CARPE DIEM JIYUGAOKA
Hi, I am Thomas Mietz, the head instructor of Carpe Diem Jiyugaoka. I started BJJ in 2012, a turning point in my life, not only because I started BJJ, the sport that would structure my days in the near future, but also because during the same year I decided to move to Japan, just out of curiosity.
I was already living in Asia, for a bit more than a year in Korea more specifically, where I started Judo. Then I made a short trip to China, in Shanghai, where the absence of a good Judo dojo made me want to try something close - but different - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
I got hooked on right after the first class. I was shocked. I thought I was tough, I thought I was strong, but I actually got controlled by some fighters nearly 20 kgs lighter than me. It really had an impact on me.
I have always liked sport, from my youngest age I practiced football, then BMX for a longtime. But this time it was different, I found myself deeply intrigued, I wanted to understand what BJJ was about.
I kept on practicing to turn professional in 2014. After that, I kept on training and competing hard to obtain my Black Belt from CDBJJ founder Yuki Ishikawa in 2017.
BJJ is not Just For The Body
From a fitness perspective, BJJ is particularly interesting because it requires a good combination of agility, flexibility, stamina and strength to perform. From the Blue Belt, we can say any BJJ fighters are athletes. But that’s not all…
Mentally, it takes a good understanding of body mechanics, body dynamics, movement, coordination and space-awareness. It’s a great gymnastic for the mind because it forces us to be focused and organized in the treatment of information in order to acquire experience.
Emotionally, BJJ is a great way to develop self-control. Having to deal with the pressure of a 100kgs combatant can be related with our everyday life, when most of our issues could be dealt with just the right amount calm, analysis and correct action. Keeping cool in any situation - especially in the worst situations - is a must.
BJJ teaches us strong values, like respect, determination, commitment and humility. But it is also a fun sport, where creativity is encouraged and where one is constantly pushed to learn and develop new techniques and combinations.
Finally, it is also a sport that pushes us to a greater level of introspection and spirituality. We practice in a sacred place, the dojo, wear a uniform, the gi, go through a difficult ranking system to reach the symbol of knowledge, the black belt.
BJJ is a martial art, because it is a style of fighting that requires someone to control a resisting opponent, without hurting him or her while using the minimum amount of strength, and the maximum amount of technique. But most of the time our first opponent is ourself!
At Jiyugaoka, we will be in the continuity of the Carpe Diem BJJ current line of work :"basically a place to sweat and learn techniques" in the own words of Mr Ishikawa.
The space, changing rooms and mat area were carefully designed to fit perfectly the highest standard in the practice of combat-sport.
But this will be done in the sophisticated spirit of Jiyugaoka, with a design carefully imagined to create a warm, welcoming and relaxed place to spend time with friends and family.
The structures and materials were carefully chosen to create that unique CARPE DIEM BJJ touch, often described as "oshare" (stylish).
Jiyugaoka Dojo is the 13th dojo of CARPE DIEM BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU. Created in 2013, we quickly broke through the BJJ scene by creating the best environment dedicated 100% to BJJ. The strong image and culture carried out by its members, instructors and staff, is contributing today to attract some of the best fighters in the world and to make us one of the fastest-growing BJJ organization worldwide.
In Jiyugaoka, our mission will be to teach you Jiu-Jitsu and to make you enjoy the benefits taken out from the practice of this sport.For beginners, you will be introduced to the sport by full time instructors highly concerned by the safety of all. They will do their best to transmit their passion to you and help you in reaching your goals.
For experienced practitioners, you will be able to refine your game, learn new guards, defences, submissions and passing-system by some of the best teachers that Japan has to offer, all of this in a multilingual environment.
For competitors, you will have the chance to train with professionals athletes of the CDBJJ team - team winner of the 2018 IBJJF ASIAN OPEN, the most prestigious tournament in Asia - and test your skills in a fun and easy going space.
Head Instructor/Black Belt
Date of Birth: December 20, 1986Hometown: Nanterre, France
・IBJJF Asians 2nd place（Black Belt,Medium Weight,2018）・UAEJJF Grandslam 3rd place（Black Belt,-85kg,2018）・JBJJF All Japan 1st place（Black Belt,Medium Weight,2018）
Why do you practice BJJ?I am training BJJ because I need to do sport and evacuate the overflow of energy I accumulate everyday. If I don't, I just can't sleep! So I tried many sports all my life, but the "plus" with BJJ compared to other martial art is the possibility of going 100% without getting injured. The option of "tapping out" at any moment is great because it guarantee our safety.
The second reason is that BJJ is very challenging. It's a complex and counter-instinctive kind of sport. It requires a lot of abilities, not only physically but also mentally. Creativity is also very important, there are not 2 BJJ matches identical! So for me it's a little bit at the intersection of a sport, a science and an art.
Where are you from and what did you do before you started BJJ?I grew up in France, Champagne, but I moved to Paris at the age of 16 and since that age I always lived in big cities. I always wanted to travel and see the world so I became a language teacher to be able to do so. I then lived in the UK, Seoul, Shanghai, before I finally set up in Tokyo, where doing the thing I like everyday convinced me to stay here.
What do you do besides BJJ?
BJJ keeps me relatively busy because to perform in competition I also need to lift weights, drill techniques or study new techniques…
But I definitely take some time off the mat to keep me sane and healthy! During that time I hang out in Harajuku or Shibuya, go to record stores, concerts or watch some movies at home. Pretty classic I should say! I also try to cook but I am still a white belt at it…
Date of Birth: April 16, 1973
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
What is CARPE DIEM for you?
