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.
Cheyne Douglas is a Brown belt. He began Jiu Jitsu with instructor Yoshi Hasegawa in 2011 and is the highest ranked member within the gym. During the past 8 years, he has had the chance to travel to Japan, USA and Thailand to gain experience by training with world-renowned coaches and competitors, to further his own knowledge as a competitor and coach.
Cheyne has always been a keen competitor winning many local, interstate and overseas competitions in the past few years.
Cheyne currently takes morning and fundamentals classes while personally training 6 days a week and running his own business. His love for the sport is passed onto young aspiring students through his attention to detail.
Erik is the kid’s instructor and an assistant coach here at CAZA. He is currently a purple belt and has been training under Yoshi for 5 years.
During this time Erik has competed in numerous regional and state BJJ competitions and has won multiple titles and medals. He is one of the most experienced competitors in the club, often fighting in open weight divisions where he has to give up a significant weight advantage.