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TableTennisDaily
02-09-2013, 06:59 PM
Hey guys,

Great news, I have managed to get in contact with Joo Se Hyuk of Korea and he has agreed to answer your questions. Joo Se Hyuk is the recent Chinese Super League winner with Team Ningbo alongside Ma Long and Yan An.

https://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/forum/images/joobutterflyonline.jpg

TableTennisDaily will pick 10 of the best questions submitted, and we will send them to the great defender himself.

https://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/forum/images/joointerview.jpg

Photo Sources: Top photo by Butterflyonline.com, bottom photo by: photo.sports.cn, took by Ni Minzhe

Svttc
02-09-2013, 07:12 PM
What made you want to become a chopper instead of the usual offensive attacker?

Wang
02-09-2013, 07:15 PM
What do you think about the use of the booster? Does it really prejudice the defensive style?

TTImpossible
02-09-2013, 07:41 PM
It is said that you are sick, is it a rumor or what is really the disease?

derekho
02-09-2013, 09:12 PM
How do you change the spins when you chop but still make the actions look the same? When forehand chopping, how to chop a heavy backspin ball and no-spin ball with the same actions? How to change what you're doing to the spin when you're chopping on the backhand side, (long pimples)?

ttunreal
02-09-2013, 10:35 PM
The usual question :)
- What are your rubbers and blades?

PaulJ5
02-09-2013, 11:24 PM
what do you think will the the future of chopping in tabletennis? we see less and less chopper in the top..

FuryToMax
02-10-2013, 12:24 AM
What kind of exercises do you do for your footwork and for chopping with either side?

How do you return a smash or a powerloop using long pimples from near the table?

Markvee
02-10-2013, 12:46 AM
It is said that you are sick, is it a rumor or what is really the disease?
Yes, see http://ooakforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=20449

theinvisible
02-10-2013, 01:13 AM
Happy Lunar New Year, Joo!!!
Wish you heath to fight against the disease!
Wish you and your family happiness, heath and luckiness!

Der_Echte
02-10-2013, 04:51 AM
You have brought a lot of excitement to the sport of Table Tennis. When you play vs a top player, teh crowd is on its feet nearly every point going wild cheering.

What do you feel the sport could use to bring this kind of excitement to more matches accross the ITTF?

ttmonster
02-10-2013, 07:00 AM
How do you keep your faith in the defensive game, while all the technical improvement in the game is geared towards the offensive game ? What do you believe should be done to encourage more choppers in the game ? Do you plan to work on making defensive game more popular after you have retired from the sport ?

Steven
02-10-2013, 09:31 AM
What do you think of Yuto Muramatsu? Can he become the next best defensive player and reach the top 10 of the world like you?

TTPoster
02-10-2013, 11:36 AM
You won the silver medal at the 2003 WTTC in PARIS. And you won the bronze medal at the 2011 World Cup in PARIS. Do you think you can win a medal at the 2013 WTTC in PARIS too?

jmillsy2
02-10-2013, 12:24 PM
are there any players you dislike playing against? if so, who?

jmillsy2
02-10-2013, 12:57 PM
what made you decide to incorporate both forehand chopping and a dynamic forehand topspin into your game, rather than just forehand chop on the forehand in classic style or only attack on the forehand in the style of defenders like chen weixing nd most of the "modern" defenders in the game today?

Tom
02-10-2013, 03:55 PM
How was your experience of playing in the china super league, is this the most exciting event to take part in??

YosuaYosan
02-10-2013, 06:17 PM
OH MY GOD!!!!!
The time has come INDEED!

To date this got to be THE GREATEST interview TTD has ever conducted!

I'll be back with an arsenal of questions, just you wait Dan!
WOOHOOO! This is dream come true!

Dan
02-10-2013, 07:38 PM
OH MY GOD!!!!!
The time has come INDEED!

To date this got to be THE GREATEST interview TTD has ever conducted!

I'll be back with an arsenal of questions, just you wait Dan!
WOOHOOO! This is dream come true!

Haha I have been waiting for your comment Yosua! And here it is! :)

Looking forward to your questions! I cannot wait to receive Joo's answers, what a man!

Wilco
02-10-2013, 09:58 PM
In the near future will you change your bat in your hand during the match,
so you can have normal rubber and pimples on forehand and backhand?
I switch my bat regular during the match, sometimes it gives me free points :D.

