igh school when I started studying BJJ. At the time I was wandering through day-to-day life with no hopes or aspirations about my future. Unable to make sense of much, I raged at the irrationality of the world around me. It was a very difficult time in my life.
Then one day my mother showed me a magazine advertisement for a Brazilian jiu-jitsu dojo. I was highly skeptical at the time…“BJJ” sounded like a very odd name to me...and I nervously took a trial lesson by myself to see what it was like. I can remember what that felt like as if it were yesterday, but the experience was electric. I was in love from the beginning.
There are a number of reasons why BJJ held (and still holds) such an attraction for me, but one stands out in my mind: BJJ techniques are utterly logical, and for someone raging at the irrationality of the world, that is a powerfully emotional thing. BJJ attracts people of all origins, genders, ages, and vocations who seek the truth BJJ can reveal. I see these people as kindred souls and true companions, and I felt like I found the one place where I belonged.
At the time, BJJ was a minor competitive sport, and the more I got into it the more isolated I felt from the people around me. That’s when I first encountered Carpe Diem BJJ. “Carpe Diem” means “seize the day” in Latin, and I feel like the concept saved me at a time when I was worried about that isolation on top of my own past and future. “Seizing the day” should be a key concept for everyone, everywhere, and in my case training in BJJ is how I get it done.
Today I teach jiu-jitsu techniques at Carpe Diem BJJ, and in the course of doing so I’ve met probably hundreds of other people leading extremely different lives than my own. BJJ is still life for me, but because of that experience I no longer feel isolated. Quite the opposite, I feel happier each day and as though my world is continually expanding.
Carpe Diem BJJ is the first real job I've ever had but is also where I can pursue my dream of becoming a world champion.
Every member of the staff I work with is equally motivated and we all provide positive encouragement to each other. For me, Carpe Diem BJJ is where I find true friends with whom I can share this life.
Our membership is full of excellent people as well. I teach BJJ, which is a fairly narrow world to live in, but our members let me into theirs and teach me things I would otherwise never know. On one hand Carpe Diem BJJ exists for competitive jujitsu training, but on the other it also brings people from diverse worlds together.
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.
Carpe Diem for me is a culture, a life style, a way to think, and the thing who changed my vision of this world.
Carpe Diem, “seize the day,” is a way of life for me, and the Carpe Diem BJJ dojos are where we -- the staff, our members, everyone -- can get together and make that way of life happen.
Before I would think about my future, being unable to do the things I wanted to do and generally worrying about life. Now, with “seize the day” as a fundamental attitude I feel like I can make straightforward progress toward my goals.
I should be very pleased with myself if I can use jujitsu to help other people seize the day, too.
Up until now I have lived my life based on the opinions of others. Carpe Diem is the place where the person that I was can change the road that I was on. Of course, it is a great place to train and become a stronger competitor but for me there is nothing else I want to do but support other competitors and Carpe Diem members and learn how to fulfill all of my potential.
For me Carpe Diem is the dojo where I can discover my new self.
For me, Carpe Diem is a dojo where you can forget about the worries of the future and enjoy living right now. This is because by taking on BJJ at Carpe Diem, I know that I won’t have any regrets in the future. It wasn’t like that right away. By being able to come to Carpe Diem while I was in high school during summer and winter vacations, I met a lot of great people and as I thought about the future while doing BJJ I was able to start believing that this path was one which I wouldn’t regret. I want to continue to enjoy my development and get stronger with the great competitors here.
It's place I like to be and feel like home. Everyone is so kind and a huge exemple for myself as human. I feel blessed to be surrounded by so many good people.
I'm working hard everyday to make my dream come true and I'm really grateful for all the support and able to work at Carpe Diem which for me means a lot.
See you guys on the mat !!!
3 Minute walk from Hiroo station, Exit 4, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
No parking for both cars and bycicles
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.
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.
※Girlz Membership : You are only able to train at any of the Girlz classes.
※There will be charged 100% cancellation fee, if you cancel on that day.
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.
Temporary suspension of membership will incur a 2,000JPY/month administration charge. Resignation when membership is in arrears cannot be accepted. In all cases please make any requests before the 10th of the month. For example, if you wish to resign or change your membership at the end of May, please notify us by May 10th.
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.
Members of Carpe Diem BJJ seeking to train at one of our other dojos can do so by paying ¥1000 per day. There is no need to make a reservation prior to your visit. On Tuesdays when the Hiroo dojo is closed, you are welcome to train at the Jiyugaoka dojo 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.
Public Holiday : All Belts Class(10:00-11:00) only.