New Country, New Life, New Dream
Featured in this story is Maurice Torralba from Cuba. He works as a support PE teacher at a high school in Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki, in southwestern Japan. Once a promising volleyball player in Cuba, Maurice had to give up his competitive career at a young age, due to severe spinal hernia. Later on, he married a Japanese woman, and now, he is pursuing a new dream in his second homeland.
Maurice, 195 cm tall, was chosen as a member of the Cuban national team at age 16. The team won a North and Central American championship three years in a row.
As he devoted his life to sports, Maurice developed his own training philosophy: he never gets angry at his students, no matter what.
His wife, Nahoko, is a dentist who loves salsa. The two met when she was traveling in Cuba.