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01 September 2008 @ 09:57 am

Masato Uchishiba takes the gold

In a recent survey, it was revealed that 76.2% of Japanese viewers of the Olympics were tuned in to Judo.

Wrestling was also watched by an impressive 51.7% of Japanese viewers.

It was hard not to tune in. Olympic Judo aired in Japan from 1pm to about 9pm each day over 7 days. The finals of each weight class aired live just as many people would be returning home from work. And if you missed it live, there were plenty of morning and night news shows for replays.

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01 September 2008 @ 02:01 pm
My striking teacher is a Karateka, the Muay Thai trainer Iimura-sensei. From Iimura, I experienced Thai food and fell in love with Muay Thai. Muay Thai and kickboxing are amazing [he uses the slang term "roman no katamari" which recalls when Rome was the greatest city on Earth and people flocked to it to make their dreams come true]. Muay thai is taught in a fun way at Daidoujuku Kichijouji Dojo.

All told, I started to watch kickboxing and I really like Naoki Ishikawa [a Japanese kickboxer in All-Japan Kickboxing]. The pushkick, body kicks, knees, elbows - the matches he participates in are made focusing on the stuff that I want to get into, so it is been really helpful. Where the world is focused on punching, it is great to see a style focused on kicks.

I am happy to have had exchanges with Ishikawa, who I admire very much, and he even gave me advice on the pushkick and body kicks. I still remember back in the beginning when I was standing way too much on the balls of my feet. I'm going to use the techniques he showed me in my next match to bewilder my opponent. I can't wait.

His fight trunks have a tartan check pattern that is so cool. A long time ago I wanted to make tartan check tights to wear and I made a design. To be beaten to it by Ishikawa is a good memory for me.

He is going to fight in All-Japan Kickboxing on September 19 at Kourakuen Hall in Tokyo against a Thai fighter. The thai fighter seems considerably powerful, being the champion of [some] stadium in Thailand. To be a champ there is like being a champ in the UFC - he is not going to come to put on a half-assed fight. It is without doubt a match that makes you think "can he do it?" [yarennoka reference again]. But Ishikawa is full of vigor and power and will probably charge from the corner.

I got a book of an anthology of poetry by Koumoto Hiroto from Ishikawa, and his influence also has me listening to The Blue Hearts [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blue_Hearts ]and The High-Lows [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_High-Lows ]. I got the kicking techniques down. I'm listening to The Blue Hearts while I write this column.

Our competition and organizations are different, but I think it is a friendship where we can get power from each other. The base of it is that we both have a love for organizations more than others and the pride of being pro's that we put in to what we do.

We talked and are both looking toward the future excitedly, it will be completely positive. It's really true, you get power from someone that looks looks forward and tries hard .

I am going on September 19 to Kourakuen Hall to get power and dreams.

So I thought to study Muay Thai by watching Iimura-sensei's Muay Thai fight DVD's. This type of muay thai [it is written shinrapa] is like the muay thai bible. If you read it you can understand all of the lingo and be like me. Reading about the muay thai knee today, I don't think I can stop.

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