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Drifting Techniques are

Ultimate RWD Driving Control Skills!

Analyzing Your Driving is

One of the Keys to Improve Your Skills.

Explaining the Science

Behind of Drifting Techniques makes us unique

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About Taka Aono

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About Yoshie Shuyama

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4/20/2016

Our Uniqueness





How would you choose a drifting school to attend?

Some are expensive, and some are reasonable.

Why us?  What makes us so unique?

Would it be not much difference, especially just learning Donuts & Figure 8s?


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1.  Our Chief instructor has created and modified all appropriate programs since 2006 based on the experiences from all of our graduates' needs and goals.

2.  Instructors have experiences in Grip Racing and Drifting in National Level.

3.  Use of classroom lounge, for download sessions.

4.  Explaining the Science Behind of Each Techniques of Drifting

5.  Visualizing the Pre- and Post- lessons, including the comparisons of the instructor and student driving.

(*1-Day Course:outside view only, and 2- and 3-Day Course: in-car and outside views for Standard and Premium courses.)

6.  Be able to offer Appropriate Advice to drifting competitors.   Our Chief instructor is one of the judges for local Formula Drift ProAM competition for years.

7.  Be able to offer Basic Car Set Ups for both grip racers and drifters.

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We had a student (*Mr. X) who had been taking the other drift school lessons for a while.   Mr. X started competing in local drifting competitions at the same time.  However, Mr. X had struggled in competition and didn't know what to expect anymore.

Mr. X came to us for evaluation.  We found out driving techniques were great up to 2nd gear;  however, not be able to perform competitive runs in 3rd gear yet.

Mr. X had a lot of questions such as: how to improve overall driving skills, car set ups, physics of car motions, about the competition driving, and so on.

Mr. X said, "I wish the other school instructors had explained me as Taka did.  I don't know why they didn't do that."  



What if Mr. X had learned with us from the beginning...?  Never know.

Every school offers different ways of instructions.  Please choose a school wisely to maximize the worth of your investment.


Happy Drifting!

2/19/2016

Premium Course





Do you prefer to have total private lesson with private venue rental that no one comes but just for you or for your group?



Almost anything is possible with our Premium Course Venue Rental!

This course is the best for professional athletes, celebrities, and come from other states & other country to maximize the learning benefit with very limited schedule.


Contact us for your plan and available dates!  Let's have special days together!


Professional Skaters: Sal (left) & Rob (right)



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Also, Guest Instructor Program from Formula Drift Pro Drivers available.




Such as:



JTP




Ken Gushi




Odi Bakchis





Dai Yoshihara



and so on.



Standard Course




Standard Course: 1-3 Day Private Lesson


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Basic Course


This class is created for any level of drivers. 

No previous experience necessary.


Day 1: An intensive basic maneuver lesson with necessary basic steering work and throttle control.

Day 2: Review on Day 1 to retain your skill and move on to advance lesson

Day 3: Review on Day 1 & 2 to retain your skill and move on to advance lesson


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Challenge Course


This class is created for any level of drivers. 
Great for quick learners or know the basic already.

In addition to the Basic course, you will have several choices of extra lessons with your specific goal after all required steps are completed.


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*Note: Courses are offered based on the students' learning ability and condition of the day, not guarantee to learn all the available steps to complete.

*You can invite your friend to learn together. (Discount available) 

*Military discount available.

1/17/2016

Course Overview




Drifting techniques are...Ultimate RWD Driving Control Skills.

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 Exercises you will actually do are:

1st gear: 

(Basic Maneuver Lessons = Pre-Drifting Lessons):  

* Basic Donuts
* Advance Donuts
* Basic Figure 8
* Advance Figure 8
* Basic E-Brake
* Advance E-Brake

2nd gear (about 50 mph initiation speed):

* Drifting Mini Course (Type A)
* Drifting Mini Course (Type B)
* Other E-Brake Techniques
* How to Take Drift Line

3rd gear (between 55-65 mph initiation speed):

* Drifting Mini Course (Type A) with downshift
* Drifting Mini Course (Type B) with downshift
* Other Initiation Techniques

Optional:

* Hand Motion Exercises
* Faster Course Tryout

...and More!