For me, it is like Carpe Diem really does embody “Seize the Day”. I started BJJ in my thirties while I lived in Australia for 13 years. I competed in a lot of competitions from when I was a white belt up until I got my black belt. If I hadn’t started BJJ I probably would have been just a regular guy. But now I have friends all around the world. I can even speak English. Now I am this over 45-year-old guy that is active and living a full and healthy life. So, for me Carpe Diem is that place where I can share not just my BJJ techniques but my experience, fun and passion in the best possible way.
Date of Birth: December 23.1999Hometown: Kagoshima city, Kagoshima, Japan
For me, Carpe Diem BJJ is where I can gain a lot a valuable experience. If you work at a typical office, you could lead an ordinary life. That might be a good thing for some people...but I want my work to be jujutsu, the kind of work where I can forget everything else, even myself, and get completely lost in it.A place where I can be free to train my best jujutsu to my fullest extent. That is Carpe Diem BJJ.
Assistant Instructor/Blue Belt
Date of Birth: November 10, 2002Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan
Why do you practice BJJ?
I am training BJJ because, I started training when I was 7 years old, my father would take to the gym everyday and was normal for me training everyday too. for me BJJ is the most effective martial arts. I'm training BJJ because make me relax and makes me forget the problems. And I like to compete so I'm training for competitions.
Where are you from and what did you do before you started BJJ?
I was born in Japan,Yokohama, but moved to Curitiba,Brazil when I was 9 years old. But after 4 years living in Brazil I'm back to Japan,Nagoya, and lived 2 years. and after again. I'm back to Curitiba,Brazil lived for 1 year and back to Japan,Chiba to start training in Carpe Diem that was my dream since when I was living in Nagoya.
What else do you do besides Jiu-jitsu?
Outside BJJ I like watch movies in my house, play some videogame in my PS4, I like to fish with my dad ,stay in my house with my parents, but BJJ is in my mind 24 hour, when I'm in home I can't stop thinking about BJJ so I like to watch some techniques and some BJJ competitions video.
B1F 1-4-6, Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 152-0035, Japan
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Free Observation of Lessons
Visitors who want to see what we do at CARPE DIEM BJJ are welcome to stop by at any time to observe one of our classes. No prior appointment is necessary, although we ask that you not disturb the class upon entering/exiting. Our staff will be pleased to answer any questions you may have before and after the class.
Free Trial Lessons
Interested people may join one of our group classes for a free trial lesson at CARPE DIEM BJJ. Please contact Yuki Ishikawa to arrange the time, date and location. If you are coming for a trial lesson, or for your first few lessons, you don’t need to bring anything. We will provide you with a Gi (the traditional Jiu-jitsu uniform) and a towel. We have change rooms and shower facilities. Soap and shampoo are provided.
※If you pay one year in advance the membership only requires an 11 month payment. (1month discount!)
※8 Day Membership : You are able to train to 8 days a month.
※Kids Membership : 4 to 12 years of age.
※There will be charged 100% cancellation fee, if you cancel on that day.
First month of fees for new members
When new members join during the month, the first month’s fees will be prorated to the nearest third of the month.For example; joining any time in the first ten days will incur a full month of fees. In the next ten days membership will be prorated to two thirds of the month and so on.If you have any questions about this feel free to contact our staff.
Please bring the following with you when enrolling at CARPE DIEM BJJ.
Completed Application Form. This can be obtained from CARPE DIEM BJJ.
Enrollment Fee (Cash or credit cards).
Membership fee for first two months. Membership Fees are calculated from the first to the last day of a month. Those people who join after the first of the month will be asked to pay a relative percent of the first month’s fee. For example, someone joining on the 15th would pay 50% of the first month’s fee.
Credit cards or for Japanese Bank Account holders: Bank cash card. Monthly Membership Fees for CARPE DIEM BJJ are processed through monthly automatic bank transfers from members’ accounts. It usually takes one month from the time of registration for the banking information to be processed, so members are asked to pay for the first month of membership at CARPE DIEM BJJ in cash. From the second month, monthly fees will be withdrawn automatically from members’ bank accounts.
Membership SuspensionResigning MembershipChanging Membership
Temporary suspension of membership will incur a 2,000JPY/month administration charge. Resignation where membership is in arrears cannot be accepted. In all cases please make requests before the 10th of the month. For example, if you wish to resign or change membership at the end of May, please notify us by May 10th.
Kimono Cleaning & Private Locker Service
This service allows you to keep your Kimono at the dojo. When you finish training just throw your kimono in the basket provided in the change rooms and the staff will wash, dry, fold and put your kimono in your locker. This service includes the use of a rental towel. And so there is no need to bring anything when you come to the dojo. Of course you can also keep other stuff such as supplements in your locker too.
Drop-in for CARPE DIEM Members
Members seeking to train at one of our other dojos can do so by paying ¥1000 per day. There is no need to let us know in advance. Each dojo is closed one day a week. On those days all members are welcome to train at one of our other dojos free of charge.
If you train with a dojo other than CARPE DIEM and want to train with us, please send us an email to let us know in advance. Failure to do so may mean being unable to train with us, so please don't hesitate to make contact first! You can training with us according to the following fee
Here's a quick overview of the etiquette we like to follow in our dojos. These aren't "rules" so much as what we think of as proper decorum in the dojo. We believe all of these are within the bounds of common sense, and we hope you'll agree.
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