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Shinya Aoki Teams With Kazushi Sakuraba



At DREAM.15 on July 10, the best two lightweights in Japan will finally meet in the ring. To hype one of the biggest fights of the year in Japan, FEG have released a video giving an intimate look into the two vastly different training camps of Shinya Aoki and Tatsuya Kawajiri.

The champion, Shinya Aoki has looked to the past. Two of Japan's best ever submission fighters have united as Aoki has joined the legendary Kazushi Sakuraba at Laughter7. While many in Japan are looking for new techniques and the modern training methods being developed in America, Aoki has gone back to find where Sakuraba got his heart, going through the classic Takada Dojo workout and sparring and grappling with "The IQ Wrestler".

Challenger, Tatsuya Kawajiri, has moved to Yoshihiro Akiyama's Team Cloud Dojo to train with what has quickly become Japan's best stable of fighters. Akiyama, Yushin Okami, Caol Uno, Kenji Osawa, Eiji Mitsuoka and many others have now started training together at Team Cloud which is one of the few gyms in Japan to have a cage.