Our Story

Sunrise was started in 1979 by Yusaku and Sherry Hijioka. Yusaku has a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Nippon College in Tokyo, Japan and a master's degree in physical education from Kent State University. He competed on the men's gymnastics team for 4 years at Nippon College. Yusaku and Sherry met at Kent State while she was pursuing her bachelor's degree in physical education. She was a 4 year member of the women's gymnastics team at Kent State and captain her senior year. Sherry went on to Arizona State where she received her master's degree in physical education. Yusaku and Sherry started Sunrise in 1979 in rented space on Centennial Road. They rented space for 3 years before purchasing their current property on Holland-Sylvania Rd. They have expanded the facility twice to its' current size of 29,400 square feet. Sunrise is proud to offer to the greater Toledo area one of the largest and best equipped facilities in the United States. They have introduced the sport of gymnastics to thousands of children for more than 25 years. It is their continued goal to develop strong, healthy bodies as well as confident, self disciplined individuals through gymnastics and other sport and fitness related activities.

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