Started from scratch w/ counseling assistance from SCORE. I have been doing martial arts for almost 50 years, but didn't have any small business experience so SCORE's help was invaluable.

My successes. 

Niall Yamane’s Mixed Martial Arts ( has been named SCORE Client of the Year. Over the past two years the studio has won numerous state and national championships. Mr. Yamane was honored at the SCORE Annual luncheon in October.


1) 2013 AND 2012 Alabama State Champions (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu AND Submission Grappling)

2) 6th Place in 2012 North American Grapplling Association National Championship in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

3) 13th Place In 2012 North American Grappling Association WORLD Championship in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

4) Youth Program Grade Point Average of 3.65

5) Program accommodates Teens/Kids with disabilities.

How SCORE helped. 

We would not have succeeded business wise if we did not have the demographic information of SCORE. Also both mentors always made themselves available on a weekly basis and provided countless hours of consulting time! I lost count of the hours I met with them.

What's great about my mentor? 

Both mentors provided valuable insight into the demographics of the area that were key to success of establishing the business.

Yamane’s Mixed Martial Arts Success Story of the Year