Darthray
02-10-2013, 10:53 PM
Who is the player you have most trouble against and why? :)

Matt Hetherington
02-11-2013, 01:09 AM
The plastic ball will have a number of effects on the defensive game. Have you had a chance to chop with a plastic ball yet? What implications do you think the introduction of the new ball will have on your game and the games of other world class defensive players and do you think it will improve or reduce your performance level on the World Tour and in major events?

Spinandspeed
02-11-2013, 05:43 AM
Why do the new young Defenders play with short pimples and not with long pimples. You can clearly see that with long pimples is more spin on the ball and that you have better control.

Der_Echte
02-11-2013, 01:01 PM
Joo should and will answer this, but as someone based out of Korea, I can tell you that the top-tier amature players using SP on BH and also the old-school die hard J-pen players using Sp are PURE EVIL.

amekun
02-11-2013, 01:36 PM
how can i get an autograph :)

xxdreppexx
02-11-2013, 05:21 PM
how often do you train in a week?

Pongfinity
02-11-2013, 07:12 PM
Wow, great to have an interview of JSH here! :)

Most important questions:

Why did you become chopper in the first place?
How long time (till what age) did you play offensive style before changing to defensive style?
What's your best match ever?
What makes it easier to play against offensive europeans than chinese players? Is it that we (europeans) put more spin on the ball and less speed than the chinese players or from where does the difference come from?

YosuaYosan
02-12-2013, 09:06 AM
Dan, do you have any deadline for receiving questions?

I am still preparing the questions but I will make it as fast as possible, just in case that you, together with Joo and Lee Sang Su don't have too much time regarding the completion of this interview..

Thanks beforehand!

Barricade
02-12-2013, 09:53 AM
Who inspired you to be a chopper?

Spinandspeed
02-12-2013, 01:21 PM
At the Hungarian Open 2012 you beat Zhang Jike 4:0. After the Match you Said you've switched to other pips. To which Ones you switched?

AndroidRX93
02-12-2013, 02:33 PM
Which player in the Chinese team do u respect most? And what languages do u know?

stix4bruce
02-15-2013, 12:05 PM
Joo,how do you communicate with the chinese,do you speak english or chinese when ur with them?????

pingpingpongpong
02-15-2013, 12:29 PM
How did you communicate with Ma Long in the Super League?
You guys are close friends already I think? :D

Arlen
02-15-2013, 12:55 PM
When and how do you decide to attack in a match? I like how it is very sudden and unexpecting that it really stuns your opponent!

Btw Dan, is it possible for you to try to get interviews with other players aswell? ;) Just a humble request!

StealthAsassin
02-15-2013, 01:38 PM
Which of the Chinese player you have played is the strongest against you ?? Which player has the best forehand and backhand ??

chuklebolt
02-15-2013, 01:43 PM
Do u think u could've achieve more if u decided to go with 2 inverted rubbers and play offensively or an all round game instead of being a defensive chopper? and please give some reason for the answer :) I really love watching your highlights, by the way :D

YosuaYosan
02-15-2013, 02:55 PM
Alright, here is the questions, just near the deadline but I hope things will go well..
I will include my template questions with LOTS of stuff added I think..
I am spewing out questions here (incl. some from Waldner's), so I am sorry if I repeat some other's question.. Here goes..


As usual, edited question(s) by TableTennisDaily and question(s) unused in the final interview are totally understandable (since all of my questions belong to TTD here in this thread):

-What is your personal definition of being a defender in the sport of table tennis?
-What is your history of being a defender?
-Do you see yourself as a defender in the sport of table tennis, or just an attacking player with a different approach?
-How is your family doing? Do you have any table tennis related prospect regarding your children's future?
-What do you think about the future of the kind of playing style you currently embrace?
-Who do you think is the 2nd best defender to you if you are the best defender in the world?
-Who is your table tennis idol/inspiration/aspiration, both nationally and internationally?
-Could you list some players who you like to watch?
-Do you watch your matches @ YouTube?
-How important is equipment in the highest level of table tennis?
-Do you have any plan to coach after your playing days are over?
-Who, is in your opinion, the best junior chopper in the world as of now?
-Have you tried the new poly ball? How do you think will it affect our sport, especially the defensive playing style?
-What specific aspect of the game (e.g. service, receive, short game, deception, etc) is important to make it big in table tennis?
-Has the speed glue ban affected your game? Could you specify?
-Do you think future choppers could be number 1?
-Do you boost your equipment?'
-What do you think about the previous ban of frictionless long pimples?
-If there is anything you would like to change in our sport, what would it be?
-What do you think is your biggest success?
-What do you think is your best weapon in table tennis?
-Which was the hardest time of your career?
-What is your main driving force that keeps you competing in the sport of table tennis? How do you motivate yourself?
-In your opinion, how hard is table tennis compared to many other sports?
-To be a good player, how long does it take in a week to train?
-What is your major goal in your lifetime career in the sport of table tennis?
(edit: extra question! In your opinion, what differentiates the Korean team from the rest of the world?)
(-In your opinion, what differentiates the Chinese team from the rest of the world?)

