Ryota "Captain Jack" Yoshida is a Sheik player who, between 2002 and 2008, was considered one of the best players in Japan and one of the best players in the world. On his blog, he talks about both his personal history with the game and the history of Smash in Japan.
Captain Jack started playing Smash 64 on January 21st, 1999. Before Smash 64 came out, he used to play other fighting games, such as Street Fighter II and Vampire Savior. One day, CaptainJack for something relating to Smash on the Internet. He immediately found some websites and boards where people talked about Smash, and started joining the conversation. One day, him and Thunders, another Pokémon player from the region Kansai (West Japan) that he met online, had an appointment to meet together in Kyoto. Thunders was also a Smash player. They agreed to go to an "off-kai" together, which means an offline-meeting in Japanese, to a player's house in Osaka. In that off-kai, they did a round-robin and CaptainJack won every match. 
Captain Jack made his first appearance in the US at Tournament Go 6 in August 2004. He took second place, winning against ChuDat and winning one set but losing twice to Azen. At MLG San Francisco 2004, the following month, he took first after defeating Isai and Ken. Shortly afterwards, he attended Tournament Go 6, where he finished second after losing to Azen. In 2005 he made appearances at @M in Melbourne, Australia, and at Dutch Tournament 10 in the Netherlands, both of which he finished first. The same year, he hosted and took 7th place at Jack Garden Tournament, a national tournament in Japan, which featured American players such as Ken and Isai.
After other international appearances at XTC3, JST5, Zero Challenge 2, and Epita Smash Arena 2, he became inactive in February 2008. He made a brief reappearance at Apex 2012, where he failed to make it out of round 2 pools and played an infamous exhibition set against Isai, in which Isai sandbagged until he was 4-stocked in his first reappearance in Melee in years. Around this time Captain Jack studied in France, lived in Finland and Portugal, and also backpacked the entire continent of Africa from Cape Town to Cairo. He returned to Japan around 2014 and he sporadically attended Melee and Smash 4 tournaments.
He picked up Melee again in April 2016. He now lives in Finland with his wife.
|2018-03-18||33 - 48th||The Mango||1 : 2||Jace|
|2017-06-04||7 - 8th||SALT||1 : 3||Wily|
|2017-02-19||49 - 64th||B.E.A.S.T 7||1 : 2||ministry|
|2016-11-19||17 - 24th||Kickstart 13||0 : 2||Deathgazer|
|2016-10-23||25 - 32nd||Eclipse 2||1 : 3||Flikkflakk|
|2014-08-31||9 - 12th||Battle GateWay 5||L||K.F|
|2008-02-24||2nd||Epita Smash Arena 2||3 : 4||Amsah||$1,186|
|2006-08-17||7 - 8th||Zero Challenge 2||1 : 2||ChuDat|
|2006-04-16||1st||X-Treme Championship 3|
|2006-03-06||1st||Dutch Tournament 10|
|2005-08-20||7 - 8th||Jack Garden Tournament|
|2005-02-14||1st||2004 MLG San Francisco|
|2004-10-24||3rd||2004 MLG New York|
|2004-08-22||2nd||Tournament Go 6||4 : 2|
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- 2016-04-16 | Melee Legend Ryota "Captain Jack" Yoshida on returning to the game, world travels, and more by pokemon64ism