What is CARPE DIEM for you?
CARPE DIEM Director
CARPE DIEM Director/Black Belt
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)
Chief Instructor (Mita) /Black Belt
Date of Birth: January 27, 1989
Hometown: Kobe City, Hyogo, Japan
・IBJJF European Championship Bronze Medalist (2017 Black,Ligh Weight)
・IBJJF New York Spring Open Silver Medalist (2016 Black,Light Weight)
・JBJJF All Japan Champion (2017 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.
Chief Instructor (Hiroo)
Chief Instructor (Hiroo) /Black Belt
Date of Birth: April 27, 1993
Hometown: Tokushima City, Tokushima, Japan
・IBJJF World Championship Bronze Medalist (2017 Black,Rooster Weight)
・IBJJF Asian Championship Silver Medalist (2017 Black, Rooster Weight)
・JBJJF All Japn Champion (2017 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.
Date of Birth: December 20, 1986
Hometown: Nanterre, France
・IBJJF European Bronze Medalist (2016,2017 Brown,Middle Weight)
・UAEJJF Gand Slam Tokyo Champion (2015,2017 Brown,-85kg )
・JBJJF All Japan Champion (2017 Brown,Medium Heavy 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?
Chief Instructor (Aoyama)
Chief Instructor (Aoyama) /Brown Belt
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 (2015,2017 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.
Date of Birth: July 10, 1989
Hometown: Fukuyama City, Hiroshima, Japan
・JBJJF All Japan Bronze Medalist (2016 Black Light and Absolute Weight and 2017 Black,Fether Weight)
・IBJJF Asian Championship Silver Medalist (2017 Black,Feather Weight)
・RIZIN Grappling Tournament Champion (2017,-75kg)
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.
Date of Birth: August 4, 1992
Hometown: Fukushima, Japan
・IBJJF Asian Championship Silver Medalist (2017 Brown,Middle)
・UAEJJF Grand Slam Tokyo Champion (2017 Brown,-77kg)
・JBJJF All Japan Champion (2017 Brown,Middle)
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.
Date of Birth: July 25, 1993
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
・IBJJF Sao Paulo Open Champion (2015 Purple,Heavy and Absolute Weight)
・UAEJJF Grand Slam Tokyo Champion (2016 Purple,Heavy Weight)
・JBJJF All Japan Champion (2017 Brown,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.
Date of Birth: November 8, 1996
Hometown: Sendai City, Miyagi
・IBJJF Asian Championship Silver Medalist (2017 Purple,Feather Weight)
・UAEJJF Grand Slam Tokyo Bronze Medalist (2017 Purple,-69kg)
・UAEJJF Japan National Pro Jiu-Jitsu Champion (2017 Blue,-69kg and -77kg Open Class)
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.
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.
Date of Birth :December 1 ,1996
Hometown: Tokushima city, Tokushima,Japan
・JBJJF West Japan Championship Champion (2016 Purple,Light Feather Weight)
・JBJJF Kansai Championship Silver Medalist (2017 Purple, Light Feather Weight)
・IBJJF Asian championship Bronze Medalist (2017 Purple,Rooster Weight)
For me, Carpe Diem BJJ is a place where I can live my life as I am meant to. I discovered BJJ in my second year of high school, and after graduating I had to balance my training on one hand and my job on the other. After thinking about what I really want to do in life, I decided at once to give that up.After searching for an environment that would let me pay the bills just by doing BJJ, I realized Carpe Diem BJJ was the only option, so after quitting my job I moved to Tokyo immediately. I am truly happy here. Every day I contemplate ways to get stronger through a continual process of trial and error so my teammates and I will find victory in competition. Carpe Diem BJJ taught me how living as I am meant to can lead to happiness.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Date of Birth: Birth: March 1, 1970
Hometown: Washington D.C., US
・Former Firefighter and first at the scene on 9/11 at the Pentagon
・Former Patrol Officer In Washington D.C.
・Former Protection Agent of President Bush and Obama
・Current Strength and Conditioning Coach of Carpe Diem BJJ
I enjoy coaching the staff and members at Carpe Diem. The positive vibes are contagious and Carpe Diem has become my home away from home. I’m currently a purple belt and the BJJ journey has been rewarding for me.
My coaching style focuses on the individual working to achieve their training goals, rather than just ticking the exercise box. It’s not just about breaking a sweat, it’s about having a clear purpose with results on the horizon. Whether you come in for one on one or group training, the programming will be customized to each individual’s ability.
Physical strength will determine the quality and quantity of life you have remaining on this planet. Strength will also grant the advantage to the stronger of two opponents evenly matched in skill. Whether you want that gold medal podium spot, or just want to look good in a bikini, you have to put in the hard work with a combination of discipline and consistency. Carpe Diem has everything you need under one roof, which is a rare find in Tokyo.
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。