If you’re looking to improve your game, you’ve come to the right place!
Beginning and Mid-Level Group Coaching
Who: Players beginning and mid-level are encouraged to come.
What: Whether you are looking to improve your forehand technique, learn new serves, or just have a lot of fun, group coaching is a great way to get some extra practice in during the week while improving your game. Joey, a certified international table tennis coach will be running group coaching classes on all Thursdays every month except for blacked out days on the Pure Pong calendar. The lesson plan will be tailored around each student and their specific needs.
When: Thursdays 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Where: All lessons and coaching are in the Pure Space building (1315 NW Overton) and could be located in 1 of the 3 clubs of Pure Pong in the Pearl.
Why: Whether you are looking to improve your technique, win the local office tournament, or simply have a good time, group coaching will help you achieve any and all ping pong related goals.
Private lessons, group lessons, and special instruction events are available for parties and corporate events!
At Pure Pong, lessons and coaching are available by USATT certified coaches.
Meet Coach Joey Mayeda!
Ping Pong Past: Joey picked up Ping Pong at the age of 18, when he and his father began frequenting the community center after school where Joey found himself getting schooled in Table Tennis by his dad. Joey’s drive to become more competitive against his father and build his skills resulted in a routine; Joey and his dad would practice a few times a week. Joey eventually signed up for a Ping Pong class at Portland State to further refine his technique where his love for the sport grew.
Despite his skill level, Joey enjoys casual playing atmospheres and is also a regular, like many Pure Pong players, at the Blitz pubs where he has been victorious in countless tournaments. Having taken the ITTF coaching course taught by Christian Lillieroos, Joey is now a certified club coach—coaching all levels of students at Pure Pong in the Pearl, and developing his skills by participating in many of Pure Pong’s tournaments and leagues.
When he puts the paddle down: Outside of Ping Pong, you can find Joey cheering on the Portland Trailblazers, rocking out to Led Zeppelin, eating sushi, and using his left hand predominately. Joey also used to play the clarinet. Have any Table Tennis equipment questions? Joey can help. The Pure Pong coach is a major Table Tennis equipment junkie, and can help you determine what paddle and equipment is right for you, and the best way to get your mitts on it. Joey also assembles and builds customized paddles at Pure Pong!
Meet Coach Tim Titrud!
When did you start playing Ping Pong and/or Table Tennis?
I started playing ping pong with my family in our garage and basement, but I really started playing Table Tennis more when I was in college. At Clackamas Community College, there was a teacher that was on the US team back in the late 30s, early 40s, and she organized us. That was back in ’79, and then I went to Oregon State University and played there on the Oregon State team. Then, I went to Japan and lived there a couple years and played there.
What about the game resonated with you to stick with it?
It’s kind of an addicting sport that I enjoy. I did a lot of sports growing up, like wrestling, which I found too grueling, but I was relatively good at ping pong so I stuck with it.
What’s your favorite part about the game?
The nice part about the game is that it’s easy to play almost anywhere. A lot of sports, you can’t do that. You can also play at a relatively old age.
Do you have any special tricks, strategies, or moves?
Probably the one shot that gives players a hard time is a slow loop. It’s an older type of shot and people don’t really play that way anymore. Some of my serves give people problems, too.
What’s your biggest challenge playing Ping Pong?
If I play somebody that has a very fast loop, that probably is the type of player that gives me the most problems.
Have you inspired any friends or family to play Ping Pong, also?
Family, no. But I think a think a lot of players here, I didn’t know as friends before, have become friends. They just started playing and got addicted to the sport.
Next to Ping Pong, what’s your favorite free time activity?
Bicycling. I bicycle here from my home, which averages 10 to 15 miles.