Yasaka – the story
As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of table tennis blades and rubbers Yasaka has gained an enormous experience and skill in developing top class table tennis blades and rubbers. This has led to several great successes among top players over the years. Here are some of our highlights:
The latest World Champion title with Yasaka. Mattias Falck wins the gold medal in men’s doubles together with Swedish player Kristian Karlsson at the World Championships in Houston. Mattias and Kristian became the first Swedish players to win the gold medal in doubles since 1991.
Yasaka introduces world class blades Falck Carbon and Falck W7 to the world.
Rakza Z and Rakza Z Extra Hard is added to the successful Rakza family. Rakza Z is the first Rakza rubber with a sticky top sheet.
Mattias Falck wins silver medal in the men’s singles at the World Championships in Budapest, writing history by becoming the first non-chinese player to reach the final since 2003. Mattias achieved his best single result with the Falck Carbon blade and Rakza PO on forehand, Rakza X on the backhand side.
High quality Rakza X was introduced with the “Power Sponge” and a top sheet with exceptional grip.
Yasaka released the third version of Hybrid Energy rubbers, the Rakza 9.
Yasaka Rakza 7 was introduced in the spring of 2010 and has become a major sales success. An increasing number of players are changing their rubbers to Rakza 7 and Rakza 7 soft. Ever since then Rakza 7 has been a successful choice among players.
During the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 Yasaka player Ma Lin captured the gold medal in men’s singles as well as in the men’s team. Ma Lin is the only men player winning Olympic Gold medals in singles, doubles and team and he is also the only player winning the World Cup men’s singles 4 times. Beyond this he has titles in men’s team and doubles in the World Championships.
His total records are outstanding:
- 3 times Olympic Champion
- 4 times winner of World Cup
- 9 times World Champion
Yasaka started the blade production in Tranås, Sweden and 1993 the successful blade Yasaka EXTRA was introduced.
Yasaka revolutionized the table tennis rubber technology and introduced MARK V. Winning the men´s single in the 1970 European Championships and 1971 World Championships MARK V started a victory road in table tennis all over the world. Since then MARK V has been continously developed and Yasaka MARK V is probably the most well known table tennis product on the market
YASAKA developed rapidly, in a close connection with Japanese top players that took over the leading position in World table tennis. With the rubber Original Yasaka supplied several Champions all over the World.
YASAKA Co. Ltd. was founded by Mr Hirosi Yaoita and Mr Sakamoto who gave the name of the company (YAoita + SAKAmoto). Mr Yaoita was a table tennis player and his aim was to offer table tennis players products with high technical quality and superior performance.