See for yourself the true success stories of athletes, coaches, and parents alike!
"Darryl Oshiro has introduced the concept of positive focus and some other basic ideas to our team and helped us to improve our mental performance. As an athlete I always had an idea how my mental mindset should be on the court and in the practice gym, but just by giving me a few fundamental concepts Darryl made it for me much more clear on what I have to focus, then any of my coaches ever did. The help you will receive from him will not only help you to play at a higher level in your athletic career, but also teaches you some skills that can be applied in many different fields in your life."
-Jonas Umlauft (University of Hawaii Student-Athlete)
"Soon after Darryl started working with our team, he introduced me to the relaxation CD. I had a hard time sustaining my energy throughout the day. Since practice is in the afternoon and my day often starts early, I would come to the afternoon practice tired and unable to perform at the level I wanted to and was expected to from my coaches, teammates and most of all myself. At the same time I was an on-call dinner server. For some reason I had a harder time falling asleep on the days I worked. The only reason I gave the relaxation CD a try was because a person who has helped me out in the past and had my respect, recommended it to me. Initially I used it to fall asleep at night. First couple of times I had to play it twice for it to work, however it worked and I was able to fall asleep faster. Darryl also suggested that I listen to the CD during the day, sometime before practice for it to reenergize me. Since it is a short track, I was able to easily fit into my schedule. This is how my “power naps” started. I would find a really comfortable couch or bed to lie down and set up an alarm to not oversleep. Now, I have been using it for about a year now and can use it almost everywhere without needing an alarm. Often, I take the bus straight from work to practice and listen to the CD during the ride. Once the 13-minute track is done, I automatically wake up. I use this power nap method before nearly every practice and game. It gets me out of the slump and ready for the next challenge of the day. I truly believe it helps me regain my energy and I recommend it to anyone who wants to feel more rested and focused."
-Nejc Zemljak (University of Hawaii Student-Athlete)
"My name is Ka' ili Britos, and I play for the Women's Golf team here at UH. At the end of my fall season this past year, I had not performed to the best of my ability. While my technique was fine, my mental game was seriously suffering. Although I was aware of the mental workshops available occasionally during the semester, my busy schedule made it hard for me to participate. After some serious thinking, I decided to get in touch with him on an individual level so that he could assess and help me with my golf game. I set aside a time to meet him and he graciously helped me. When I came back for the spring season, I had worked with Darryl a few times and was ready to put his help to the test. My overall scoring average between the fall and the spring season had improved by 5 whole strokes. In just a few months, Darryl helped me overcome some of the mental troubles I experienced in my sport and helped me to be successful. His help led me to play some of the best golf I've played in a long time and also helped me to place second in the WAC Championships this year as well as earn Freshman of the Year. His passion, eagerness to help and intellect for the mental aspect of sports has been a valuable asset to my success. He was available and eager to help me whether by email or phone while I was on a road trip or even in person when I was back home. I boldly credit Darryl with being one of my most important sources of help. He has helped me overcome the majority of my fears as an athlete and person. I value his help and am very grateful of his redirection and help."
-Ka'ili Britos (University of Hawaii Student/Athlete)
"It's a good method for getting your mind to focus on your task in critical situations. IT REALLY WORKS!!!"
-Rance (Junior Golfer, Age 15)
“I am so grateful for your insights, guidance and experience. Before taking your 4 month Golf Psychology program my game was stagnant and laagering in the low to mid 80’s. I finally broke through into the high 70’s by applying the techniques and thought skills that I learned in your teachings. My focus is now sharper than ever and I feel more relaxed on the course than I ever have. If I make a mistake, I am able to let it go and move on immediately. You have really helped me get my game on track and take it to the next level. Thank you!"
-Keith Rose, Student (Golf Academy of America, Hawaii Campus)
"Positive Focus was the one thing I needed for my game. I had the swing grooved, my short game was solid, yet I still couldn't post good scores. Darryl first showed me how powerful the mind was, and how a single thought or feeling can throw you off track. I learned how to control those things and also learned relaxation techniques which are very nice to have when you are on the first tee of the first day during a big tournament. I credit Darryl with helping me more than any PGA Professional has or could."
-Brad Jones (Student of Golf Academy of America, Hawaii Campus)
"Thankful: this is the word that can describe my feeling after meeting and working with Darryl Oshiro. Darryl opens to me a new dimension of mental toughness and visualization to optimize your abilities. I learned that our body cannot do everything and that our mind is the strongest element of our being. Darryl is not just a good communicator or mental toughness coach, his a great human being and a good teacher. He helped me to be at peace with myself and to deal better with the challenge that comes on and off the tennis courts. May Allah bless you for that Darryl."