Our specialized lessons would save from "the worst cases" while driving either on the street or on the track.  


Drift lessons are all about RWD car control skills.  We will start from the basic and slower speed.  It will help to overcome your fear or comfortableness to confidence on your driving techniques.   

1/15/2016

Wanna be the Next Formula D Star?



Our proud graduate, Alec Hohnadell (left), earned 2nd place in Formula D at WA event in 2015.  It was his first podium in his 2nd year professional drifting career and in his 4th year from the first drifting experiences.  

  

(From LEFT: Taka, Alec, JTP, Gale)


When Alec took our class, he was 16 years old.  

He used to be a professional Jet Skier before moved into drifting community, and learning drifting was one of his dreams and decided to take 4-Day Intensive course with us.

First 2-Day was 1-on-1 lesson from Taka, last 2-Day was 2-on-1 (?) lesson from JTP & Taka.

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Testimony from Alec's dad, Gale:

Taka, I wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your instruction. My teenage son has been racing since he was 5 years old but had never had the opportunity to drive a drift car. We spent four days with you and were able to link the track at Willow Springs and come back to Florida and win first place in quite a few big events. After 6 months we are signed up for the Streetwise Pro-Am series with a chance to earn his Formula D Pro License in September. I am sure it would have taken much longer to get to where he is now if he could have gotten there at all!

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It is possible to be a Formula D star within very short time like him, especially when you have right coaches with right team, and great friends & family support.

You would minimize the time to start competing with right knowledge with our special program.  We could even fly to support you at your ProAM events.


Who want to be the next star?
  

Check out our competition course if you already have your own drift ready car!


1/07/2016

Our History



We are the original member who had involved with very first drifting practice events, which were held at parking lot of Irwindale Speedway (House of Drift) happened in early 2000.

Our school chief instructor, Taka, has been in driving industries for over 25 years, and our admin and assistant instructor, Yoshie, has been in driving industries for over 15 years.

At that time, there was no drifting schools available.  Only information we could get were videos and magazines from Japan, only available in Japanese.

We have studied and learned drifting techniques and drift car set ups by "Trials and Errors" for the growth of the grassroots for drifting community and later to aim better result in drifting competitions.

Hiro Sumida, Taka's driving partner, and him were the original drifting lesson programs' developers, called "Drift 101" in the US, who had been competing in Formula D series since their origin (2004).  

With the drift event organizer, we started official drifting lesson, Drift 101, as a partnership, and soon started offering "Drift 102" as our own advance lesson in 2006. 

Our responsibility was to create / improve the training program for the students and to develop the instructors for the school.

Yoshie was mainly a tester to give feedback to the created programs because she had least driving experiences with least knowledge about cars among three.




(From LEFT: Taka, Yoshie, Hiro, Mark, and JP)



We decided to operate our program independently later year and have changed our name to "Drift School USA" to offer more detailed and expanded programs from the first step.

It has been very grateful that we had a chance to get involved with drifting scene in the US from the origin.

Thank you very much for the support to all organizers and people to evolve our drift school in today.

Competition Course



















Steven R. (Right) took 2-Day lesson and earned 2nd place in 2013.

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Competition drifting is not "What you think you did."

It is HOW your drifting looks from JUDGES.  

Even if you can drift a course without issues, it doesn't mean you can qualify TOP 16. 

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This is the course for if: 

1. You have your own car that is ready for drifting competitions. 

2. You think you are ready, but prefer to have lessons before actually competing. 

3. You think you are at the level for qualify in single runs but never qualified / rarely qualified, and don't know why. 

4. You set a goal to compete in drifting in the future and  want to hone your skills. 

5. You want to have better chance to qualify higher position. 


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*Evaluation session is included for the first time lesson. 

*Car Set-Up session is available upon request. 

*Ride and feedback for your car sessions are available upon request (An instructor drift your car and give feedback for improvement.) 

