人工知能 . アクロバティック . アルティメット - 五十川舞香

 
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1。自分について教えてくれますか?

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こんにちは!私は五十川舞香(アルティメット世界ではペリー)です。現在、スタンフォード大学でシンボリックシステムを勉強し、集中は人工知能です。過去には天体物理学者になりたかったので、ミネソタ大学で物理学と工学を勉強していました。2年間シルクドゥソレイユのパフォーマーで世界を飛び回っていました。文房具、デザイン、ストラテジー、と最近アルティメットが大好きです!Superflyの一人です。

 2。シルクドゥソレイユのキャリアについて教えてくれますか?

 アメリカで一番大きい若者サーカストレーニング学校 (Circus Juventas)はミネソタにあります。子供の時に一週間サマーキャンプの為に行って、それ以来取り付かれました。毎日5時間、週に6日そこでトレーニングしていました。でも高校を卒業してプロフェッショナルになるかどうかは全然考えませんでした。

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 ある日、大学一年生の時にサーカスコーチから電話がきました。Spiegelworld の会社の仕事の話でした。一つのショー、「Absinthe」はラスベガスで何年間も一番のショーです。18歳の誕生日の次の日、契約をサインしました。それから旅が始まり、ラスベガスでトレーニングして、オーストラリアを回りました。

そこでシルクドゥソレイユの「トーテム」と出会いました。適切な場所で適切なタイミングの事情でした。トーテムで一番若いパフォーマーとしてシルクドゥソレイユに雇われました。本部のモントリオールで練習して、東京でプリミアしました。トーテムと一緒に日本、ロシア、ベルギーをツアーしてからスタンフォード大学へ戻りました。

3。どうやってアルティメットを始めましたか?

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スタンフォード大学に戻って運動を続けるクラブを探していてアルティメットを見つけました。バレーボールを探していて活動フェアを歩き回っていて、急にフリズビーが私の方向に飛んできました。キャッチしたら、誰かが「いいね。アルティメットに参加できるよ。」と私に言いました。

秋に最初の練習に行きました。いい運動でしたが、ランニングが苦手で(ランニングをしたことがなかったし、フィールドスポーツをしたことがなかったし、チームスポーツを遊んだことがなかったし、、、)Superfly も試すことも考えていませんでした。現キャプテンに強制されてトライアウトに行きました。今年は二年間目で、アルティメットは大好きです。

4。シルクドゥソレイユの経験はアルティメットを影響したと思いますか?

はい、といいえ。私が練習していたサーカスは多分アルティメットで成功するスキルの真反対だと思います。アリアリストとして毎日空中を飛び回っています。足を全く使わなかったし、全然ランニングをしませんでした。心血管持久力も酷かったです。アルティメットへの変化は笑えるほど悪かったです。

 だが、アルティメットに便利なスキルもありました:

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● 体のコントロール:体の位置を簡単に変えることをシルクで学びました。スペースの中でよく動けますので、そのお陰で防が早く進んだと思います。

● 加圧下でパフォーマンス:試合でストレスや責任を感じる時が多いです。危険なサーカスを毎日何千人の前でパフォーマンスするよりストレスが高いイベントがないです。だから崩れないで挑戦できます。

● 精神的な強さ:プロフェッショナルで働いているとどのぐらい疲れていてもパフォーマンスをしなければいけません。アルティメットもそうです。

5。なぜ旅行をしますか?

 私の育て方が多分旅行に影響があります。日本生まれで、日本とミネソタ育ちです。毎年、家族と新しい所へ旅行しました。シルクドゥソレイユと毎数ヶ月新しい都市へ引っ越しました。今も一つの場所にいることは少し難しいです。学校にいる時、アルティメットのお陰でたくさん旅行できます。

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 「出身」と呼べる場所は特にありませんが、「お家」はやっぱり大事にしている人と一緒ですよね。世界にたくさん「お家」があって、とても感謝しています。アルティメットもその世界を広げています。

6。アルティメットの確立について少し教えてくれますか?

