6th degree black belt
Yas Yamamoto began his study in martial arts in 1990 with Judo (2 years) and Kenpo (3 years). His practice in Choy Lay Fut began in 1998. He started training directly under Master Tomizaki in 2002. In 2003, he received his first black belt in Choy Lay Fut. He has also studied Wushu at CSU Sacramento. Yas has been involved in numerous competitions, performances and demos. In the summer of 2007, he traveled to Beijing, China and studied Wushu for two weeks under renowned Coach Lu Yan. Yas is currently a 4th degree black belt. Besides Choy Lay Fut, he also trains Praying Mantis, Shuai Chiao and Lion Dance under Master Tomizaki.
Yas holds the rank of "Professor" with the International Traditional Kung Fu Association.
He started assisting classes in 2002, and became an Instructor in 2006. “Without my teacher’s knowledge, I would not be here today sharing my knowledge of Choy Lay Fut at Tomizaki’s Champions Kung Fu Institute.” Yas. Yas also taught at the Martials Arts Club as CSU Sacramento.
Yas competed national and internationally. In Toronto, Canada at the Pan American Games in 2005, he won 1st place in traditional hand forms and 4th place in long weapons. He also competed in Texas at the Legends on Kung Fu Tournament in 2009 and 2010 in San Shou and forms. He placed 2nd in hand forms and runner-up in San Shou.
Yas has performed in Brazil, Sacramento, Concord, San Francisco, San Diego and different charity events. He is the coordinator/instructor for the Tomizaki’s Demo Stunt Action Team class.
His experience in both competition and performance has made him an excellent instructor.