5th NSCA International Conference

Invited Speakers

Invited Speakers (Overseas) 

G. Gregory Haff
NSCA President, PhD, CSCS, *D, FNSCA
Course Coordinator, Strength and Conditioning
Associate Professor, School of Exercise and Health Science, Edith Cowan University (Australia)

President Haff is the Course Coordinator for Strength and Conditioning (S&C) as well as an associate professor in the School of Exercise and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University in Australia. He's certified as a Level II strength and conditioning coach by the Australia Strength and Conditioning Association and as a Level III coach by the Australian Weightlifting Federation, reflecting his own background as a weightlifter.

He was named NSCA William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sports Scientist Award in 2011, and he's worked as the editor in chief of The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research (JSCR). Dr. Haff is also an NSCA Founding Fellow.

In addition to serving as a senior assistant editor for the JSCR, an accredited member of the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association, and a USA Weightlifting National Level Coach, Dr. Haff remains active as a leading strength and conditioning researcher, for example by serving as an outside scientist with the performance enhancement teams for track cycling and weightlifting at the United States Olympic Training Center.

Patrick McHenry
NSCA Board Member
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Castle View High School (U.S.A.)

Patrick McHenry has served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Castle View High School since 2007. In addition to his leadership role in strength and conditioning for the school's 23 sports teams, Patrick, who specializes in weightlifting as well as speed and agility, heads strength training at the school. He is an RSCC and a certified club coach with USA Weightlifting.

In the training room, Patrick specializes in the use of measuring instruments and video software to generate feedback so that athletes can immediately review their exercise videos in order to master appropriate exercise technique and improve performance, particularly in the area of weightlifting. He was named the Regional American Football Monthly Strength Coach of the Year in 2003 and the NSCA High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2005, and he received the Editorial Excellent Award in 2006. He is known as one of the leading high school strength and conditioning coaches in the United States.

Brad Schoenfeld
NSCA Board Member
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Lehman College, City University of New York

Brad Schonefeld is regarded as one of America's leading fitness authorities. He has worked with numerous top athletes and bodybuilders, earning a reputation as an expert on muscle growth. He's also a bestselling fitness author with more than 1,000 articles published in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times and the Washington Post, and he has been featured on numerous nationwide television and radio broadcasts. His 10 published books have collectively sold more than 400,000 copies. Brad himself is a bodybuilder with wins at numerous competitions, including the USA Mixed Pairs Crowns.

Brad serves as an assistant professor of exercise science at Lehman College, City University of New York, and he has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed papers. He earned a master's degree in exercise science from the University of Texas and a PhD in health science from Rocky Mountain University. His research focuses on optimizing resistance training to maximize muscle growth.

In 2011, Brad was named the NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year.

Ian Jeffreys
Senior Instructor, Faculty of Life Sciences and Education, University of South Wales (UK)
Principal, All-Pro Performance

Ian is one of the leading strength and conditioning coaches in the United Kingdom, and he is especially respected as a worldwide expert on speed and agility. He's a registered strength and conditioning coach with the British Olympic Association and an honorary member of the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association.

Ian is also involved in education and research, where his activities include serving on the editorial board of Strength & Conditioning Journal and the Journal of Australian Strength & Conditioning and serving as the editor of the Professional Strength & Conditioning and the UKSCA's Professional Journal.

He has also published numerous high-quality books about strength and conditioning, including Strength Training and Conditioning, which is now in its third edition.

Ian gives numerous lectures in locations such as the United Kingdom and Australia, including at the NSCA. Having played rugby, he specializes in strength and conditioning as well as agility for rugby competition, and in 2006 he was named NSCA High School Strength and Conditioning coach of the Year, the only non-American to win that honor.

Inigo Mujika
Associated Professor, Department of Physiology, University of the Basque Country (Spain)

Inigo, a leading international authority on endurance training and peaking research, earned doctoral degrees at Jean Monnet University in Saint-Étienne (Biology of Muscular Exercise) and the University of the Basque Country (Physical Activity and sports science). He has also worked with numerous athletes as a swimming and triathlon coach.

His research has focused on recovery, tapering, detraining, and overtraining in a broad range of competitive events, including cycling, swimming, long-distance running, rowing, tennis, football, and water polo.

Inigo has presented or published close to 80 peer-reviewed papers and written numerous books. Those works include Recovery for Performance in Sport and Endurance Training, which are well known in Japan.

