Mixed Martial Arts

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.

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Royce Gracie armlocks Jason Delucia in UFC 2

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.

Coach Cisco working with MMA student Ronnie

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.

MMA Fighter David Tepper wins the BattleFC title.

At Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge we want our MMA fighters to be a swell rounded as possible.  Instead of having a separate class for MMA, we want our fighters participating and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai in order to sharpen those skills. When a fight has been lined up for one of our fighters we get all the coaches involved in the fight camp with MMA Head Coach Francisco Salguero overseeing.

We do not take on fighters who have a fight scheduled and are looking for a temporary place to train. We are an Academy of learning, you must be a student to be a part of the fight team. Active fighters can be eligible for discounts and special memberships who are part of the fight team.