It’s all in the shoulders

March 30, 2011

The lads get to grips with throw that’s all about timing! As usual, took me a few practice goes to get it 🙂



Fukuda San gets his blue belt!

March 29, 2011

Fukuda san after being awarded his blue belt from Hayakawa sensei - Iga sensei doing the honors 🙂

A big congrats to Fukuda san who received his blue belt from Hayakawa sensei on Monday – He’s worked really hard to get to this level and it’s thoroughly deserved! Next stop: competition??


March 27, 2011

Congratulations to all, and to Miyamoto sensei of the morning class who was awarded his brown belt

Triforce held a belt awards ceremony yesterday – sadly, as usual I couldn’t attend as I usually have to work most Sundays, being allowed to swing the odd one off now and again for competitions etc. As I’m entering the competition on the 17th of April, getting yesterday off would have been a bit of a stretch…

I managed to spar with all the blue belts in this picture today at training – I can honestly say those awards were thoroughly deserved!It was great to spend time at Triforce recently – speaking with the guys and training really helps  me to relax and forget about recent issues and of course, work!

We’re back!

March 23, 2011

Not your usual training kit....

The dojo opened yesterday and slowly, as the earthquakes seem to calm down, it’s safe to get back to the business of hard training – please check the Japanese site here for class times – there may be some slight variations due to the upheaval of recent events.

But as the title says, Triforce is back and it was great to get on the mat and train again – I never knew I could miss it that much! I will concede though that I felt a little slower than usual – what with my holiday in February, and this inforced break over the last 10 days, I’ve really lost some of my edge….

A message from Hayakawa sensei

March 20, 2011

To all Tri-force members

I’ve been overwhelmed by grief and surprise by the immense disaster which inflicted catastrophic damage. May I extend my condolences to the many people who lost their lives, families, friends and homes.

I pay respect to all the people who are involved in the rescue effort,  assisting  the sufferers, and fighting with the nuclear plant at their own peril, such as the Japanese Self-Defense Force, the police, fire-fighters, and TEPCO. I wish all operations success and they come back safely.

Regarding Tri-force, thanks to all of the staff especially all branch managers, who dealt with this circumstance without me. I really appreciate them.
As the president of this company, I really apologize for closing the academy and not being able to answer your requests. I would appreciate if you understand it was a difficult decision with safety being in my mind.

In addition to this, I apologize for this late notice.  A day before coming back to Japan, I finally decided what to write and  announce you on the Triforce blog.
Now I stay at my relatives in Hawaii and keep watching the news on TV and surf the internet so that I can get information as much as possible. I never had an idea this extensive disaster happened while I’m on my  once-yearly vacation.

I think of Japan and victims every second of everyday. I can’t help watching the news without tears. The way that the foreign media reports the events is worse than how the Japanese’s does.

My younger female cousin  makes an intense effort to support victims as a doctor in Tohoku (disaster area). My older brother had a baby one day before the earthquake. So they can’t evacuate from Tokyo because they need to protect the baby.

The devastating effect it has not only on the person who lives in Tohoku, but also on Tri-force members. Ito-san, Miyamoto-san, the firefighters, they are ready to go to Tohoku at any moment.

To tell the truth, I am really safe in Hawaii now and the idea of “staying in Hawaii and keep living safety” went through my mind once. I thought this is a good opportunity from God  to keep watching the things happening in Japan safely once.

However, I’m sure courage is the most important thing to keep our dignity. And this is a test from God of our courage, I guess. How do you live in this this world – what do you choose? I would like to live with holding my head up.

I would feel empty inside if I choose to leave my family, friends, and people in disaster area to live in island safely. Even now I feel a lump in my throat with a patriotic motive. How can I live rest of my life with such a feeling? You can’t say “I’m living” in that way. That’s not very far short of saying that you don’t have a heart.

If people trying to protect us, such as the Self-Defense Forces, the police, firefighters, and TEPCO protect their lives by their own selfish rules, all victims lives would have been lost for nothing.

Therefore, we have to live stronger to return their efforts.

I will go back to Tokyo tomorrow.

My aunt and cousin are trying to persuade me not to go back, but I will say goodbye to them with a smile because I believe I can see them again soon.

After I get back to Tokyo,  I suppose that even if I go up to the north, I won’t go down to the south to evacuate until the government announce us officially.

I’ve set my mind.

I will manage to get over this crisis and try hard to be assist of reconstruction as a Japanese national.

Tri-force BJJ academy
Mitsuyoshi Hayakawa

Back open on the 14th

March 13, 2011

Shimyo sensei being schooled in the ways of the DS

The earthquake disrupted lessons over the last few days, with Triforce Ikebukuro and Shinjuku closing whilst building checks were carried out – thankfully, the buildings were fine and the staff and instructors, some of who are firefighters are all fine.

Really looking forward to training tomorrow and talking with all the members!

Welcome, Choi san!

March 2, 2011

Choi san (right)

One of Sun san’s friends, Choi san from Korea is staying in Japan for a month or so, and will train with us at Triforce – we’re really looking forward to having him train with us!

There was a definite international feel to class today, with the Japanese contingent supplemented by a Taiwanese, a Korean and a solitary Brit – it was amazing how smoothly class went considering the languages on show 🙂

It was Iga sensei’s turn to head up morning class, and due to this there was a focus on conditioning – carrying partners, squats, press ups and so on – sparring was a breeze compared to all that!