Ren: Training Tough in Tokyo
Samurai Sports would not happen without the men and women who keep fit and challenge themselves! In Snapshots, we ask a few questions to the men and women who excel and explore outside their comfort zones, in Japan and abroad.
How would you introduce yourself? (2-3 sentences)
My name is Renfield Kuroda; everyone just calls me Ren. I am a US citizen but I've lived more than half of my life in Japan. As a middle-aged salaryman in Tokyo, I spend all day wearing a suit and staring at computer screens. At home, I have four kids so being at home is just as busy as the office!
How do you pursue an active lifestyle?
I exercise every morning right after I wake up, usually at home. I have gymnastic rings hanging in my living room and a balcony for jumping rope and doing other body-weight exercises. I also sit zazen (cross-legged) every day. On the weekends, I have fun rucking and training with friends, and participating in events like GORUCK Challenges or Spartan Races.
Tell us about a fitness or sports-related item/gear/equipment that you love.
I have several GORUCK backpacks and they are the absolute best. One is nice and clean; I use it as my "EDC" (Every Day Carry), so lunch, laptop, etc. It looks fine even when I'm in a suit. Another pack is always getting abused during workouts; covered in mud, dragged through grass, used to make ad hoc stretcher to carry people, etc. GORUCK also has a great line of really tough clothing. The pants and shirts are comfy and durable but they're also able to take all kinds of abuse like crawling through mud under barbed wire.
Whether it’s in the studio, on the road, or at the pool, we know you’re working hard to log those training hours - and we want to learn more about you! Give us a holler at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be featured next - or better yet, email us with how you would answer the questions above.