Our Coaches

Whether you're looking to learn the game, sharpen your competitive edge, or simply have a bit of fun, our coaches are happy to work with players of all skill levels. Call today and schedule a lesson here at the Center or at your table at home!

Elie Zainabudinova

Elie, a native of Kazakhstan, has been playing table tennis since the age of eight. Through her career, Elie has competed at the highest level amassing numerous honors including a #1 national ranking and multiple international awards. In 2000, Elie moved to Los Angeles and can be seen in season 7 of HBO’s Entourage and in Universal’s Balls of Fury. Elie coaches and trains at the Gilbert Table Tennis Center and is available for instruction at all skill levels. She is USATT certified.

Kundan Ghimire

Born in Nepal, began playing table tennis at the young age of 9 years old. At the age of 13, he played in the All India National Championship winning the Bronze Medal in the Team Championship category. In 2001, he placed 3rd in the Under 14 Boys Category at the North India Juniors Championship and from 2001 to 2005, representing his school, continued to compete as a young player winning various Regional Championships. He later also represented his state in the Indian National Championships. Once having moved to the United States, he won in the Boy's Category in the California State Open and again in the California Golden State Open. He is currently available to coach all skill levels at Gilbert Table Tennis Center..

Bella Livshin

Bella has been coaching since 1968, making her our most experienced trainer. As a player, she has won numerous US Open and US Nationals titles in the over 40 and over 50 groups. She began coaching the Los Angeles Junior Maccabi team in 1995 and still holds the position today. Bella absolutely loves coaching table tennis, and is available to train players of all skill levels.

Kim Gilbert

Kim's eventful career racked up many championship titles from 1980 through 1992. Her powerful offense brought her success as a champion of the California State Open, Pacific Coast Open, U.S. Closed, and several gold, silver and bronze medals at the U.S. Olympic Festival. She also still holds the record for the fasted reflexes ever recorded live on ESPN in 1986. In 1988 she qualified for the Olympic Trials and had continued success until a shattered right arm injury ended her Olympic dream. After 18 years away from the sport, in 2010 she launched a miraculous comeback tour to table tennis and is now headlining exhibitions and events at SPiN Hollywood and SPiN Milwaukee (Susan Sarandon's nightclubs). Kim was just featured in the May 9, 2011 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine. Kim currently trains as well as coaches at Gilbert Table Tennis Center and is available to coach players of all skill and experience levels, from beginner to very advanced. Please go to www.kimgilbert.com for further information, photos, and her events calendar.

Konstantin Chernomorskiy

A descendent from the royal family residing in a Ukraine provence called Dnipropetrovsk, Konstantin has spent almost his entire life in the sport of Table Tennis. He was once offered czar of Russia in 1988 but declined the offer to pursue his career in Table Tennis. Konstantin would wake up every morning with a harsh regiment of 3 raw eggs, a whole chicken and milk straight from the cow residing in his backyard. He wouldn't be afraid of showing his feminine side, if he had one. As he got older his personality was so magnetic he couldn't carry any credit cards. The king of France has his number as an emergency contact. In school he taught himself to speak French in Russian. His charm was so contagious, vaccines have been created for it. Every time he goes for a swim, dolphins appear. He doesn't use a GPS because if he were to give you directions, you'd never get lost. And you'd arrive at least 5 minutes early.