 スタンフォードで確立授業の為にプロジェクトをしました。’The Flip’ チームの始め方を求めるゲーム、について研究をしました。

 基本的に、「同じ」になる確立は少し高めです。でもほとんど効果がありません、、、でしょうね?

 ビデオはここです:

7。Greatest のどこが好きですか?

Greatest が大好きです!今は45Lのサイズを使っていますが、週末のトーナメントの為の服や靴、全部入ります。一番良いところは、アルティメットの為にデザインされています。

この三つのフィーチャーが特に好きです:

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● ポケットがたくさんあります〜!クリート、服、汚れた服、財布、鍵など全部分けられる。

● 適応性:ストラップが多くて、Greatest は簡単に変化できます。この鞄をニューヨークやカリフォルニア、海外でもとてもスタイリッシュに旅行しています。

● クーラー:ボーナス!氷とか他の物を入れられるけど、やっぱりトーナメントの後には冷たいビールが一番!これは素晴らしい。

まいかさんの経験談をもっと知りたい方は、彼女のインスタブログをフォローしてみて下さい! @maikaisogawa

 

 

 

AI, Acrobatics and Ultimate: Maika Isogawa

 
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1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi! My name is Maika Isogawa (aka Perrie). Right now, I’m majoring in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University with a focus in artificial intelligence. I also studied physics and engineering at the University of Minnesota because I used to want to be an astrophysicist. I spent two years flying (literally) around the world as a lead performer for Cirque Du Soleil. I have a strange love for stationery, great design, strategy,and most recently --  ultimate frisbee! I play for Stanford Women's Ultimate team Superfly.

2. Can you tell us about your Cirque Du Soleil career?

Minnesota has the largest youth circus training school in the United States (Circus Juventas). I spent a week there for summer camp when I was younger, and was hooked ever since. It became my after-school activity and obsession. By my senior year of high school, I spent 5 hours there a day, 6 times a week. But I graduated high school and left for Stanford, never planning on pursuing performing professionally.

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One day during my freshman year of college, my old circus coach called me with a job opportunity for a company called Spiegelworld. One of their shows ‘Absinthe’ is currently the best show on the Las Vegas strip (multiple years in a row). I decided to take the leap, and signed the contract the day after my 18th birthday. The journey began, and I trained in Vegas, then toured Australia.

That’s where I crossed paths with Cirque Du Soleil’s “TOTEM.” It was one of those ‘right place at the right time’ circumstances, and I joined the show as the youngest performer on the cast. I trained in Montreal at the Cirque Du Soleil headquarters, then joined the show in Tokyo. I toured with TOTEM in Japan, Russia, and Belgium before deciding to return to Stanford.

3. How did you start playing Ultimate?

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I came across ultimate while looking for a club sport to stay active after coming back to Stanford. I was at the activities fair, and was looking for the volleyball table when a frisbee came flying at me. I caught it, and someone yelled, “Great! Now you can join ultimate.”

I went to the first few practices in the fall, and even though it was good exercise, I really didn’t like running (I had never run before, or played a field sport, or played a team sport...)  and was not going to even try out for Superfly. The current captain of the team basically forced me to come to tryouts. This is my second year playing ultimate, and I love it.

4. Do you think your Cirque Du Soleil experience has influenced your frisbee performance?

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Yes, and no. My particular discipline of circus performance is probably the exact opposite skillset for someone to be successful at ultimate frisbee. As an aerialist, I’m flying through the air all day. I rarely used my legs, and I certainly never ran. I also had pretty pathetic cardiovascular endurance. The transition to ultimate was almost comical.

However, there are certain skills that have proven quite helpful in ultimate:

- Body control: When I am told to change my body positioning, I can do it right away. I know my body in space quite well, and I think that has helped me quickly improve my defense.

