Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ/Gracie Jiu-Jitsu) is a grappling style of martial art and self-defense that concentrates on how to control 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 it's 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 Yamasaki Academy is registered with the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF).  We follow the ranking guidelines and the class curriculum generally follows the guidelines as defined in the IBJJF rule book.  That being said, we also welcome techniques from other styles including Judo, wrestling and Sambo as long as they are "legal" moves as defined by IBJJF standards.  We encourage our students to be as well rounded as possible.

Our classes are run by highly experienced BJJ practitioners in a friendly and respectful training environment.   All levels of students, from brand new to experienced Black Belts are welcome in the Academy.  Most classes will include live sparring to allow students to practice and test their techniques in a realistic situation against a resisting opponent.


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.

When are classes?

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9:30pm-10:30pm 8:00pm-9:00pm 9:30pm-10:30pm 8:00pm-9:00pm 7:00pm-8:00pm 1:30pm-2:30pm