Vanguard Views

Insider perspectives on sports, fitness and health in the Land of the Rising Sun

Training at Castle Tintagel

Training at Castle Tintagel

Not all combat is like karate or kendo. At a newly built "castle" in Tokyo, Western martial arts are on the move. Cofounder Jay Noyes offers insight into what goes on behind the walls of Castle Tintagel.  Read Article

Save the world by bike! The 2008 BEE Ride

Save the world by bike! The 2008 BEE Ride

In August a team of riders sets out to ride the length of Japan exclusively by bike - and save the world while doing it. Bicycle for Everyones Earth sets out on the 11th annual BEE all Japan tour.  Read Article

A try and true rugby training

A try and true rugby training

Rugby coach and vice-captain Joe Fisher has been playing rugby since the tender age of 5. He talks shop with Fitness Japan about Tokyo’s amateur rugby scene and offers some topnotch training tips.  Read Article

Cycling to save the Earth

Cycling to save the Earth

Every summer, Bicycle for Everyone’s Earth (BEE) Japan hosts a two-month cycling trek from Hokkaido to Kyushu, educating about the environment along the way. BEE ride coordinator Maria Pacana explains why - and extends an invitation.  Read Article

Corporate Japan gives amateur football the nod.

Corporate Japan gives amateur football the nod.

Who`d have thought that kicking a ball around could help raise money for charity or even secure your team a lucrative sponsorship deal? Footy Japan`s Communications Director Jon Day explains just how multifaceted grassroots football is becoming in Japan  Read Article

Savate offers kickboxing with soles

Savate offers kickboxing with soles

There’s more that packs a punch in Parisian culture than fine wine. French boxing one-ups kickboxing with shoes, few restrictions and deft moves. Yann Sanchez, co-founder of MultiDou, tells Fitness Japan about this rare gem also known as savate.  Read Article

How to race with a broken toe

How to race with a broken toe

Hawaii - Honu Half Ironman (113 km long-distance triathlon) Date: June 3, 2006 Distance: 1.9 km swim; 90 km bike; 21 km run  Read Article

Know Thyself: a philosophy on stress management

Know Thyself: a philosophy on stress management

Tipness Fitness personal trainer Michael Lancaster fleshes out his philosophy on stress management with a look at the quintessential first step - personal self-analysis.  Read Article

What\'s that you\'re eating?

What's that you're eating?

Taking up your chopsticks to dig into the local cuisine can be an enigmatic exercise in faith. Nutritionist and health consultant Erica Angyal serves up insights on the good and bad common Japanese foods have to offer.  Read Article

Stress: a philosophical approach

Stress: a philosophical approach

We often read about stress in work and family life. We are aware of its physical and psychological dangers. But do we actually know what stress is and what causes it? Personal trainer Michael Lancaster waxes philosophical on how self-examination can help  Read Article