Yamajiro Ninja Academy

Yamajiro Ninja Academy

The Yamajiro Ninja Academy teaches traditional Japanese martial arts with a blend of modern concepts. We belong to a network of Ninpo schools in the U.S.

The Yamajiro Ninja Academy is under the instruction of Sensei Omar Gilani. The Yamajiro Ninja Academy teaches both traditional Japanese martial arts with modern combatives specializing in Jujutsu and traditional Japanese martial systems. The Yamajiro Ninja Academy is under the instruction of Sensei Omar Gilani, Fukushidoin (Regional Instructor). Ninpo US is led by Shihan Mark Bramble.

Operating as usual


Northern Virginia's Premier Japanese Jujutsu Dojo

6930 Little River Turnpike
Suite A
Annandale, VA 22003



Be weak or be strong. The choice has always been yours and yours alone. Start out 2022 strong and make learning one of the oldest and most effective martial arts a part of your year's resolution.

We have a New Years Special until January 31, 2022 posted on our website.


Mobile uploads 11/10/2021

Mobile uploads

The 6 Rules of Surviving Multiple Attackers 07/22/2021

The 6 Rules of Surviving Multiple Attackers

There's a rhyme to reason in Ninpo utilizing methods in dealing with multiple attackers.

The 6 Rules of Surviving Multiple Attackers Fighting two or more attackers, even if they are unarmed, is a "worst case scenario." However, as with any conflict, there are rules that can help you survive it. Here are six of them that you must commit to memory.

Photos from Yamajiro Ninja Academy's post 07/08/2021

Photos of our new training space in Annandale.


Beginning next week, our class schedule has been updated:

Yamajiro Ninja Academy updated their info in the about section. 07/01/2021

Yamajiro Ninja Academy updated their info in the about section.

Yamajiro Ninja Academy updated their info in the about section.


We are happy to announce that we are moving to a wonderful new facility just a couple exits down 495 in Annandale. We are beginning classes there on Mon, July 5, 2021. What to look forward to in our new space:
- Wall-to-wall mats
- Private shower
- Private bathroom
- Wifi
- Endless parking

There's more but you will just have to see it for yourself. Our new address is:
6930 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003

Additionally, we are now operating at full capacity!

Days/Times may adjust within the next couple days. We will share another post here soon with updates.


Today our classes are canceled in observation of Memorial Day. We thank all those who served and those who continue to do so, and remember those who gave their lives and left their friends and families for honor and duty.




Many people fear they are incapable of learning martial arts effectively. The problem is most people only believe in big steps. There is nothing you are incapable of. Set your end goal. It could be anything. Tell yourself you truly want it, that you deserve it, and that you will work toward it. Day by day, make progress 1% a day, 1 small step at a time, regardless of if you are naturally gifted or not. In a few months you will feel the same. In a year, two years, and a few more years. Eventually when you look back, you will realize how far you have traveled without realizing because your eyes have always remained ahead of you.

Martial arts are the greatest way to teach yourself how to attain goals you never thought possible, that there are no limitations to what we are each capable of.

The only question you should ask is, "How badly do I want it?"


Most people focus on competing against other people. Martial arts force you to focus on yourself.

Martial arts are one of the few activities that teach people how to overcome themselves.

No one controls your reality, only you have that power.


Today the 4th annual Ninpo US Black Belt Seminar concluded after 3 days of intense training in Abingdon, MD. Omar Sensei successfully passed and earned his Menkyo Shoden license in Daiwado Jujutsu (Sato-den).
Congratulations to all others who performed incredibly in their tests as well.
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How to set up for Goja Dori

How to set up for Goja Dori


Beginning January 1, 2021, we're offering a phenomenal offer that we've NEVER offered before! Become a member in the month of January and we'll completely waive your first and last month's membership!

Interested in what we do? Have questions? Shoot us a message here or send an e-mail to [email protected] so we can set up an appointment for you to come in to try out two free classes with us.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our friends, family, and fans.

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Japanese Jujutsu | Ninjutsu | Karate | Modern Combatives

New video. Spread the love.


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Thank you to all military veterans from the Yamajiro Ninja Academy, especially to our very own instructor Sensei Josh as well as students Corey, Chris, and Anthony. Happy Veterans Day!


Where are you in your training?


