At Yamasaki Academy Woodbridge we offer high level instruction for all our programs with highly skilled instructors/coaches. An instructor is a person who teaches a subject or skill, a coach is a person who teaches and trains a competitor or team and provides guidance during competition. We consider ourselves not only instructors but, more importantly, coaches. We provide technical instruction, as well as guidance, in training and competition to help you achieve your goals. We know the how to provide the right level on motivation by understanding the weaknesses and strengths or our athletes, competitors, and members. We strive in giving our all to help you achieve your fitness and competitive goals.
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Owner and Head BJJ coach Joe Cunningham
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 2nd degree Black Belt Head Coach Joe Cunningham. Coach Joe has been training Brazilian Ju-Jitsu under the Yamasakis since 1998 and has competed at various tournaments including NAGA, US Grappling and the IBJJF Pan Ams.
Head Muay Thai coach Mark DeLuca
Head Muay Thai Coach Mark DeLuca. Coach Mark is a retired professional Muay Thai fighter who has held World Championship belts and fought in Lumpini Stadium in Thailand.
Head MMA and assistant BJJ coach Francisco Salguero
Head MMA Coach/Assistant BJJ Coach Francisco Salguero. Coach Cisco is a retired professional MMA fighter and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt who boxed in Golden Gloves as well as wrestled and coached wrestling teams.
Judo and assistant Academy Kids and Youth BJJ coach Kenton Givens
Head Judo Coach Kenton is a 2nd Dan Judo Black Belt and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt who is also the head coach for the Virginia Academy of Judo.
Grappling Fundamentals and Assistant BJJ coach David Tepper
Grappling Fundamentals Coach Dave is an amateur MMA fighter and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt who has competed in wrestling, Judo and various BJJ tournaments.
Youth and Adult BJJ Assistant Instructor Jeff O'Neill
Coach Jeff is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt who has competed in wrestling and various BJJ tournaments.
Assistant BJJ coach Scott Sperling
Coach Scott is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt who has competed at various BJJ and submission grappling tournaments.
Assistant Youth BJJ and Academy Kids coach Kristin Plichta
Coach Kristin is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt and International Youth Conditioning Association certified Youth Fitness Specialist.