Ishii In Las Vegas! Convinced Of Growth
An American Ishii at Xtreme Couture article has been written and posted at the Cagewriter Yahoo! blog.
Zach Conley is just beginning to try his hand at mixed martial arts. The former Idaho State linebacker works out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. With top notch instructors like Shawn Tompkins running the place, it’s a great opportunity. But there is a downside. You may have to roll with someone that’s a bit out of your league. Conley is just 1-0 as an amateur but in a 20 minute span he found himself being dumped on his head by 2008 Olympic Judo Gold medalist Satoshi Ishii
After rolling with Ishii, Conley, trying to cover up that he’d just been smoked, said “man, that guy’s pretty good at Judo.” Gym veterans laughed as they told him
“that guy” just won the gold medal.
“I had no idea, it was a rude awakening,” Conley told Cagewriter. “That guy’s got crazy judo, I got my ass tossed all over the place. I was a state champ wrestler (in Idaho) and he tossed me like I was my little sister.”
He speaks little English but is getting along just fine. K-1 veteran Ray Sefo often serves as a translator. Believe it or not, the only guy at the gym late on Wednesday who could communicate with Ishii, was the very eloquent “New York Bad Ass”, Phil Baroni.
Read the whole article here.
I think this was his first training day since coming to Vegas. Since then it seems to have gone even better…
Ishii made a post on his blog yesterday writing that he was satisfied with training that day. Because he is convinced that he has grown, he wants a fight. He ends with: “Boss, I’m waiting for a notification”.