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Internationally regarded as a leading competitor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Professor Mario Yokoyama is known for his training methods, technical knowledge and attention to detail. The myBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu curriculum and instructor training programs have all been developed under the tutelage of Prof. Mario. Mario was promoted to black belt by the late Ryan Gracie, he also holds a black belt in Judo. Mario's titles have included: CFC light-weight champion (MMA), King of the Ring light-weight champion (MMA), IBJJF New York Open champion, IBJJF Asian Open champion, IBJJF Melbourne Open champion, IBJJF World NO-GI silver medalist.
Co-leader of Asia's premier MMA gym, Evolve MMA, Gordinho is a multiple time World Champion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. Gordinho is responsible for the Renzo Gracie Curriculum at Evolve MMA in Singapore and Brazil. Lending his expertise to the myBJJ Team, Gordinho visits Sydney annually to mentor our students and instructors.
Salvador brings a wealth of Martial Arts experience to the team as a holder of black belts in BJJ and Escrima. As a seasoned instructor with years of teaching under his belt, Salvador's friendly personality has made him a popular instructor in both the adult and kids classes.
Diogo is one of our most patient Instructors. His BJJ journey started in his hometown of São Paulo, Brazil. He is an active competitor and has taken home many medals and awards. Since living in Australia Diogo has been developing his knowledge on Sports Coaching and aspires to be one of the greatest coaches in the BJJ world. Known for his gentle teaching style, you can find Diogo conducting Kids and Adult classes.
Originally from Franca-SP, Brazil, Sergio holds a black belt in BJJ and a black corda in Capoeira. Sergio is a professional fighter across a range of disciplines such as: MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing, Taekwondo and Luta Luvre. Sergio holds a fight record of 8-6 (Win-Loss), Wins: 4 by submission, 3 by TKO, 1 decision. Losses: 2 by submission, 3 by TKO, 1 decision.As a graduate of Physical Education, Sergio is currently developing his knowledge further into Sports & Fitness in Australia. You can find Sergio teaching our adult and kids classes as well as the Kickboxing and MMA classes.
From São Paulo, Brazil, Liliane runs classes at our Camperdown and Cremorne locations. With a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness, Liliane incorporates her love of martial arts and fitness into all her classes. Teaching women’s self-defense to refugees at Auburn Youth Centre, at the Lebanese Muslim Association, and various in-house seminars, Liliane is known around the Inner-West community for her giving and kind-hearted nature. She is beloved in our kid’s classes for her patient teaching style and her encouragement of the students.
From Sydney, Australia, Amy provides a knowledgeable addition to the MyBJJ team. As a qualified Personal Trainer & a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (under Professor Mario Yokoyama), you can find Amy instructing the Female Self-Defence classes, Junior BJJ classes, Mixed adult classes & hosting various Health & Fitness events. She has also proven herself to be a versatile athlete by competing & placing on the National & International stage. Amy is very passionate about health, fitness and BJJ which is strongly reflected in her approach to coaching and mentoring. WORKING WITH CHILDREN'S CHECK: WWC1560776V IBJJF ID: 366798
Gian is from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2004 & currently holds a Black Belt. Gian is a qualified Personal Trainer & active competitor. Some of his highlights include: Paulista champion 2016 (Brown Belt) and in 2018 (Black belt), South American vice champion CBJJE in 2010 (Purple belt), Medalist in several other CBJJ / IBJJF championships (Rio Open, Brasilia open, Curitiba open, Floripa open).
Jon is a World Champion having won the Gold medal at the 2014 IBJJF Masters championship in the Master 3 Blue belt Middle weight division. Silver medallist 2019 IBJJF Masters championship in the Master 4 Brown belt Middle weight division. Jon is a Black belt under Prof. Mario Yokoyama and also holds a black belt in Judo. Jon is a force to be reckoned with and is a perennial competitor, his effective takedowns and technical prowess has made his classes popular among students, especially to prospective competitors. Jon also teaches classes at Forestville for juniors.
Kangjin started training BJJ in Seoul, Korea under the 'Ratel Yellow BJJ Team' in early 2010. He joined myBJJ as a purple belt in 2015. He is currently a Black belt & operates one of the myBJJ schools in Lidcombe. An avid competitor, he has acquired many gold medals. The most recent being the 2018 Oceania Championship. Kangjin is qualified as a Kinesi therapy specialist (physiology therapy) & Ashitanga Yoga.
