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Weigh In’s Road to Shooto 2

Weigh Ins are Done!

Today was Weigh Ins and I am so glad it is over. It is so good to drink something again. Cutting down to 130 in a 3-week time frame was a bit tough, but I got down to 129 so I am cleared to fight.

I liked how organized the weigh ins were. Everything so far with the organizers have been on point and smooth. Just experiencing the weigh in here in Japan was a totally different experience from back home in Hawaiʻi. They started on time and all fighters were present. They called from the start of the schedule and worked down wards to the Main Events.

There was no flashy showing of attitude or anything. Everyone was pretty humble and left their egos at the door. Best weigh in experience ever in regards to how organized. It didn’t take more than an hour to complete and we were out of there and heading to go eat.

Meeting Yusaku for the 1st Time at Weigh Ins

At weigh ins today was the first time I met my opponent, Yusaku Nakamura. Seeing his built and stance put things into perspective for me. You can only see so much on a video of your opponent, so seeing him in person made things more clear for me to visualize. He was a pretty goofy guy with his poses and stuff but I know he is getting ready for this fight just as much as I am.

I was also informed that I was given this fight because I beat my last opponent Taiki in Hawaiʻi. This was supposed to be his fight, but they called and asked for me instead. Kind of makes things more exciting for me.

Interview

After weigh ins I was interviewed by a Japanese organization covering the fight. They had some interesting questions that I answered honestly. One question they asked was for me to point out what I feel is my opponents weakness, and what are my strengths. It was a fun experience even though I have no clue why they wanted to interview me.

Train Ride in Japan

So i experienced my first Japan Train Ride on the popular Yamanote Line. After we rested from Lunch and weigh ins we decided to go venture out to a popular spot called Harajuku. To get there we jumped on a train and it took us about 20 minutes from our station to Harajuku.

It was an experience to feel how fast we the train goes yet how smooth the ride on the inside is. Yes maybe on the stop and initial go after each station was jerky but for the most part it was smooth. I also experienced feeling like a Sardine. The train got so packed at one point we were cramped all together. It was definitely an experience.

Harajuku

What a cool place. We first stopped in a Daiso, which is their Dollar Store. We looked at every floor and it was neat. It was a very busy and popular store and why wouldn’t it be with all the great stuff you could get.

The main street of this place was lighted up with colors and it was packed with people. There was some tempting Crepe stands at about every corner. I fought off temptation but I almost lost. They were literally placed at every freaking corner sometimes right across from each other.

There were some cool stores with original shirts and stuff. I also saw lots of Anime stuff spread throughout the stores that lined the street. They had all kinds of stores from clothes to accessories to shoes and CANDY. I saw the biggest Cotton Candy ever in Harajuku.

There was a downside, and that would be some of the smells wasn’t so great. I don’t know if it was just the food smell mixed in with the sweet smell of the crepes and sweets, but it wasn’t too great.

First UBER Ride Ever

We decided to catch an Uber back to the hotel. I didn’t even know they had Uber in Japan. Anyway, this was my very first uber ride. It was in a nice black van and the ride was smooth. It did take a little longer than the train but worth it.

Ending my Night

I ended my night by getting a small sweat on as well as getting loose for the fight. Did a lot of Shadow Boxing and going over the game plan with Coach Scott. Got some push ups and squats in as well. Focusing on my fight is now my priority, It will be a long day tomorrow but I will spend some time practicing, but most of my time focusing on what I need to do once I step into the cage!

Thanks to everyone,,,

Who took time out to make a video for me. It was good to see your faces and to hear your voices. Makes it easier to focus on representing the best I can for all of you. I know I am representing all of Hawaiʻi and practically all of the USA, but I really want to make all of you my family, friends, and supporters proud. Being away from home and not having my usual crowd at the fight is a whole new feeling for me. So the video that was compiled was a nice touch to see as I enter into the final preparation for this fight.

Again, THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!

Leaving, Road to Japan 5

Road to Japan 5 Leaving tomorrow

As I continue this Road to Japan series, it has come to the point where I am actually leaving soon. By the time I do my next update I will be in Japan. Got a checklist of what I need to pack, I should have everything I need. Got a time when I will be picked up to be taken to the airport. Damn its all coming so quickly. About 12 hours til my flight!

Today I…

So i worked a half day at my full time job, UFC Gym Mililani. Well maybe it was considered less than half, but I was there from 10-1. Did a starter session, taught a class, and worked with a client.

Headed over to see one of my sponsors, Royce at LevelUpMassage, for a good stretch before I jump on that 9 hour flight tomorrow. Definitely need to stretch out the body in preparation for that.H

How am I feeling?

Tired, hungry, okay, hungry, okay, tired, hungry. LOL.

I am excited, I guess. Maybe it is a mix of things really. But overall I guess I could say that I am okay and just focused.

Just remaining focus on what needs to be done. This is not some vacation, this is WORK! I have a job to do and I intend on doing it.

Will the fights be live streamed?

I honestly don’t know. On the shooto-mma website they have links and different ways to watch past fights. My team has people in Japan reading through the website to see of they will stream it live. Maybe we need to wait until we get there to find out.

