All of our instructors are available for personalised, one on one lessons with students.

IMG_2546Mario Sergio Yokoyama – Head Instructor

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 hold 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 medallist.

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.

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.

DSC03601Ricardo Laffranchi – Instructor

From Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, Ricardo has trained and competed internationally, earning titles such as Sao Paulo State Champion, IBJJF Pan-Pacific Champion, Hyperfly black belt invitational champion, 2 x IBJJF Melbourne International Open Champion, 6 x IBJJF Sydney International Open Champion, 3 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.

DSC03596Salvador Japon Jr – Instructor

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.

11655593_10153116228823422_2090792132_nPeter Yabsley – Instructor

Peter’s Jiu-jitsu career began in London under Roger Gracie, who promoted him to blue belt. Peter currently holds a Black belt in BJJ & continues to train and teach at myBJJ Team. He is mainly found at the Sevens Hills and Redfern where he teaches adult & kids programs. As a primary school teacher by trade, Peter lends his expertise in the Junior BJJ programs.

sergio-e1542846523386 Sergio “CURVA” Fernandes – Instructor

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.

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, including Leandro Lo whom promoted Werique to purple belt. Werique now calls Sydney home, and regularly competes both nationally and internationally.

Werique has won titles at major IBJJF Championships across Brazil and Australia in his weight and open divisions. His titles include: Sao Paulo Gi & No-Gi State Champion, Australian Winter Cup Champion, IBJJF Sydney, Pan-Pacific in both Gi and No-Gi as well as double Grappling Industries Champion.

John WoodJon Wood – Instructor

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. Jon is a brown belt under Prof. Mario Yokoyama and 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.

LiliLiliane Pereira – Instructor

From São Paulo, Brazil, Liliane 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 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.

AmyAmy Campbell – Instructor

From Sydney, Australia, Amy provides a knowledgeable addition to the MyBJJ team. With a Cert III & IV in Fitness & Personal Training and a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Mario Yokoyama, you can find Amy instructing the female self-defence classes and hosting various Health & Fitness events.

She has also proven herself to be a versatile athlete by competing 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.

Diogo Morgado – Instructor

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.

Dale Gleeson – Instructor

From Ulladulla on the South Coast of NSW, Dale started his Jiu-Jitsu journey with myBJJ in 2011. Originally training Muay Thai, his love for BJJ soon took over. A highlight of his BJJ career was taking home three gold medals at the IBJJF Sydney Open. Dale also enjoys yoga, pilates and surfing. You can find Dale teaching the No-Gi BJJ classes and assisting a variety of other classes.

Toshi Miyazawa – Instructor

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.

morganMorgan Kennedy – Instructor

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.

kangjinKangjin Choi – Instructor

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 Brown belt & runs 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.

gregGreg Cleary – Instructor

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.

benBen Gottlieb – Instructor

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 classes.

chris-ly-1Chris Ly –  Instructor 

Chris first started BJJ in 2011 with Prof. Mario and currently holds a brown belt. He is currently a full-time university student and an active BJJ competitor whom has trained world-wide. While being known for this half-guard and technical abilities, he also brings a vast amount of BJJ experience & knowledge form all around the world. Chris has a friendly attitude which is reflected in the way he teaches.

JULIAN-e1543627681673Julian Matsumoto – Instructor

Born in Brazil, Professor Julian started his BJJ training in 2005 at ‘Arena Jiu Jitsu’ in Curitiba. Alongside his BJJ training, Julian has trained in Judo since he was twelve, Julian holds black belts in both disciplines.

His competition highlights include winning double Gold in Gi & No-Gi (Open-Weight division) at the IBJJF Sydney Open, double gold in No-Gi & double silver in Gi at the IBJJF Pan Pacific competition. Julian is also a qualified BJJ referee. You can find Julian teaching the Master BJJ classes.

jae-1Jaesung Choi – Instructor

Jae grew up in Seoul, South Korea where he began his BJJ training in 2009. He joined myBJJ team in 2012 as a blue belt. Since then, Jae has obtained his Brown belt along with a nickname, Mr Armbar. Jae also holds a black belt in Judo. Some of his BJJ titles include: Gold at IBJJF Pan Pacific, NSW state championship, IBJJF Sydney Open & IBJJF Melbourne Open. You will find Jae helping out the Junior BJJ class on Saturdays and actively training almost every other day of the week.

Andrew Roberts – Judo Instructor

Andrew Roberts is a shodan Judo black belt who began Judo in 2008 with extensive experience in a range of other sports and martial arts, having already represented Australia internationally in both sambo and ssireum wrestling. He quickly established a successful competitive Judo career that has led to him winning multiple state and Australian national titles. Andrew has substantial national and international training experience, including at the elite Judo facility in the famous Yong In University in South Korea. His coaching style focuses primarily on competitive judo.

New Zealand

Stuart Marks Stuart Marks, Principal Instructor: Dunedin

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.

portrait-philipPhil Lindsay, Senior Instructor: Dunedin

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.

portrait-dave-daviesDavid Davies, Assistant Instructor: Dunedin

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.

portrait-dave-scott_official_157x157David Scott, Assistant Instructor: Dunedin

David comes from a background in Taekwon-Do and is particularly interested in the self-defence aspect of the art. He teaches some of the Blue Belt classes as well as assisting with the kids and youth classes. David also helps with administration and maintenance of the website and database.

instructor profile picJames Cherrie, Senior Instructor: Whangarei

One of the original members of the New Zealand team, James moved to Okinawa, Japan in 2007. He is now an active member of MyBJJ Team Japan and is the instructor at MyBJJ Team Okinawa. James’ classes include members of the US military as well as Japanese locals. He is also certified in MMA strength and conditioning.

portrait_shane_157x157Shane Winterton, Assistant Instructor: Nelson

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.

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A long-time training partner with Shane, Rob has joined with Shane to assist with teaching at our newest branch in Nelson. Rob firmly believes in the physical and mental benefits of jiu jitsu training and has trained in martial arts for 10 years in New Zealand, Thailand, and Japan. With 6 years of Jiu-Jitsu experience, Rob is always working on his game and keen to help others explore this gentle art. Rob particularly enjoys the self-defence and technical aspects that Jiu-Jitsu has to offer.


instructor profile picRoberto ‘Betinho’ Yokoyama, Senior Instructor (Brazil/Japan)

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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