Japanese Superstars, Yoshihiro "Sexyama" Akiyama and Yushin Okami are in the states and they've decided to train at Xtreme Couture for a month. The duo spoke about the experience:
Okami: Well let me start off by saying that I enjoy the fact that the athletes are tall, big, and perfect for my size. In Japan, the athletes are not all sized like the athletes here at Couture’s. In Japan we practice for about 3 hours but at Couture’s we train for about 1hr and half. I seem to like the fact that short, hard practices are better.
Akiyama: I would have to agree with Yushin. I like how the practices aren’t long but short hard workouts. At this point I love it. The fighters are welcoming and friendly and as for the trainers, they are all awesome. I have a hard time communicating due to my language barrier but I feel it’s beneficial for my fight career because I am able to look at their body language, learn the language and train hard.
Well this is the first time I have been training in the states. It’s such a great experience for me. I want to absorb all the things I learn from Xtreme Couture and take it home with me... I plan on training here for a month then go back to Japan so I can work out a schedule to come back down for my next fight.
Yushin Okami is coming off a loss to Chael Sonnen at UFC 104, while Yoshihiro Akiyama is preparing for a middleweight match up against Wanderlei Silva that will happen "maybe January? Sometime early next year." Okami also mentioned that his next fight might be on March or April.
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