CARPE DIEM HQ
My name is Yuki Ishikawa and I am the director of Carpe Diem Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The Aoyama dojo is our first and it remains our headquarters today. I still teach classes there occasionally.
At Aoyama, our members have excellent relationships with each other, and among many the dojo is known for its tranquil atmosphere, where both our staff and our members can relax and enjoy training. I take great joy in the fact that this harmonious environment follows from an adherence to the dojo etiquette we have established at CDBJJ. Everyone we train with is unselfish and mutual respect among members is the norm. Personally, I love the culture we have built at Aoyama and it is a continual source of pride for me.
I opened my first dojo in 2007, and how the time has flown by since! At the time I was focused intensely on running a quality place and my daily stress levels were fairly high. I was at the dojo from morning until night, and our members became like a second family to me. Today, I am finally able to relax my grips a little and enjoy running the organization. I have since grown my own family as well and the amount of time I am able to spend in the dojo is significantly less, and as a result I have learned to let my trustworthy staff handle more of the operation.
Many of our members have been training in BJJ with me over the more than ten years that have passed since we opened the Aoyama dojo. Thinking back on it now, I realize how long that is and I am sincerely grateful for their dedication, and in some cases for their advice as well! Some of these guys can still remember seeing me when I was competing all the time, too. In truth, as a competitor I may have been biting off more than I could chew when I started teaching, and it is only through repeated trial and error that I have been able to build Carpe Diem BJJ into the sizable organization it is today. To my students and members that have stood by me the whole time, I can only offer thanks from the bottom of my heart. I think it is only through their continuous support that we have sustained that Aoyama dojo “tranquility.”
That said, if we have accomplished much then I am certain there is still much we have not, and we we will keep going until the day we reach legendary status. I take personal charge of the Aoyama dojo, which in my view must be sustained to that end as essential to the Carpe Diem BJJ culture. If we can do that, I am certain it will spread and take root in all our other dojos, wherever they may be.
It says, “More than Jiu-Jitsu” on the wall at Aoyama. In some ways the place really is just a dojo, but my aim is to bust out of those boundaries and grow the place into a vibrant community that has a positive impact on the wider world.
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. (Click for detail)
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).
First Month’s Membership Fee. 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
Changing 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 previous month. For example, if you wish to resign or change membership at the end of May, please notify us by April 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.
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.
White Belt Classes
This is a class where only white belt members are allowed to practice. In this class we focus on teaching simple movements and basic techniques. There are a lot of drills and such in these classes. We do a lot of position sparring here for safety.
This class focuses on basic techniques. Members of any belt level are welcome to join this class. However, this class will always be focused on teaching basic techniques. While sparring time will only be about 15 minutes in length, drills, technique practice and basic movements will let you a work-up a great sweat. Instructors do not participate in sparring during class, rather focusing on safety and observing students as they spar. Please feel at ease, sparring is not obligatory.
This is a class where you can learn all the elements necessary for jiu-jitsu competition. We will also teach you from standing techniques to ankle joint techniques. Sparring time is longer than basic classes, and the lesson content is more challenging. It can be a high hurdle class for members who have no martial arts experience and have just started jiu-jitsu. I think that it is good to participate in the regular class after participating in the white belt class & basic class for at least six months and acquiring the basic movement. However, this class also has no belt color limitations.
This is a class that you can participate in by wearing rash guards and shorts instead of a jiu-jitsu uniform. Members of all belt colors can participate. Grappling requires more "reaction speed" and "muscle strength" than normal jiu-jitsu because it is not possible to "grab" clothing. As a result, I think that it will be a class that requires some physical strength when compared to a normal jiu-jitsu class.
This class is designed to help you learn advanced techniques aimed at winning matches. This is the only 90 minutes class and includes strength training necessary for jiu-jitsu. Many of the techniques taught are difficult, and you will also need to understand the match rules of competitive jiu-jitsu. The sparring time is longer than other classes, and stamina is also required. It is a high-level class, but there are no restrictions on belt colors for participation.
The class is led by a female instructor and is only possible for women. It's on Saturday morning, so if you have children, you can bring them to the dojo with you.
At Calpe Diem HQ Aoyama, the instructor in charge of the class does not participate in sparring, but always supervises the sparring of the members and strives to ensure their safety. Other instructors who are not in charge of the class may participate in sparring.