Inigo has worked as a physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, and from 2006 to 2008 he served as the physiologist and trainer for Euskaltel Euskadi, a competitive bicycle racing team that gained fame worldwide. He's also known for his work as the head of research and development for Athletic Bilbao, a professional soccer club playing in Spain's Primera División.

Juan Carlos Santana
Med, CSCS, former NSCA vice president
The Institute of Human Performance (IHP) (U.S.A.)

Juan Carlos, or “JC,” is the founder of the Institute of Human Performance (IHP) and a 30-year veteran of the fitness world. He specializes in biomechanics and the development of programs that take into account all athletes' needs, including during youth, adulthood, and rehabilitation.

At the IHP's facility in Florida, JC has experience working with world-class tennis players, NFL athletes, MLB athletes, and mixed martial arts athletes such as Thiago Alves who have competed in the UFC.

He's known for developing exercise methods with whatever equipment is available, and his work promises to be extremely informative for NSCA Japan members, who often find themselves faced with the need to coach athletes in environments where equipment is limited.

One of the most respected individuals in the U.S. fitness industry, JC has given talks at past conferences in the country entitled “Combat Spartan Training,” in which he described how approaches used by mixed martial artists could be applied to ordinary fitness training, and “Body Weight Training," in which he offered a practical demonstration of how the “good old days”; of exercise based on one's body weight—an approach that has been forgotten—can be applied in group sessions and team sports.

Jose Antonio
Chairman, International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN)
Former NSCA Board Member
Associate Professor, Exercise and Sports Science, Nova Southeastern University, Davie Florida USA

Jose, who is the cofounder and chairman of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), received the NSCA Nutrition Research Award in 2005, and he was named the NSCA Educator of the Year in 2009. He is widely recognized as an international expert on sports supplements, and he has authored 14 books and more than 50 peer-reviewed papers. His efforts to promote sports nutrition as well as strength and conditioning have included appearances on television and other media, authorship in the field of fitness, and talks worldwide more than 1,000 times.

His activities in education and research include serving as editor in chief of the Journal of ISSN. He has earned a PhD from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and he currently serves as an assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University.

Douglas Kalman
Sports Nutritionist and Physiologist, Blackzilians (U.S.A.)
Director of Sports Nutrition, Florida International University (U.S.A.)

Douglas, a cofounder of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), has extensive experience in his field, including working with numerous projects in the pharmaceutical, medical, and nutritional fields as well as more than 100 clinical trials. His name appears on more than 50 abstracts and 25 peer-reviewed papers, and he also serves as an associate editor of the Journal of ISSN. He earned a master's degree from Hunter College at the City University of New York and a PhD from the exercise and nutritional biochemistry program at Touro University International.

In addition to contributing to journals and giving talks for numerous organizations and academic societies (including the ISSN, NSCA, APS, and ACSM), Douglas has worked with many Olympic and professional athletes (including from MLB and the NFL and NBA) in all seasons. He is especially well known for his work with the Nike Oregon Project, which has enjoyed remarkable success in the world of long-distance running, and with the Blackzilians, one of the world's leading mixed martial arts teams.

Douglas's activities in education and research include serving as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at Florida International University and as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Exercise science and Health Promotion at Florida Atlantic University.

Darryn Willoughby
Advisor, International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN)
Associate Professor, School of Education, Baylor University

Darryn earned a master's degree from the Department of Exercise Science at Tarleton State University and a PhD from Texas A&M University with a specialization in neuromuscular physiology. A former director of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), he is recognized as a leader in his own field of research, molecular structure as relates to muscle growth and atrophy, as well as effective nutritional methods for improving sports performance, facilitating muscle growth, and preventing muscle atrophy. He has contributed to numerous international scholarly journals, including JSCR and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Beyond nutritional guidance, Darryn has served as a university strength and conditioning coach, and he has given talks at numerous forums and conferences on muscle adaptation in training and sports performance. He also continues to be active as a Masters bodybuilder.


Gina Lombardi
NSCA-CPT, NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year award recipient (2003)

Gina graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Dental Hygiene/Health Science with honors and holds certifications in personal training from the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) & Univ. of So. Cal at Los Angeles. In addition, Gina has achieved certificates in Post-Rehabilitation Conditioning and Weight Management.

Gina was in a special development team at the National Strength & Conditioning Association to create a nationally accredited certified personal trainer program. She has served on the NSCA's Examination Development Committee, was Chair Person for the Personal Trainer Committee for 5 years, received an award from the NSCA for her contribution & work devoted to the Personal Trainer Program and contributed to the Journal of Strength & Conditioning as the column editor for the One-On-One section for personal trainers.

