Phil,Here is another video of my match today against Mark, the same person in my first video more than 2 months ago. I still lost but I felt I did better this time. Please let me know what you think. (Sorry that the camera angle is not good)
Well done. Like I said this takes time and patience. Someone like Mark, he uses a very fast blade and blocks the ball very well. He has played and practiced with really good players so he knows how to block quality loops. When I tried to use a Rambo approach to beating him, I would inevitably lose the game and then get back to an approach where I had to set him up and take advantage of his blocking limitations but put the ball to precise places that would make him move and force him to recover to move again to play the next ball. I would not try to drive the ball past him but since he only blocked or smashed, I would spin the ball heavy and build up the spin before going for a put away shot so I rarely attacked hard early in the rally. I would loop one to the middle or to the backhand, get the block and then put the next one on the wide forehand and if he got to that, then go back to the backhand. Sometimes I would keep the ball shorter and go for wider angles. You might not have the control and precision to do these things yet and who knows you may get so good that you don't need to against him. Going into the elbow also helps a lot.
My main point though is that trying to blast the ball past a blocker is a hard way to win because unless you are smashing really flat or with backspin, their blocks will use your spin to move you around unless your spin/power levels exceed their thresholds. And when you go for speed with a topspin, the spin almost never exceeds their thresholds, they just block and you are out of position when the ball comes back. It is better to spin the ball slowly and then whatever they do, if your first ball is heavy, you can use the existing spin on the ball, which will usually also bounce higher with his block to spin/drive the ball harder to an easier spot on the table. Trying to break through on the first shot often will take you off balance and leave you open to being blocked out of position.
So keep up the good work, be patient, try to realize that table tennis is as much judo and boxing as it is rock-breaking and don't think that power is everything. Placement and spin (including spin variation) sometimes count for as much if not more. Mark is really experienced with good touch so he knows how to get you to play into his blocks on his terms. If you gain experience and work with the right strategic mindset, you will find ways to beat him based on how it is best to beat blockers. But it might be longer than you would like, especially if you are trying to blast through him all the time. Learn to play shots that get good quality but keep you ready to play 3 or 4 shots to precise spots on the table in order to win the point. Trying to go for one shot when the ball isn't going to hit the precise spot on the table that Mark cannot touch is a losing approach until you get to a level of spin that it won't matter (but this level is much harder to get to with the new ball).
Good luck and well done!