FUNKITA Favorite Swimmer Masako Kuroki
Started swimming at the age of 3 and has over 20 years of competitive experience. Her specialty is butterfly.
Active as a freelancer from April 2022. Active as a competitive swimmer and coach.
・2018-2021 Japan Swimming Championship finalist
・2019 Japan Open 50m butterfly 2nd place
- Please tell us how you started swimming.
It all started when I was 3 or 4 years old when I enrolled in a swimming school.
At first, she was a child crying by the pool,
It wasn't the type that was able to bounce from the beginning.
I entered the player course when I was in the first or second grade of elementary school,
After that, rather than thinking “I like swimming,”
It feels like I came here with a competitive spirit .
I started participating in the Junior Olympics when I was in 4th grade.
The first time I won the national tournament was in the middle 3.
It was only then that I began to enjoy swimming.
ーIs there anything that motivates you to continue swimming?
When I was in elementary and junior high school, the number one thing was that I wasn't allowed to quit (laughs).
It's been hard practice, but
It was fun because all the people I worked with around me were good people.
That's what it means.
The hardest time was when I was in high school,
I always wanted to quit swimming.
Still, what made me want to continue at university was
I don't want to end up losing as a result of swimming,
Because I didn't want to end up hating it.
ーI understand that you specialize in butterfly.
Since entering university, I have specialized in butterflies.
When I was little, I was crawling, and when I was in junior high school, I was doing individual medley,
I also set a new junior high school record.
But I'm not good at breaststroke.
In the individual medley, the breaststroke is quite important.
The breaststroke has a part that requires a lot of technical skill, and I can't improve on that part.
So, at the time of the university solicitation,
A certain coach told me that I'm not good at breaststroke,
I was told that I wanted to take it as a butterfly player.
That's what made me switch to butterfly.
Butterfly practice was hard and I was running away for a long time,
When I became a university student, I began to focus on quality in practice,
I thought it would be good because I don't swim a lot of distance.
Right now, my specialty is the 50m butterfly.
- Please tell us what you like about swimming, Mr. Kuroki.
Is it the things that you have devised yourself or the things you think about that improve your times ?
On the other hand, the more I have to practice, the less time I get.
As for the content of the training, I would like to keep my swimming skills intact.
I'm doing a lot of ingenuity while using my head.
Actually, when the final of the selection meeting that I participated in last time was over,
Finally, I thought, "Maybe I don't want to race anymore."
But after a while, I find myself looking at the outline of the next game.
I thought naturally, "I should practice properly one more time."
It feels like you can't give up on yourself.
Now, rather than a competitive spirit,
If you devise it in this way, you will get this kind of result,
I feel like I'm looking forward to it.
In the game
Emphasizing that you can practice to the point you want to do yourself,
I feel like I can continue to love swimming by not wanting too much results.
ーWhat are you focusing on as a coach?
Now, as a coach, I teach both kids and adults at swimming schools.
From now on, I would like to focus on personal lessons for kids,
This class is especially for girls.
Because of my muscular strength, I can't do things that boys can do well.
If you receive guidance from a male personal coach,
I think I may struggle there.
Because I am a woman
I am confident that I can give guidance while thinking about such parts,
I would like to appeal as a strength.
ーPlease tell us what you would like to work on in the future.
Recently, I became a freelancer, so I have more freedom in the range of my activities.
First of all, I would like to work as a swimming instructor.
Until now, I often used to go into the pool and teach,
I would like to study various things and try teaching from the water.
And I really like competitive swimming, so I want to do more.
For example, try various events in the Masters,
Try forming a relay with someone you've never swam with before.
We launched a new Masters team called "Queendom".
I hope that by creating a team, you will want to participate in the game together.
For example, young people with experience who have a little blank space,
Those who want to participate in the game again,
I wish I could be with people who want to get together with former players.
The next Japan Championship is a debut match,
I don't have a big goal, but I'm involved with various people,
I hope you can enjoy it as a sport for the rest of your life.
-Please give a message to those who are viewing the website.
In particular, I feel that I am doing adult lessons,
Swimming is a sport that can be started at any age.
Some of the students I teach are in their 80s.
You can start at any age and pursue fun all the time,
I think it's a sport where you can dig deep.
Competing in the 25m swim will surely expand your enjoyment of swimming.
I also want to swim with various people in the future!
How did you start using FUNKITA?
I started using FUNKITA after I became a member of society.
Cute pattern and design! Thought it was.
Until then, I only had a college swimsuit,
buy your favorite swimsuit
I decided to use it as an opportunity to go to the pool.
I was especially attracted to the cuteness of the design on the back,
If the string is battened or tied at the back,
I don't think I've seen it anywhere else in Japan.
There are times when people worry about the type that ties a string, saying, "Can I practice with this?"
You can practice without any problems (laughs).
And the durability is really amazing!
It lasts so long that I can still wear the first swimsuit I bought as a member of society.
FNUKITA here is recommended!
The most attractive point of FUNKITA is the cuteness of the patterns and shapes.
It makes me feel like, "Let's go to the pool to wear this."
All my practice swimsuits are FUNKITA
"Swimsuits are always cute" or "I want to wear that too"
I am calling you.
I don't think it's a loss to buy a jacket, or to choose it based on its appearance.
And even if you are not a competitive swimmer,
I think that you can wear it in the same sense as a bikini when playing in the pool or at leisure.
I would be happy if more and more people could try it out.
There are various types, so I'm sure you'll find a swimsuit you like.
Kuroki's favorite pattern
Kids also have the same pattern, and they can wear them together in personal lessons. During practice, I'm thinking "Right now, she's definitely cute!" (laughs)