Self Defense Jiu Jitsu in Austin

Self Defense Jiu Jitsu in Austin

So a lot of people are looking for self defense jiu jitsu in Austin. What they normally find is either “sport” jiu jitsu (in a gi, doing IBJJF type of training) or no gi sub only EBI type of jiu jitsu. Both of these types of training are great. I have done both quite a bit and if that’s what you want to do, by all means keep on keeping on.

However, if you are looking to do something different, then please keep reading. The first thing that got me into jiu jitsu was seeing Royce Gracie fight in the UFC. I decided to myself that I too needed to “learn how to fight”.

But I didn’t learn self defense jiu jitsu in Austin

But the irony is after doing jiu jitsu for about 18 years I still didn’t really know how to fight. Yes I had a black belt around my waist and I was somewhat decent at tapping people out. But the idea of someone punching me made me cringe.

About five years I decided to change my whole approach to jiu jitsu. I wanted to learn real self defense jiu jitsu in Austin. Luckily for me, I have good friends who know a lot about fighting. So we started working on learning how to use our jiu jitsu in a fight.

Over time this went from something that really made me uncomfortable to my favorite type of training. I’ve found that incorporating striking and jiu jitsu together make for a very efficient combination that if done correctly, is actually much easier on the body. It’s also a lot of fun!

What frustrates me is that it’s not often taught, and when self defense jiu jitsu in Austin is taught, it’s usually done in a very stagnant way. It’s as if the beautiful art of jiu jitsu is suddenly relegated to traditional martial arts katas where the attacks are very sterile and unrealistic.

On the other hand, when mma practitioners do this training, it is almost always done (in my opinion) too hard. With high intensity and the fear of getting hit, there isn’t much room for play and experimentation. Without this, you will get tougher but you won’t get much better.

Because of this, I’ve decided to start teaching this type of self defense jiu jitsu in Austin. My info can be found here but I have to warn you that I’m definitely not the toughest, most accomplished, or best looking jiu jitsu instructor out there.

However if you want to become comfortable and confident in applying the jiu jitsu you already know to a strike based situation, I feel I have some interesting and unique info that may help you.

Currently I’m teaching Monday and Tuesdays at noon and Saturday at 10:00 at the UMAEA. You can also Email Me


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