“Defence! She needs more technique for defence. She needs to have a more agile, stronger lower body to fend off punches from below,” he said.
Her father Joji raised Arisa and her three siblings single-handedly after separating from his Tahitian wife and encouraged his daughter into nursing to learn life-long skills.
He never expected his daughter to be fighting for a place in the Olympics but proudly keeps all her clippings from media coverage.
“She tried not to see us family directly after the coronavirus broke out,” the 58-year-old told AFP. “She was worried.”
Tsubata now want to compete in the Games for all her colleagues who have supported her and the patients that have cheered her on in her Olympic ambitions.
“I want to be the sort of boxer who keeps coming back no matter how many punches I take,” she said.
“I want to show the people who cheer for me that I can work hard and compete in the Olympics, because of them.”