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INSTRUCTORS

Of course we are all into BJJ! This is about the other things we are into.

YUKI ISHIKAWA

Director

YUKI ISHIKAWA

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Director

YUKI ISHIKAWA

I'm into photography. I'm using a really old Pentax 67II film camera. This is a middle of the range film camera. It's a somewhat big and heavy one. So much so that when I carry it around my arms get sore. It can't take pictures in the dark and the film developing costs a lot, when you compare it to a digital it doesn't seem all that great. But then again I do like the photos that using film gives me. They have a kind of warmth that I can't put into words. Sometimes I even develop my own film in a dark room. I love the times when I stay up all night and work with the colors of film.

Chief Instructor (Mita)

MASAHIRO IWASAKI

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Chief Instructor (Mita)

MASAHIRO IWASAKI

In my free time I like reading.
Basically I will read anything but I do like Iri Ishida's "Ikebukuro West Gate Park" and Kazuki Kaneshiro's "Zombies" Series.
I also like books from Takahashi Ayumi's Sanctuary Publishing, especially the design. I often flick through them.
While I enjoy those I am also into true story sports books and stuff. One interesting one I read was "Born to Run", "Why people who work take up the challenge of Triathlons".
I also read business books but generally speaking I don't read them until after they are out of vogue.
When I choose a book I generally choose it based on the cover. I only go for books that fit in my hand. These smaller palm-sized books alway change with the season and this is one of the things I enjoy about them.
And so I guess you could say that going to the bookstore is my hobby.

TOMOYUKI HASHIMOTO

Chief Instructor (Hiroo)

TOMOYUKI HASHIMOTO

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Chief Instructor (Hiroo)

TOMOYUKI HASHIMOTO

The things I like after BJJ are Comics and Movies. When you read a comic or watch a movie you are able to experience things by proxy that you can't experience for yourself. Hero or Mafia, Prisoner or Billionaire, you can be whom ever you want. For someone like myself, raised in a narrow one-sided world, there is no replacement for being able to see a variety of different lives as I do in comics and movies.
One interesting comic which I have been reading recently is Taiyo Matsumoto's "Sunny". This is a story about orphans and kids with no parents so it is a little sad but it is drawn with real warmth and you can feel the nostalgia in places. While feeling the sad situation you can really get the enjoyment of the children's life.
When it comes to movies, I really like prison stories, especially the ones about prison breaks. One in particular is the movie with Paul Newman in it. The title seems quite exciting but the content is just the opposite. The guy Paul Newman plays, Luke, is always smiling no matter how hard the situation gets. No matter how low, he always finds something to smile about. And so the prisoners around him also become happy.
I gained a lot of courage from seeing this guy who was always happy no matter the circumstance.

THOMAS MIETZ

Staff/Instructor

THOMAS MIETZ

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Staff/Instructor

THOMAS MIETZ

I am interested in many activities outside bjj but if I really have to chose, I would say bmx and chess.
I began to ride a bmx at the age of 6 because I was attracted by motocross; with those guys jumping in the air and riding at 150 km/h on a dirt track it looked really rad to me, so I first ride dirt jump and then I switched to street riding when I later moved to Paris.
Street bmx riding involves to adapt the urban architecture to do cool tricks, as high, fast and stylish as possible. I love the creative part of it, also the fact that it allowed me to travel, and spend some quality time with great guys all around France and Europe.
Chess is another creative stuff; some people consider it as a sport, some other as a science or as an art. But it is more than just a game, you have to dedicate a large amount of time to get a correct level.
You need to study hard the positions to beat your opponent, using strategies and tactics, traps and counter-attacks. I used to play on internet and in the parks in Paris, spending hours playing against unknowns, business men, doctors, tramps…no matter your social position, it’s all about 36 squares and a king to protect!

KOYA OKAZAKI

Staff/Instructor

KOYA OKAZAKI

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Staff/Instructor

KOYA OKAZAKI

 I like listening to music. Even when I am doing jiu-jitsu or something else, I am always listening to music at the same time. What I really like is Reggae and classic hip hop. Steph Pockets, Speech, Lauryn Hill and of course don’t forget Bob Marley. Basically I like chilled out music. Sometimes I even dance to the rhythm. Actually I like dancing too.

KAZUKI WATANABE

Staff/Instructor

KAZUKI WATANABE

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Staff/Instructor

KAZUKI WATANABE

Aside from practicing BJJ the one thing I like is Mountain Climbing.
When I am on a mountain I really feel like I am a human being. When your hiking on a tough path up the mountain there are times when you feel that you aren’t going to make it. But if you just keep putting one foot in front of the other eventually you will get there. When this happens the feeling of achieving your goal leaves you without anything to say. The view from the top is always priceless too. You can really feel the greatness of nature up there. I am looking forward to climbing again when I can find time.

