Recently we caught up with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner and instructor, Fernando Yamasaki.

The Yamasaki family has been teaching martial arts in Brazil for two generations. With family lineage deeply rooted in the land of the Samurais, the Yamasaki Family style mixes BJJ, with Judo and Japanese Ju Jitsu. Their unique style and approach to the martial arts produced many champions in their long family history.

In 1994, Fernando’s brother, Mario Yamasaki,  founded the Yamasaki Academy in the United States and its success has made it one of the premier Martial Arts training centers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Fernando came to the US in 2003 to further the success of the Yamasaki Academy.

Fernando Yamasaki Bio (Source:

Born 1967 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He began training in Jiu-Jitsu in 1986 under the late Marcelo Behring who was a 5th degree black belt under Rickson Gracie. Fernando holds a 5th degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a 4th degree Black Belt in Judo and 6th degree Black Belt of JJIF Ju-Jitsu

Aside from the Pan Ams and the World Championships, he is the winner of many other national and international championships – in jiu jitsu, wrestling, judo and several other grappling forms. Also, Fernando Yamasaki was one of the original referees when Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) was first established in Brazil.

He has instructed several S.W.A.T. squads on self defense, as well as National Customs, Federal Police, Special Operation Groups, Special Forces from the Narcotics Dept. in Sao Paulo, and other law enforcement groups here in the US, such as the Secret Service, DEA and FBI.


Find out more about Master Fernando and the rest Team Yamasaki at:

Or visit Fernando at Yamasaki Academy Headquarters:
5609 Fishers Ln. St 6A-7A
Rockville, MD 20852



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