What “Ultimate” means
Tateki was supposed to learn the importance of “teamwork” and “appreciation” from his experience in playing baseball, which is a team sport, however he learned those lessons through martial arts. At first glance, fighting appears to be a one-on-one sport. A fighter is alone competing in the cage, but Tateki always says "I am representing the team and supported by teammates, sponsors and fans, and MMA gives me a lot of lessons and opportunities of life." His fighting and training experiences in Thailand and Brazil gained his abilities to speak different languages and multicultural experience, and most importantly Tateki made many friends all over the world.
What ultimate means to Tateki is growing together, said, "I am a challenger fighting in the world of victory or defeat, however, my victory does not only belong to me, but my family, supporters, sponsors, teammates and fans. I would like to learn and grow as a person, as well as a professional MMA fighter through my MMA career. I always fight together and am proud of who I am and my people." Tateki continues chasing his dreams and working to make them a reality. As he always says: “challenges drive us, that’s why it’s so important to never stop challenging”.