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Not to be confused with Smasher:CaptainZack.
CaptainJack "CJ"
Captain Jack.png
Ultimate main Palutena
SSB4 main Cloud
Melee main Sheik
Other Melee
Dr. Mario, Ganondorf, Donkey Kong
SSB64 main Luigi
Sponsor(s) CJ eSports
Skill Super Smash Bros. Melee Top level
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Upper mid level
Winnings Super Smash Bros. Melee ~3,589.91
Additional info
Real name Ryota Yoshida (吉田 亮太)
Birth date (age 38)
Location Tokyo Japan

CaptainJack is an SSBM Sheik player from Japan. He was one of the best players in the world during The "Golden Age" (2004-2008). He travelled around the world, competing in Australia, Europe, and the United States.[1] CaptainJack was formerly considered the best player in Japan, but he became inactive in 2008.

On August 10th, 2014, CaptainJack initially announced his intention to return to the competitive Smash scene, in both SSB4 and SSBM.[2] Despite this, he was unable to commit, as his marriage and personal matters took precedence. On February 29th, 2016, he announced another comeback for both SSBM and SSB4.[3] He has maintained active interest in going professional,[4] and was previously ranked 32nd on the Japan SSBM Rank 2018.

On July 7th, 2019, CaptainJack officially opened CJ eSports, a new Japanese-based esports team focusing on the Super Smash Bros. series.

Tournament history[edit]

Early history[edit]

CaptainJack began competing in Super Smash Bros. at the age of 14, when he played in an "off-kai" (offline meeting between people who met online) round-robin against six other players; to his surprise, he won every match.[5] In 2001, he competed in another round-robin tournament, Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 1, which had several notable players. He tied for first place with Keropi-, whom he considered the best 64 player at the time.[6]

Travelling the Globe[edit]

CaptainJack made his first appearance in the United States in August of 2004, at Tournament Go 6, placing 2nd, defeating ChuDat and Azen, but was double eliminated by the latter. Later that year, he would attend MLG San Francisco 2004, placing 1st, and defeating both Ken and Isai, then considered two of the best players in the world.

In February of 2005, CaptainJack attended @M in Melbourne, Australia, and defeated Kupo, placing 1st. The next month, he attended Dutch Tournament 10 in the Netherlands, where he defeated Remen, placing 1st, and attaining another international victory. He returned to Japan, to host and participate in Jack Garden Tournament, one of the largest tournaments in Japan, and placed 7th. CaptainJack then won another European tournament at XTC3, defeating Amsah.

CaptainJack then attended Zero Challenge 2, where he placed 7th in Singles, defeating The King, and falling to Ken and ChuDat. He won Doubles with Isai.

In 2008, CaptainJack travelled with Masashi to attend Epita Smash Arena 2. In Singles, he placed 2nd, defeating Nnja, Calle W, and Armada, and was double eliminated by Amsah. He also placed 2nd in Doubles with Masashi, being double eliminated by Strawhat Dahean and Overtriforce.

He would not attend any international tournaments in the years following.

Return from Absence[edit]

CaptainJack made his first international appearance in years at Apex 2012, placing 129th in Singles. In Doubles, he placed 33rd with Kou. He also notably played an exhibition match against other Isai, but Isai sandbagged and was easily defeated, much to the crowd's dismay.

Following his marriage, and a commitment to reemergence in the competitive scene, CaptainJack began attending major tournaments in Europe, placing 17th at Kickstart 13, and 49th at B.E.A.S.T 7.

In late 2018, CaptainJack would announce plans to start a new esports organization based in Japan with a focus on the Super Smash Bros. series. The esports organization, CJ eSports, officially opened on July 7th, 2019 and it was announced that aMSa, Sanne, and Abu were picked up as the team's first players.[7]

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 1 March 26th-28th, 2001 1st