- Performing under pressure: Sometimes games can be stressful, or I might feel a sense of responsibility. There’s no performance event that can be more nerve wracking or stressful than a dangerous circus act in front of thousands of people on a daily basis - so instead of crumbling under pressure, I’m able to rise to the challenge.

- Mental fortitude: working professionally, no matter how exhausted you are, you still need to perform. The same can be said for ultimate. You still need to put on a show.

 5. What motivates you to travel?

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I think the way I was raised has nurtured my travel bug. I was born in Japan, and grew up between Japan and Minnesota. Every year, I traveled somewhere new with my mom/family. With Cirque, I moved to a new city every few months. Even now I have a hard time staying in one place for too long. Ultimate is a great way to get some travel in even while in school.

There is no place I can particularly call ‘home’ but I’ve learned that ‘home’ is definitely with the people that I love and care about. I’m so grateful to have multiple ‘homes’ around the world, and the ultimate frisbee community has expanded that even further.

6. Could you summarize a bit about “Ultimate Probability”?

I did a project about ‘the flip’ (the way many teams determine who starts during a game) was actually for a Stanford probability class.

Basically, there’s a slightly higher probability of the discs landing ‘evens.’ But most of the time, it doesn’t really matter… or does it?

 You can watch the full video here:

7. What do you like about the Greatest Ultimate Bag?

I LOVE this bag. I’m currently using the smaller size, but it was spacious enough to hold all of my tournament gear for a long weekend away! The best part is, it’s designed specifically for ultimate.

Here are 3 of my favorite features:

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-Organization: There is a pocket for everything! I can keep my cleats, clean clothes, dirty clothes, wallets and keys, etc., all separate for fast and easy access.

-Adaptability: the Greatest Bag transforms so easily with handles, a long strap, and beautifully hidden backpack features. I’ve traveled with this bag all around New York City and California quite stylishly, and it’s so easy to convert.

-The cooler compartment: this is all bonus points. Sure, keep ice or something in there, but nobody can deny how good a cold beer tastes after a weekend of intense, competitive ultimate. This feature is brilliant.

The Greatest bag is now my go-to travel bag, not only for tournaments, but for general travel as well.

For more stories from Maika, check out her website and follow her instagram @maikaisogawa.

 

 

 

 

 

An Ultimate Birthday!

Happy belated 50th birthday, USA Ultimate!

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From a group of friends at Columbia High School, in Maplewood, New Jersey to passionate Ultimate addicts in hundreds of countries around the world, Ultimate has come a long way. We can’t wait to see where the next 50 years take it!

For more on the history of Ultimate, read and watch the excellent post our friends at Ultimate Frisbee HQ have put together, including a timeline of the earliest Ultimate associations launched around the world. You’ll never guess which country had the 1st association, and it wasn’t in North America!

You can also watch the excellent documentary Flatball: A History of Ultimate. on Amazon or Netflix.. Or, for an even more in depth look at the players and teams that built the sport over the last half-century, read ULTIMATE–The First Five Decades, a 2-volume book from the folks at ultimatehistory.com.

And check out the moving tribute from some of the game’s best, oldest and newest players below.

Here’s to Ultimate!

Jamie plays frisbee

 

Ever since we started the Greatest Bag Instagram account, we have regularly seen training videos about targeted throwing, agility ladders, and sprints from this @jamieplaysfrisbee.

We were very inspired by her determination and drive for perfection, so we decided to ask about her ultimate story.

Introducing Jamie Eriksson, captain of the UT-Dallas Monstars women’s ultimate team.

When did you first start playing ultimate?

I first discovered the sport at a summer camp before my 8th grade year. We would all play after lunch, and that’s honestly when I first fell in love with it. When I was a junior in high school I found a “Frisbee Club” at my school that was basically just a bunch of really athletic guys who would get together every Friday after class to play pick-up. My best friend and I were the only two girls who would show up to play, but it was always a ton of fun and the guys were really encouraging and welcoming of us. I was very grateful for that. We always talked about trying to start an actual competitive team but didn’t know how, so it never happened.

