Sawada #BJJ #Triforce #Tokyo

June 21, 2012

After a heroic performance a few weeks ago at the Worlds picking up a silver medal, Sawada san today turned his hand to teaching technique in the regular class – considering this was his first (or was it second?) attempt at taking class I was impressed by how he demonstrated the technique, in turn explaining some of the finer points of the sweep – no nerves either! I’m looking forward to getting some first hand pointers on his inverted guard in future sessions.

Sawada san, taking class (bottom)

Sawada san, taking class (bottom)

It was also great to finally bump into Noel – I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I saw him at the academy – hope to get a roll in soon mate!


Welcome, Vedran! #BJJ #Tokyo #Triforce

June 14, 2012

I finally managed to meet Vedran tonight, bumping into him in the break between the end of regular class and the start of  the beginner. It’s nice to have another Brit at the studio – I hope his first class tonight went well and that he catches the Jiu-Jitisu bug sooner rather than later!

Ryosei taking an enforced break

Ryosei taking an enforced break

At any one time there are up to 10 guys sparring – meaning that the more guys that turn up, the more breaks people need to take to keep people from crashing into each other. After 3 or 4 rolls some people look forward to sitting out for 6 minutes – can’t help thinking that Ryosei would rather be rolling than taking a breather here though….!