aaand my template questions from Bojan Tokic's and Kim Min Seok's interview:


-What is your motto in training?
-How often does choking happen? What do you do to prevent choking?
-What is your opinion about the Chinese dominance in our sport of table tennis?
-What do you think about the previous generation of table tennis?
-What do you think about your generation of table tennis?
-What do you think about the next generation of table tennis?
-What do you think about table tennis' prospect in South Korea?
-What do you think about table tennis' prospect in the world?
-We generally see Korea's National Team member using non-chinese rubber.. Why don't the Korean National team use Chinese rubber?
-Do you have any specific target in 2013?
-What is your thoughts about 2016 Olympics?
-How important is equipment to you compared to technique?
-What is your message for passionate table tennis players in TTD?


Thanks a LOT!

Edit: got some edits, please check em out, Dan! Thx again..

TableTennisDaily
02-15-2013, 02:56 PM
Alright, here is the questions, just near the deadline but I hope things will go well..
I will include my template questions with LOTS of stuff added I think..
I am spewing out questions here (incl. some from Waldner's), so I am sorry if I repeat some other's question.. Here goes..


As usual, edited question(s) by TableTennisDaily and question(s) unused in the final interview are totally understandable (since all of my questions belong to TTD here in this thread):

-What is your personal definition of being a defender in the sport of table tennis?
-What is your history of being a defender?
-Do you see yourself as a defender in the sport of table tennis, or just an attacking player with a different approach?
-How is your family doing? Do you have any table tennis related prospect regarding your children's future?
-What do you think about the future of the kind of playing style you currently embrace?
-Who do you think is the 2nd best defender to you if you are the best defender in the world?
-Who is your table tennis idol/inspiration/aspiration, both nationally and internationally?
-Could you list some players who you like to watch?
-Do you watch your matches @ YouTube?
-How important is equipment in the highest level of table tennis?
-Do you have any plan to coach after your playing days are over?
-Who, is in your opinion, the best junior chopper in the world as of now?
-Have you tried the new poly ball? How do you think will it affect our sport, especially the defensive playing style?
-What specific aspect of the game (e.g. service, receive, short game, deception, etc) is important to make it big in table tennis?
-Has the speed glue ban affected your game? Could you specify?
-Do you think future choppers could be number 1?
-Do you boost your equipment?'
-What do you think about the previous ban of frictionless long pimples?
-If there is anything you would like to change in our sport, what would it be?
-What do you think is your biggest success?
-What do you think is your best weapon in table tennis?
-Which was the hardest time of your career?
-What is your main driving force that keeps you competing in the sport of table tennis? How do you motivate yourself?
-In your opinion, how hard is table tennis compared to many other sports?
-To be a good player, how long does it take in a week to train?
-What is your major goal in your lifetime career in the sport of table tennis?

aaand my template questions from Bojan Tokic's and Kim Min Seok's interview:


-What is your motto in training?
-How often does choking happen? What do you do to prevent choking?
-What is your opinion about the Chinese dominance in our sport of table tennis?
-What do you think about the previous generation of table tennis?
-What do you think about your generation of table tennis?
-What do you think about the next generation of table tennis?
-What do you think about table tennis' prospect in South Korea?
-What do you think about table tennis' prospect in the world?
-We generally see Korea's National Team member using non-chinese rubber.. Why don't the Korean National team use Chinese rubber?
-Do you have any specific target in 2013?
-What is your thoughts about 2016 Olympics?
-How important is equipment to you compared to technique?
-What is your message for passionate table tennis players in TTD?


Thanks a LOT!