-Daouda Senga Ndiaye
(Former #1 tennis player in the state of Hawaii, Davis Cup player for Senegal, Winner of 2 NCAA National Tennis
Championship with BYUH, Currently playing on the ATP tennis Pro Tour)
“Positive Focus has helped me to disregard the bad things that happened during competition. I stopped focusing on what was going wrong, and instead focused or visualized what I wanted to do right. I would recommend this program to anyone who feels like they have lost their game.”
-Ikaika Jobe (Former NCAA D1 Student-Athlete)
“Darryl is very passionate and genuine in his approach to the mental aspects involved with today's athletes. His easy going style makes it easy for him to relate to today's athlete. Very positive and great to work with!”
-Mike Burger (University of Hawaii Men’s Assistant Tennis Coach)
“My club was a full service training camp for high performance tennis players. When Darryl introduced himself to me and the service he could provide my club; Darryl raised the level of our Academy. I saw the results in our players and watched our players improve to a new level. I highly recommend Darryl to any sports club.”
-Ty Aki (Tennis Coach)
"I for one am living proof that Darryl help me and my team. He made the team think more positive about themselves and about their game."
-Matt Lee (High School Tennis Coach)
“Darryl Oshiro's energy, passion and message is awesome. Our young athletes were captivated by his mental awareness exercises and we still refer to his concepts during practices. His approach is fun and powerful, therefore memorable. His subjects cross over many sports. Darryl can positively change an athlete’s performance and perspective.”
-Madeleine Dreith (Tennis Service Representative/Director of Community Tennis, USTA Hawaii Pacific)
"Positive Focus is a dynamic that everyone should learn. Darryl is a kind an patient coach who conveys his messages in a simplistic way. His principles of psychology go beyond excelling in sports, but as well in other aspects of life--business and leadership. Without Darryl, I would not be playing college tennis today."
-Chris Polanzi (Collegiate Tennis Player)
"Darryl has worked with my wrestling several times over the years. He has helped my team in areas including learning to focus, relaxation, tournament day preparation, and goal setting among others. One of the latest times he worked with my team they won the OIA and took 2nd in the state. Thanks Darryl."
-Mike Kim (High School Wrestling Coach)
"I would like to personally thank Darryl for his help and guidance during this past baseball season. Without his support I don't think that I could have performed at the level that I did. I was able to have my best season offensively and actually lead the team in some categories. I know that he helped some of my teammates and it showed in their improved performances too. Darryl was able to keep me focused during the hectic and chaotic season. Life threw me a lot of curveballs, but with Darryl's help I was able to pull through. Thank you very much."
-Reid Saito (Former High School Baseball Player)
"Positive Focus has helped me think differently about how I approach things. I now know that there are some things in life that you just can't control (i.e. weather, other people's actions, etc) and I can't let them affect me negatively. I just have to adjust to it. The most important thing that I learned from the Positive Focus workshop is that the first step to success is preparation. If you want something you have to prepare for it. For a game, you have to practice, get rest, go through visualizations of yourself succeeding. Overall Positive Focus has made me a much mentally stronger individual."
-Dustin Tagawa, Baseball player (15)
"Positive Focus has helped me to become a more confident and a stronger mentally pitcher. Positive Focus has helped my hitting also. Coach Oshiro taught me the saying "see the ball, hit the ball". By following his words, I've become a better hitter also."
-Jordan Tagawa, Baseball player (12)
Track & Field
“Darryl was great to work with. He was very patient and had great ideas of how to bring his concepts across. Further, he was very motivational and helped me to create strategies to improve my athletic performance. He went out of his way to work with me.”
-Annett Fleming (Former University of Hawaii Student-Athlete)
"I came to Darryl not knowing what to expect, but after understanding his philosophy and what he is truly about, I realized that seeking his help was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Positive Focus improved my athletic performance, but more importantly it improved my overall well-being and mindset. Darryl helped me to deal with the challenges that life presented by reminding me to focus on what’s really important in my life and what I can control. This made me a better athlete, teammate, daughter, sister, friend, colleague, and an overall better person. Thank you Darryl for giving your time unconditionally, for truly caring, and for helping me live that amazing life. You are such a blessing!"
