Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
About the program
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a fighting sport whose rules allow and encourage the use of multiple styles of martial art, including; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Muay Thai, Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling, Judo, Boxing, Karate, Tae Kwan Doe, Kickboxing, and Sambo.
MMA practictioners select the most powerful and useful techniques (as applicable within MMA rules) from each martial art, and combine them into a complete system. This system allows an MMA fighter to compete at every fight distance or range, for example:
  • Long range: boxing footwork and movement, Muay Thai kicks, wrestling takedown setups
  • Mid-range: striking and kicking, Judo throws, wrestling takedowns
  • Short-range: Elbows and strikes, clinching, dirty boxing
  • Ground: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Catch Wrestling
MMA can be considered the pinnacle of human, unarmed, single combat. The innovation that allowed it's emergence was developed by Helio Gracie and his brothers beginning in the 1940's. A frail and small man, Helio adapted techniques from Judo and Japanese Jiu Jitsu that he could make to work against larger, stronger opponents. He determined that smaller combatants are almost certainly going to end up on the ground, and built his techniques around this simple but momentous idea. The Gracies tested this system on the streets of Rio De Janiero, Brazil, running a famous ad in the local paper: " If you want your face punched and bruised, your butt kicked and your arms broken, talk to the Gracies at the following address..."
Helio and his brothers and sons eventually realized the enormity of their discovery - that a well-trained submission grappling artist, schooled in a unique ground-fighting system, could easily render helpless a much bigger man. They developed the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the early 1990's to prove this fact, and dominated the first several tournaments. What followed was nothing short of stunning. The martial arts world experienced an explosion of development never before seen in human history, and has seen the emergence of the greatest bare-handed fighters of all time. The Gracie family continues to have an enormous impact on the martial arts world.
At Yamasaki, our MMA program traces it's lineage directly to Helio Gracie and his son Rickson, considered one of the most dangerous men to ever live. Our instructors are highly decorated competitors who have competed all over the world, including the UFC.
Fighters in our MMA program benefit from the school's specialized classes in the fundamental combat arts - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Judo, as well as the technical combination of these arts that entail cagefighting Mixed Martial Arts. While the program is for the most dedicated Yamasaki students, we welcome all who wish to experience the art in a safe, controlled, and friendly environment. Yamasaki MMA students cross-train heavily with students in each of our core programs.
Aaron Riley
Aaron Riley
Aaron Matthew Riley (born December 9, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist. He competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

On November 15, 2008 at UFC 91, Aaron fought against Jorge Gurgel. He beat Gurgel by unanimous decision, winning Fight of the Night honors.

Riley next faced TUF 8 cast member Shane Nelson at UFC 96, losing via controversial first round TKO.

A rematch with Nelson was scheduled immediately, for UFC 101, which Riley won via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

At UFC 105 he was defeated by TUF winner Ross Pearson via TKO in the second round after a flying knee by Pearson opened up several cuts on Riley's face. Doctors viewed the cuts on Riley's face, and came to the conclusion that it was unsafe for him to continue.

Riley then rebounded with a unanimous decision win over Joe Brammer on May 29, 2010 at UFC 114.


Francisco Salguero

Francisco Salguero, also known as Cisco, has been training in one form of Combat Sport or another since he was a kid. He began his Martial Arts with Tae Kwon Do at the Joon Rhee Academy in Annandale and achieved Black Belt in 1982. In High School his focus switched to Wrestling and in 1995 he took up boxing. Not content with staying still, he began training Judo with Mark Mastrofrensco in 1999.

He then began training with Yves Edwards and Lewis Wood while in Houston, Texas which gave him a taste of modern MMA training and he was instantly hooked. Coming back to Virginia in 2005 he found his way to the Yamasaki Academy in Springfield where he quickly worked his way through the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program eventually receiving his brown belt.

Never losing his taste for MMA, he decided to become a fighter and went undefeated in his amateur career. After winning the Title Belt in his weight class for Gladiator Fight Club he decided to go pro. He has fought professionally for Washington Combat as well as One World MMA. Francisco’s experience at all levels of the MMA game allow him to be the best coach possible. 

Coach Salquero has created one of the strongest MMA teams in the DC metro area and continues to be an inspiration to everyone in the Yamasaki family!