CARPE DIEM JIYUGAOKA
Hi, I am Thomas Mietz, the head instructor of Carpe Diem Jiyugaoka. After spending the last 5 years training and competing professionally, I am now dedicating my time to teaching and running the Jiyugaoka dojo. Jiyugaoka has been designed with the idea of a place 100% dedicated to BJJ. Its wide mat space, convenient location, top instructors and variety of classes are making it one of the best dojos to train at in Asia. All of our instructors are highly decorated competitors and specialists in BJJ. But more than being competitors, they are also highly-skilled and professional full-time instructors. Our priority is to help you achieve your goals whilst making sure that you are having a great time and staying safe. We have classes which cater to all abilities and ages; adults, children, beginner, advanced, competitors and practitioners. Whatever your physical condition, age, gender or nationality, we can help you to learn Jiu-Jitsu.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a booming sport worldwide
From a fitness perspective, BJJ is particularly interesting because it requires a good combination of agility, flexibility, stamina and strength to perform. From the level of Blue Belt, we can say that any BJJ fighter is a true athlete. But that's not all… Mentally, it takes a good understanding of body mechanics, body dynamics, movement, coordination and spatial-awareness. It can sometimes be like gymnastics for the mind because it forces us to be focused and organized in the processing of information in order to acquire experience. Emotionally, BJJ is a great way to develop self-control. Having to deal with physical pressure can be compared to our struggles in everyday life, where most of our issues can be dealt with when approached with a calm analysis and choosing the appropriate response. 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.BJJ is a martial art because it is a style of fighting that requires someone to control a resisting opponent without hurting them, whilst using the minimum amount of strength and the maximum amount of technique. But we quickly realize that often our first and toughest opponent is ourselves!Finally, it is also an activity that pushes us to a greater level of introspection and spirituality. We practice in a sacred-like place; the dojo, wear a uniform; the gi, go through a difficult ranking system to reach the symbol of accomplishment; the black belt.
At Jiyugaoka, we will continue the ethos of Carpe Diem BJJ being "basically a place to sweat and learn techniques" in the words of Mr Ishikawa (director of Carpe Diem BJJ). The space, changing rooms and mat area have been carefully designed to fit perfectly and attain the highest standard in the practice of combat-sports.
Our aim is to create a warm, welcoming and relaxed place to learn BJJ whilst spending time with friends and family. The structures and materials were carefully chosen to create that unique CARPE DIEM BJJ touch.
Jiyugaoka Dojo is the 13th dojo of CARPE DIEM BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU. Created in 2013, our organization quickly broke through the BJJ scene by creating some of the strongest fighters in Asia. The strong image and culture carried out by its members, instructors and staff , is contributing today to attract visitors and fighters from all around the world. In Jiyugaoka, our mission will be to teach you Jiu-Jitsu and to help you enjoy the benefits gained from practicing this sport.For beginners, you will be introduced to the sport by full time instructors with a high concern for the safety of all members. They will do their best to convey their passion to you and help you to learn the basics. For experienced practitioners, you will be able to refine your game, learn new guards, defenses, submissions and passing-systems 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 professional athletes of the CDBJJ team; team winner of the 2018 and 2019 IBJJF ASIAN OPEN, the most prestigious tournament in Asia. We aim to provide this in a fun and easy-going environment.
Dojo 100% dedicated to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training
Water fountain and vending machine
AED defibrillator and first aid kit
Lockers and safe
Head Instructor/Black Belt
Date of Birth: December 20, 1986Hometown: Nanterre, France
What is CARPE DIEM for you?To me Carpe Diem BJJ is a place where we can train hard and forget about our concerns and everyday life problems. Being a member here helped me to get integrated into Japanese society, being a foreigner doesn’t really matters on the mat.I am proud to represent Carpe Diem, and also happy we have dojos in various countries like England, Singapore and South Korea. The international aspect of our dojo is very important to me.I entered Carpe Diem BJJ when we had only 2 gyms. Now we are more than 15! I think we really have what it takes to be part of the elite of BJJ and also bring our special touch in it! I entered here when I was a fresh Blue Belt and went all the way to Black Belt. All I can say is the level of training we have is world class.
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.
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 changing 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 a 100% cancellation fee charge 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.
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 changing rooms and the staff will wash, dry, fold and put your kimono in your locker. This service includes the use of a rental towel. 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.
They will learn
Self Defence / Anti-Bullying
BJJ is one of the most efficient combat-style systems. The kids will learn how to deal with physical aggression, control their partner and subdue them without hurting them.
BJJ is also a martial art, and we cary rules and values that are meant to be respected inside and outside the dojo.
Through games and activities, kids will expend energy and laugh! It’s important to us to maintain the children’s interest and keep them engaged as they will learn better if they have fun on the way.
Children will also learn how to control their bodies and how to move well. They will become stronger, more flexible and more balanced.
Learning how to deal with an aggressive opponent but also their own fears and worries will help your children to become more confident and resilient.
Monday, Tuesday (Nogi), Thursday
Classes are divided into age groups; 4-8 years old and 8-12 years old. On Saturday, the family bjj class allows children to train together with adults, whatever their age.
Class are taught in English and Japanese. We encourage multiculturalism.
On Monday, Thursday and Saturday, children will learn Gi BJJ. On Tuesday, it is Nogi. Nogi is BJJ but without the Kimono, wearing only shorts and rashguard or t-shirts.
The family BJJ class was created to allow kids and their parents to train together and share a good time on the mat. If you are a member CDBJJ Jiyugaoka, you can have one of your family members train for free in this class.
All along the year, we will organize events such as parties, gatherings and seminars. We will also take the kids to tournaments if they want to compete.
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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