September 30, 2011
We were very happy to welcome Luke and Stacey to Triforce today- both are from the UK- represent! From what Luke was saying, it seems that both will ‘do a Cameron’ and train daily – wonder if Cam’s record of 45 logins + will be bettered?!
One day and counting until the Tokyo International, meaning today was my last training session – looking forward to recharging my batteries over Saturday and then delivering the goods come Sunday- ganbaroo!
September 24, 2011
I’m writing this as I’m watching Miguel sensei’s no gi class- 14 guys are participating in this class- I didn’t realise it had gotten so popular! Being severely allergic to no gi myself (I need to grab onto something- anything in order to get a technique off) I was super impressed by a) the level of interest and b) how accomplished some of the guys looked when practicing – I might give it a go later on in the year!
September 23, 2011
Big numbers in for today's open mat
Today’s a public holiday in Japan – meaning no work and free time – I had it in my mind that only one or two people would be turning up for this free sparring session – it was only decided on a few days ago – however, no doubt by the wonder of Twitter the word got out in time – something like 15 guys turned up and sparred hard. Looking forward to relaxing for the rest of the day now after putting in the hard work this morning.
September 12, 2011
We welcomed Jack to Triforce today – he has been training BJJ in Beijing, and also trains Aikido here whilst in Tokyo – likes to keep himself busy, evidently! Looking forward to rolling with another six footer!
Also big congratulations to Ryosei who came second in the absolute blue belt adult division at the Copa Alma yesterday – I was there to watch and was blown away by his performance – very nice progression to the final indeed! Also nice work piling up the points which allowed Team Triforce to win the team tournament, which I think resulted in a set of kettlebells coming our way – nice job sir!
September 7, 2011
The weather’s cooling down and there isn’t so much moisture in the air which makes for a really pleasant Tokyo – In fact, this period of the year is my favorite – the weather is bright with the sun shining – minus the oppressive heat and humidity – with this in mind, I thought it would be a good thing to head to regular morning class for a training session.
Miyamoto sensei taking the lads through the finer points of this choke
8 guys turned up for class which made for a good session, with decent sparring at the end of class. Technique focused on pass guards and also an innovative choke from knee on the belly which I have not seen before – if only I could remember it come game time! With the Copa Alma only 4 days away I think I’ll train one more time tomorrow then give it a rest until the big day Sunday – totally no confidence since coming back from injury but I’m looking forward to having a go!
September 2, 2011
Miguel sensei demonstrating a pass
With a typhoon due to touch down in Tokyo in the coming hours, I wondered how many people would brave the mean (and quite windy) streets of Ikebukuro to come to the regular class tonight. I feared the worst when I arrived with 10 minutes or so to spare to see that Cameron was absent, with nobody warming up on the mat – perhaps a man to man class was in the offing??
Needless to say, with minutes to spare 8 or so guys piled in and trained, which made for a worthwhile class – Miguel sensei headed up class and gave us some really useful pass-guard techniques which I really need to assimilate into my game (if only it was that easy!)
Hoping that people will turn up tomorrow – and that the Typhoon skips by with little or no drama!