Projekt Label fighter Chad “Savage” George (10-4) was recently invited to Japan to train with the camp of Japanese Shooto legend Rumina Sato. Being that Chad has a fight coming up on Nov. 14 against Greg Guzman at “Called Out MMA 2,” he saw this as the perfect opportunity to train with some of the top lighter weight fighters in the world, and as a special treat for us he is keeping a blog of his trip. Be sure to check back each day to see how things are going with Chad during this very unique experience.
Today we left Odawara about 10:30 a.m. and headed to Tokyo for the long day ahead of us. Our first stop was at a TV station (Samurai TV) where Rumina and Takanori Gomi both were promoting their upcoming fights for Vale Tudo Japan.
Once we finished the show it was time for lunch. We walked around this famous strip in Tokyo, which by the way was flooded with foreigners (the first I’ve seen since coming to Japan) until we found this Soba noodle place Rumina wanted to eat at. Was delicious.
After lunch we had a long time to kill until our training session at the famous “Ceasars Shoot Boxing Gym” so it was time for more walking and site-seeing. We walked, walked, and walked some more until we finally had to train!
Time to train. We did about an hour of shadow boxing and bag work and then it was time to spar. The gym had a fighter who was the number two ranked Shooto boxing fighter in the world, who had a fight coming up against a south paw. My luck! I’m a southpaw!!
He and I had a great hard sparring session. It was awesome. Rumina followed directly after my sparring session with a session of his own with another fighter. After Rumina was finished I was back in the ring for a few more rounds of mits and then two rounds of bag work before calling it a night. Man I was exhausted.
After leaving Ceasars we went for sushi at this awesome little sushi bar in downtown Tokyo. Was delicious. After dinner it was time to make the drive back to Odawara. Man I am run down. As I’m writing, the sparring is starting to really set in. I feel like a car accident.
Time for bed and running in the morning!
By: Chad “SAVAGE” George