Youth Programs

The Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge offers a variety of programs for kids. We have programs designed specifically for kids aged 4-8 as well as programs for the older ones. Academy Kids is our younger kids program where we incorporate a lot of games and drills to keep them engaged while showing them techniques from Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling and Judo.

Applying the armlock

The Academy Kids Program is for children aged 4 to 8 years old. These 45 minute classes will incorporate techniques from Muay Thai, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling. The priority here will be more on learning discipline, respect, listening and paying attention in a fun and engaging environment than technical details We use a variety of drills and games that teach the children techniques from some of the most respected Martial Arts/Combat Sports in the world.

 

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Mikey Garcia on his way to winning the Silver Medal at the 2015 IBJJF Kids Pans Championships

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or BJJ, is a grappling style derived from Judo. The concentration in BJJ is working on positions of dominance and submission holds while on the ground. However, since all matches start standing we also add in elements from wrestling and Judo. We will cover the traditional form where both partners are wearing a uniform, known in BJJ as a gi as well as without it.




 

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Muay Thai Coach Mark DeLuca

The National Sport of Thailand, Muay Thai is a striking art similar to boxing or kickboxing. Our kids program is taught in the competitive sport aspect, but we as a striking art Muay Thai lends itself well to self defense and anti-bullying. While competition is more difficult to find for Youth for Muay Thai, any Youth Muay Thai student who is showing control and a strong ability to defend themselves may also be invited to attend the Muay Thai Sparring class on Saturdays.


 

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