Wow so strange! i was just about to PM you asking where your questions were :P ...

Keep all your questions coming guys :)

YosuaYosan
02-15-2013, 03:08 PM
Haha, thanks Dan!
I'm lucky to read your post @ facebook around 2-3 hours ago that you are going to send the interview tonight..

I caught fire and suddenly all questions could pop up in my mind thus I could finally post my question..
Damn procrastination :p

Anyway, thanks a LOT man, I almost couldn't believe this could happen, at least not this fast..
Your hard work and dedication in the past have led TTD here and I believe what great you are doing now will bring TTD even further in the future!
Gotta be so awesome I can't even imagine at the moment..

For now, TONs of thanks and keep the ever-growing snowball rolling, Dan!

TableTennisDaily
02-15-2013, 03:30 PM
Haha, thanks Dan!
I'm lucky to read your post @ facebook around 2-3 hours ago that you are going to send the interview tonight..

I caught fire and suddenly all questions could pop up in my mind thus I could finally post my question..
Damn procrastination :p

Anyway, thanks a LOT man, I almost couldn't believe this could happen, at least not this fast..
Your hard work and dedication in the past have led TTD here and I believe what great you are doing now will bring TTD even further in the future!
Gotta be so awesome I can't even imagine at the moment..

For now, TONs of thanks and keep the ever-growing snowball rolling, Dan!

Awesome questions buddy! And thank you for your kind comments :) Means a hell of a lot, thanks for staying with TTD since the early days. I will keep working hard and rolling that ball Yosua :)

Dancer in the dark
02-15-2013, 09:12 PM
At OOAK table tennis forum (consisting of a lot of defensive players and big Joo Se Hyuk fans) a similar initiative has started up earlier: http://ooakforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=20702. A collection of best wishes from many of the OOAK members was sent to Joo when he was very ill last year and we received a beautiful reply from him: http://ooakforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=20449. Our interview questions have been sent 3 weeks ago and an answer from Joo Se Hyuk is expected soon.

Some questions that are collected here are very similar, others are very different and also very interesting. Maybe it would be a good idea to select especially those questions that have not already been asked by OOAK? This way the same questions don't have to be asked twice (which can be annoying or confusing for Joo Se Hyuk) and other in-depth information can be acquired. But, of course, feel free...

Best wishes and good luck!

Dancer in the dark

Spinandspeed
02-18-2013, 08:25 AM
Can you find out for me which pips Kang Dong Soo is using?

YosuaYosan
02-19-2013, 03:17 AM
At OOAK table tennis forum (consisting of a lot of defensive players and big Joo Se Hyuk fans) a similar initiative has started up earlier: http://ooakforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=20702. A collection of best wishes from many of the OOAK members was sent to Joo when he was very ill last year and we received a beautiful reply from him: http://ooakforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=20449. Our interview questions have been sent 3 weeks ago and an answer from Joo Se Hyuk is expected soon.

Some questions that are collected here are very similar, others are very different and also very interesting. Maybe it would be a good idea to select especially those questions that have not already been asked by OOAK? This way the same questions don't have to be asked twice (which can be annoying or confusing for Joo Se Hyuk) and other in-depth information can be acquired. But, of course, feel free...

Best wishes and good luck!

Dancer in the dark

Sir Lorre?

Dancer in the dark
02-20-2013, 07:23 AM
One more guess, YY? :)

Send from Galaxy S3 via Tapatalk

YosuaYosan
02-20-2013, 02:35 PM
SHOW ME YERSELF!!
My question has not been deemed correct or incorrect though..

Hmm..
Now who is an OOAKForum member posting using Galaxy S3?

Nah I'll stick with my first answer.. SHOW ME YERSELF!!
Who else calls me YY anyway :p

Dancer in the dark
02-26-2013, 03:06 PM
We have received a beautiful response to most of our questions from Joo SaeHyuk. The interview can be read here: http://ooakforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=22125

I really hope that your questions will be answered by Joo as well (to us, the process took quite some time) and I also hope both interviews will be more or less complementary!

John_Pish
03-03-2013, 03:08 PM
LONG POST.
In order not to waste questions, this is an interview from another forum (which shall not be named)

The Interview

Past experiences

*How did you get in contact with the defensive style? Have other players and coaches ever told you not to use long pips because you'll never get to be a top player using them or were you encouraged to continue using them?

