About Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that, as the name implies, allows for a variety of techniques to be used in competition including striking as well as grappling techniques. MMA was first brought to the United States in 1993 in the form of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) by the Gracie family from Brazil who are also the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. These early UFCs brought about a revolution in Martial Arts training when Royce Gracie won the first three events held using grappling techniques to subdue all of his opponents who were typically bigger and stronger than he was. Since then, the sport of MMA has risen in popularity to become one of fastest growing sports in the country.
The modern sport of Mixed Martial Arts requires expertise in all areas of combat including striking (hands, feet, elbows and knees), grappling (clinching, takedowns, ground techniques), and submissions. Equally important is the physical conditioning needed to perform at peak levels while in the cage or the ring, as well as the mental preparation to feel prepared for your opponent. An MMA fighter is only as good as the people surrounding him.
Adult Program Curriculum
At Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge our MMA Program is for people with a desire to fight and is designed for students with some fundamental knowledge of striking and/or grappling. As such we expect our MMA Fighters to participate in all the classes offered at the Academy and participate in every type of competition available to us including BJJ tournaments, Judo tournaments, Muay Thai fights, and Wrestling tournaments. A student must meet certain minimum eligibility requirements before being invited to join the MMA Fight Team including having competed in other Combat Sports before they can be eligible for a fight. Being a member of the MMA Fight Team not only means you can be eligible for fights, but it also brings with it certain privileges such as discounts on equipment and merchandise.
We know what it takes to be a fighter in today’s growing sport of Mixed Martial Arts from throwing the proper left hook, all the way to managing fighters to be the best they can be. Our current stable of fighters have participated and held belts in events such as Gladiator Fight Club, Lights Out Combat, Washington Combat, DC; Max, EFC, and Operation Octagon. And, as part of the Yamasaki Family, our MMA program is overseen by UFC Fighter and Head Coach Aaron Riley.
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