JASON COTTRELL

Instructor

JASON COTTRELL

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Instructor

JASON COTTRELL

The thing I like.
To tell you the truth, when I was a child I never used to like sports. I was always into reading books and watching TV. I was pretty much a couch potato.
But when I came to Japan 13 years ago, I didn't have any friends living close by and I didn't like Japanese TV. Actually I never watched TV for the first 2 years I was in Japan. So to fill my time I joined a gym near my work and started working out 4-6 times a week.
Nowadays I like to spend a lot of my free time working out at the gym or running outside. I even try to work out or run when I vacation overseas!
So I guess the thing I like is working out and running.

KENICIH ITO

Instructor

KENICIH ITO

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Instructor

KENICIH ITO

I really like Winning & Losing. When I say that, I don't mean that I'm into  gambling as in Pachinko or Mahjong, but I'm really about the competition of professional sports. Right now I'm also trying to make a go of it as a professional and that's why competition is satisfying for me. When I get to the stage that I can no longer do this I think that I would like to manage a baseball team. But then again maybe I'd like to manage a major Japanese soccer team instead. I'd love to throw myself into the world of weekly wins and losses and keep on doing it until I retire.

RINTARO ISHIGE

Instructor

RINTARO ISHIGE

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Instructor

RINTARO ISHIGE

 The thing I like is riding. Cars, Bikes, Bicycles, anything is ok. I enjoy everything from the process of choosing what to ride, to the sense of speed when combined with the season, the weather and the distance to suit the day’s plans. Even when going to the same place the speed changes depending on my ride so in the blink of an eye I am able to enjoy a different view.

YOSHIHIKO MATSUMOTO

Instructor

YOSHIHIKO MATSUMOTO

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Instructor

YOSHIHIKO MATSUMOTO

The thing I like is "Bread".
Of course I like Sandwiches, Bagels, Toast that I have toasted at home, but I especially like those hard crispy breads like German Bread, but I am not any kind of expert on bread types though. One of my special favorites are the breads that have raisins, walnuts or other nuts in them. In the future I would love to become a Bread Shop owner.

HITOSHI WATANABE

Instructor

HITOSHI WATANABE

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Instructor

HITOSHI WATANABE

What I really like is cooking. Recently I'm particularly into making Ramen. Of course I make the soup and the pork, but my noodles are also homemade. No matter what flavor, pork, chicken or fish I am trying to make them all through trial and error. When it comes to the noodles, the thickness and type of flour, the water temperature, how much water you add and so on, the temperature on the day,these all make a difference when you are making them. This is because making noodles is an art.

To make soup properly you need to spend about 4-5 hours making the stock properly from the bones. And even the noodles also need to sit for more an a day.

But the actual eating takes only 5 minutes.

It's all about the Ramen!

When trying to make something delicious there is no room for compromise. I'm sure a day will come when I can make some for you.

KOICHI WARAGAI

Instructor

KOICHI WARAGAI

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Instructor

KOICHI WARAGAI

It's not really something that I like but more about something that I'm trying to like, Trains.
Up until now, aside from Jiu-Jitsu, anything that I could possibly count as a hobby was generally related to my work. But now I have a 2 year old boy who is fascinated by trains. It is definitely a boy thing.

He also likes "Booboo!" (Cars) and busses, but because we have recently taken the Bullet train a lot, when at home he suddenly pipes up with "Bullet Train!". He is also fond of shouting out, "Chuo Line!", "JR!", "Saikyo Line" and lots of other train related words. I think it has to do with a picture book about trains which we got from some relatives.

He often points and asks "This?" And wants to know the names of the trains. Mostly I just answer with the "E ~ Model" which is written there in the book because I'm not really sure.

Now you know I'm not really at the Trainspotter level but I have recently found myself thinking "This train is futuristic and cool!".

Recently we go to our nearest station and ride to a nearby station. When he sees a train leaving the station while standing on the platform he always says,"Bye Bye Train" and waves. On occasion the train conductor looks back and waves at him, when is happens he is a bit surprised and will tense up.

One more thing. I'm thinking about taking him to the train museum. No matter what, first of all I, being the type who likes to have information first, would like to keep going down the Train-mania road. In the ideal that my son will be able to answer any question he is asked.

NOBUHIKO TAKATSU

Instructor

NOBUHIKO TAKATSU

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Instructor

NOBUHIKO TAKATSU

It's not exactly a hobby, but once a year I put work and BJJ training on hold and spend some time at a resort near the beach relaxing with my family. I usually read or just organize my thoughts, but moreover I enjoy not having a plan and the luxury of not having to do anything. In this environment I notice things that slip by amid the usual bustle of city life and can replenish my energies. Even then, I am who I am and after a few days I usually find myself with a smartphone, looking for nearby BJJ dojos.

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