I first learned the defensive style from my coach when I was in 4th grade. When I first started playing table tennis, I used the penholder grip for about one year. I was told to stay away from long pips because it's difficult to play with and it's unlikely that I would be successful using it. At that time I overcame the challenge (of using long pips) by intensively practicing offensive style.

*You have an interesting style in that you chop on your backhand and switch between slow return and offensive play on your forehand. What inspired that style for you?

My style was inspired by both Ding Song of China and Matsushita Koji of Japan, and it's a mix of the style of the two players. When I was younger, I was very much impressed by them.

*Is it true that a lot of players in South Korea didn’t really like your style before you reached the top? How did this affect you as a person and as a player?

I'm not sure. Of course there are players who don't like my style and there are some styles that I'm not fond of. I think that I attained my present level (as a player) by diligently participating in many competitions within Korea.

*Of what past match do you have the best memories and why?

To me, the 2003 World Championships in Paris is most memorable because I received recognition through the competition and it served as a juncture in raising my play to the next level.

Equipment & strategy

*Why did you change to DTecs a couple of years ago and why did you change back to P1-R recently? Did (do) you change between those rubbers on a regular basis? If so, why did (do) you do that?

There are pros and cons for both DTecs and P1-R, and they vary depending on the table tennis table being played on. That's why I switch back and forth.

*About your decision process regarding balls to your forehand side when you are off the table, how do you decide between chopping and counter looping?

I decide based on my previous shot, and my opponent's position and posture.

*Do you think a game with OX long pimples for a close to the table style blocking game has a future?

I'm not sure because I've never tried the blocking game.

The professional world scene

*At an amateur level, there are some negative stereotypes towards defenders. How are defensive players perceived by inverted players at the top level? Do you have close relationships with the other defenders?

I also think that it's more challenging to win with the defensive style because offensive players can set the tone of the game, and can decide the course of attack. But I think that these advantages (of the offensive style) can be overcome (by defensive style) to some degree. Yes, I have very good relationships with other defensive players.

*How would you describe yourself as a person when competing in table tennis and when you are doing other activities? How are these personalities different?

I'm basically the same person both during competition and while doing other activities. I enjoy socializing with my fellow players.

*Why do you think there has been a decline of professional (Korean) players using the penholder grip over the years?

I think that it's because of the changes in the rules. The decrease in spin and speed requires players to move more. In addition, the (penholder) backhand is a drawback.

*Who are your most fearsome opponents in the top 20? Who do you fear most and why?

Wang Hao and Samsonov are the most difficult players for me. Wang Hao seems to have only the pros of the shakehand and penholder grips. His shots are strong and fast, and his backhand is flawless. Samsonov is good at defense and has the stamina that I cannot match.

*Why are the Chinese so dominant and what do you think can be done to break their current hegemony?

Of course from time to time it's possible to break their hegemony. But China perfected their management skills for both international competitions and their own professional league. They've been perfecting their system by learning from their mistakes. Also, their players are well paid and this also serves as further motivation. (To overcome China), I think that other countries need to improve.

Future of defensive table tennis

*Based on your experience, due to the changes in the equipment rules, how would you advise a youngster now starting the game who wants to be a defender? Would you suggest that they play with long pips, or should they turn to double inverted and attacking play? Would your answer be different depending on what standard of play they were aiming to achieve?

It's very challenging to be a defensive player. In order to win, you need to practice both offense and defense. It's really difficult to win with defense alone, so it's necessary to play offense - not just offense, but at the same level that the offensive players perform. Moreover, my guess is that long pips will be less beneficial when the ball changes to plastic in 2014. I've used it, and found that much less spin is produced.

*What impact did ITTF decisions (like the 38mm ball) have on top level table tennis, and what influence do you think the new PVC balls will have (in particular for defenders and defensive style)?

The decision can benefit some players while hindering others. The players are somewhat weary because they have to make adjustments (in response to the frequent changes in the rules). Also, the PVC ball doesn't spin very well. Again, it's likely that the new ball will be a hinderance for long pip users.

*Do you believe a (modern) defender can become number one in the world? If not, how should modern defense evolve to produce a number one in the world?

Of course it's possible, but I think that it'll be very challenging (for a defensive player to become the top player) because the opponent can control the game by starting the attack and by deciding its course.

Future of Joo Saehyuk

*We hope to see you for many more matches, but when do you plan on retiring as a player?

