We visited Yushin Okami at RJW (Real Japan Wrestling, part of the Wajutsu Keishukai network) where he trains several days a week to interview him and watch him take the MMA class with some of the resident professional and amateur fighters.
RJW is located in a very unlikely spot. A residential area of Tokyo, on a converted floor of a condominium, rather hard to find for anyone unfamiliar with Tokyo or the Japanese language.
A foam matted area and a marked wrestling matted area with padded walls is about all there is. No heavy bags, no fancy equipment. Just the smell of old sweat barely masked by disinfectant. The cleaning of the mats is done by all those who train that day after practice, and this is the norm for all martial arts dojos of any discipline across Japan.
Okami was happy to have the opportunity to speak to the international media. His English is almost non-existent, and he is much less known in his own country than abroad, making it a rare occasion to speak publicly to the international audience.
He was very adamant about his position in terms of a title shot against Anderson Silva, confident that he will take the middleweight belt and completely uninterested in the talk of a GSP versus Silva match up. In fact, he expressed his disdain at anyone switching weight class should get an automatic title shot.
For the full interview click HERE.
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