*Download Sessions with Video Analysis (analyze how you are doing, what and how you can improve.) are available upon request. 

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Rate: From $100/hour/person just for instruction with minimum 4 hours for a private lesson. (Discount available for a group lesson, up to 10 drivers) 

*Minimum Requirement:

Be able to perform donuts & figure 8 smoothly

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Our Services

Standard Package

1-3 days 1-2 Drivers Drift Ready Rental Car(s) NON-Exclusive Venue Usage Venue Rate
  • By yourself or with your friend
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  • Available Courses:
  • 1-Day Basic Course
  • 2-Day Basic Course
  • 3-Day Intensive Course
  • 1-Day Challenge Course
  • 2-Day Challenge Course
  • 3-Day Competition Course
  • 4-Day Competition Course
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  • Indoor Classroom Lounge
  • Pre- and Post- Video Analysis
  • Lunch & Drinks
  • Unedited Driving Videos Give Away
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Group Course

1-2 Days 3+ Drivers Drift Ready Rental Cars Exclusive Venue Rental Venue Rate
  • Group of Yours
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  • Indoor Classroom Lounge
  • Pre- Video Sessions
  • Drinks
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  • Optional:
  • Post- Video Analysis Sessions
  • Unedited Driving Videos Give Away

Bring Your Own Car

Vary 1+ driver(s) Bring Your Drift Ready Cars Instruction ONLY

New to Drifting?

  • Have you ever heard of "Thumbs Up Driving"?
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    It is highly recommended style how to hold the steering wheel for both drifting and grip racing purposes.
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    When you learn how to counter-steer, it is safe to position your thumbs out from the steering wheel.
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    Don't hold steering wheel like no tomorrow, and don't grab shift knob for no reason while just cursing.
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    Relax your hands and happy driving!

  • As you know, "HABITS" are difficult to break!
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    If you have been driving for a while and don't feel like improving much, you might have bad driving habits!
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    It is very important to analyze the issues and to have right coaches to make the adjustments in right ways.
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    It is better to find them sooner than too late, right?
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    Let us evaluate and analyze your driving skills for improvement!

  • Haste makes Waste. Don't rush!
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    Take your time to set up the car & feel the car for each change you make.
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    We know many people had changed the car set ups at once to save money and time.
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    They realized cars didn't handle the way they expected, more like...they made them worse than before.
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    They ended up spending more money and time to make it work right.
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    So, change the set up 1 by 1.

  • Part 1:
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    Drifting is still new, only about 15 years of history in the US.
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    Some says, "Well, I slide my rear in rain or snow. I know how to drift."
    Alright, please be careful...
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    Some says, "Well, I did that when I was in college. It's easy."
    Oh...like, you mean around 20-30 years ago?
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    Some says, "What is the point doing / learning drifting? It is just waste of tires and gas. Just wanna look cool & being wasteful?"
    Oh, no no no. It is just ultimate RWD car control techniques. Looks cool and wasteful are just part of outcome...?
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    cont. to Part 2

  • Part 2:
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    Over 90% of our graduates told us learning drifting, even donuts, wasn't as easy as they thought in the beginning. Why?
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    They said, "By watching drifting videos, it just looked super easy."
    1 min. length of videos can be...how many hours of video shootings?
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    One said, "A much greater understanding of how weight transfer works, how wheel speed and steering angle are intertwined, and how to better control hands and feet.
    A comment from one of our proud graduates who has good amount of track experiences with no previous drifting experiences.
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    cont. to Part 3

  • Part 3:
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    Also, same one said, "The most important takeaway, at least for me, was the basic knowledge of how to analyze a spin.
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    When people apply both "Theory" and "Practice" together, everything will make sense...Learn step by step.
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    Anyway, even if you know the alphabet, it doesn't mean you could speak multiple languages without the processes of understanding and trial-and-error stages.
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    Point is...drifting techniques could be...not as same as you have thought.
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    A worthwhile challenge?
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    let's Drift!

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