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 2 March 27th-29th, 2002 1st 2nd Keropi-
Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 3 March 28th-31st, 2003 1st 9th Masashi
Tournament Go 6 August 21st-22nd, 2004 2nd
MLG San Francisco 2004 September 11th-12th, 2004 1st
MLG New York 2004 October 24th, 2004 3rd
@M February 14th, 2005 1st
Koopa Klaw Tournament February 27th-28th, 2005 1st
Dutch Tournament 10 March 5th-6th, 2005 1st 1st Reffie
Jack Garden Tournament August 20th, 2005 7th
RoofSM January 4th-8th, 2006 1st
XTC3 April 15th-16th, 2006 1st 1st Helios
Zero Challenge 2 August 15th-17th, 2006 7th 1st Isai
JST5 December 2nd-3rd, 2006 2nd 1st Amsah
Epita Smash Arena 2 February 23rd-24th, 2008 2nd 2nd Masashi
Apex 2012 January 6th-8th, 2012 129th 33rd Kou
Battle Gate Way 5 August 30th, 2014 9th
Eclipse 2 October 21st-23rd, 2016 25th 25th Ryuker
Kickstart 13 November 19th, 2016 17th 5th MISTRRLOVE
B.E.A.S.T 7 February 17th-19th, 2017 49th 25th Vino
Koneistamo 14 April 8th, 2017 1st
Koneistamo 15 May 13th-14th, 2017 1st
SALT June 3rd-4th, 2017 7th 5th Rach
Koneistamo 16 August 4th-6th, 2017 2nd
Shulla-bra Melee -FINAL- January 14th, 2018 2nd
Master Hand 31 January 13th, 2018 2nd
Gator Games Monthly #3 March 3rd, 2018 33rd 5th nintenmarth
Friday Night Turnip 92 March 16th, 2018 9th
The Mango March 18th, 2018 33rd 7th MacD
Friday Night Turnip #93 March 23rd, 2018 5th
Border League #2 Melee Edition March 31st, 2018 4th
Boss Rush: Captain Jack April 14th, 2018 2nd 3rd Sherbert
Nebs After Dark: the finale April 24th, 2018 13th 4th Wes
Apollo XIII April 28th, 2018 25th
Holy City Brawl IV May 5th, 2018 3rd 5th Yeroc
Unrivaled X: Gon' Give It To Ya May 12th, 2018 13th 5th ARMY
CFL Smackdown 176 May 14th, 2018 9th
WeeklySmashParty 001 June 8th, 2018 9th
Battle Gateway 21 July 22nd, 2018 13th
EVO 2018 August 3rd-5th, 2018 97th
Amaterasu 4 October 14th, 2018 13th 5th muro
Battle GateWay ~Sunshine~ December 2nd, 2018 5th
Weds Night Fights x Oakland 2019 S2EP05 January 30th-31st 2019 9th Abu
GENESIS 6 February 1st-3rd, 2019 257th
Kurobra 19 January 10th, 2020 17th

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Umebura 8 September 23rd, 2014 65th[needs citation]?

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Eclipse 2 October 21st-23rd, 2016 65th

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Umebura SP 2 January 12th, 2019 193rd
Pre-Genesix January 31st, 2019 17th
GENESIS 6 February 1st-3rd, 2019 513th 97th Abu
Umebura Japan Major 2019 May 1st-2nd, 2019 129th
KVOxTSB 2019 May 2nd-5th, 2019 17th
Taipei Major 2019 June 8th-9th, 2019 3rd
Generations of Tournament Mode June 29th, 2019 7th
Churabura Ultimate July 21st, 2019 9th
PSG Classic 2019 July 31st-August 1st, 2019 33rd
EVO 2019 August 2nd-4th, 2019 193rd
Umebura SP 5 September 28th, 2019 129th
Seibugeki 2 October 26th, 2019 49th
Pearl One November 2nd-3rd, 2019 5th ??? ???
Kurobra 19 January 11th, 2020 17th
EVO Japan 2020 January 24th-26th, 2020 193rd
Kagaribi December 13th, 2020 65th
Kurobra 24 December 25th-26th, 2020 17th
Kagaribi 4 June 26th-27th, 2021 193rd
Seibugeki 8 October 10th, 2021 129th
Mjolner 1 November 21st, 2021 17th
Kagaribi 7 May 4th-5th, 2022 513th
DELTA 3 March 21st, 2023 97th
Maesuma TOP 13 June 24th-25th, 2023 193rd / 541


  • CaptainJack's tag is derived from the German pop band Captain Jack.
  • CaptainJack is one of the two smashers with a positive record against Armada, 2-0, the other being SilentSpectre, 1-0.

Gameplay videos[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

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