The 2003 personal trainer of the year award recipient from the NSCA.

Invited Speakers (Domestic) 

Toshio Moritani
PhD, President of NSCA Japan
Emeritus Professor, Kyoto University, Visiting Professor, Kyoto Sangyo University, Visiting Professor, Chukyo University

Toshio graduated from a doctoral program in sports medicine at the Graduate School of the University of Southern California. After serving as an assistant professor at the University of Texas and at the Graduate School of Texas A&M University, an assistant professor in the liberal arts program at Kyoto University, an international researcher at the Karolinska Institute (on a scholarship funded by the government of Sweden), and a visiting professor at the University of Montana, he became an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies at Kyoto University in 1992 and a professor at the school in 2000. He is active as a leading researcher in the prevention of lifestyle diseases through exercise.

Junichi Okada
Ph.D., CSCS, NSCA Japan Vice Chairman
Professor, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University

After the Graduate School,he worked as a researcher at the Japan Sports Association's Sports Science Institute, then he became an instructor in 1995 at the School of Human Sciences at Waseda University, where he became an assistant professor in 1999 and moved to the Faculty of Sport Sciences in 2003 before assuming his current position in 2014. During his time as a student, Junichi was a weightlifter, winning the Inter-High School Championships, the National Junior Championships, and the National Intercollegiate Individual Championships. Currently, he trains student S&C coaches as an NSCA Japan Certified Institution instructor and offers strength training to athletes at Waseda University with a focus on the school's ski and cycling teams. He also works to strengthen and promote the sport of weightlifting as the coach of the university's weightlifting team and as a standing director of the Japan Weightlifting Association.

Kiyotaka Komatsu
CSCS,*D, Board Member of NSCA Japan
American Club

After graduating from college in Japan, Kiyotaka graduated from the Department of Human Performance and Sport at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. In addition to gaining experience working on strength and conditioning with a variety of athletes at the University of Denver and the U.S. Air Force Academy, he offered a broad range of personal training services while he was in the U.S. to clients ranging from ordinary individuals to athletes, particularly NHL players, martial artists, and gymnasts. Since returning to Japan, he has worked as a personal trainer at the American Club with mostly English-speaking clients, and he has focused particularly on helping improve motor function. He has also served for many years as a personal trainer to Princess Tomohito of Mikasa, who is an advisor to NSCA Japan. He is a USA Weightlifting Certified Sports Performance Coach, a functional movement screening specialist, and a kettlebell basic instructor.

Tetsuo Fukunaga
PhD, Chairperson of Editorial Committee of NSCA Japan, former President of NSCA Japan
Specially-appointed Professor, National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya

A graduate of the doctoral program at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Tokyo, Tetsuo served as a professor at the University of Tokyo and at the School of Sport Sciences at Waseda University before becoming president of the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya in April 2009. He served as the president of the Japanese Society of Biomechanics and as the president of NSCA Japan, and continues to be active as a leading expert in sports performance research in Japan.

Tohru Aoki
Vice Chairman, NSCA Japan Certified Examiner Committee, CSCS, *D
Strength & Conditioning Coach, Ryukoku University

During his time as a student at Ritsumeikan University, Tohru was active as a track and field athlete (in the 400 m hurdle event). After graduating, he dedicated himself to becoming an S&C coach and held positions as an S&C coach for the Ritsumeikan University American football team, Morinaga's Weider Training Lab Osaka, and Gifu Tricky Panders (a badminton team) before taking his current job as an S&C coach at Ryukoku University. He has coached the full array of sports and is currently coaching primarily American football, rugby, and judo. Taking advantage of his experience as a track and field athlete, he serves as a lead instructor at seminars hosted by NSCA Japan, primarily in the field of speed and agility. He focuses on facilitating student growth as an S&C coach with an emphasis on coaching, cueing, and motivation under the motto, "Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand."

Katsuyuki Gohara
CSCS, NSCA-CPT, Selected Coach, NSCA Japan Kyushu Regional Director
NASM-PES, Practitioner of Acupuncture and Moxibustion
Representative Director, IMPROVE Inc.

