Table Tennis Fight Club (TTFC) is an exclusive club where existing members recommend other players, thus forming a select membership of high-level participants who meet in secret locations to train and ‘fight’.
One way to bypass the application process is to attend an open session where non-members can train with each other until they are spotted by a member. Some players reach the required standard through continuous training at the open sessions. These open sessions are coached and supervised by a full member, and currently take place on Fridays and Sundays at our King’s Cross venue. Check the events calendar for more details.
The club has four venues in central London: in Southwark (SE1), King’s Cross (NW1), West End (W1), and Barbican (EC1). See our map.
Founded in 2014 by Georges Sokol (aka Tyler Durden) and sponsored by Decathlon, the club offers a unique opportunity for table tennis players of a high standard to ‘fight’ against one another.
The first aim of the club is to enable its members to achieve their peak potential. Our members have the motivation to train, compete, and attain a high level of performance. The club also encourages its members to promote table tennis to the general public by playing and participating in community projects.
Although our members like to fight and win, they show good sportsmanship at all times. They are independent thinkers who value initiative and self-direction. They tend to challenge assumptions about the game and life, while respecting the views of others. Members have no role models, but seek to become their own hero.
If you have been recruited by an existing member, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the person who put you forward and you will be invited to a free session. If you have not been recommended but feel you have the requisite playing level and personality, fill in our application form to be considered for an invitation. The committee will then assess your submission and decide whether you get invited to a session. To become a fully-fledged member, you will need to prove your worth by defeating two current members in a best-of-five playoff (this holds true whether you’ve been invited or recommended). If you do not win, you will probably not be accepted. The committee’s decision is final.
Until March 2017, the open sessions take place on Fridays 7.45pm-9.50pm and Sundays 3pm-5pm. The members-only sessions are held on various days. After March, there will be additional weekly sessions (tbc). Check the events calendar for dates.
See map below. The open sessions on Thursdays take place at 49 Tanner Street, London SE1 3PL (Google Map). The Saturday open sessions take place at the Somers Town Sports Centre, 134 Chalton Street, London NW1 1RX (Google Map). Full members can arrange to fight at our other secret venues, which are only revealed once a player receives a formal invitation to join.
As well as having access to a network of skilled players, members’ perks include discounted sessions, a TTFC t-shirt, and business cards. We also take part in tournaments and host monthly social events for our members. We have a team in the top division of the London league where we play weekly against other clubs all over London from October to March.
Victoria ensures the membership, website, and marketing run smoothly. But can she play? She dubiously claims the championship title of the office mini ping pong table.
Rodica was trained in Romania where she was quickly spotted as a rising star. She is a popular coach at the TTFC open sessions, but make no mistake, her play is very consistent and she rarely loses points.
Miguel is certified by Table Tennis England (TTE) and was the Head Coach for one of the biggest clubs in Spain. His CV includes working with the Spanish national table tennis team. He was employed by TTE in scouting out talented young players.
Matt trained at the famous Levallois table tennis club in France where giants such as Jean-Philippe Gatien and Patrick Chila honed their skills. As a defender with long pimples rubber, he is bound to test your attacking ability to the limit.
Phi competed in Germany for over 12 years, captaining his team to great success. Phi’s game is aggressive and destructive; he likes to win the rally as fast as possible. Before you even realise it, the point will be over.
Born in Hong Kong, Jason is the President of the Imperial College Table Tennis Club. He is also an active player in the British League as well as major TTE tournaments. If you dare to challenge him, good luck returning his mighty HURRICANE spin!
Sebastian’s laid-back demeanour hides a deadly weapon: an abundance of natural talent that will daze and surprise you. Ranked highly in the first division in Argentina, Sebastian is one to watch.
Ranked no. 3 in Stockholm, Helene has competed internationally and played in the first division of Sweden’s league. Playing against her is a workout you won’t forget.
Nicholas is ranked in the top 50 in England, and was the captain and number one at Cambridge University. An all-round player with an outstanding technique, his opponents stand little chance against him.
Matt was ranked in the top 20 in the country for cadet and went on to represent the south of England at all junior age groups. He was captain of the Bournemouth University team and also played in the area’s premier division. Although he has not played for some time, he has proven to be an all-round player with no real weakness.
Priyal has been part of the women’s national team of Mauritius since 2006. Other exploits include receiving a sports scholarship from Kent University where she captained their team to reach the final of the national championships, thus qualifying for the European Universities TT Championships. Priyal’s competitive experience allows her to beat stronger players. Do not underestimate her.
Sergio is an accomplished athlete, almost leading the top list of the Glasgow South division. Returning from injury, he is now ready to use his tactical expertise to defeat eager challengers.
Trained by the world-renowned coach Marie Hrachova, Marek has always been ranked in the top regional 10 in his home country of Czech Republic. He has won numerous competitions, but the 2015/16 season will be his first in the UK and he has already shown great promise. His forehand topspin usually destroys everything in its path.
Glyn is a former Scottish junior international player. Not only did he play for the Cambridge University first team while studying there, he was also a medallist at British schools and universities level. His counter attack is unmatched in speed and power. You’d be lucky to get a few points off him.
Kristina was a member of Lithuania’s national team for 5 years. She has competed in international tournaments including European and World Championships. She plays a very spinny game. No matter what you throw at her, Kristina has the know-how and experience to knock you down.
Aged 15, Jonathan was number 4 in the whole of France. Having won the Parisian regional championships twice, Jonathan is one of the fastest players at TTFC. Throw him one weak ball and he will punish you without mercy.
Table Tennis Fight Club HQ
20 Nassau Street
London W1W 7AG
Please note that the above is the office address, not a training venue.