Leaving North Carolina for Japan!

It is with a great deal of excitement that I can finally announce that I will be leaving North Carolina later this month to pursue a somewhat unusual opportunity. I have recently been offered a position in Japan as a “Special Coach” with a sumo wrestling team that competes within the Japan Sumo Association. I will be given the task of improving the strength and conditioning programs of a stable of up-and-coming sumo wrestlers. I suppose that I now need to purchase those Rosetta Stone lessons in Japanese. 🙂

I will be part of a team of performance specialists that will be tasked with making these athletes the best that they can be at their chosen sport. Perhaps most exciting is the opportunity to live onsite at the training center with the athletes. I am really looking forward to being immersed in the culture.

I just want to take a moment to thank everyone that has supported me and encouraged me. I also want to thank those of you that vouched for my professionalism and recommended me for the position. I hope that I make you proud.

— Greg

It should be noted that the post above was part of an April Fools’ Day prank. I was not serious. 🙂

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One Response to Leaving North Carolina for Japan!

  1. gregmaness says:

    Reblogged this on Greg Maness' Functional Sports Performance Blog and commented:

    This was undoubtedly the most surprising post as it relates to views from last year. This post was viewed 42 times last year, in spite of it having been originally posted on April 1st, 2015. It was the first in a series of posts regarding my fictitious plans to move to Japan to coach sumo athletes. As I mentioned in my final “Leaving North Carolina for Japan!” post, “It was merely me taking the opportunity to come up with a fanciful tale and take some lighthearted jabs at some topics in fitness/strength and conditioning/sports (i.e., the paleo diet, balance training and balance training equipment, corrective exercise, and tradition in sports).”

    Perhaps the popularity of this post last year was due to an interest in moving to Japan and/or in the sport of sumo. Perhaps the viewer, upon discovering that this series of posts was merely part of an April Fools’ Day prank, decided to move on to other Internet resources for further information on their chosen topic of interest. That might explain why the subsequent posts did not see the same traffic last year. In any event, the series of posts is still available for viewing. If anyone is interested in discussing the topics that I touched on in the posts, be sure to comment on one or more of the posts and I will reply as warranted.

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