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Welcome at Jiu Jitsu Club Yamamoto!

Are you looking for a sporty challenge? Are you tired of going to the gym and looking for another way of exercising which allows you to train strength and stay in shape?

Do you want to enlarge your defensibility and walk the streets more confidently, be more assertive and know how to use self-defense techniques when it’s necessary?

Are you looking for a combat sport or looking for a combination between Judo, Karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Or regretting that you stopped and never obtained a black belt?

If you can answer one of these questions with ‘yes’ then you should definitely contact us, and watch or participate in our training. The first three lessons are for free.

Our lessons and trainers

Safety and quality are our main standards. Our very experienced trainers teach us the versatile techniques that come in Jiu Jitsu. We train according to the rules of the JBN. (Union for Judo in the Netherlands) In the lessons attention will be paid to individual disciplines and applying violence in the proportions required by the situation. We strive to prevent injuries, so there is no need to be afraid to get a black eye.

The lessons contain a warming-up (about 30 minutes). During the warming up strength and endurance are the main goals of training. These are combined with diverse techniques used in different Martial Arts. Everybody can participate on their own tempo and level.

After warming up the main goal of training is based on one of 12 themes that are required to show on the exams. During the training one or maybe two themes will be taught at once.

After about 50 minutes of technical training, the last 10 minutes are used to practice ne-waza randori, or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (a form of fighting on the floor). This is a fun challenge to try and beat your partner by using a lock, hold or strangle hold.

The 12 themes:

  • Kata
  • Atemi Waza
  • Multiple techniques
  • Standing Movements
  • Movements on the floor
  • Combinations of attacks; Sen no Sen
  • Indirect combinations
  • Take-overs
  • Special assignment
  • Unarmed Attacking situations
  • Weapons
  • Improvised attacks

Languages spoken: Dutch, English and German

Leon van Peij. 4th Dan Jiu Jitsu and also Judo and Jiu Jitsu teacher class B and a member of the Dan grades commission of the Southern of Limburg. If you want more information, use our contact form and we will answer your questions as soon as possible.

Jiu Jitsu used as self-defense
We find that Jiu Jitsu is the most versatile form of combat sport of Budo-sports. Combats sports as Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Aikido are derived from Jiu Jitsu. These sports aim at different parts of Jiu Jitsu.

At Yamamoto Maastricht you will learn a combination of these modern self-defense techniques:

  • Throwing and breaking your fall (Judo)
  • Kicking and punching (Karate)
  • Different types of locks and holds (Aikido)
  • Strangle holds
  • Techniques to transport another person
  • Defense against multiple attackers
  • Defense against weapons such as knife, stick, gun and chains
  • Techniques to fight on the floor (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)

This means there is a very versatile and complete form of self-defense with lots of different techniques. If you are not convinced yet, look at our promo video to get a first impression of the sport and our club. We would like to welcome to you in our Dojo.

What is Jiu Jitsu?
Karate, Judo, Aikido and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are all based on Jiu Jitsu. Jiu Jitsu is a Chinese form of self-defense, which developed in Japan. Famous Samurai-warriors practiced the art of Jiu Jitsu. When one of the warriors lost their weapons in war, he should be able to defend himself with his bare hands.

400 year-old techniques have developed to a diverse and complete form of modern self-defense art. Many think of Jiu Jitsu as the most beautiful and effective form of self-defense.

Other than that, Jiu Jitsu is open to a great variety of ages. People that practice Jiu Jitsu use momentum and the weight of their attacker to make defense easy as possible.
A willow forms the inspiration for Jiu Jitsu since the branches won’t break under the weight of snow because they bounce along.

Since centuries ago, different clubs and teachers developed their own styles and language and translations developed the names of the combat sport: Jiu Jutsu, Ju Jitsu, Nin Jitsu, Nin Jutsu, Thai Jitsu, Thai Jutsu and Jiu Jitsu as Yamamoto Maastricht uses.

