Yamasaki Academy Woodbridge Programs

At the Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge we offer a variety of programs and curriculum for the specific ranges of hand-to-hand combat: Striking, Grappling (takedowns and throws) , and Ground Fighting. While we have specific classes with world class instructors for each area, we also have the right coaches for making all of them work for the ultimate Combat Sport: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).


The Striking program of choice at Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge is the national sport of Thailand, Muay Thai. Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, is known as the Art of Eight Limbs because it uses both sets of legs for kicking and knee strikes and both sets of arms for punching as well as elbow strikes. It is generally the striking art of choice for most MMA gyms for this reason, and because it incorporates takedowns as well. The coach and head instructor for our Muay Thai program is professional fighter and world champion Mark DeLuca.

Ground Fighting

The Yamasaki Brothers, Fernando and Mario Yamasaki, are well known the world over for their expertise in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and this is what started the Yamasaki Academy (Rockville, MD) in 1996.  While Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu started in Brazil from what was originally a Judoka, the arts deviated through isolation.  So while Judo slowly, over time, began to reward the throw as the highest achievement Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu concentrated their game on the ground tactics and submissions.  The sport today, which has become increasingly popular from exposure in the sport of MMA, involves some throws and takedowns but works mostly from the ground.  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners learn how to overcome size and strength with superior technique in maintaining better positions and applying submissions.  Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is run by 4th Degree Black Belt Francisco Neto and 1st Degree Black Belt Joe Cunningham.  We also incorporate excellent Judo and Wrestling techniques into the BJJ program at Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

In it’s current state,  MMA is a widely popular sport with weight classes, gloves and defined rules.  It did not, however, start out like this.  In the beginning, events like the Ultimate Fighting Championship pitted two martial artists against each other with little to no rules and no protective gear required.  It was an eye opening experience for most participants in that few had the right skills necessary to overcome the technical expertise of their opponent if they were no equal in all ranges of fighting.  Today, modern MMA fighters need to know EVERTHING to be successful, even at the amateur level.  This is where we come in.

Our MMA program is second to none.  Our fighters do all classes, participate in all tournaments (Judo, Muay Thai, Wrestling, BJJ, etc), and work hard to be prepared for anything that comes their way.  We don’t specialize in one thing and then offer rudimentary training in another; we believe we had the absolute best coaches and training partners for true MMA fighting.  Every coach at our gym is part of the MMA curriculum and offers coaching and advice for their area of expertise.  We also act as your managers and work with you to take you as far as you wish to go in the sport.  Professional MMA fighter Francisco Salgeuro manages the MMA program for Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge.

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