My plan is to retire in 2015. I wish I can play longer, but decided to retire because I'm disappointed with myself for not being able to play as dynamic and stylish as when I was younger.

*Do you know there are a lot of players admiring and even imitating your style? Are you planning on coaching your modern style of defense? Do you plan to do something for the defenders in table tennis (e.g. Koji Matsushita became president of Victas and created the P4)?

I don't have any plans, but if I have the opportunity, I would like to coach.

*At our forum, a video was posted a while ago showing your son hitting his first table tennis balls. How is he progressing? 

He is doing well. Thank you for asking. I had him play for a couple of months last year, but he stopped playing because he is not very good at it.

Some additional questions

*Many people, of all ages, say that your style of playing table tennis is very inspiring. Have you seen anyone 55 years or older playing your style of table tennis, albeit at a much lower level.

Yes, I've seen (them playing) in Korea. They're so enthusiastic and enjoy themselves.

*Does being one of the top players in the world make it difficult to appreciate the simple joy of playing table tennis? The way that you play table tennis is incredibly beautiful to watch. What does it feel like to play table tennis like you?

Yes, (being a professional) makes it difficult to enjoy - rather, winning or losing becomes the priority. I just try my best to win and maybe that's why my play is pleasing to watch.

* What do you do when you aren't playing table tennis?

When I'm home, I spend a lot of time playing with my children. Also I enjoy watching sports.

* Who's your favourite sportsperson of all time?

Alex Ferguson. I hope that I can be a leader like him.

* Would you like to add one last tip or an inspirational message for other table tennis players looking to succeed?

To me, the hidden potential for the human being is unfathomable. I've encountered so many obstacles, but perseverance brings out the dormant ability from inside of you. That doesn't mean that one needs to work hard all the time, but not to give up and persevere.

*Thank you very much and all the best for your career and your personal life!

jmillsy2
03-03-2013, 05:23 PM
LONG POST.
In order not to waste questions, this is an interview from another forum (which shall not be named)

The Interview

Past experiences

*How did you get in contact with the defensive style? Have other players and coaches ever told you not to use long pips because you'll never get to be a top player using them or were you encouraged to continue using them?

I first learned the defensive style from my coach when I was in 4th grade. When I first started playing table tennis, I used the penholder grip for about one year. I was told to stay away from long pips because it's difficult to play with and it's unlikely that I would be successful using it. At that time I overcame the challenge (of using long pips) by intensively practicing offensive style.

*You have an interesting style in that you chop on your backhand and switch between slow return and offensive play on your forehand. What inspired that style for you?

My style was inspired by both Ding Song of China and Matsushita Koji of Japan, and it's a mix of the style of the two players. When I was younger, I was very much impressed by them.

*Is it true that a lot of players in South Korea didn’t really like your style before you reached the top? How did this affect you as a person and as a player?

I'm not sure. Of course there are players who don't like my style and there are some styles that I'm not fond of. I think that I attained my present level (as a player) by diligently participating in many competitions within Korea.

*Of what past match do you have the best memories and why?

To me, the 2003 World Championships in Paris is most memorable because I received recognition through the competition and it served as a juncture in raising my play to the next level.

Equipment & strategy

*Why did you change to DTecs a couple of years ago and why did you change back to P1-R recently? Did (do) you change between those rubbers on a regular basis? If so, why did (do) you do that?

There are pros and cons for both DTecs and P1-R, and they vary depending on the table tennis table being played on. That's why I switch back and forth.

*About your decision process regarding balls to your forehand side when you are off the table, how do you decide between chopping and counter looping?

I decide based on my previous shot, and my opponent's position and posture.

*Do you think a game with OX long pimples for a close to the table style blocking game has a future?

I'm not sure because I've never tried the blocking game.

The professional world scene

*At an amateur level, there are some negative stereotypes towards defenders. How are defensive players perceived by inverted players at the top level? Do you have close relationships with the other defenders?

I also think that it's more challenging to win with the defensive style because offensive players can set the tone of the game, and can decide the course of attack. But I think that these advantages (of the offensive style) can be overcome (by defensive style) to some degree. Yes, I have very good relationships with other defensive players.

*How would you describe yourself as a person when competing in table tennis and when you are doing other activities? How are these personalities different?

I'm basically the same person both during competition and while doing other activities. I enjoy socializing with my fellow players.

