October 28, 2011
Not used to seeing that blonde a head rolling!
I rocked up to Triforce yesterday morning to find a very eclectic band warming up for class – Japanese guys were joined by Americans and also a chap from Denmark – with me being British, it made for a very international feel indeed 😉
Charles - front left
Charles from the States rocked up and sparred with us – he was literally blowing through town whilst moving on with his travels, after coming up from Kyoto over the last few days – he wasn’t too confident about being able to train other than today – I hope however he finds it possible to come back and roll with us a little more before flying back to the States!
October 18, 2011
Tim after Monday's morning regular class
We welcomed Tim to Triforce on Monday. Tim will stay in Tokyo for 3 months so to train with us. Prior to coming to Japan, he spent some time in Brazil training over there too, so expect him to bring some game! With Luke and Stacey joining recently too, the foreigner number in Triforce Ikebukuro continues to rise – I wonder who will be joining next….?
October 13, 2011
Cameron & Miguel sensei going at it - Hayakawa sensei officiating
We were treated to a Jiu Jitsu treat at the end of regular class on Tuesday night – after training Hayakawa sensei asked (told?!) Cameron and Miguel sensei to have a challenge match. Having such a fight at the end of class is tough enough with the added stress of people watching – but after a full 80 minutes of training / sparring, it’s doubly so!
The fight that Cam and Miguel sensei put on was a cracker, with Miguel sensei pipping Cam by one point – I’m not sure what the final score was, but it was something like 8-7 or 7-6 – needless to say, points were being scored all over the place, which made for an enjoyable time for the guys watching from the sides 🙂
October 2, 2011
The Tokyo International is over, and all in all it was a good competition – congrats to all the fighters who managed to pick up medals / wins – also, big thanks to the people who gave up time on their Sunday to work as staff and referees – not an easy job any day of the week!
Congrats to Nakayama sensei for picking up black belt gold!
Further congrats to Ryosei for continuing his medal haul with this competition – he picked up the bronze medal in the Adult Blue belt open weight category – how many medals is that now??
Ryosei - furthest right
The master blue belt open weight category was a largely Triforce affair, with myself, Shiratsuki and Jason from Aoyama all managing to get about the medals 😉
I’m hoping to enter into one or two more competitions before the end of the year – hope to leave 2011 on a high after losing the summer through injury – Ganbarimasu!
Shiratsuki san, myself, Jason
October 2, 2011
Today is the second day of the Tokyo International- I got here a little early to check out some of the fights – I should be on about 2:30pm… Good luck to everyone!