SRC Damashii Episode 1! Ishii Has Graduated

The first episode of Kakutougi Document SRC Damashii aired yesterday and has been uploaded to YouTube. Part 1, 2, 3. Thanks to the uploader.

Ishii has graduated -

Ishii has graduated -

Satoshi Ishii announced today that he graduated from Kokushikan University in September. He is now doing hard training for his debut and currently spends almost every day (besides Sundays) at the Power Of Dream gym in Tokyo. He does some physical exercises from 9:30 in the morning and then trains from 10:00. Fighters such as Kazuo Misaki and Kazunori Yokota also train there so he has top fighters as training partners (I believe K-1 fighter Singh Jaideep trains there, Hideo Tokoro trains/trained there, etc.).

Ishii has not only trained the technical side of MMA since converting, he is also putting a lot of effort and is very interested in the physical and conditioning side of the game. He showed his current physique today and there’s a huge difference compared to Beijing last year.

Ishii's MMA Physique -

Ishii's MMA Physique -

He’s also currently studying Yoshida with gym chairman Furukawa to come up with a strategy for the fight. Ishii wants to fight a fight without any errors on NYE, skillfully switching between the stand-up and the ground game, showing off a real MMA performance.

  1. S
    October 6, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Wow the first episode was really good. Ishii is just what the japanese MMA scene needeed.

  2. S
    October 6, 2009 at 6:44 am

    also the site look really good

  3. Rictor
    October 6, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Yup, Heart trains there. I believe also Riki Fukuda visits at times.

  4. Guy Lafleur
    October 6, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    I love how they try to convince people that someone is ready by saying ‘he trains hard’. Yeah, so do most fighters.

    At least he has the benefit of not going in against a striker that will Izumi him but there is nothing to do but speculate how he will react when he gets punched in the face. Ivanov was a different case because he was from a sport where getting punched (by Fedor no less) is part of the game. Most judokas face that question with good reason (then again jiujitsu and wrestlers dont get punched either so the only ones that dont get this are k-1, boxers, samboists and karatekas)

    No hype can erase that big question mark…not even stripping down…. although Im sure that it might attract more eyeballs.

    So the next few months are gonna be TUF-levels of annoying with all the “he’s realllllllly putting in a lot of effort” kind of announcements.

    That said, big props to Ishii for getting his degree amidst all that has happened around him. It would have been so much easier to just do it ‘later’.

    I like the new theme but you still need a graphic for the banner.

  5. October 7, 2009 at 2:41 am

    “… he is also putting a lot of effort and is very interested in the physical and conditioning side of the game.” Isn’t this true of all fighters?

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