CAZA BJJ Instructors
Yoshi was born in 1978 in Tokyo, Japan. He got his first taste of BJJ after moving to the US at the age of 23. It was during his time in the US that he trained under Beverly Hills instructor, Marcus Vinicius. He then went on to join the famous Carlson Gracie team and trained with one of the toughest BJJ practitioners – Rey Diogo.
Yoshi started travelling to Brazil when he was a white belt, and would continue to do so many times over the years whilst still training in the US.
After progressing all the way to his brown belt, Yoshi made the move to Brazil and trained under the Barbosa team. He stayed in Brazil for 18 months and it was here he was promoted to black belt.
Following a stint teaching BJJ and coaching a MMA fighter in Japan Yoshi came to Australia in 2012 to help spread the BJJ word in Noosa.
During his time instructing in Noosa, Yoshi has continued to be a part of the global BJJ family. A trip to the US in 2016 saw Yoshi finally receive a promotion to second degree black belt. In 2018 he received his third degree from Rey Diogo. Over the years Yoshi has spent time coaching ground skills to MMA fighters for fights in organisations such as Pancrace, Shooto, PXC, UFC etc. See Yoshi's lineage here.
Andrew is a long-time student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who was made black belt under the de Been academy. In affiliating his own school with CAZA BJJ, Andrew becomes the first professor to partner with Yoshi Hasegawa under the CAZA name.
In addition to being a traditional BJJ instructor, Andrew also has a lot of experience in adapting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for MMA fighters.
Professor Bailey coaches his juniors team with the same enthusiasm that he shows for the competitive adult members of his academy.
Cheyne Douglas is a brown belt. He began studying Jiu Jitsu under CAZA head instructor, Yoshi Hasegawa, back in 2011 and is now the highest ranked member within our Noosa Heads gym. Over the past 8 years he seized the opportunity to travel to Japan, USA and Thailand to gain experience, training with world-renowned coaches and competitors.
Cheyne has always been a keen competitor winning many local, interstate and overseas competitions.
At present, Cheyne is the assistant coach to Yoshi Hasegawa and teaches the morning classes in our Noosa Heads gym.