When I was heading off to college at UT-Dallas, I discovered they had a women’s club team. I ran track and cross country in high school and wanted to continue playing team sports, so I never had any doubt that I wanted to join the team. That’s when I started playing competitively.

Where do your work ethic and motivation come from?

Winter of my Sophomore year I got to know Gabriel Hernandez (Callahan winner for 2018). He is such a hard worker. I remember him telling me how he challenged himself to throw 100 days in a row and that’s how his throws improved. It really inspired me to do the same. Seeing how passionate he was about the sport made me realize what it would take to accomplish the things I said I wanted. It sounds a little cliché, but my motto the spring semester of my Sophomore became “Just Do It” from Nike. I realized that I often wasted so much energy trying to decide if I had the time or the willpower to throw or do a workout that I would just end up exhausting myself to the point of not doing it. I got tired of always wondering if “I had the time for it”. So, that semester I stopped thinking about things so much and just began to do it.

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The best thing I did for myself that year was make measurable goals, write them down, and plan my time out better. I organized and made a weekly schedule, specifying what times I could throw and workout every day between classes and work, printed it out, and taped it next to my bed. I also printed out a calendar where I could write down what workout and throwing routine I accomplished each day. After a little while it all just became habit. It got to the point where my day wouldn’t feel complete unless I had thrown, kind of like forgetting to brush your teeth. It just felt wrong not to do it. I was honestly surprised by how easily I could make things work. No matter what, I always found the time. I was kind of forced to learn how to manage my time effectively because I simply didn’t have any time I could waste. I also got pretty addicted to coffee that semester. That helped too.

My dream to eventually make Texas Showdown was a big driving factor for my motivation, and showed me the importance of making goals. That following summer I ended up making the team, which was honestly one of the most rewarding things I’ve experienced. It was the first time that I felt like I had truly set a specific goal, put in a ton of hard work for it, and ended up accomplishing it. Ultimate kind of became my practice for the pursuit of excellence. It was a channel for me to prove to myself how hard I could work and sacrifice for something that I loved.

When and why did you start your frisbee Instagram account?

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I started my frisbee Instagram account (@jamieplaysfrisbee) the spring semester of my junior year. My good friend Christian, who is on the UTD men’s ultimate team, had decided to make a @christianplaysfrisbee account to hold himself accountable to working out and throwing. He was the one who came up with the idea. After a while it inspired me to make one too, not only to hold myself accountable but because I also had dreams of creating a platform of visibility for young girls getting into sports, specifically ultimate. Everyone says you can’t be what you can’t see, and I wanted to be able to share my journey and motivations with other people. My sort of secret wish is that my account might eventually reach and inspire young girls who are discovering their love for ultimate frisbee or sports and give them something they can see and relate to. I really don’t know if that will ever end up being accomplished, but I figure even if I can inspire one person to pursue what they love, just as others have inspired me, then that is already a huge success.

I have had a few people reach out to me through the account. It’s really fulfilling to know that it has encouraged and motivated some people, and I really hope that it can continue to do so. I think being able to inspire people is one of the bigger assets of social media.

What has your experience been with captaining a college team?

I’ve talked a lot about my own playing experience so far, but my other big love is definitely for my college team. I am now in my third year of captaining and the growth the program has had consistently astounds me. Ultimate frisbee has given me so much, and I want that same opportunity to be present for other women as well. Building a college women’s ultimate program is such a great way for creating those opportunities.

I’ve always wanted to help build the UTD Monstars into a successful, inclusive, and lasting program. Our team was pretty new when I first joined, maybe just 1 or 2 years old, so I think I really lucked out with the unique experience of being able to help build something that wasn’t extremely established. Our team made it to college Regionals for the first time this past spring season and it is one of my most cherished moments. I cried my eyes out when we won the game to go to Regionals that year. A lot of teams might not think much of making it to Regionals, but I knew how far our team had come and was incredibly proud and happy. Captaining has had its ups and downs, it can be a tough job, but every year it seems like the team falls more and more in love with ultimate frisbee and that it the best feeling in the world.