Please be assured that sparring is not compulsory. Sparring is not a "match". It is an exercise to confirm your own skill in using the techniques you have learned. If the opponent does not defend, such as in a drill, the technique can be used smoothly. However, in sparring, opponents naturally defend. We believe that a skill that can be used in a situation where the opponent's defending, is a martial arts technique and can be called a "usable technique". I hope you think of sparring as this kind of exercise.
Director / Black Belt
Date of Birth: July 1, 1975
Hometown: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka, Japan
What is CARPE DIEM for you?Carpe Diem BJJ is life itself for me, and the dojo is a manifestation of how I seize the day. I established the dojo and I’m the director, but I have done it with the support of a long staff lineup and many members. We continue to grow well beyond my initial vision, and I will continue striving to make Carpe Diem BJJ dojos a place to find new people, new experiences, and happiness.
Head Instructor/Black Belt
Date of Birth: February 3, 1992Hometown: Susaki City, Kochi, Japan
What is CARPE DIEM for you?
Carpe Diem BJJ is almost like a fast track to success for me.
Apart from jujitsu, I haven’t kept up with much for very long in my life. Carpe Diem BJJ is where I thought I could reach my goals in the shortest time once I also thought I could make a living out of jujitsu.
I have nothing but gratitude for being employed teaching jujitsu at Carpe Diem BJJ when I had nothing to my name.
After I became part of the team, I realized it wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought it would be, but now I know I was right to follow my instincts.
There are a lot of powerful people at Carpe Diem BJJ, and there are a lot of interesting characters here, too. I think training with them helps me grow, and I think you could search the whole world and not find another place like this one.
Date of Birth: July 10, 1989Hometown: Fukuyama City, Hiroshima, Japan
What is CARPE DIEM for you?
Carpe Diem BJJ is where I can do what I want to do .
I started judo in the sixth grade of primary school before becoming fascinated with the world of full-contact combat in MMA. I started jujitsu in college and soon became deeply involved in the pursuit. Now it’s more like my purpose in life.
After graduation and joining the “real world” I kept up my training, eventually finding the better environment I sought for myself at Carpe Diem BJJ. Now, jujitsu is how I pay the bills.
I think I came to Carpe Diem BJJ naturally, and not because I was trying to be a certain kind of person but because I just pursued what I wanted to do in life.
A place where I can do what I want to do. That's Carpe Diem BJJ for me.
Date of Birth: August 14, 1996Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
What is CARPE DIEM for you?For me, the Carpe Diem BJJ dojos are one of the few places where I can feel at peace. This may seem curious considering injury to both body and self-confidence is a constant possibility in the dojo, but the atmosphere here promotes honest, whole acceptance of that reality. Sparring may seem fierce at first, but when you’re in the moment you’re calm, with nothing but your thoughts, your techniques, and the sound of your breathing. We train with all kinds of people at the dojo, regardless of upbringing or social position, and our egos are left at the door along with our shoes.
Date of Birth: July 9, 1973Hometown: Perth, Australia
What is CARPE DIEM for you?When I came to Japan in June 2000 I had achieved my dream. So for the first few years here I didn’t really have any goals. I started teaching Kids English almost right away and after several years I found that I really liked it.
I was a teacher before I was a Jiu-jitsu guy. And I love teaching both kids and adults. When I see someone use something I taught them it is the greatest gift a teacher can get. When students come to my class I always want them to take away not just Jiu-jitsu skills but also life lessons and an understanding of concepts that can be applied in many aspects of their lives.
Date of Birth: February 4, 1983Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
It is a place that makes ordinary everyday life better.I was off of Jiu-Jitsu once because of marriage and childbirth. I wondered if I couldn't do it for a while until my child grow up. Or maybe I wouldn't be able to do jiu-jitsu again. It was Carpe Diem that gave me the courage to start up again.
Although I often go to the dojo, I am inspired by not only the practice of Jiu-Jitsu but also in the conversations I have with people all the time. The is an indispensable place that helps me maintain my work-life balance.
4-26-16-1F, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku,Tokyo, Japan #107-0062
It takes 8 minutes from Omotesando Sta.
Public Holiday : Regular Class (14:00-15:00) only.
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