Not your standard martial arts gym

“We are not your standard Martial Arts gym. Think of us more like a research institute constantly trying to find what works and what does not when it comes to combat sports and self-defense. The Academy is our experimentation lab where we can try new things in an ego-free, team environment with people we trust. Our test lab is the combat sport tournament, match, or fight in which we choose to compete against another skilled opponent. This is where we truly start to learn how to implement what we have learned. These things we do are NOT easy, and we will NOT dumb it down. The value would be lost. Your rewards here will be earned. It will change you. This I can promise you.

Come try us out and see how we are different. We are confident that you will not be disappointed.”

Joe Cunningham

Owner, Head Coach
Joe Cunningham

our instructors

frequently asked questions

We do not like to use the "hard sales" practices here at Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge. Most gyms want to make sure that they try to talk you into signing up as part of the conversation on how much a membership costs. With lots of hidden fees and lengthy, mandatory contracts you may be told that the product is superior and that cost shouldn't be your choice for why you choose where to train.

Which is true. Cost shouldn't be the reason. The quality of the product (the technical information provided), the personalities of the coaches and students and their ability to help you achieve your goals should matter more. Because we feel strongly that our product and atmosphere here is so strong we have no problem being completely transparent on what our prices are. If you wish to train somewhere else because a competitor may cost slightly less, so be it.

Click here to check out our packages for Beginners


If you are a beginning student with little to no prior experience and purchased a Groupon for Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge you get 10 classes for any of our Adult/Youth Basics classes or the Adult Fundamentals classes. Those classes are good for 30 days from the first class attended.

Experienced Students

Already belted in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or have Muay Thai experience? The Groupon is a great way to check us out and see if this will be your new home. Try 10 of any of our classes, Basics or Advanced, for 30 days of your first attended class.
Absolutely. We don't care what gym you are currently training under, what patch is on your gi, what color your gi is (yes, apparently that can matter) or who you fight for, everyone is welcome to train. For single visits we do not charge a mat fee. For multiple visits we may collect a small fee. If you are in town specifically for a tournament and need a place to get some work in you are 100% welcome as well, no mat fee.
Whatever belt you are currently wearing will be honored at Yamasaki Academy Woodbridge. All gyms have different criteria for promoting students. Even if you may not have been eligible for your rank at our gym, we will trust your former coaches decision to rank you. We will take it upon ourselves to help you feel comfortable with your belt level at our location if you feel a discrepancy. So please wear your BJJ rank belt to our BJJ classes or your Judo rank belt if we are doing a Judo class.
We have an entire program designed specifically for beginning students, adult or youth. We offer basics classes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Freestyle Judo, and Muay Thai. There's even a Grappling and Striking Fundamentals program for Adults on the weekends. There are multiple membership and pricing options for these programs as well to fit your needs. Now there's no excuse to not get yourself, your child, or even your spouse in here and start your training!

Click here for our Beginners options for Adults

Click here for our Beginners options for Kids
In general, it is best to bring a pair of shorts and a t-shirt for your first class. Anything you don’t mind getting a little sweaty, because we will make you sweat! For the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes, if you own a Kimono or Gi please bring it. If not, we have spares you can use. Fundamentals students come in shorts and T-Shirt, we can provide any uniforms or equipment needed for the classes.
For all classes we recommend a mouthpiece and groin protection. For the Muay Thai, we have spare boxing gloves, shin pads but we recommend bringing your own if you have it. We also have pads you can borrow. For the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes we have spare uniforms you may use if you do own one.

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