ping pong can make a fit healthy man sweat buckets when played competitively. It really is a dynamic sport when played that way... at the same time its also very fun and the whole family can enjoy it as well if played casually.
I have been monitoring his play ever since we started... Its been about a year now since we started class together. We both have our own teachers and we play every weekend on Saturdays afternoon. He has been able to gain confidence in the game however for kids what they do need to train in sports is good attitude and sportsmanship whether won or lost. And there is a tournament usually about 3 times a year... we attended one so far.
Since we have been very consistent in going to class and rallying together... last weekend I decided to blog about my experience with my son because I feel that we are now able to sync and hit the ball back and forth long periods at a time. Moreover, my son will also tell me some positions I am doing wrong... and I am like... "what da hell?"
A lot of the times when we play a game it would be extremely short... he would either hit the ball too hard or is unable to reach it and I would win by a mile. However, now he actually kicks my ass often and I need to refocus my mind when I play with him. I feel like its almost playing with a cloned version of myself because I know how competitive he can be... Can't ignore that he has my DNA. :)
Its extremely hilarious when I catch him get slightly pissed but tries to keep it to himself when he looses a score. hehehehe. I was able to capture a photo of it briefly. hahahahaha!~
At the end of the day its a pleasant moment and its blissful in a way when both my son and I are sweating and I say "Lets go home~ I wanna drink something real cold." I think I will be enjoying this type of moments more often.
In life what I try to find is something I can share and relate to with my family constantly. Subject matter always comes and goes so change is something I need to get used to and see what interests my family so we can do it together. This is what I value the most in family... if there is no common ground its hard to create a conversation. Best way to find it is through play... and I am not a perfect so I learn through my own experiences and best of all I also learn through my family... when they kick my ass in ping pong. :)
A photo of our paddles before heading out back home... It was a good day.
I try as much sports and activities as possible and when I do find a good one I will blog my experiences from it~ I give ping pong a thumbs up!!~~
Some event photos of our ping pong club on the wall~
Thanks for reading my post for today. :)
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Awsome!!! Pingpong is such a great game, we used to play so much at ages 13-15, great post!
Thanks!~ I know most people play at such a young age however I got to see the fun of it in my 30's~ and I love it!! Great exercise in a small compact equipment gear. Not like I need haul my golf clubs around with a cart. Hehehehe~ the paddle is perfect to carry around.
I never realy played Gulf, just mini gulf. Btw your son is realy cute and looks like a fine kid. Family is great joy (even though complaining about it is the trend today). I am also starting to enjoy my kids giving me a fair match in things
Hahahah~ I complain about my kid all the time~~ :) In front of him too~ hehehe. I think there are times to be like a dad and also be like a friend. I Just make sure to keep an eye so when things are serious I need to let him know who is the dad... kids will test you to the very edge of your limit I tell you!! :)
Completely agree with every word!
Ping pong is a good game.
I do like you. You always be with your boy and playing around with him..very impressive.
At young age I would not see him for months cause he had to go reaping corps of owner for long time, which I came to know when I grew up.😭
Thank you for your kind comment. I try to be however I still have so much to catch up to when being a meaningful parent. I am not as perfect as it looks but I try to be better every time I can get a chance to. I also share the same with my father as well. Not too much time but time passes so fast. Maybe I can try a different way? :) Lets see what the future holds. :)
Then You are a good father and also a good son.
Taking care of family makes you a real man.🥰
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I also played this game in our office back then but there's no catch or anything. It was just a way to release some tension from our irate callers. It was fun until you realize that you are not that fit anymore to run and your eyes are failing you already. Right now if I am watching games I cannot keep up.
This! Everytime that I also have some proud moments with my daughter I always say this words haha.
You know I am having the same problems and I think I am having a hard time looking at the ball. It seems a but blurry now but I am trying to make it up by feel rather than see. However, not sure how long that will last. Hehehehe.
As for DNA~~ I see we have something in common. Nice~~~~ Yea its amazing isn't it when you see a reaction and your like... thats kinda like me... hmmm. Wait... it is half of me... :)
The eyes are failing us hahah must be the age 😂
Most of the time the mom will always say all of her traits are from mine. I just literally created a carbon copy on her belly
Lolz~ as for me if there is anything bad then my wife says its from me and when its good she says its from her. I am like..... ok~ you win~~~~ hehehehehehe.
Its funny how we compare traits of our children to ourselves, and I wonder how much of that is really truly passed to them... or maybe they just learned it from somewhere else. :)
What a nice to spend the weekend, your son learned the sport of ping-pong and you two guys have a nice bonding moment.
Yes~ its pretty much the only time where we focus on each other eye to eye. When I think about it, there is not much time when we interact with one another unless we create it.... kids have kids thing need to do and I have my own stuff... I think time between the two needs to be made. :)
I haven't played Pingpong in years! Oh my, this reminds me of the good old days when I played with all my heart for my Physical Education (PE) Class grades! 🤣 I remember my team won 2nd place.
The area where your kid played looks conducive for learning, too. Haven't played in such a great set-up. I hope you could have more of it in the future, if I'm a kid, I'd be really happy to spend time with my parents. 😍
If you remember those days playing... then you must have been having a blasting good time. :)
Unfortunately for me, my school had badminton not Ping-Pong...
and I dont remember a thing.
Hey! Such a fun activity father and son 🤩 I love it. I never tryed learn this discipline, just i play for fun and I am bad 🤭
Some play for discipline, but you can never win who is having fun in the moment of the game. I think being positive mindset gives the body a boost of real energy.
The People who say they play for fun are the real deal pro players. Hahahaha~
Thanks for the comment!
Hahahaha... Maybe to people who are competitive 🤭
Ping pong is one of favourite game 😍😍
It is for me too~~~ I can play it allll day.
I think~~~ hahahaha 😅😅
Wow! It looks so good seeing you and your kid play✨
Thanks man~ yes its something i have been waiting for a long time. Still, he is not there yet ~ but sooon. He will be able to kick my ass. ;)
a son can be a good play partner👍good to have this hobby and a smart son who acts so quickly😄
Thanks you are always too kind.
And he still has a long way to go~~ But he is getting there~ hahahaha.
😆😆yeah yeah fathers are always proud of their children✌️✌️
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I can see the look on his face 🤣. Few years from now i bet he will be flooring you flawlessly. Activities like this help father and Son bound well.
I know what you mean ~ i am longing for the day he kicks my ass. Till then I still remain My position. Hahaha. I try to always let him know, that in sports.... during competition. Everyone is equal.
Ping pong is a awesome game and it have alot of exercise and movement . Before last year, I play this game and made the exercise and play.
Recently I have been training for a tournament and I realized my legs are sooooo weak. I can't believe it takes a lot of energy in the legs for competitive ping pong. Amazing!
So yes! it definitely is great exercise and movement for sure. :) Thanks for the comment buddy~