After graduating from college, Katsuyuki studied in a sports program at a vocational college. He then went on to serve on Tokai University's support staff (with responsibility for the institution's hardball baseball team), as an instructor at Fukuoka Healthcare College, and as an assistant professor at Nippon Bunri University. While at Nippon Bunri University, he helped instruct and foster the development of trainers as the NSCA Certified Institution faculty representative while simultaneously working as the S&C coach for the school's rugby and cheerleading teams. Subsequently, he enrolled at a vocational college and earned certification as a practitioner of acupuncture and moxibustion. After graduating, he founded IMPROVE Inc. with the goal of connecting the four domains of health, sports, education, and medicine. Later, he opened Studio IMPROVE to provide personal training and related services to clients of a variety of ages and to offer fitness training for corporate clients and support and other services for university athletes. Katsuyuki is also actively involved in a variety of educational activities, and in addition to corporate training, he began planning and hosting Next Stage, a seminar-style event, in 2013. The third Next Stage event, which was held last November, brought together 12 instructors and 160 participants while continuing its mission of communicating fitness information from the city of Fukuoka to the audiences throughout Japan.

Hiroshi Hasegawa
Professor, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University

Hiroshi completed programs offered by the Graduate School of Education at Yokohama National University (where he earned a master's degree in education) and the Graduate School of Science at Tokyo Metropolitan University (where he earned a doctoral degree in science). After serving as an assistant in the Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences at Hiroshima University, as a special overseas researcher for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (at the Free University of Brussels in Belgium), and as an associate professor at the Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences at Hiroshima University, he became a professor at Hiroshima University's Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences in 2016. He has also worked as a researcher in association with the Japan Football Association's Heat Research Project, the Japan Sports Association's Heat Exhaustion Prevention Project, and the Japan Sport Council's Tokyo Olympics Special Project (Heat Measures), in addition to serving as a Japan Football Association Class B coach and as a Ski Association of Japan sub instructor. His areas of specialization include exercise physiology, environmental exercise physiology, neuroscience, and training science. In addition to explicating the central mechanisms by which the body regulates its temperature during exercise, Hiroshi is involved with global research from a broad range of perspectives, extending to research into body temperature regulation measures in the practice of sport. He has also authored numerous papers, reviews, and books in related fields. Representative works include Body Temperature II, Recovery Science, and Endurance Training: Science and Practice (all published by NAP).

Norikazu Hirose
Ph.D., Japan Sports Association Certified Athletic Trainer
Professor, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University

Dr. Norikazu Hirose is an athletic training and conditioning professor at Waseda University Faculty of Sport Sciences in Japan. Dr. Hirose has served as a conditioning coach of elite youth soccer players for over 20 years. He has also worked as the conditioning coach for Japan's National Women's Soccer Team (Nadeshiko Japan) from 2008 to 2015. Currently, Dr. Hirose researches on the topic of prevention of common athletic injuries and the development of effective fitness training for sports athletes.

Naoki Kawamori
Japan Institute of Sports Sciences

After graduating from Waseda University, Naoki earned a master's degree from Midwestern State University in the U.S. and a doctoral degree from Edith Cowan University in Australia. He then went on to offer instruction in training as an S&C coach to athletes on Singapore's national sports teams at the Singapore Sports Council. Since returning to Japan, Naoki has supported athletes representing Japan as a training coach at the Japan Institute of Sports Sciences. As one of the few S&C coaches with a Ph.D. and experience as a researcher, he practices a style of S&C coaching that relies on scientific knowledge rather than getting caught up in trendy training methods, and he is actively involved in promoting that approach, for example by giving talks and lectures.

Seiji Maeda
Professor, Faculty of Health and Sports Sciences, University of Tsukuba

Seiji graduated from a graduate program at the University of Tsukuba in 1993, where he earned a doctorate in sports science.
After serving as an instructor and then associate professor in the Faculty of Health and Sports Sciences program at the University of Tsukuba, he became a professor in the same program in 2013. He specializes in sports medicine and is actively involved in research related to the prevention and amelioration of lifestyle diseases through regular exercise. As a result, he has published more than 200 papers in scholarly journals in Japan and abroad, including leading international publications such as Circulation, Hypertension, and the American Journal of Physiology. Seiji also serves on the boards of the Japan Society of Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences and the Japan Society of Exercise and Sports Physiology; as a councillor at the Japanese Society of Physical Fitness and Sports Medicine; and as the editor in chief of the International Journal of Sport and Health Science.