*Why do you think there has been a decline of professional (Korean) players using the penholder grip over the years?

I think that it's because of the changes in the rules. The decrease in spin and speed requires players to move more. In addition, the (penholder) backhand is a drawback.

*Who are your most fearsome opponents in the top 20? Who do you fear most and why?

Wang Hao and Samsonov are the most difficult players for me. Wang Hao seems to have only the pros of the shakehand and penholder grips. His shots are strong and fast, and his backhand is flawless. Samsonov is good at defense and has the stamina that I cannot match.

*Why are the Chinese so dominant and what do you think can be done to break their current hegemony?

Of course from time to time it's possible to break their hegemony. But China perfected their management skills for both international competitions and their own professional league. They've been perfecting their system by learning from their mistakes. Also, their players are well paid and this also serves as further motivation. (To overcome China), I think that other countries need to improve.

Future of defensive table tennis

*Based on your experience, due to the changes in the equipment rules, how would you advise a youngster now starting the game who wants to be a defender? Would you suggest that they play with long pips, or should they turn to double inverted and attacking play? Would your answer be different depending on what standard of play they were aiming to achieve?

It's very challenging to be a defensive player. In order to win, you need to practice both offense and defense. It's really difficult to win with defense alone, so it's necessary to play offense - not just offense, but at the same level that the offensive players perform. Moreover, my guess is that long pips will be less beneficial when the ball changes to plastic in 2014. I've used it, and found that much less spin is produced.

*What impact did ITTF decisions (like the 38mm ball) have on top level table tennis, and what influence do you think the new PVC balls will have (in particular for defenders and defensive style)?

The decision can benefit some players while hindering others. The players are somewhat weary because they have to make adjustments (in response to the frequent changes in the rules). Also, the PVC ball doesn't spin very well. Again, it's likely that the new ball will be a hinderance for long pip users.

*Do you believe a (modern) defender can become number one in the world? If not, how should modern defense evolve to produce a number one in the world?

Of course it's possible, but I think that it'll be very challenging (for a defensive player to become the top player) because the opponent can control the game by starting the attack and by deciding its course.

Future of Joo Saehyuk

*We hope to see you for many more matches, but when do you plan on retiring as a player?

My plan is to retire in 2015. I wish I can play longer, but decided to retire because I'm disappointed with myself for not being able to play as dynamic and stylish as when I was younger.

*Do you know there are a lot of players admiring and even imitating your style? Are you planning on coaching your modern style of defense? Do you plan to do something for the defenders in table tennis (e.g. Koji Matsushita became president of Victas and created the P4)?

I don't have any plans, but if I have the opportunity, I would like to coach.

*At our forum, a video was posted a while ago showing your son hitting his first table tennis balls. How is he progressing? 

He is doing well. Thank you for asking. I had him play for a couple of months last year, but he stopped playing because he is not very good at it.

Some additional questions

*Many people, of all ages, say that your style of playing table tennis is very inspiring. Have you seen anyone 55 years or older playing your style of table tennis, albeit at a much lower level.

Yes, I've seen (them playing) in Korea. They're so enthusiastic and enjoy themselves.

*Does being one of the top players in the world make it difficult to appreciate the simple joy of playing table tennis? The way that you play table tennis is incredibly beautiful to watch. What does it feel like to play table tennis like you?

Yes, (being a professional) makes it difficult to enjoy - rather, winning or losing becomes the priority. I just try my best to win and maybe that's why my play is pleasing to watch.

* What do you do when you aren't playing table tennis?

When I'm home, I spend a lot of time playing with my children. Also I enjoy watching sports.

* Who's your favourite sportsperson of all time?

Alex Ferguson. I hope that I can be a leader like him.

* Would you like to add one last tip or an inspirational message for other table tennis players looking to succeed?

To me, the hidden potential for the human being is unfathomable. I've encountered so many obstacles, but perseverance brings out the dormant ability from inside of you. That doesn't mean that one needs to work hard all the time, but not to give up and persevere.

*Thank you very much and all the best for your career and your personal life!

there is a link to this interview above so naming the forum is fine :P lol :)

John_Pish
03-03-2013, 09:47 PM
there is a link to this interview above so naming the forum is fine :P lol :)

i didnt see it lol
and ive been on some forums where they dont allow any advertising or mentioning of other forums, so i was just being careful :P my mistake