Yukinori Sasa is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under the legendary Yuki Nakai, from the renowned grappling academy Paraestra in Japan. Though Sasa is not perceived as an avid competitor in the main IBJJF competitions (Jiu Jitsu’s main federation), his skills have earned him medals at the black belt division of the World (Mundial) and Pan American championships, making him one of the top super featherweights of his generation. Yukinori Sasa Jiu Jitsu Full Name: Yukinori Sasa Nickname: n/a Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Yuki Nakai >Yukinori Sasa Main Achievements: World Champion (2005 bown) World Championship Bronze Medallist (2013) Pan American Bronze Medallist (2013) Favorite Position/Technique: Taking the Back, Lasso Guard Weight Division: Peso Pluma (64kg/141lbs) Team/Association: Paraestra Yukinori Sasa Biography Yukinori Sasa was born on the 16th of March, 1981 in Hokkaido, a northern region of Japan. He started taking Karate lessons when he was 15 years old, but became interested in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu after watching the Gracie family fight on TV at the age of 17. He then decided to join a BJJ gym, leaving Karate behind. Sasa’s first, and only, instructor was the legendary Yuki Nakai founder of the Paraestra. It was Nakai who awarded all belts to Yukinori Sasa, including his black belt in 2005, shortly after Sasa won the World Jiu Jitsu Championship in the brown belt division. Having become one of the toughest competitors in the light featherweight division of BJJ, Yukinori Sasa earned the right to be a coach at the world famous Paraestra team, one of the first and best grappling academies in Japan. Note: Big thanks to Matt Benyon from Scramble for being the connection between BJJ Heroes and Yukinori Sasa as well as doing the translations for our questions.