We are happy to announce we will be resuming regular in-person, indoors classes with limited capacity beginning Mon, 26 Oct. Our regular class time of 7p-8:30p will once again resume. For those who wish to train virtually, our classes will be live and viewable by registered students. Masks will be required at all times inside the dojo.


We will be resuming regular in-person, indoors classes with limited capacity this month. Masks will be required at all times. No specific date yet, but more details to follow in the coming days.

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NRA Declares Bankruptcy As More Americans Realize Martial Arts The Best Way To Defend Your Family


theonion.com FAIRFAX, VA—Announcing its financial insolvency after decades of losing ground to the popular means of household protection, cash-strapped advocacy group the National Rifle Association officially declared bankruptcy Monday as more Americans have continued to realize that martial arts are, in fact,...


First in-person class since April. Sensei Josh going through some warmups.


It has been several months since classes were held in person at our dojo due to health and safety concerns throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are itching to be training regularly in person again, we want to keep all of our students and teachers safe and will continue to provide virtual classes for the time being.

A couple weeks ago, we opened enrollment back up to the public. Please keep in mind that while virtual classes are occurring, our regular 7-8:30 PM class times have temporarily shifted to 7-8 PM. Occasionally, we will be meeting up at various parks to train safely and socially distanced for some morning fresh air and exercise.

If you know a friend or a family member interested in classes, shoot us a message and we can schedule you for a free private introductory lesson.


Please join me in congratulating my teacher Mark Bramble, now officially Shihan, in successfully earning Menkyo Kaiden in the Daiwado and Yagyu Shingan Ryu systems. This is an incredibly rare achievement in the Japanese martial arts world. Omedetou gozaimasu!


Recently our dojo decided to open enrollment back up to the public. Currently our classes are virtual for everyone's safety. If you live in the NOVA/Washington D.C. area, shoot us a message with your e-mail address and let us know you are interested in our group orientation on Saturday, 8/29/20 from 11:15-12:00 PM, and we will extend an invitation to you via e-mail. All participants must participate in the class and have a working web camera and microphone.


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Our dojo has always remained relatively neutral in public matters. The idea has been to leave each of our personal opinions at the door so we can train in a safe, fun, and friendly sanctuary so that all have an equal opportunity to learn our art of self-defense, martial strategy, and martial philosophy.

However, silence can inadvertently also be a form of oppression; and a voice shared, even if online, can make a powerful and positive impact where needed.

We are deeply saddened by the losses of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, as well as the discriminatory acts of inequality targeting the Black community in the U.S. We believe in equal rights and equal justice for all, regardless of the color of our skin.

We do not condone police brutality, nor do we condone violent acts harming our own communities and small businesses either. We value life and the ability to protect it.

The Yamajiro Ninja Academy stands with our Black brothers and sisters, and we support the Black Lives Matter movement. We hope and pray for a positive outcome through the combined efforts of our young and our elderly fighting for meaningful change.

Sensei Omar Gilani


Are you training in martial arts at home? If you are, we'd love to hear your thoughts, no matter what school or art. Has it been helping you? If so, how?


Stop making excuses and train at home if that's your only option. No matter what school or system you belong to, just train in something.


Tune in to the live podcast between Ninja Abingdon's Sensei Luis Martinez and Renshi Brian Stamps of one of the best Japanese sword systems out there: Itto Tenshin Ryu Kenjutsu,


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We are LIVE w/ Omar Gilani Sensei from Yamajiro Dojo


Yamajiro Ninja Academy

A reminder the podcast with Sensei Omar Gilani is happening tonight at 7 PM EDT!

ATTENTION! Tune in to the Ninja Abingdon page tomorrow (Wed, 4/22) as Sensei Luis Martinez interviews Yamajiro Ninja Academy's Sensei Omar Gilani in a live podcast beginning promptly at 7 PM (EDT)! Expect some conversation on the current state of Ninjutsu and some other modern martial arts.

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The Yamajiro Ninja Academy teaches traditional Japanese martial arts with a blend of modern concepts. We belong to an organization of Jujutsu schools in the U.S. The Yamajiro Ninja Academy is under the instruction of Sensei Omar Gilani.

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How to set up for Goja Dori
First class of the new year! Sensei Omar Gilani demonstrates shikan ken tsuki against two wooden boards.
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6930 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA

Opening Hours

Tuesday 7:15pm - 8:45pm
Thursday 7:15pm - 8:45pm

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