Fernando Yamasaki

Head Instructor

Fernando was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1967, where he virtually grew up on the mat as he followed the footsteps of his father, Grand Master Yamasaki...

Mario Yamasaki

Head Instructor

Mario Yamasaki was born in São Paulo, Brazil, the oldest of two sons born to Shigeru Yamasaki. Yamasaki’s family has been teaching martial arts in Brazil for two generations...

Francisco Neto

Head Instructor

Francisco Neto was born in 1979 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His training in the Martial Arts began at the early age of three with Judo under the guidance of Shigueto Yamasaki...

Maurice Allan

Judo Instructor

Maurice Allan is a former Olympic freestyle wrestler, 8th degree judo black belt, multiple British and Scottish Judo National Champion, and 1975 World Sambo Wrestling Champion...

Kristen Allan

BJJ Black Belt

Kristen is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. She is the first and only woman to earn this honor under Yamasaki Academy in the schools 63 year history, as of 2019.

Sean Diviney

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

Sean Diviney is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt (IBJJF Approved) under Prof. Fernando Yamasaki and Prof. Francisco Neto and has been training since 1999. He grew up in Northern Virginia and now lives in Washington, DC.