Team JOOLA’s Dora Kurimay has just released her first ebook on Amazon.com called Get Your Game Face On! Table Tennis, Volume 1! We are super excited and wanted to share the inside scoop that we got from Dora herself!
Tom from JOOLA: Dora, what inspired you to write this book?
Dora: Throughout my life, I have seen so many talented athletes struggle with their mental game (myself included) and I wanted to share my own experience and professional expertise with these players and my community. I was always surprised that there were no books on the mental side of table tennis, so I decided to take action. Luckily, I had been introduced to a program called Game Face in the context of tennis and I thought it had a lot to offer table tennis players as well.
Tom from JOOLA: Who do you recommend this book to?
Dora: I recommend this book to anyone who loves the sport – young or old, beginner or recreational players to professional athletes, who want to take their game to the next level. The book is definitely has a fast pace to it and it’s filled with easy tips to remember.
Tom from JOOLA: Is there a personal experience of yours where you followed your own advice from the book?
Dora: Absolutely! In fact, I just played in the finals at the Westchester tournament in the Under 2450 rating event this Sunday. We were in the final game of the match, a point where nerves often get the better of players and I was definitely feeling the pressure. That’s when I deployed my Game Face methods and kept focusing on my breathing, using cue words, and bouncing between the points. Even though the points were long and the tension was increasing, I remained in control. As a result, I was able to continue playing aggressively because my body and mind were working together instead of at against each other. I’m happy to say I walked away with the biggest trophy!
Tom from JOOLA: What’s next for you?
Dora: The next step is to finish the second volume of the book. While the first volume is a quick practical guide, the second volume will expand on the first mental principles and incorporate all other aspects of an athlete’s life that affect their performance. It will be a holistic program encompassing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of table tennis players. To supplement these volumes, I am offering workshops and individual sessions. And last but not least, I am finishing the online video Game Face tutorial program as well.
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