Nazo is one of the founding members of the Orange Kettlebell Club, and is a pioneer of kettlebell sport in Japan. Aside from teaching and coaching in California, she and her OKC partners have been teaching in Japan every year since 2008. Nazo was part of the inaugural class of IKSFA instructors who studied in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2010, when she became the first Japanese to become a Certified Kettlebell Sport Coach. That same year, she started OKCJapan and organized the first Annual Japan Championship as well as the OKCJ Instructor Certification Course. In 2012, she brought the first Japan National Team to the Asian Championships in Singapore; and in 2015, she brought the team to World Championships in Ireland.
As a competitor, she first competed at the Arnold Festival in 2009 and took first place in Long Cycle. Since then she has competed all over the United States, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Russia. She has also studied, competed and taught kettlebell all over the world; and has organized more than 20 kettlebell sport events. Every year since 2010, she teaches the kettlebell seminar in Japan’s largest fitness convention “Sportec.”
Since 2009, she has been writing monthly kettlebell articles for “Ironman Japan.” In addition to her passion for kettlebells, Nazo is also known for her talents and passion in photography. Also known for “Nazofoto,” her photographs capture the beauty of kettlebell sport lifters and life in general.
Orange Kettlebell Club Japan (OKCJ): Founder and Head Coach
Orange Kettlebell Club (OKC): International Director and Head Coach
International Union of Kettlebell Lifting (IUKL): Japan Representative
OKC Gym: Kettlebell Sport Coach
OKC Tokyo Sawa Gym: Advisor
Certified KB Instructor/Coach: KETAcademy level-2, IKSFA level-2, AKC /WKC, IKFF (CKT-FMD)
Certification: IUKL Judge
Original Photo: John Buckley
Photo Edits: Nazofoto