Earlier today the Masato Yamashita and members of the Shinsei Gym attended an annual praying event at the Minatogawa Shrine in Kobe.
Yamashita was joined by 5 fighters, as well as trainers and staff members, as they prayed for the safety and success of their fighters for the coming years.
At the event Tetsuro Ohashi (7-1-1, 2) [大橋哲朗] spoke about a disappointing 2019, where he suffered his first loss, but spoke positively of the year ahead.
It was also revealed that former WBO female Minimumweight champion Kasumi Saeki (4-0, 3) [佐伯霞] was looking towards returning to the ring later this year. It was revealed that she had gotten married in July and and was beginning a family, hence her vanishing from the boxing world last year after winning her first world title.
One other interesting little story in regards to the Shinsei gym is that the sister of former world champion Ryuya Yamanaka [山中 竜也], who had to retire due to a brain injury, was planning to turn professional with the gym. It's unclear when she'll be planning her debut but she spoke about wanting to become a world champion like her brother.
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When we talk about the most noteworthy gyms in Japan it's fair to say that Masato Yamashita's Shinsei Gym is one of the most over-looked, and one of the ones that is consistently over-achieving for such a small gym.
It's the gym that has lead the likes of Hozumi Hasegawa, Etsuko Tada, Ryuya Yamanaka, Shun Kubo and current champion Kasumi Saeki to world titles and has crafted a number of solid and notable contenders.
Over the weekend the gym was in the news for other reasons, rather than ones related to it's fighters and their results.
The reason was that it was relocating, to a much bigger location.
The gym held an event to confirm that on November 1st they would be upping sticks and move into a 3 storey build in Higashinada-ku, Kobe, just minutes away from Aoki Station.
The gym will take up all 3 floors, with the ground floor being the car park and changing rooms, the first floor being the training area, which is 3 times bigger than the one they've had, and the other floor being offices and dormitories for the trainees.
At the event Yamashita mentioned how this was the third move since the gym was opened 13 years ago, but it seems like this will become the long term home for the outfit, with the gym looking like it's been selected for the continued growth and success of the gym.
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