Public Relations Office April 4, 2013
Extra-Curricular Activities (Clubs and Circles)
Participation in extra-curricular activities is one way to get to know Japanese ways of thinking, manners and customs. There are approximately 180 athletic, cultural and other teams and clubs at the university.
Please see the University Students Life Introduction.
Student Affairs Department website(Clubs and Circles)
American Football Club
The Kwansei Gakuin University FIGHTERS is the American football club belonging to the KGU Athletics Association. With a total of more than 200 players and student staff members, the club is one of the largest university athletic clubs in the Kansai region. Since its establishment in 1941, the club has achieved excellent results, winning the Kansai League Championship 49 times, the Koshien Bowl (becoming the best student team in Japan) 23 times, and the Rice Bowl (becoming the best non-professional team in Japan) once. The FIGHTERS have vigorously maintained their club’s position as the literal leader of Japan’s football community.
In April 2006, the installation of artificial turf was completed. In such a favorable environment, the FIGHTERS are working on daily training to achieve their goal of becoming Japan’s No. 1 team.
Needless to say, keeping in mind that they are KGU students before football club members, the FIGHTERS also place importance on their studies, which is their first obligation as students. They work hard to strike a balance between club activities and their studies so as to be both excellent students and outstanding athletes.
The Kwansei Gakuin University Soccer Club was established in 1918. Since then, the club has won many titles in such competitions as the Emperor's Cup, the All-Japan University Championship, and the Kansai Student League. At the same time, the club has produced renowned soccer coaches and players. Many of these ex-club members are still active in the realm of soccer.
The Kwansei Gakuin University Athletic Club is privileged to have many excellent coaches and instructors. The club members are committed to training under the guidance of Mr. Kitai (general manager), Mr. Uchii (coach), Mr. Yasuda (coach), Associate Professor Hayashi and Mr. Sugimoto (coach). They comprise a strong coaching staff for short- and long-distance races and jumping events. In addition, ex-members of the club often come to help train the athletes, providing instruction for all kinds of events, ranging from short-distance, hurdles, jumping, throwing, and decathlon. The club’s trainer, Mr. Ito, provides the members with valuable encouragement and support as well. As for team members, Nagasawa (captain) and Morisawa (team secretary) actively play central roles in the club. Ariake, a pole-vaulter, has achieved distinguished results in the Japan National Championships and the IAAF World Junior Championships. The individual club members, including many athletes who can compete in national level competitions, are highly motivated to attain their respective goals.
Introducing a Student
Ms. Shelby Heilig (Exchange student in the School of International Studies)
Ms. Shelby Heilig is an exchange student from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the United States. She decided to come to study in Japan after she began to learn Japanese at the University. She enrolled in the School of International Studies of Kwansei Gakuin University in September last year, and joined the judo club, which she happened to find in a club introduction magazine.
Ms. Heilig originally liked martial arts, with experience of kick boxing in her home country. Although she had not even known the term “judo” until she came to Japan, and thus was an absolute beginner when she took on judo, she soon became fascinated with this sport.
Since there are only a small number of female members in the judo club, her practice partners are almost always men. The club members practice hard on both weekdays and holidays, but she says, “It is great fun for me to learn new judo techniques.” She is good at Ouchi gari (large inner reap). In April, Ms. Heilig participated in an official judo competition for the first time. She says, “The judo club’s coaches and members are all cooperative and friendly. When my coach praises my technique I’m very glad and feel I’m improving day by day.”
Her present goal is to obtain a black belt before returning home. She added, “I hope to continue practicing judo even after going back to the United States,” showing a lot of fighting spirit.