The first and foremost Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School in the Washington DC/ Maryland/ Virginia area.
The Yamasaki Academy offers a complete Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction program that incorporates excellent technique, live sparring, competition training, and fitness. Although our classes are intense and utilize a vigorous exercise program, our instructors recognize that each student is an individual with unique goals and progresses at his or her own level according to that student’s athletic and martial arts background and level of fitness. We are the only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school in the area with 3 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts from Brazil and now we have many American born Black Belts in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
In general, our classes are formatted as follows: The one-hour and half classes begin with a 20 minute warm-up to help protect against injury and increase stamina and fitness. Following the warm-up, the instructors teach various techniques for about 40 min, so that the students have a full of arsenal of submissions, takedowns, sweeps, reversals, and escapes. Students’ questions are always welcomed during the technique portion of the class. Finally, the students engage in live sparring in order to practice and execute the various techniques that they have learned for the rest of the time period which is about 30 min.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has many benefits for your overall health and life. Jiu Jitsu benefits may include be not limited to weight loss, increase of cardiovascular health, self-defense,
The Yamasaki Academy has an excellent staff with many years of teaching and competition experience including our black belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Mario Yamasaki (4th degree black belt originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil), Fernando Yamasaki (5th degree black belt originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil), and Francisco Neto (3rd degree black belt originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil). Additionally, the academy’s top students have been selected to assist with the teaching responsibilities.
The Yamasaki brothers Shigueto and Shigueru ,started to learn with their father Mr. Yamasaki Seiti and latter their were took to a Jiu-Jitsu school in a country village in Sao Paulo.
Master Shigueru remembered on his first class, without any knowledge they put him to spar and the result was a dislocated shoulder. After the 2nd. World War, the Yamasaki family moved to the city and started to train with master Ryuzo Ogawa.
The Yamasaki family opened their first school on the early 50′s following the guidance of Master Ryuzo Ogawa using the name the Judo terminology. Shortly after that, the Yamasaki family had 12 locations together. In the earlier 60′s, Judo was known as modern Jiu- Jitsu focusing on the adult programs. The Yamasaki brothers pioneered youth martial arts programs Sao Paulo and created a new methodology. In 70 years, the rules of judo have undergone a great change and master Shigueto Yamasaki was asked by his student Carlos Catalano to collaborate with the innovations. Master Shigueto Yamasaki acted as referee in the Olympics of Montreal 1976, Moscow 1980, Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988 and Master Shigueru Yamasaki in Barcelona1992.
The Yamasaki brothers were the coaches for the Brazilian National team for many opportunities. After having started a family both brothers kept focus on coaching and raising their families and future champions. The older brother Shigueto had 3 kids, his middle son, Shigueto Yamasaki Jr., as a teenager was Brazilian national champion and after few years became Judo Pan-American champion, European tour champion and in ’92 became an Olympian at the Barcelona Olympic games. Shigueru had raised Mario and Fernando and daughters Solange and Eliana. Mario was state champion in judo besides many other titles before started training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under the guidance of Marcelo Behring. Now a days Mario is one of the best MMA referees in the world and Fernando had started in judo and wrestling before starting BJJ. Mario Yamasaki moved to the US and open the 1st Brazilian/Gracie JJ school in the DC area in 1994 and Fernando joined Mario and business partner Francisco Neto in 2003. Currently the Yamasaki family have several schools and affiliated schools in the DC area and around the US, Brazil and Europe.
In our Fredericksburg & Richmond, Virginia location the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu conducted by Steve Mattias under Klint Radwani.