- Camie Kohashi (Former University of Hawaii Student/Athlete -Track & Field – Pole Vault)
"Darryl Oshiro's services were uplifting and energizing to my mind and body. After meeting with him each time I was ready to go tackle any frustrations I was having in my day or out on the fields. He reminded me of the simple pleasures in life that can tend to go unnoticed sometimes. With both a reminder of the simple pleasures in life and new strategies he introduced to me, I was able to achieve my tasks in a more positive and enjoyable way."
-Briana Garcia (University of Hawaii Student-Athlete)
“Darryl worked with the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine Basketball Team when I was an Assistant Coach under Head Coach Vince Goo. He worked well with our female student-athletes and gained their respect and trust. Our staff valued Darryl’s knowledge and the concepts that he taught to our team. He was creative and was able to assist the team as a whole or each indvidual player if that was the need. Our team was able to implement what Darryl taught not just for athletics, but for life skills. He is a well rounded consultant that would benefit any team or organization.”
-Serenda Valdez (Former University of Hawaii Women’s Assistant Basketball Coach)
"Coach Darryl is a great coach because he helped me with my mental game for competitions and matches. He taught me how to turn negative thoughts into positive messages to myself. He helped me to visualize a perfect form for taekwondo and that has helped me win competitions. He is always very positive and sincere!"
-Nicole 12 yrs old (2nd Degree Black Belt Taekwondo)
“Darryl has worked with both of my sons in baseball mental skills. Both boys have worked with Darryl on numerous occasions and have incorporated the mental skills learned into their baseball training. One son has excelled at pitching (6-0 as a sophomore pitcher and 5-0 as a junior pitcher) not because of a fastball but because of his control of the game and mind. The other son excels at hitting taking some basic concepts from Darryl and using it when he steps up to the plate. I truly believe that anyone wanting to take their sport to the next level needs some kind of mental training program. I would highly recommend Darryl Oshiro to anyone wanting to achieve success in sports.
I am a strong believer that to succeed in any sport whether it is baseball, canoe paddling, tennis, etc, you have to be mentally strong. Darryl Oshiro's Positive Focus workshops really work. My two sons have attended his sessions and have greatly succeeded during the baseball seasons. My older boy may not throw 90mph, but he has become confident to throw strikes and not let situations out of his control get into his head. He plays his game to his fullest potential. My younger boy, prior to working with Darryl, had a hard time throwing strikes as a pitcher. He walked a lot of batters and threw more balls than strikes. After Darryl's sessions, he improved tremendously in his strike to ball ratio and began striking out more batters than walking. Both of my boys pitching and hitting has improved tremendously also as I believe Darryl's last session on "the pressure is on the pitcher/batter" really sunk into both of them. I want to personally thank Darryl Oshiro for making himself available to my two boys and giving them that mental edge that most players don't possess."
"I am truly impressed with Darryl's deep understanding and application when it comes to the mental aspects of the game. As we are all aware, things don't always go as planned and life isn't always easy. The same is true for student athletes... The ability to stay positive, understand how to deal with success and failure, manage pressure and expectations, and balance activities, is a lot for a student athlete to handle. He has been working with my son for the past three years and since then; I have seen a strong improvement in my son's attitude and way of thinking. This strong change in thinking and outlook has allowed my son to achieve success in balancing college golf with a demanding education at Claremont McKenna. What stands out to me is that Darryl's methods yield long term results that extend beyond the golf course and into life. Darryl has also helped me understand how to be there for my son when he's on the golf course and how to be a better "golf parent". Sometimes parents can get in the way and take too deep an interest in their child's sporting engagements, Darryl has helped me understand and achieve this necessary balance. I trust Darryl and would strongly recommend him to anyone."
"Positive Focus on and off the field.........baseball, basketball, golf, in the classroom or in our daily lives.....it's helped the whole family in so many ways. As parents we have committed ourselves to build a solid foundation for our children and Darryl Oshiro's Positive Focus philosophy is definitely a part of that commitment."
-Cynthia and Henry Yanabu
"Coach Darryl is an amazing personal development coach. His energy level is high, very positive and encouraging. His program for kids is awesome. He works with my 2 boys and they love Darryl. I can tell they enjoy being around him and they even do the homework assignments he gives. I recommend him highly if you want to improve your level of certainty and focus."
“Darryl brings out the best in coaches and student-athletes through mental training that enhances competencies and skills and results in improved performance.” June 13, 2010
-Carl Clapp (Associate Athletic Director, University of Hawaii at Manoa)
“Darryl and Positive Focus delivers a clear and simple life philosophy that all businesses and their people can use. If anyone is looking for immediate and definite results with your team then Positive Focus should be considered.” June 9, 2010
-Mike Han (President/Owner, The Wedding Ring Shop)