CARPE DIEM | BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU | We have 3 branches in Tokyo.

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INSTRUCTORS

What is CARPE DIEM for you?

YUKI ISHIKAWA

CARPE DIEM Director/Black Belt

YUKI ISHIKAWA

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CARPE DIEM Director/Black Belt

YUKI ISHIKAWA

Date of Birth: July 1, 1975
Hometown: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka, Japan

・IBJJF World Championship Bronze Medalist (2004 Purple Belt, Feather weight)
・IBJJF Asian Championship Champion (2006 Brown, Feather Weight)
・IBJJF Asian Championship Silver Medalist (2008 Black, Feather Weight)

Carpe Diem BJJ is life itself for me, and the dojo is a manifestation of how I seize the day. I established the dojo and I’m the director, but I have done it with the support of a long staff lineup and many members. We continue to grow well beyond my initial vision, and I will continue striving to make Carpe Diem BJJ dojos a place to find new people, new experiences, and happiness.

Chief Instructor (Mita) /Black Belt

MASAHIRO IWASAKI

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Chief Instructor (Mita) /Black Belt

MASAHIRO IWASAKI

Date of Birth: January 27, 1989
Hometown: Kobe City, Hyogo, Japan

・IBJJF European Championship Bronze Medalist (2017 Black,Light Weight)
・IBJJF New York Spring Open Silver Medalist(2016 Black,Light Weight)
・JBJJF All Japan Champion (2016 Black,Light Weight)

Jiu-jitsu has been my line of support wherever I have gone in life.

That's unlikely to change and I'm proud to be “Masahiro Iwasaki of Carpe Diem BJJ” today. Before I joined I never had the support of the people around me like I do now. I only saw myself when competing and I never thought of winning for someone else. Naturally, becoming a world champion is a goal I want to achieve for myself, but now the fact that when I win it delights everyone else around me is better than anything else. The support of Carpe Diem BJJ is what gives me the strength to keep going and overcome challenges that would otherwise tempt me to give up.

Competing is scary and training is hard, but as long as I have that support I am absolutely dedicated to achieving my goals. For me, Carpe Diem BJJ is the source of my will to fight.

TOMOYUKI HASHIMOTO

Chief Instructor (Hiroo) /Black Belt

TOMOYUKI HASHIMOTO

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Chief Instructor (Hiroo) /Black Belt

TOMOYUKI HASHIMOTO

Date of Birth: April 27, 1993
Hometown: Tokushima City, Tokushima, Japan

・IBJJF World Champion (2015 Brown, Rooster Weight)
・IBJJF Asian Championship Silver Medalist (2015 Black, Rooster Weight)
・IBJJF Japan National Champion (2016 Black, Light Feather Weight)

Carpe Diem BJJ is the first real job I've ever had but is also where I can pursue my dream of becoming a world champion.

Every member of the staff I work with is equally motivated and we all provide positive encouragement to each other. For me, Carpe Diem BJJ is where I find true friends with whom I can share this life.

Our membership is full of excellent people as well. I teach BJJ, which is a fairly narrow world to live in, but our members let me into theirs and teach me things I would otherwise never know. On one hand Carpe Diem BJJ exists for competitive jujitsu training, but on the other it also brings people from diverse worlds together.

THOMAS MIETZ

Staff/Brown Belt

THOMAS MIETZ

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Staff/Brown Belt

THOMAS MIETZ

Date of Birth: December 20, 1986
Hometown: Nanterre, France

・IBJJF Japanese National Champion(2016 Purple, Middle and Absolute Weight and 2017 Brown,Medium Heavy Weight)
・JJFJ Rickson Gracie Cup Champion(2016 Brown,Middle and Absolute Weight)
・IBJJF Europeans Medalist (2017 Brown Middle Weight)

I am lucky enough to enjoy doing what I do, and Carpe Diem BJJ has made that possible. More than just another gym or a dojo, here I can earn a living doing what I love surrounded by close friends, which of course is highly satisfying.

Carpe Diem BJJ has helped me find my place in Japanese society. As a martial arts instructor I have become more integrated with my surroundings, earning the respect and trust of some influential people in the process.

We try to break down social barriers at Carpe Diem BJJ, whether ethnic or cultural. I have met a wide variety of people from many different backgrounds through my training and instruction, and my own horizons are broader as a result.

Maybe Carpe Diem BJJ really is just a kick-ass organization, with the coolest image, nice mats, clean showers, and world-class athletes training at dojos located in the best areas of Tokyo. If so, and if you want to train hard, what more could you ask for?

