Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling style that concentrates on how to control and an opponent on the ground and use submission holds to finish the fight. Introduced to the Gracie family in Brazil in the early 1900's by a Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Judo practitioner, this style took the world by surprise in 1993 when the Gracies started the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Taking on and all styles with almost no rules, Royce Gracie won his matches with submission holds having barely thrown any punches or kicks. Since then Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has become one of the most popular Martial Arts in the world and is sought out by law enforcement and military personnel and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters all over the world.

As a competitive sport, BJJ does not include any striking in its curriculum. Instead the focus is to gain superior positioning over an opponent then apply leverage to submit them with choke-holds and joint locks. While the majority of focus in a BJJ class will be on ground work, competitive matches start standing so throws and takedowns are covered as part of the curriculum.


The Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program at Yamasaki Academy follows the competition rules and standards set forth by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) as the main reference point for what is taught in classes as well as for ranking and grading students. We generally will cover techniques specifically for the Sport aspect, but we also incorporate Self Defense and MMA concepts that go beyond the scope of the Sport. That being said, we do not condone the intentional harming or bullying of our teammates or competitors.

While Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is primarily a ground fighting style, all matches start standing up. As a result, Judo throws and Wrestling takedowns are a part of the curriculum. We also offer Submission Grappling classes which is basically Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu without the traditional uniform. In these classes we typically wear shorts and a t-shirt or rash guard and there are no belt ranks. All of our Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes are taught by our Black Belt instructors, unless for some reason they are not available which is very rare.


Real confidence in BJJ comes from the self-assurance arising from your appreciation of your own abilities. You will see your skills working and getting better each class. Knowing you put the work in to get the results gives you that swagger you are looking for.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches one how to neutralize strength and size in their opponent. A true defensive style, BJJ is ideal for people who consider themselves "not aggressive" for this reason. Plus we are learning to break people's arms while laying on our back which can come in handy!
Cardio for days! Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is true anaerobic training that requires burst of energy in between more relaxing movements. An average 1.5 hour BJJ class will burn 700-1000 calories if you are putting in the effort.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is probably the most difficult Martial Art in which to earn belts. The average Black Belt at Yamasaki Academy takes 10-12 years. This can't be done without learn to intensely discipline one's self.
Pay attention to the details. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can't be learned if you aren't paying attention to what you are being taught. Learn to concentrate on the now and make things work before deciding to move on.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Satuday
All Levels 11:00am-12:00pm Advanced 6:30-7:30pm All Levels 11:00am-12:00pm Advanced 6:30-7:30pm Judo 7:30-8:30pm All Levels 12:00-1:00pm
Beginners 7:30-8:30pm Sparring 7:30-9:00pm Beginners 7:30-8:30pm Sparring 7:30-9:00pm Sparring 1:00-2:00pm