10.06.2009

MAKOTO OGASAWARA: WHIRLAND TRAVELS IN SEA

(l to r) Christopher Ng, Warren Wang & Makoto Ogasawara
Perhaps most of you have now heard of Nova Uniao/Taiwan BJJ brown-belt Makoto Ogasawara from his awesome performance at this years FBT Thailand BJJ/Grappling Open. I believe Makoto-san to be a jiu-jitsu-nomad cause the guy is just all over the place but always in good company. He was kind enough to send me this pic after this recent travels. Below is where he's been in the last couple of weeks!

"After Bangkok, I went to Macau and Hong Kong. Art of war 14, Makoto Ikuta's seminor, Kowloon BJJ, Macau BJJ. Last Sunday, Taiwan BJJ friends, Vova and James fought professional MMA in Taipei. This Friday, Taiwan BJJ friend, Demitri also will compete another professional MMA in Taipei. Today, there are a lot of good BJJ/No-Gi/MMA guys, academys, competitions in south Asia. Luke-san, thank you so much for promoting."

I also want to wish Makoto-san the best of luck as he is looking to compete at the Tokyo International BJJ Open. -Luke

WWW.TAIWANBJJ.ORG

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Makoto san was inspirational. He restored my faith in technical BJJ.

Anonymous said...

I am also inspired by Makoto. He is so humble and polite even when faced with bad sportsmanship from his competition. He truly shows the Bushido spirit.

Anonymous said...

much respect and love for Makoto's jiu jitsu and attitude... he was fun to watch in Bangkok!

Scott said...

A class act on and off the mat, the guys in Taiwan are lucky to be training with Makoto-san. - Scott

Anonymous said...

What's the story of bad sportsmanship?

Anonymous said...

Makoto is definitely one of the best representatives of BJJ in the region- that attention whore scumbag Elbe could learn a thing or two about humility and respect from him.

Good luck opening that big mouth in Taipei...

Anonymous said...

Makoto San has awesome BJJ and wonderful representative for the SEA. If only all competitors were as humble and respectful as him.

Ray Elbe said...

LOL...Anonymous.

When I do open my "big mouth"...I'm never affraid to let it be known I'm the one who said it.

I've never been one to hide behind a computer.

Feel free to say something to me in Taipei...I always appreciate constructive critisism.

-Ray Elbe.

Anonymous said...

Michael W here (the older grappler). Far be if for me to come to Ray Elbe's defense, but while he may be loud, he gives his all for his students and teammates (one man cheering section) and produces winning competitors who are also good sportsmen. He is far, far from a scumbag.

Anonymous said...

Not cool at all for "Anonymous" to launch a personal attack on Ray on this blog. I really enjoyed watching Ray at the BKK tournament. He has a very technical open guard game similar to Makoto. He does get emotional sometimes but it is never mean spirited and it seems mostly inteneded to provide some good entertainment. You don't get invited onto the Ultimate Fighter if you appear to be a boring person.

Anonymous said...

I apologise, but it not absolutely approaches me.

adam said...

Ray Elbe wouldn't even know what being humble or respectful meant. he probably knows the meaning of the words arrogant and unpopular !