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#14 The Jiu-jitsu Life

Posted on 2014/10/09

Posted on 2014/10/06 in Japanese

At long last, the Hiroo Dojo has settled down. With the stress and workload of the last couple of months, I actually got quite run down and sick. From now on I should be able to train and stuff.

I think that sometimes I would like to write about some of my reminiscences.

Things have changed quite a lot from the days of Kojimachi, when we were just a small dojo. The work of managing a company has increased dramatically. The relatively good addition and subtraction accounting that we did before we are now doing quite seriously. If I don’t do my job of managing properly then eventually the staff we have hired will be out in the cold. Eventually this might even cause some inconvenience for the dojo’s members.

Some of our long time members might have the odd thought like, “Yuki has become a full on businessman.” In the past I was able to spar with students quite a lot every day. But recently that is becoming less and less the case. The number of dojo’s has increased and my stamina has dropped quite a bit. I often hear the voice of instructors while i am typing away on my computer in the office.

I think it is important to take good care of the staff. I always have thoughts of the guys in the back of my mind. How are things economically for them? Are they getting too tired? Do they have some vision of the future? Are they enjoying themselves? Whenever I ask them they always answer, “It’s Ok.” So I don’t really know.

In my competition days I earned a living other than Jiu-jitsu and when I stopped competing I opened a dojo. Because of this, being a staff member that receives a salary from the dojo is beyond my experience. So I really don’t know how the guys feel very well. Of course there are some who say that getting paid to do something that you love is awesome but I don’t think it is quite that simple.

I was a part-time waiter while I was doing Jiu-jitsu. My hourly rate was about ¥900/hour. So when I worked 5 days a week, 8 hours a day my monthly salary was about ¥150,000/month.  After rent and pension I only hand about 50,000/month left in my pocket. I didn’t have much for any extras. Actually it was quite tough everyday. I also did some more dangerous jobs. Even though I had an offer from a big company, I chose this lifestyle. This was something that my parents really didn’t approve of or understand. I had mates from the dojo but I wasn’t able to make build any deeper friendships.

My time for the “Jiu-jitsu All Day Every Day Life” has unfortunately passed. When I write something like this I guess it puts a bit of pressure on my staff. But we don’t need anyone that crumples under this kind of pressure. After all, there is nothing in the world that doesn’t have some kind of pressure.

I guess I got a little serious there :-) and it’s not a conversation with any particular conclusion. It’s just something I wanted to put down. I didn’t mean to make out as if it was a great hardship. We did choose this kind of lifestyle, right. So we can’t really call it that.

I’m thankful to all of our members. They are often taking the staff out to eat and when they take trips they are also providing some financial assistance. Once again this is something that I never had the opportunity to receive. I dare say that I just didn’t have the charm. Our staff are really serious and kind of charming so it seems people want to give them something. They are getting spoilt and actually I’m a bit jealous.

Don’t forget to invite me out to eat sometime!

The picture is from about 5 years ago when I was the strongest one in the Dojo!


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