FUNKY TRUNKS Favorite Swimmer Junichi Morita
Started swimming at the age of 3 and participated in the JOC at the 4th grade.
Since then, he has won numerous awards and championships at national competitions. In parallel with his activities as an active swimmer,
Serves as the representative of the Whale Swimming Academy (WSA) and also focuses on individual instruction.
・Set a new Masters Japan record 25 times, hold 3 Masters world records
・2021 Japan Championships (25m) 7th
- Please tell us how you started swimming.
that my sister was a swimmer,
There is a swimming class as a kindergarten partner school,
That's what I learned there.
I also experienced soccer and gymnastics, but it was probably the most enjoyable for me,
I think you may have chosen swimming as the sport that suits you.
-What do you like about swimming, Morita-san?
Swimming is an individual competition and a speed competition, so it's easy to get clear results.
I often teach children
I think one of the characteristics of swimming is that you can easily feel the results of your efforts.
I think that's what makes swimming fun.
- Mr. Morita, who is active as an active swimmer and as a coach. Please tell us what you are focusing on in your recent activities.
Currently, in parallel with my activities as an athlete, I am providing swimming instruction mainly for children's athlete classes.
Actually, I originally entered this industry because I wanted to be involved in teaching adult lessons.
When I was doing a tie-up lesson at a private pool,
I received a request to teach children.
When you start teaching children,
The hurdles were gradually rising, saying that next time I would like to have a full-fledged class instead of a general class.
In the meantime, isn't it better for me to teach children?
I'm starting to think.
There are parts that children have to do with heat,
I felt that it was suitable for me.
I myself swim with my children, and I value showing and telling them.
Especially for children, I feel that "information that comes in through the eyes" is very important.
And since I believe that autonomy is important, I basically do not scold or get angry.
like giving pressure
For example, I don't measure the time every time.
A good time does not necessarily mean a good swim.
Above all, to convey the joy of swimming to children,
My first thought is to be a teacher who is close to children.
ーI heard that the characteristic of your teaching is that you analyze the swimming styles of top swimmers in Japan and overseas and teach them as kata.
I'm better at analyzing differences and changes than teaching.
I want to convey that as my strength,
I ended up with instruction based on "Kata".
Actually, when I was competing (in the old days),
Swimming today is technically quite different.
When I analyzed what it means to do things differently,
I have a realization. At the time of individual instruction, I tell it to the main.
Also, when teaching, I am conscious of not saying the correct answer right away.
I don't tell you what type is good for your child's personality and situation,
I think it's important to guide them.
I feel that there are a lot of people who are wondering what is different about how to swim, so
Using the "appropriate type",
I would like to guide you as close to the correct answer as possible.
ーOn your YOUTUBE channel, “Backstroke Coach Junichi Morita”, you have released videos about swimming.
I started YouTube because of the corona crisis.
Originally, when school was not possible,
I have to do something for my students! I thought,
Shoot dozens of videos summarizing land training,
I posted a video with limited release to do this as an assignment.
Then, the children in individual lessons and their swimming buddies,
Other swimming people also asked me to share it,
In that case, we decided to end the limited release and release it widely.
Basically it's for my students,
I'm uploading various videos about swimming little by little.
I'm doing all the editing of the video by myself because I'm studying.
Interestingly, it seems that many teachers in the same industry are watching,
Inspired by the video
Coaches sometimes bring their students to my lessons.
As a teacher recommended by a familiar teacher,
I hope my students can trust me.
*Junichi Morita's YouTube channel (as of May 10, 2022)
ーMr. Morita, what are you particular about when you train for swimming?
My basic rule is that I don't do what I don't like.
Repeated work is important for swimming, dozens of
For example, by writing kanji hundreds of times, you create patterns.
But I'm the type who gets bored easily and I'm not good at that sort of thing.
So I don't do more than a few,
This menu will be narrowed down first to never do it.
As with any sport,
I think I can't do it if it's not fun,
I am trying to make it fun for myself.
And I myself don't swim or train outside of school.
This is because I think it is important to see how well you can practice in a limited amount of time.
Since it is based on the assumption that you can only swim at school,
Show your back that you can go this far with this menu,
May all students do their best
I also want to make swimming fun.
-Please give a message to swimmers and visitors to our website.
from the children I teach
People often ask me, "What is it like to be a swimming coach?"
I believe that coaching is a profession that teaches people how to enjoy the sport of swimming .
I want children and students to enjoy swimming as much as possible,
Only by having fun can your competitiveness and times be shortened, and your grades should improve.
As a coach, I want you to enjoy practice and lessons as much as possible.
I think about it every day.
How did you start using FUNKITA?
I have been using FUNKITA since I started coaching.
Especially young coaches want something that stands out,
I want to show my strengths,
As one of them , I thought it would be nice to wear a rare and cool swimsuit .
Funkita swimsuits were not worn by many people at the time, and the biggest reason is that they stand out in the pool, or in today's words, "look good."
Even photos on SNS "shine" anyway.
This is a strength that sets it apart from other Japanese brands, and I still use it regularly.
I use it during practice and lessons.
Even if you wear it for a long time, it is comfortable to use and has excellent durability.
Here in FUNKITA is recommended!
By using unusual swimwear and tools like FUNKITA, you can communicate with other players.
I, too, wear matching outfits with all the coaches and post them on social media.
And since FUNKITA's swimwear stands out, it's easy for the students to imitate them (laughs).
If you say to the guardian, "Buy that pattern!", they will know right away.
I think that practice tools are part of motivation.
When you go to the poolside with a new swimsuit, a cool swimsuit, or a cute swimsuit,
A little bit of tension is up and I can practice hard.
I really feel that for FUNKITA.
If anyone wants to try
I want to tell you that "It will have a great influence on your motivation!"
Morita's favorite design
I got a lot of "likes" on SNS.
Recently, I also like animal prints.