KOYA OKAZAKI

Chief Instructor (Aoyama) /Brown Belt

KOYA OKAZAKI

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Chief Instructor (Aoyama) /Brown Belt

KOYA OKAZAKI

Date of Birth: February 3, 1992
Hometown: Susaki City, Kochi, Japan

・IBJJF Asian Championship Bronze Medalist (2016 Brown,Fether Weight)
・JBJJF All Japan Championship Bronze Medalist(2016 Brown,Light Weight)
・IBJJF Japanese National Champion(2015 Brown,Light Weight)

Carpe Diem BJJ is almost like a fast track to success for me.

Apart from jujitsu, I haven’t kept up with much for very long in my life. Carpe Diem BJJ is where I thought I could reach my goals in the shortest time once I also thought I could make a living out of jujitsu.

I have nothing but gratitude for being employed teaching jujitsu at Carpe Diem BJJ when I had nothing to my name.

After I became part of the team, I realized it wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought it would be, but now I know I was right to follow my instincts.

There are a lot of powerful people at Carpe Diem BJJ, and there are a lot of interesting characters here, too. I think training with them helps me grow, and I think you could search the whole world and not find another place like this one.

Tomoshige Sera

Staff/Black Belt

TOMOSHIGE SERA

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Staff/Black Belt

TOMOSHIGE SERA

Date of Birth: July 10, 1989
Hometown: Fukuyama City, Hiroshima, Japan

・JBJJF All Japan Bronze Medalist (2016 Black, Light and Absolute Weight)
・Jiu Jitsu Shinbun Cup Silver Medalist (2015 Black,Light and Absolute Weight)
・RIZIN Grappring Tournament Silver Medalist (2016,-75kg Division)

Carpe Diem BJJ is where I can do what I want to do .

I started judo in the sixth grade of primary school before becoming fascinated with the world of full-contact combat in MMA. I started jujitsu in college and soon became deeply involved in the pursuit. Now it’s more like my purpose in life.

After graduation and joining the “real world” I kept up my training, eventually finding the better environment I sought for myself at Carpe Diem BJJ. Now, jujitsu is how I pay the bills.

I think I came to Carpe Diem BJJ naturally, and not because I was trying to be a certain kind of person but because I just pursued what I wanted to do in life.

A place where I can do what I want to do. That's Carpe Diem BJJ for me.

KAZUKI WATANABE

Staff/Brown Belt

KAZUKI WATANABE

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Staff/Brown Belt

KAZUKI WATANABE

Date of Birth: August 4, 1992
Hometown: Fukushima, Japan

・JBJJF All Japan Champion (2016 Brown,Middle)
・Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tokyo Silver Medalist(2016 Brown,-77kg)
・JBJJF All Japan Bronze Medalist (2015 Purple, Light Weight)

Carpe Diem BJJ is a turning point for me. I’d been training in jujitsu as a hobby, and eventually I came to Tokyo to fully develop my interests and become a stronger man. I feel I am absolutely achieving that through the high-quality training here and experience in overseas tournaments among other benefits. Every day I spend at Carpe Diem BJJ is fantastically encouraging at the highest level, just as I'd imagined it could be. I intend to keep training here and grow even stronger.

Rida Haisam

Staff/Brown Belt

RIDA HAISAM

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Staff/Brown Belt

RIDA HAISAM

Date of Birth: July 25, 1993
Hometown: Accra, Ghana

・Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tokyo Champion(2015 Purple,Heavy and Absolute Weight)
・JBJJF All Japan Champion (2016 Purple ,Heavy and Absolute Weight)
・IBJJF Sao Paulo Open Champion (2015 Purple,Heavy and Absolute Weight)

This is a challenging question to answer because properly describing this fantastic organization would take a lot more space than we have here. One thing is certain: I am always honored to be at Carpe Diem BJJ.

Jiujitsu is what I think of day and night and getting the opportunity to work and train at Carpe Diem BJJ is a dream come true for me. Here, I believe I am on the right path to achieving my dreams, competing at an elite level of the sport, and becoming a better instructor.

Carpe Diem BJJ changed my life. I now have the opportunity to meet and train with people that share my dreams, which brings the best out of me every single day. As a member of the Carpe Diem BJJ family I know I am in the best hands. I could not ask for more.

KEITO OYANAGI

Staff/Purple Belt

KEITO OYANAGI

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Staff/Purple Belt

KEITO OYANAGI

Date of Birth: November 8, 1996
Hometown: Sendai City, Miyagi

・JBJJF Kanto Open Champion (2017 Blue,Fether and Absolute Weight)
・UAEJJF Japan National Pro Jiu-Jitsu Champion(2017 Blue,-69kg and -77kg Open Class)
・Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tokyo Bronze Medalist(2016 Blue,-69kg)

Carpe Diem, “seize the day,” is a way of life for me, and the Carpe Diem BJJ dojos are where we -- the staff, our members, everyone -- can get together and make that way of life happen.

Before I would think about my future, being unable to do the things I wanted to do and generally worrying about life. Now, with “seize the day” as a fundamental attitude I feel like I can make straightforward progress toward my goals.

