Interview with Yoko Hamamura (@Yoko_godzilla_hamamura)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I’ve been studying martial arts for 15+ years. I fought briefly as an Professional MMA fighter, soon after open up my own martial arts academy. That eventually led into becoming a professional stunt man for TV and features. I have always found a certain satisfaction in martial arts and knew I wanted to make a career. I believe my skills are well-suited to this field because I’m doing this for years, and now I have great experience in martial arts. I care about helping people and making an impact, and this career allows me to do that.

Can you share the most exciting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
I am meeting and teaching A-list actors how to fight on screen.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
Don’t chase the quick short, term money, and be patient and look at long term relationships. Work hard and never give up because your destination is just right here. You have done a lot already; now, you just have to do some more to stand at your goal in life.
None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
Yea, you are correct that none of us can achieve everything without the help and support of others. This is the same in my situation, too, as I have a parent, friend, or family member who encouraged me to get into it, and I found that I like it a lot. My success comes from Jonathan Eusebio and Danny Hernandez. My Point of Impact MMA partners has taught me everything I know in the stunt industry.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I am teaching individuals martial arts to improve their life. I bring goodness to this planet by encouraging people of all regions, cultures, and races to recognize our shared humanity. I do this by educating others about martial arts and ways to use more color in their life to change their mood. If you have that first sale or find yourself unemployed — I encourage you to volunteer for a cause, donate and decide to connect to the collective human spirit. We are generous creatures, so my success is your success, and your success is my success. This is why we share our stories and use our success for good because it adds to our shared humanity. My work and my success are a source of goodness for the hard workers.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“Momento Mori” The Latin phrase memento mori means, “Remember that you must die.” The phrase has its origins in ancient Rome. It is believed that enslaved people accompanying generals on victory parades whispered the words as a reminder of their commander’s mortality to prevent them from being consumed by hubris (excessive pride and self-confidence).
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Follow me!
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Nothing in particular.