Youngsters also!
An important part of practicing Jiu Jitsu is learning about the values that come with the sport. Lots of attention is paid to discipline and respect during training. Also development of  locomotion, balance and hand-eye coordination is as important as perseverance. These elements are brought to you in a social environment and professional guidance. Everybody is welcome at Yamamoto Maastricht, but we advise children to participate from an age of eight years old.

For whom?
Jiu Jitsu at Yamamoto is for everyone. If you want to start a new sport, if you want to enhance your self-defense, work on your health or if you have lots of experience with combat sports. Our trainers, affiliated with the Dutch Judo association, bring more than 50 years of trainers experience. They know how to train every Jiu Jitsuka on their own level. Everybody is welcome at Yamamoto Maastricht, but we advise children to participate from an age of eight years old.

Yamamoto,  more than just Jiu Jitsu
The main goal of Yamamoto is practicing Jiu Jitsu. That is what takes most of the time and energy. But we try to do more than that. Every year we organize a weekend for our members, where every age can participate with lots of fun. During this weekend, which is fully taken care of including a sleep-over, members try different combat sports in workshops, take part in activities and enjoy food and drinks. Other than that the activity committee organizes activities monthly, where every member can participate without obligations.

Check out our calendar for more information.

The costs
The first three lessons are free of charge and completely without any obligations. If you want to come and check it out, no problem, we would like to welcome you at one of our training hours. If you would like to train more often after the first three lessons, we offer you two options:

  1. Become a member of the club
  2. Buy a punch card for 10 lessons.

An overview of the benefits:

Contribution for members

Contribution: €22,50 per month

We ask to pay €10,00 enrolment fee once. This will provide:

  • A clublogo to adhere to your Jiu Jitsu suit (also called GI)
  • To participate in club activities without obligations
  • No fuss because of preauthorized debit
  • €5,00 discount on exam fees.

Pay per lesson? No problem!

For €50,00 you get a punch card for 10 lessons. This will provide:

  • 10 lessons of Jiu Jitsu for 1,5 hours each on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Taught by trained Jiu Jitsu teachers class B.
  • A punch card without expiration date.

Discount on membership?
Be an ambassador for Yamamoto! Are you a member of Yamamoto and do you know someone who is interested in Jiu Jitsu? You are more than welcome to take him or her to class! His or her first three lessons are for free. And if he or she becomes a member longer than two months, you get one month for free! 

Cost for exams

The cost of an exam is €15,00.  This will provide:

  • The possibility to take an exam according to the Dutch requirements with certified trainers.
  • If you passed you’ll get a fitting belt for your Kyu. (degree)
  • An official Dutch certificate
  • Eternal fame at our club 😉

Cost of the Jiu Jitsu gear (or GI)
The cost of a GI can be from €45,00 up to €200,00. Depending on your wishes and needs. We offer our members a nice discount when purchasing a GI. If you buy a GI at Yamamoto, you will not only save some money, but you will support the club financially. Which will help organizing activities.

Time and location

On Tuesday the first class youngsters start at 18.30 until 19.15
The more advanced youngsters start at 19.15 until 20.00
The regular adult (16+) training is from 20.00 until 21.00
The exam training is from 21.00 until 21.30

The Dojo is open from 18.00 until 21.30.

On Thursday the first class youngsters start at 18.30 until 19.15
The more advanced youngsters start at 19.15 until 20.00
The regular adult (16+) training is from 20.00 until 21.00

The Dojo is open from 18.00 until 21.00.

We are closed for the national holidays such as Christmays, New Years etc..

If you want to come and check it out, you’re more than welcome. It is not necessary to register in advance.

The location of our training is at the Gym of Elementary School De Sprong in Maastricht. The entrance is recognizable due to a sign that says Yamamoto Maastricht. At the right side of a steel door, that provides entrance to the schools playground.

The address of the entrance is:
Frans van de Laarplein
6217 NH Maastricht


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Or fill in the contact form.

By phone
If you want to give us a call, please use the following phone number:
+31 (0)630906895