I should be very pleased with myself if I can use jujitsu to help other people seize the day, too.

MAKOTO SUZUKI

Staff/Blue Belt

MAKOTO SUZUKI

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Staff/Blue Belt

MAKOTO SUZUKI

Date of Birth: August 14, 1996
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

・IBJJF Asian Championship Silver Medalist(2016 Bleu,Feather Weight)
・JJFJ Rickson Gracie Cup Champion(2016 Blue,Feather Weight)
・JJFJ All Japan Championship Silver Medalist(2016 Blue,Feather Weight)

For me, the Carpe Diem BJJ dojos are one of the few places where I can feel at peace. This may seem curious considering injury to both body and self-confidence is a constant possibility in the dojo, but the atmosphere here promotes honest, whole acceptance of that reality. Sparring may seem fierce at first, but when you’re in the moment you’re calm, with nothing but your thoughts, your techniques, and the sound of your breathing. We train with all kinds of people at the dojo, regardless of upbringing or social position, and our egos are left at the door along with our shoes.

JASON COTTRELL

Instructor

JASON COTTRELL

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Instructor

JASON COTTRELL

正直言うと、子供の頃はスポーツが好きではありませんでした。いつも読者をしたり、テレビを見たりする事に夢中になっていて、ずっとソファで過ごすような結構な怠け者でした。けれども13年前に日本に来た時、友達は近くに住んでいないし、日本のテレビは好きではなかったし。。(実際、日本に来て最初の2年はテレビを全く見ませんでした)で、時間を埋める為にも、仕事場の近くのジムに入会し、週に4回~6回と、通い始めました。今ではもう、時間があればジムで体を動かしたり、外で走ったりする事に時間を費やすのが好きで、休暇で海外にいる時でさえ、そうしてしまいます!ということで '私の好きな事' は、体を動かす事とランニング!なのだと思います。

KENICIH ITO

Instructor

KENICIH ITO

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Instructor

KENICIH ITO

私が好きなのは「勝負」です。勝負と言っても麻雀、パチンコなどギャンブルにはまったく興味がありません。純粋にプロスポーツの「勝負」です。今は自分もプロで闘っておりますので満たされていますが、身体が動かなくなったらプロスポーツの球団を経営したいと思っております。やはり日本のメジャースポーツ、サッカーか野球の球団を経営したいなと思っております。そして毎週勝った負けたの世界に身を投じて定年を迎えたいと思ってます。

RINTARO ISHIGE

Instructor

RINTARO ISHIGE

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Instructor

RINTARO ISHIGE

乗り物が好きです。車、バイク、自転車、それぞれの乗り味、スピード感を季節や天候、距離感やその日の予定に合わせて、選ぶ過程から楽しいです。同じ目的地迄の道のりでも、選んだ物によってスピードが違うので、目に止まる時間の流れで、違う見え方をするのが好きです。

YOSHIHIKO MATSUMOTO

Instructor

YOSHIHIKO MATSUMOTO

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Instructor

YOSHIHIKO MATSUMOTO

僕の好きなものはパンが好きです。
サンドイッチ、ベーグル、家で焼いたトーストも好きですが、特にハード系というか固いパン、ドイツパン的なもの…というか詳しくは無いのですが、レーズンとかクルミ、ナッツがたくさん入ってるものが特に好みです。
将来はパン屋さんになりたいです…

HITOSHI WATANABE

Instructor

HITOSHI WATANABE

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Instructor

HITOSHI WATANABE

私の好きなものは料理です。最近は特にラーメンを作るのにハマってます。スープ、チャーシューは勿論ですが麺も自家製です。スープは豚骨、鶏ガラ、魚介までオールマイティに色々と試行錯誤しながら挑戦してます。麺においても太さや小麦粉の種類、水温、加水率などその日の気温などで微妙に変えて打ってます。麺は生き物ですからね。美味しいスープを作るにはガラの下処理、煮込みで最低でも4、5時間はかかります。麺も最低でも1日以上寝かせなければなりません。食べるのは5分ですけどね。たかがラーメンされどラーメン!旨いものを作るのに妥協は許されません。いつか、皆さんにご提供できる日が来るかもしれませんね。

NOBUHIKO TAKATSU

Instructor

NOBUHIKO TAKATSU

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Instructor

NOBUHIKO TAKATSU

趣味ではないのですが、毎年1回は仕事と柔術の練習を休んでビーチのあるリゾートに家族で泊まってのんびりしています。読書や頭の整理を行っているのですが、あえて予定は何もいれず「何もしなくていい贅沢」を味わっています。普段都会の喧騒の中にいると気付かないような事も見えてきて、英気を養えます。まあ元々の性格が止まってられないので、2、3日するとスマホで近くの柔術道場を探してしまいますが。

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