Greg has been involved in the Martial Arts for over 35 years. In addition to his myBJJ Black belt, he holds a Black belt in Goju-ryu Karate and P10 Level in Krav Maga. You can find Greg teaching the Master MMA classes at HQ.
Born & raised in Sydney, Australia. Ben has actively trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Mario Yokoyama since 2012. He has competed nationally & taken home many Gold medals across a variety of divisions. Ben is a patient and kind teacher and is always willing to lend a helping hand. You will find him teaching the Mixed BJJ class
Morgan began training BJJ back in the UK almost a decade ago and has been with myBJJ since 2014 when he came to us as a blue belt. He is an active competitor, receiving medals in many of the local major tournaments and has managed to take away the Pan Pacific No-Gi Heavyweight title and Sydney International Open No-Gi Heavyweight and Open-weight titles. He now holds a Brown Belt under Mario and helps teach the Teens competitions classes.
Born and raised near Nagano, Japan, Toshi holds a black belt in Judo and cross trains in Sambo. Since starting BJJ under Prof. Mario in 2008, Toshi brings all meaning to "The Gentle Art" with his knowledge on sweeps & technique. In 2014 Toshi became the NSW light-weight state champion in both Gi & No-Gi. Toshi is also a University graduate of Sports Science.
Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Erica is one of our most friendly receptionists. She started working with the team in 2019, since then, Erica had begun her Jiu-Jitsu Journey and discovered a passion for Kickboxing. Erica is also qualified in Business Administration and Human Resources. If you spot her in Camperdown or Cremorne be sure to say hi!
Professor Mat holds a Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Mario Yokoyama. He started his BJJ journey many years ago & is one of our most skillful and technical teachers. You will find Mat teaching the Early morning Monday sessions at HQ & training along side you in most Advanced classes.
As a partner and Principal Instructor at Oceania Fitness Solutions in Dunedin, New Zealand, Stuart was the first myBJJ Team student to be graded all the way from white to black belt under Head Instructor Mario Yokoyama. A passionate and technical instructor, Stuart often travels to Australia to keep up-to-date with the myBJJ curriculum and team news.
An experienced and successful MMA and BJJ competitor, Phil is a partner and Senior Instructor at Oceania Fitness Solutions in Dunedin, New Zealand. As an instructor, Phil regularly travels to Australia to update his skills and knowledge under Mario Yokoyama, can often be found coaching and leading his students by example at national and international competitions.
A long-time student of Oceania Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (New Zealand), Dave has developed a solid understanding of BJJ basics. He is methodical in his approach and provides a valuable contribution on the mats. Dave assists with the Kid's and Youth Jiu-Jitsu classes.
Professor James is originally from Whangarei, New Zealand & has had a life long obsession with martial arts. He started training martial arts when he was just 6 years old. He has been trained in Goju Ryu Karate, Kickboxing, Traditional Japanese jiu jitsu, MMA, Tai Chi Chuan and also a Brown Sash and 3x New Zealand National Champion in Shao Chi Chuan Kung Fu. James started BJJ in 2002 in Dunedin, New Zealand, with Stuart Marks. He lived in Japan for 8 years and started the Okinawan Branch of myBJJ in Japan, and his students also teach at myBJJ USA. He has won a fair share of BJJ competitions and still enjoys competing. James returned to his home town to start the first ever brazilian jiu jitsu school in the province of Northland in New Zealand. He received his black belt from Professor Mario in 2016. IBJJF member number: 125714
Based in Nelson, Shane has visited myTeam Jiu-Jitsu in Dunedin regularly over the past three years. He shares the same core values that makes make myTeam Jiu-Jitsu such a great place to train. Shane has trained in Jiu Jitsu both in the UK, as well here in NZ. Shane has experience in several martial arts, which spans a training history of over 20 years in the martial arts sector. With a professional background in education, Shane has an interest in how to best help each student to achieve their full potential.
Moving to Japan from his home in Brazil, Betinho started his training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the original myBJJ Team in Nagoya. The cousin of Head Instructor, Mario Yokoyama, Betinho is considered one of Japan's top competitors and currently teaches at myBJJ Team in Aichi-ken, Japan.
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Joe is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Joe started his BJJ journey in 2014 with the myBJJ Team in Okinawa with instructor James Cherrie. He is also a 3rd Degree (San-Dan) belt in Judo and has over 30 years of grappling experience. Joe teaches both BJJ and Judo. The Okinawa team has a unique diverse group of local Okinawan/Japanese, military service member, and U.S. civilians.