Yves Edwards available for private lessons

We are super proud announce that Yves Edwards is now available for private lessons exclusively here at Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge! Yves is a legend in the sport of MMA having started fighting professionally in 1997. He retired in 2014 with a staggering 64 MMA fights including 22 in the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). Known as one of the most well-rounded fighters to ever grace the sport, Yves won 16 fights by knockout, 17 by submission and 9 by decision. Yves holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from American Top Team.

To contact Yves about scheduling a private lesson, use our Contact Form on his coaches page here:

Yves Edwards

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Cagezilla 60
2-0 at Cagezilla 60

Huge congratulations to Yamasaki Academy Woodbridge MMA fighters Zaquane Corbin and Christian Esquilin for their victories at Cagezilla 60 Saturday, February 29th 2020! Our first fight was Zaquane against Zack Mitchell out of MMA Institute of Harrisonburg, VA at 135 lbs. We are always happy to get on a card with Rick McCoy’s MMA Institute team as they represent some of the best MMA fighting around and always do it with class. The first round was fairly even on the feet until Zaquane landed a good knee and followed Zack down onto the ground. From there Zack showed his great groundwork with a lot of armbar attempts that Zaquane managed to squeak out of and land good damage in return with punches and elbows. Round two saw much of the same with Zaquane showing a slight edge in the striking game and was able to ground-and-pound his was through Zack’s guard on the ground. Round 3 stayed mostly on the feet where Zaquane was able to land good kicks and knees and show excellent control in the clinch game. Zaquane showed little fatigue and cruised to a unanimous 30-27 decision for the win.

Our second fight was one that I am sure people will be talking about for a long time. Christian Esquilin matched up against Barry Carpenter from Team XCWT out of Norfolk, VA for a 155 lb title contender fight. With Christian 1-0 and Barry at 2-0 in MMA having won both of his fights in the first round we knew this fight would be a barn burner! Barry came out full speed ahead and was able to dominate the first round with a flurry of activity, as we had (luckily) gameplanned. But Christian was able to secure a solid back mount position in the remaining 10 seconds of the fight and land a series of clean shots. As round 2 commenced Christian was able to slow the game down a bit and start stalking his opponent. Suddenly in the middle of the round Barry turned and walked to his corner and got sick in the cage which is an automatic disqualification in Cagezilla. Christian Esquilin wins and gets his shot at the 155 lb title fight! Not the best way to win a fight, but we will take it.

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Oscar Jimenez vs Tyler Bunting best amateur fight ever?

Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge MMA fighter Oscar Jimenez and Disciple MMA fighter Tyler Bunting put on what everyone is agreeing was one of the best MMA fighters ever seen, amateur or professional! This fight started out strong and never really slowed down with both fighters going toe-to-toe throughout the whole match. This fight had everything you would want, great back and forth striking, takedowns, submission attempts, ground and pound and, unfortunately for Tyler Bunting, lots of blood! Oscar was able to score a vicious elbow int he waning moments of the last round that opened up a HUGE cut on Tyler and there was a lot of blood. For some reason the referee didn’t pause the action to have the doctor check the cut and so everyone ended up covered in blood, including nearly the entire canvas! Despite the damage inflicted, Tyler Bunting was awarded the decision and secured the title belt instead of our fighter this day. We are super proud of Oscar Jimenez in this performance, however, and can’t wait to see him back in action soon! What a fight! Check out fan-shot footage below.

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Rox Trujillo wins at Cagezilla 57
Rox wins her MMA debut with 2nd rd submission

Big congratulations to Roxana Trujillo for her 2nd round submission win via rear naked choke at Cagezilla 57 this past Saturday.  This was Rox’s first MMA fight and she came out strong against a very game opponent and was able to find the tapout in the 2nd round.  We are super happy for her and look forward to seeing her in there again soon!

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Yves Edwards Seminar May 25th

Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge is excited to announce that we will be having a seminar with MMA Legend and UFC veteran Yves Edwards Saturday, May 25th. Please click the event listing below for details. TO reserve your spot for his once in a lifetime seminar click the “LEARN MORE” option at the bottom!


26may12:10 am12:10 amYves Edwards Seminar12:10 am - 12:10 am Day of the Week:Saturday

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Oscar wins again, goes 8-0 in MMA and 10-0 overall

Oscar Jimenez gets another 1st round TKO win at 1:28 in with strikes from the mount to keep his 185 lb Mix It Up Sports MMA title belt. Oscar is now undefeated with an 8-0 records in MMA with all but 1 of his fights ending in the first round. With his 2-0 record in Muay Thai as well, his overall record improves to 10-0!

Check out the video of the fight below.



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