Kouhei Makino
CSCS, Selected Coach of NSCA Japan
Head Performance Specialist, Weider Training Lab

After graduating from high school, Kouhei enrolled at Eastern Washington University in the United States. He returned to Japan after graduating and entered into a contract with Weider Training Lab, a business of Morinaga & Co., Ltd. Initially, he served in Hokkaido as a coach for high-school club activities in an array of sports, including baseball, soccer, rugby, table tennis, track and field, volleyball, golf, skiing, and skating. He subsequently entered into an exclusive contract with figure skater Mao Asada and joined her at the Vancouver Olympics. He has served as the Head Performance Specialist at Weider Training Lab since 2011, supporting a variety of top athletes including Chie Arimura, Kenta Maeda, Sara Takanashi, Mika Miyazato, and Yuki Ota. Apart from athletes, he also works with actors, singers, models, and others who wish to focus on their shape and physique.

Takashi Okada
MS, CSCS, Physical Therapist, Japan Sports Association Certified Athletic Trainer
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Education, Musculoskeletal Traumatology Lab at Nippon Sport Science University

After completing a master's degree in sports science at the Graduate School of Nippon Sport Science University, Takashi completed the doctoral program at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo. After working at a general hospital and in the department of general orthopedics, he became a Japan Sports Association Certified Athletic Trainer and began working at a university that trains judo therapists. In that position, he helped the university earn accreditation from NSCA Japan, worked as a head instructor, and offered education to students seeking to become athletic trainers or health professionals as a strength and conditioning coach. In particular, he took advantage of his experience as an athletic trainer and physical therapist to instruct students from a variety of perspectives, for example by emphasizing injury prevention. In April 2016 he became an associate professor in the Musculoskeletal Traumatology Lab at Nippon Sport Science University, a position that he continues to hold.
Takashi also works as a member of the Japanese Olympic Committee's strength staff (in judo and swimming) and science support department, as a strength and conditioning coach for the national men's judo team, as a Poseidon Japan team trainer, and as a member of the Japan Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation's Athlete Strengthening Committee. His research activities focus on trunk muscles and lower back pain. He has also authored numerous books in related fields.
His accomplishments included helping train two overall winners at the All-Japan Student Bodybuilding Championships, orchestrating team wins at the championship, and training a silver medalist at the World Junior Bench Press Championships. Takashi is also an active bodybuilder, and in 2014 he won the 70 kg class in the 22nd Tokyo Open Bodybuilding Championship despite the fact that it was his first time to participate in the event.

Jun Seino
MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, Registered Dietitian, Japan Sports Association Certified Sports Nutritionist
Head Sports Nutritionist, Weider Training Lab

After graduating from Sendai University, Jun joined Morinaga & Co., Ltd. In working with a clientele ranging from high-school students to athletes that includes men and women who participate in a full array of sports and competitive events, he continues to meet client needs with a solid focus on the fundamentals and a refusal to get caught up in dietary fads. In Japan, he has given numerous talks on the importance of S&C and nutrition as one of the few registered dietitians who holds both CSCS and NSCA-CPT credentials, and he continues to work actively to popularize both disciplines. Currently, in addition to his work as a sports nutritionist at Weider Training Lab, Jun is active in coaching and sports management at the Graduate School of the University of Tsukuba, where he's conducting research into how sports nutrition plays a role in sports practice. He's also a devotee of training and participates in various competitions, including weightlifting contests and marathons, where he practices the peaking method from the dual standpoints of nutrition and diet.

Yoshimasa Setoguchi
MD, former NSCA Japan Director
Director, Midori Clinic

Yoshimasa was born in Miyazaki in 1965, and he graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Miyazaki in 1990. After working at Mie University Hospital and Koyama Orthopedic Hospital, he established the Midori Clinic Healthcare Corporation in 1999. He also has served as the director of NSCA Japan. In addition to offering guidance in the treatment of athletes' sports-related injuries, conditioning, and training as a sports physician, Yoshimasa also treats more typical orthopedic conditions. He's helped many top athletes, including professional baseball players, recover from injuries, and he currently serves as the team doctor for the Honda Heat (Honda Motor Company's rugby team) and as the head of the doctor's association at the Suzuka Circuit.

Tadayoshi Takahashi
Owner, Guardians Athletic Training & Therapy
Former Athletic Trainer, Waseda Jitsugyo School

Tadayoshi was working as a high-school baseball coach when he decided to study sports medicine in the U.S. so that he could better deal with his students' injuries. After returning to Japan, he went back to the school where he had coached and spent 10 years as the school trainer supporting a group of middle- and high-school students who took sports quite seriously. Today, he has opened a clinic that provides insole therapy and athletic rehabilitation services in the city of Tachikawa after passing his job as a school trainer on to a younger colleague. He has also served as the rehabilitation coordinator for the Waseda University rugby team since 2016.