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This year we have had so many new rookies come out to our fall practices and they seem to really be enjoying the team. Several new members have made comments about how inclusive, friendly, and welcoming the team has been to them. I think the most important thing for our team is creating an accepting environment for all types of people. Regardless of their background, regardless of whether they’ve grown up always playing sports or never played one before in their life, regardless of their sexuality, race, or any other diversifying factor, every female deserves a safe and comfortable environment for them to learn and explore what sports and being active has to offer them. That’s what really inspires me most of the time.

What’s your favorite/most recommended training, workout routine?

Beginning to lift and practice my footwork/agility skills is what truly began to step up my game. I knew some basics from my time in track and field in high school, but I also followed a few different sport-specific Instagram training accounts and got several ideas from there. My favorite thing is analyzing what specific skills I need to work on and then trying to come up with creative ways to train those areas. I am also really grateful for the fact that I have been able to train at a gym called PPT Elite with Jordan Pugh. He has helped me immensely with increasing my strength and explosiveness while also becoming more quick and agile.

I am constantly working on different things. I’ve gone through focuses on my defensive footwork and hip movement, strengthening my lateral movements, improving my movement reaction time, increasing my vertical explosiveness, and a lot more. There is always a purpose and focus to what I am doing which I think is important for any workout or training regimen. Analyze what you need to improve on, what your goals are, and then create your workouts around that. My schedule is usually all over the place with being in school, working, and fluctuating between club and college seasons, so my training routine is constantly changing and being adjusted to the time of the season and what I feel like I need the most focus on.

Does your height help at ultimate?

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My height (6'0", 183cm) often does come at an advantage in ultimate. My college teammates know they can put up a disc with enough height and there’s a greater chance that I’ll come down with it. However, being tall does come with its weaknesses. While being taller than most other women I play against is great in the deep space and for floaty discs, it also means I have to work on my agility and quickness a ton. More length means my steps are naturally larger, so while I can generate a lot of power and love gaining large yards as an offensive cutter, I frequently have a harder time defending smaller and quicker players who are speedy with their feet and direction changes.

A memorable ultimate highlight? 

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I don’t think I have had any one single uniquely notable ultimate highlight, but I do have a few that I will always remember. I think I would have to go with my first layout D, though. It wasn’t anything spectacular, but for whatever reason I used to have the largest mental block with layout Ds. I could layout on offense all day, it was one of my favorite things to do, but I simply couldn’t figure out how to get my body to do it on defense. I tried visualizing it countless times, but it still never seemed to work.

Then one weekend, while playing a super causal overnight tournament, a huck went up to the person I was defending. I was coming in at an angle where my only chance at a D was to layout, and if I didn’t it would be a surefire score right into the hands of the opposing team. All that went through my head was, “I have to block this disc.” And my body just did what it had to. I was so ecstatic and immediately texted all my close frisbee friends to tell them I finally had my first layout D. It felt like such an accomplishment for me.

 Finally, what are your favorite things about your Greatest Ultimate Bag? 

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I honestly love the Greatest Ultimate Bag. I like to carry a lot of different stuff around with me, which increases tenfold when I’m traveling to tournaments. Lacrosse balls, white board markers, clean clothes, dirty clothes, a hat, sunglasses, cleats, snacks, you name it. The Greatest Ultimate Bag seems to have a pocket or compartment for all of these. It helps keep all my items organized and separate.

My other favorite part is the backpack straps. It makes traveling in the airport a ton easier, and the hip straps make a heavier bag a lot more comfortable as well. It also comes in handy when I find myself dragging the disc bag, cones, and a speaker to college practice and can find solace in the fact that I can at least carry my ultimate bag hands-free.

 For more stories from Jamie, follow her ultimate adventure on Instagram  @jamieplaysfrisbee.