I am hoping it will be live streamed so all of you can watch it. I have a couple

Road to Japan 4 One FC

Road to Japan 4 Who or what is One FC?

Some people must be wondering what is One FC? Just like how they wondered who Shooto was. I understand that a lot of my followers and fans probably don’t know much of the different Fight Promotions so I decided to shed some light on them through this blog.

This Japan fight is hosted by Shooto as mentioned in Last Nights Blog. But at the beginning of the year, Asias biggest Fight promotions partnered with Shooto. This partnership is with One Fighting Championship. or One FC.

One FC is the UFC of the Asian Market and they already have a huge following in the United States. They are known as the Olympics of MMA Fighting in which they don’t focus on the “entertainment” or “extra curricular’s” like the UFC. They are about the stories behind the fighters, about humbleness, and about taking care of their fighters.

One FC has been one of my team’s goals for me. It is also one of my goals as I continue on this Fight Journey. To be given this opportunity right now at this time is truly a blessing. All I can do right now is focus on this fight and hope I can do the job so that more opportunities become available.

Training

I still trained today with Coach Oz and Coach Scott. We focused on drills and talked through certain scenarios. Coach Scott recapped a few of my training sessions I had and walked me through things I need to clean up.

Coach Scott mentioned today that I am the one who needs to do the job. All I need to do is follow his lead and listen to what he says. I know in my head that it is me that is ultimately in the cage laying it all out. But, it is great to have a mentor like Coach Scott. Actually, I am thankful for all my coaches that includes, B, Oz, and Haru as well.

Weight Cut

I know people are probably worried about my weight cut. The time to worry is if on the day of weigh ins I am still not at the required weight. This process has been done by me one too many times to panic. I know what I need to do and I will do what needs to be done. Though I must say, cutting weight is probably one of the worse things on this fight journey.

I have a half day at work tomorrow and stretching with one of my sponsors. Then I will work on what I can to cut weight for the rest of the day. Wednesday I leave Honolulu and arrive Thursday which gives me about a day and half in Japan to cut more weight if I need to.

Yes this fight was taken on a short notice but I am not making excuses. I will get the job done and I will make weight!

Road to Japan 3 Shooto

Road to Japan, who or what is Shooto?

A lot of people haven’t heard of Shooto-MMA simply because they are located in Japan. This organization is actually 30-years old and I am fighting in their 30th year Tour.

According to the Shooto-MMA Wikipedia page, Shooto was formed in 1985 as a fighting system based off of shoot wrestling. Their first amateur event happened in 1986 and their first professional event happened in 1989, which is the year they are celebrating.

This fighting system evolved a lot over the years into what we now know as Mixed Martial Arts. The organization has grown tremendously and continues to grow. They will continue to see this growth as they most recently partnered up with One Fighting Championship.

Weight Cut Update

Well, I am still on track to make weight before I step on that plane. The next couple of days are going to be crucial. I do this so many times one would think I would have this down to a system. Well I kind of do have one but it all comes down to how I execute it.

Training Update

We are in the fine tuning stages of finalizing the game plan for this fight. I am still putting in the work and focusing my energy where it needs to be focused. I have one more session with all three of my coaches together and I am ready to make full use of that time. After that it is all in my hands and up to me to put forth everything they have instilled in me this fight camp that was real short notice.

Coach Scott, Coach B, and Coach Oz giving me pointers and areas of improvement

How am I feeling?

I guess I can still say excited. This is going to be an experience for me and a few firsts as well. The body is receiving some therapy because we all know we must take care of our body if we want it to continue to support us in all we do. Especially for me as a fighter, recovery is important.

I have a full day and a half of work to go at my full time job with UFC Gym Mililani and then I take care of some last minute stuff before I pack.

For now let me just say, I am excited and really looking forward to this opportunity!

Body Care is important. Receiving some stretching and massage. No I am not naked under the covers LOL.

Update 1/10/19-Training & More

9 Days Out-Training

We are 9 days out from X1 World Events 51. I will be defending my Bantam Weight World Title. My training is firing full force as the final stretch approaches. I am not taking anything for granted or my opponent lightly. My coaches are doing their part in preparing me the best they can and the rest is up to me to execute.

This will be the toughest match…

To me every match is the toughest match! If a fighter doesn’t think this, then in some sense they are taking their opponent lightly. A tough match is every match you take because you just don’t know what to expect. All I can do until then is focus on myself and on my training. I know that my opponent is coming and will be bringing all he got because he wants my title!

Are you tired?

This is a frequently asked question. Fighters like me here in Hawaiʻi have to hold a full time job because we cannot all be fortunate to fight and make money especially since we pay to live in paradise. All I know is that I can’t stop and won’t stop until I complete the task at hand and that is defending my title and representing Hawaiʻi best I can. Until then, the hustle is real, putting in the work is crucial!

Quick Thanks

Sending out a quick thanks to all who have purchased shirts and tickets from me. I find part of my motivation from seeing all the support and feeling all the love that comes my way. From my family, friends, sponsors, co-workers, students and beyond, the love and support is amazing!

I look forward to putting on a great show for all of you and I know only great things can happen with that support and love!