• GIFT CERTIFICATES


    Fundamentals Program gift certificates

    The perfect gift for the holidays

  • BRAZILIAN

    JIU - JITSU


    The grappling style famous

    for its effectiveness

  • AUTHENTIC

    MUAY THAI


    Striking style known as

    "The Art of 8 limbs"

  • Homeschool

    program


    Online registration available

    for December - February semester

  • YOUTH

    PROGRAMS


    Variety of program for kids

    from ages 4 though 14

  • MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

    FIGHT TEAM


    Train with the best

    To be the best

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Not your standard martial arts gym


"Here at the Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge there are no boards to break, no forms or "kata" to memorize.  We don't have 10 year olds wearing Black Belts and there are no teenagers running classes.  Because this is, unfortunately, the reality of what most people think of "Martial Arts" these days we don't even want to be considered a Martial Arts gym. We prefer to be thought of as a Combat Sports Academy. We are more focused on the competitive and athletic element of training. We aren't overly concerned with concepts like "self defense" because we are training against other skilled opponents EVERY DAY.  We are interested in what works in a realistic situation.

Come try us out and see how we are different.  We are confident that you will not be disappointed."


Joe Cunningham

Owner, Head Coach
Joe Cunningham

our programs


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frequently asked questions


We do not like to use the "hard sales" practices here at Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge. Most gyms want to make sure that they try to talk you into signing up as part of the conversation on how much a membership costs. With lots of hidden fees and lengthy, mandatory contracts you may be told that the product is superior and that cost shouldn't be your choice for why you choose where to train.

Which is true. Cost shouldn't be the reason. The quality of the product (the technical information provided), the personalities of the coaches and students and their ability to help you achieve your goals should matter more. Because we feel strongly that our product and atmosphere here is so strong we have no problem being completely transparent on what our prices are. If you wish to train somewhere else because a competitor may cost slightly less, so be it.

Click here for the Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge Membership options
Adult Students

If you are a beginning adult student and purchased a Groupon for Yamasaki Academy we will apply it to the Fundamentals program(s) of your choice which allows you to complete the entire program for a much lower rate. We will need the remaining balance for the Fundamentals program, however, so please see a Staff Member when you arrive for your first class. Experienced adult students can use the Groupon for any of the All Levels classes for Muay Thai or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. At the end of the Groupon trial we will auto-enroll you as a 1 Class/Week Member with the Academy. You will have the option to increase the number of classes per week at any time. Should you choose to not wish to continue training with the Academy please inform us before the Groupon Trial expires.

Youth Students

The Yamasaki Academy Groupon can be used for the Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai Programs. At the end of the Groupon trial we will auto-enroll you as a 1 Class/Week Member with the Academy. You will have the option to increase the number of classes per week at any time. Should you choose to not wish to continue training with the Academy please inform us before the Groupon Trial expires.
Absolutely. We don't care what gym you are currently training under, what patch is on your gi, what color your gi is (yes, apparently that can matter) or who you fight for, everyone is welcome to train. For single visits we do not charge a mat fee. For multiple visits we may collect a small fee. If you are in town specifically for a tournament and need a place to get some work in you are 100% welcome as well, no mat fee.
Whatever belt you are currently wearing will be honored at Yamasaki Academy Woodbridge. All gyms have different criteria for promoting students. Even if you may not have been eligible for your rank at our gym, we will trust your former coaches decision to rank you. We will take it upon ourselves to help you feel comfortable with your belt level at our location if you feel a discrepancy. So please wear your BJJ rank belt to our BJJ classes or your Judo rank belt if we are doing a Judo class.
Yes, we have classes designed specifically for people with no prior experience. Our Fundamentals Programs are 8 weeks long with 2 classes per week; one for Grappling and one for Striking. Take one or both programs. We also offer a Youth Beginners Grappling class for children new to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
In general, it is best to bring a pair of shorts and a t-shirt for your first class. Anything you don’t mind getting a little sweaty, because we will make you sweat! For the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes, if you own a Kimono or Gi please bring it. If not, we have spares you can use. Fundamentals students come in shorts and T-Shirt, we can provide any uniforms or equipment needed for the classes.
For all classes we recommend a mouthpiece and groin protection. For the Muay Thai, we have spare boxing gloves, shin pads but we recommend bringing your own if you have it. We also have pads you can borrow. For the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes we have spare uniforms you may use if you do own one.

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