Australia Instructors

IMG_2546Mario Sergio Yokoyama, Head Instructor

Regarded internationally as leading competitor in both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts, Mario Yokoyama is known for his training methods, technical knowledge and attention to detail. Trained since childhood in Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mario moved to Sydney in 2004 where he now lives with his Australian wife and daughters. A Judo black belt, and BJJ black belt under the late Ryan Gracie, Mario is responsible for the development of myBrazilian Jiu Jitsu curriculum and instructor training programs. Some of Mario’s titles include: CFC light-weight champion (MMA), King of the Ring light-weight champion (MMA), IBJJF New York Open champion, IBJJF Melbourne Open champion, IBJJF Asian Open champion, IBJJF World NO-GI silver medalist.


gordinho profile picRafael ‘Gordinho’ Correa de Lima, Mentor Instructor

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. and is responsible for the Renzo Gracie Curriculum at Evolve MMA in Singapore and Brazil. Lending his expertise to myBJJ Team, Gordinho visits Sydney annually to mentor our students and instructors.



DSC03601Ricardo Laffranchi, Instructor

From Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, Ricardo now teaches in our Camperdown, CBD and Rozelle schools. Ricardo has trained and competed internationally, earning titles such as Sao Paulo State Champion, 2 x IBJJF Melbourne International Open Champion, 3 x IBJJF Sydney International Open Champion, 2 x NSW State Champion & Australian Grand Prix Super Fight Winner. Ricardo is a qualified community coach and holds a Cert. IV in Sports Coaching. He is known for his technical knowledge, and can often be found leading additional training sessions for students. Ricardo is also available for personalised, one on one lessons with students.


11650689_10153102352823422_409972621_nWerique Oliveira, Instructor

From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Werique has travelled and trained under some of the best Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the world, receiving his purple belt from Leandro Lo. Werique now calls Sydney home, and regularly competes both nationally and internationally. Werique has medalled at the major IBJJF Championships across Brazil. His titles include: Sao Paulo Gi & No-Gi State Champion, Australian Winter Cup Champion and Grappling Industries Champion. Werique brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to myBJJ Team, and can be found leading classes at our Sydney headquarters in our Future Champions programs and adult’s classes. Werique is also available for personalised, one on one lessons with students.


DSC03596Salvador Japon Jr, Instructor

With a black belt in Escrima and years of teaching under his belt, Salvador brings a wealth of Martial Arts experience to the team. Salvador’s friendly personality has made him a popular instructor amongst students at our Camperdown location where he regularly teaches classes for both adults and children. Salvador is also available for personalised, one on one lessons with students.



DSC03607Rafael Alag, Instructor

Rafael has been training BJJ since 2009 and is one of our most active competitors at the Academy. Rafael has competed and placed at many events including the NSW State Championships, Pan Pacific Championships and the Worlds Jiu Jitsu Championships. Rafael has taken opportunities to expand his knowledge of BJJ by training with greats such as Rillion Gracie, Ronis Gracie, Fabio Leopoldo, Nino Schembri, Kyra Gracie, Ryron Gracie, Rener Gracie and Ralek Gracie. He is always happy to teach and is very approachable on and off the mats.


IMG_3047Moodi Dennaoui, Instructor

Moodi has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Mario Yokoyama for a number of years and has the unique ability to pair and tailor his nutrition and fitness expertise with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Known within the industry as the ‘Diet Doctor’, Moodi has extensive professional experience, and an unconventional approach to nutrition, which has earned him a reputable following across the globe.  His success also comes from his versatility to create, formulate and adapt nutrition and training programs that suit the amateur, as well as the seasoned athlete. He has various academic qualifications from the University of Sydney covering everything from nutrition, nuclear medicine, mathematics, education, psychology and a Masters Degree in Research Methodology.


11655593_10153116228823422_2090792132_nPeter Yabsley, Instructor

Having trained and competed Internationally, Peter brings a wealth of knowledge to the Team. Peter’s Jiu Jitsu career began in London under Roger Gracie (from whom he received his Blue Belt) and continues at myBJJ Team where he teaches classes for both adults and children at our Camperdown and Seven Hills locations. As a primary school teacher by trade, Peter lends his expertise in our Little Samurai programs.



John WoodJohn Wood, Instructor

With a black belt in Judo and brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, John Wood is a force to be reckoned with at the gym and on the competition scene. John’s effective takedowns and attention to detail when instructing has made his classes popular amongst students at our Camperdown location, especially to prospective competitors. John is also available for personalized, one-on-one lessons with students.

LiliLiliane Pereira, Instructor

From São Paulo, Brazil, Liliane now runs classes at our Camperdown and Cremorne locations. With a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a Certificate III in Fitness, Liliane incorporates her love of martial arts and fitness into all of her classes. Teaching women’s self-defense to refugees at Auburn Youth Centre, at the Lebanese Muslim Association, and various in-house seminars, Liliane’s is known around the Inner-West community for her giving and kindhearted nature. She is beloved in our kid’s classes for her patient teaching style, and her attention to individualism. Liliane is also available for personalized, one-on-one lessons with students.


MorganMorgan Bison, Instructor

With a second-degree black belt in WAKO kickboxing and years of competition experience, Morgan brings a wealth of striking knowledge to myBJJ Team. Training in kickboxing since 1986, Morgan decided to make the transition to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to round out his martial arts knowledge. He can be found instructing Future Champions, Adult’s BJJ programs, and MMA classes. He is known fondly amongst our students for his enthusiastic teaching style, evidence of his genuine passion for marital arts. Morgan is also available for personalised, one on one lessons with students.


AmyAmy Campbell, Instructor

As a student of Fitness and Personal Training and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Mario Yokoyama, Amy provides a knowledgeable addition to the MyBJJ team. As well as instructing the female self-defence classes at Camperdown and hosting health and fitness events, Amy has also proven herself a versatile athlete by competing on the national stage. Amy is very passionate about health, fitness and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which is strongly reflected in her approach to coaching and mentoring. Amy is also available for personalised, one on one lessons with students.