Minoru Yamamoto (山本 稔, Yamamoto Minoru) is a fictional character from anime and manga series of Baki the Grappler.
He is a very analytical person, observing his opponent's body physique to see what kind of blows he will use. He believes that shoot wrestling is a perfect martial art. He also derogatory called Yuu Amanai "effeminate."
He has a muscular body, with nothing characteristic about him. He is wearing light green knee-high boots, black shorts, and a red headband.
Baki the Grappler
Maximum Tournament Saga
He is invited by Mitsunari Tokugawa as one of the 36 fighters of the Maximum Tournament.
As an one of the 36 fighters in the Maximum Tournament, it can be assumed that Minoru is a powerful fighter. Being a shoot wrestling fighter (shoot wrestling is a hybrid combat sport that mixed catch wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, sambo, Muay Thai, karate and judo), it can be said that he knows a lot of movements. He said that it is enough for him to use a single grip to end a battle. Despite all this, he was quite easily defeated by Yuu Amanai.
- The character is based on the real-life Japanese mixed martial artist and professional wrestler Masakatsu Funaki.