Kazuhiko Tomooka
General Manager and Performance Director, Dome Athlete House

After graduating from Rikkyo University, Kazuhiko studied exercise and sports science at the University of Florida. In 1998, he served as a strength coach intern with the MLB Florida Marlins (currently the Miami Marlins). Starting in 1999, he served as an assistant strength coach for that Major League team. In 2002, he became the head strength coach for the MLB Montreal Expos, and in 2005 he became the head strength coach for the MLB Washington Nationals. Since returning to Japan in 2009, he has served as the general manager at Dome Athlete House, an athletic training facility operated by Dome Corporation. In this capacity Kazuhiko has not only offered support to professional baseball players, professional soccer players, professional golfers, professional tennis players, and Olympic athletes, but also worked actively to educate younger trainers and coaches nationwide.

Taro Toyoda
MS, Japan Sport Council

Taro finished graduate school at the University of Tsukuba. After a intensive working experience as a full-time S&C coach Hosei University men's volleyball team and Japan Soccer College men's team, he developed and promoted an unique SAQ training program at Cramer Japan. Since 2013, he has been involved in developing local and regional talent identification at the Japan Sport Council, an independent agency that oversees all Olympic sports. He also conduct several researches on coordination training in Kooperationsgesellschaft fuer Leipziger Sportwissenschaft (KoLeSpo). Taro is a Leipzig University Certified Coordination Trainer and a Nippon Institute of Speed, Agility and Quickness Certified Level 3 Instructor.


Chieko Okada
NSCA-CPT,*D NSCA Japan Selected Coach
NSCA Japan Certification Examination Committee member
NSCA Japan Tokai Assistant Area Director
Japan Sports Association Certified Junior Sports Advisor

As a Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Coach at the Morinaga & Co., Ltd. Weider Training Lab, Ms. Okada worked with many of Olympians, other professional competitive athletes, and also student athletes. She married in 2007, and finished working at Morinaga & Co., Ltd. a year after her marriage, 2008. Ms. Okada had her first child in 2009 and second child in 2010. Then she came back to this field and began working as a freelancer, based the area of Fukuroi City, Shizuoka Prefecture. She is now focusing on a bottom-up approach, supporting the age group from kids to student athletes those who need varieties of support environment to be good athletes. and on popularizing this approach.

Ms. Okada currently trains a thirteen- year- old female professional snowboarder, as well as working with student athletes and teaching conditioning basics to children aged three to nine at her “Athlete Club.” She is enjoying her life as a coach and also making efforts to make this profession to be open for females, not just to get a job but to be able to continue working throughout a life.


Etsuko Ogasawara
Chair of the Board of Directors, Japanese Association for Women in Sport (JWS)
Professor of Health and Sports Science, Juntendo University Graduate School

Dr. Ogasawara holds a PhD from Ohio State University, specializing in sports management. She is currently Chair of the Board of Directors at the Japanese Association for Women in Sport (JWS), an NPO engaged in supporting women in sports.

After serving at Biwako Seikei Sport College, Dr. Ogasawara was appointed Professor of Health and Sports Science at Juntendo University Graduate School in April 2011. As of 2014, she has held the position of Director of Juntendo's Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS). She had authored numerous papers and publications on swimming competition, job satisfaction as a coach, and women in sports.

Prior to earning her doctorate at Ohio State University, Dr. Ogasawara coached swimming at Chukyo University and the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya for ten years. She accompanied coaching staff as a chaperone to the Kobe Universiade, Asian Games Seoul, and the Seoul Olympics.

At the 2006 World Conference on Women and Sport in Kumamoto, she held the position of Co-chair of the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG), and continues to serve as an IWG member representing Asia. In 2004, Dr. Ogasawara received the Avon Awards to Women Achievement Award, followed by the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) Global Trailblazer Award for FY2012.

Yuki Ota
Silver medal (individual foil), 2008 Beijing Olympics; silver medal (team foil), 2012 London Olympics; gold medal (individual foil), 2015 World Fencing Championships

Yuki Ota competed in four successive Olympics, from the 2004 games in Athens to the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. At the Beijing Olympics, he gained instant fame by capturing Japan’s first silver medal in fencing. He also contributed to the selection of Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympic Games by participating in presentations as a bid ambassador. Ota is promoting fencing in Japan through both his reputation and record as a top athlete.

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