Kato san – arigatou!

October 26, 2010

Kato san, second from the left

Today’s morning regular class marked the final day that we will see Kato san at Triforce for a while. Due to his Job, he will be transferred to Nagoya. Thank you for helping me with my technique over the years! Please think about opening TF Nagoya in the near future… πŸ™‚

Iga sensei was heading up class today, and so, as to be expected it was full on – we learned some really useful escapes from being held in the arm bar position- high risk, high return!

We finally finished with some sparring- one person in, three guys taking it in turn to fight with him- very hard core!


Competition class

October 22, 2010

Hayakawa sensei allowed me to join in with the Saturday morning competition class – which was 100 minutes or so of high paced training. The competition class, as the title might suggest, focuses on training in preparation for…well, competitions….

The flow of the class begins with a quick warm up, followed by drilling of, for example throws, pass moves and so on – a particular action needs to be repeated as many times as possible over a 60 second burst before changing over. After that it was to sparring – and lots of it!

Thank you to Nakayama sensei for making me feel welcome πŸ™‚

Sunday regular – nothing but tough guys!

October 16, 2010

Sunday regular class had 18 people sparring, 4 brown belts, 4 purple belts, with blues and whites making up the numbers – the high level guys made for really tough training! We had a quick warm up, followed by instruction from Hayakawa sensei about some effective take-downs – which took me a time or two to get the hang of!

Team picture after class – all looking surprisingly fresh considering the hour or so of sparring just undertaken! I’m taking a week off from tomorrow, and will head down to Kyushu for some (well earned I think) rest and recovery [more from work than Jiu Jitsu!] I wonder if there are any Jiu Jitsu teams down there…. πŸ™‚

Sawada kun – IQ wrestler

October 7, 2010

Here is Sawada Kun showing us some of his Wrestling acumen – getting pretty good with the single leg take-downs there, sir! Notice Shimyo sensei to the right offering well timed words of advice- no doubt gratefully received!

Regular class tonight had about 7 or 8 participants – with the popularity of the 18:15 regular class, the 21:00 class is a little low in numbers but big on effort and output – I was ready to throw in the towel come the end of class!

Tony, all the way from Seattle!

October 4, 2010

We welcomed Tony to Triforce today – a super nice guy!Β  Tony is in Japan for a few weeks traveling and seeing some friends – sadly he is heading back to the USA the day after next – I hope you get to train with him in Shinjuku tomorrow and again Wednesday before he heads back!

Tony working in the full guard

The team and some guy with a banana πŸ™‚

Class today was more Spider guardΒ  -excellent practice for me as a guy with long legs – hopefully I’ll get comfortable using it in competitions when the next one comes around….After class Matt continued his side business in importing protein powder from the USA – if your looking to get into supplements, give Matt a call!

Gaikokujin heavy

October 1, 2010

Full house - Friday regular class

We had a full house training tonight at the regular class – with a good number of foreign participants to balance the numbers out! With Robin from Sweden we made 4 – Not bad at all!

Class tonight centred around sweeps, particularly from spider guard – quite useful for me as a tall guy – definitely look to practise these as I try to avoid my guard getting passed…..

(white) Vs. Matt [USA], British photographer! “]