War wounds

April 27, 2012
Nice bruise you got yourself there :)

Nice bruise you got yourself there 🙂

Big cheers to Jason from Triforce Aoyama for trekking up to Ikebukuro today in the crappy weather to train with us at the morning class. Extra big props for participating in the sparring part of the class with a bum wing!

What is it with injuries and jiujitsu? When I played cricket and soccer at university, I was quite happy sitting out for weeks on end whilst injuries healed – truth be told, I’d fake it a little longer in order to avoid the practice sessions! With jiujitsu though it seems that you have to be on death’s door before training becomes too much – theres nothing worse than having to sit out a class due to injury. As for being unable to participate, in turn just watching class; there’s nothing worse!


Hi from Denmark & congrats! #BJJ #Triforce #Tokyo #Jiujitsu

April 17, 2012

If I have work following morning jiujitsu, I usually skip the warm up and just attend from the sparring portion of class – it:s pretty tough to work until 10:30 PM so I need all the sleep I can get beforehand! As I was making my way to Triforce yesterday I received a tongue-in-cheek twitter mail from Ookubo san; “Daniel! A guy from Denmark has arrived and we’re struggling to communicate”! You’d think  that with all the foreign guys coming and going English communication would be no problem by now 🙂

John from Denmark - center

John from Denmark - center

Class today focused on sweeps from the butterfly guard – I was partnered up with John (go figure) as we worked through the three sweep variations – as a black belt John was all over these techniques and gave me some decent pointers on how to set up the sweeps better and to anticipate possible defensive outs that the opponent might take – thanks for the useful tips!

Congrats!

Congrats!

Finally, congrats to all the guys who gained their new belts over the weekend! Unfortunately, due to work I wasn’t able to attend the ceremony – hopefully I’ll be able to attend the next one! Once again, big congratulations!

Congrats Shinsaka san!

Congrats Shinsaka san!

Shinsaka san picked up his purple belt after class yesterday morning as he too was unable to attend the belt ceremony over the weekend – congratulations!

 


Welcome, Bobby! #BJJ #Triforce #Tokyo #Jiujitsu

April 13, 2012
Bobby & Ryosei

Bobby & Ryosei

We welcomed Bobby to Triforce yesterday – I think he said that he had come down from the north where he was enjoying the skiing season – unfortunately, due to travel plans Bobby can only train one more time  (tonight) – so please head to regular class if you’re looking for some tough training! As a New Zealander, Bobby and Ryosei had a lot to talk about, quickly finding out that they shared as common friend in Cameron and Jardi – small world!

Bobby – we’re looking forward to having you back at Triforce the next time you make it back to Japan!


Sunday regular class #BJJ #Triforce #Jiujitsu

April 8, 2012

A super day today: the sun was shining, I had no work,  and I could get to Sunday BJJ class today after god knows how many months. I’m not sure whether it’s because it’s Sunday or what, but the class was really chilled – lot more chilled  than the weekday morning class anyway!

Ito sensei working through some of the triangle choke variations

Ito sensei working through some of the triangle choke variations

We also welcomed a random Russian chap to the dojo to watch class. I’m not sure whether he was passing by or what, and he took off before we could give him any information – if you’re reading this, you’re welcome to come and train with us anytime!

Sunday - definitely NOT a day of rest!

Sunday - definitely NOT a day of rest!