WASEDA WEEKLY

His new theory overthrew the well-established theory of training.
He is the trainer the world is watching now.
Mr. Yasushi Koyama



Yasushi Koyama was born in Tottori in 1956, and is now a first year master student and a member of Professor Shuji Suzuki’s laboratory in the Graduate School of Human Sciences. Koyama founded the training facility "World Wing" in Tottori in 1981. He has worked as fitness coach for the Japan Association of Athletics Federation and other organizations. Koyama published his "Initial Movement Load Theory" in 1994. Since then, his training theory has been adopted by numbers of top athletes like Ichiro Suzuki, Toshiya Fujita and Ai Sugiyama. Koyama is also the author of "Miracle of Training" published by Kodansha.

Koyama’s "Initial Movement Load Theory" has helped many athletes increase their capabilities to challenge their own limits. Nervous Muscle Control, a method for developing the functions of nerves and muscles, has wonderful effects in preventing physical injuries and speeding recovery from illness. Koyama’s theory has also drawn the attention of medical doctors because it “lit up the dark areas in which neither theory nor methodology existed.” “Internal organs and blood vessels are muscles commanded by the nervous system. Essentially, there is no difference between athlete's bodies and those of older people," said Koyama.

Koyama said that he has seen too many athletes and children get injured from practicing too hard. “Human bodies are always strained by gravity, load, distortion, and so on. Besides, muscles basically move by contracting. Therefore, any exercise that does not consider the balance of movement merely damages the muscles and increases the burden on internal organs and finally leads to physical injuries,” asserted Koyama. Koyama successfully invented a machine that can help users to stretch groups of muscles consecutively. “I cannot forget the smiling face of Ichiro Suzuki when he used the machine for the first time, saying, eMy body gets even more flexible as I continue to exercise!’”

When Koyama first published his theory, people criticized it for deviating too far from the existing theory. However, it was proved right by clinical cases in which it was used to successfully help athletes recover from injuries such as paralysis, fracture, or torn ligaments. “Athletes, older people, and children all have the same impression when, through training, they come to be able to do something that they had not been able to do until then. Their expressions show their delight in living.” World Wing is filled with laughter of participants from all over the country.

In order to verify further clinical examples and to summarize the theory, Koyama entered graduate school this spring. “Surprisingly, students know about me. They come and talk to me about my training theory. They often say that eMr. Koyama's way of life is truly the way of a challenger.’” said Mr. Koyama, with shining eyes.

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First drafted 2004 October 14.