Master’s degree in biomechanics at San Diego State University.
During a lab class we looked at the reaction time between standing barefoot & regular running shoes. My conclusion was barefooting prevents ankle sprains but also started to wonder if other running injuries might be caused by shoes.
Could not find any “real” research into barefoot running so decided to do my own, called `adaptation to barefoot running`, in a way, the first such study in the world. Then I found Ken Bob’s website and was hooked.
I was offered to translate Barefoot Ken Bob’s book “Barefoot running stepy by step” which will be published in Japan this fall.
April 2010, I started holding the first ever barefoot running workshops in Japan.
June 2010, set up the Japan Barefoot Running Association and Tokyo barefoot running club. We started with 10 members which has grown to over 100. The club ethos is everyone is welcome, barefoot or shod. It`s an eclectic mix from a 2:35 marathon runner to those who are running for the first time.
At present we have barefoot running groups in Osaka, Fukuoka and Okinawa.
I conduct barefoot running events all over japan, visiting kindergartens, schools & universities, sports clubs, professional sports teams, traditional Chinese medicine clinics etc.
Coverage on national TV and newspapers.