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


self defense jiu jitsu in Austin


The Revenge of the Nerds technique

Just like the Nerds in Revenge of the Nerds we will use our opponent’s strength against us as we let him pull his arm into being trapped. This makes it much easier to secure the rear naked choke as we now have two arms to fight his one.

And for you unfortunate souls who have not seen Revenge of the Nerds here is the scene I’m talking about.

Don’t Believe Everything You Think – JJOL Podcast #23

In this episode Carter and Mo discuss critical thinking. Influenced by the book Don’t Believe Everything You Think by Thomas Kida, they talk about the things that hinder critical thinking and relate this to jiu-jitsu and life. They discuss how we prefer stories over statistics, the trap of confirmation bias and how experts can be wrong.


  • How people sometimes make big jumps in training (01:02)
  • How Carter finds it satisfying to watch his older students gain confidence in their skills and ability (02:46)
  • Carter’s current structure for training (05:09)
  • How it’s important to be a critical thinker (08:27)
  • The 6 main problems which hinder critical thinking (09:50)
  • How we prefer stories over statistics and how this impacts selling and marketing (10:19)
  • How buying is an emotional decision (12:58)
  • How media influences our view of crime and safety (14:22)
  • The importance of watching what the best people in jiu-jitsu actually do in training and competition and not just getting information from their instructional videos (16:18)
  • The trap of confirmation bias (18:47)
  • Examples of confirmation bias in jiu-jitsu (19:58)
  • A checklist for questioning your beliefs (22:54)
  • Giving credence to the impact of chance and coincidence in our lives (24:19)
  • How the development of jiu-jitsu is similar to the evolution of skateboarding (27:09)
  • The story of how chance and coincidence played a part in Carter training at the Rickson Gracie school (28:31)
  • The problem with misperceiving the world and how experts can be wrong (31:06)
  • How we tend to be swayed by the stories of success instead of analysing statistics (32:14)
  • The importance of not getting caught up in moments of success (34:51)
  • The problem of looking for patterns where there aren’t any (36:53)
  • The advantages of building up a hardiness and resilience to unexpected hardships (37:54)
  • How in jiu-jitsu you have to figure out your moves in the moment and can’t rely on past methods (38:48)
  • The problem of faulty memories (41:00)
  • How memories are not set in stone and can change over time (42:36)
  • The importance of being detached and analytical about your training (44:52)
  • How filming can give you a more accurate perspective on your performance (46:31)
  • How detaching yourself from destructive emotional things can make you happier (48:23)
  • The jiu-jitsu of life youtube channel (49:47)




Don’t Believe Everything You Think: The 6 Basic Mistakes We Make in Thinking by Thomas E. Kida

The Jiu Jitsu of Life Episode 21

Here is episode 21!


Inspired by an article published on the RollBliss Gi site, Mo and Carter discuss the role belts play in jiu-jitsu. They discuss the motivation that belts can provide to students and also talk about the criticisms some people have about belts.



  • The topic for this episode (00:58)
  • Mo’s opinion on how belts in jiu-jitsu are important for some people (01:55)
  • How belts are just a reflection of your own progress (05:02)
  • Does the disappointment of not getting the next belt cause some people to quit? (09:12)
  • The problem with defining belt levels in jiu-jitsu (10:00)
  • How lack of communication from an instructor to a student about what they need to improve on can lead to hurt feelings (10:47)
  • The problem with comparing yourself to other people (11:22)
  • Are belts watered down these days? (15:10)
  • If you stick around long enough you will get a black belt and then it doesn’t really matter any more (16:39)
  • How you need to continue to focus on getting better even after you get a black belt (17:36)
  • If you are not getting promoted talk to your instructor to find out what is holding you back (18:40)


My Paul Michael Johnson obituary and tribute

Paul Michael Johnson

10/7/1976 – 3/19/2017

Paul Michael Johnson Obituary

Paul was one of the funniest, kindest, and most frustrating people I’ve ever met. He had this disarming quality about him that put you at ease right away, and he had the best laugh you’d ever hear.


We met in 1996 at the UCLA Extension Audio Visual Department, where we worked setting up audiovisual equipment around campus. It was a bizarre, overpaid, crap job that we both got while still in college at UCLA. He was 19. I was 21.


We were roommates twice. Once for a summer when I turned 23 and again when I was 27, this time for three years.


Paul was from Los Angeles, and I was not. Whenever I’d be driving and get lost, which happened a lot, he’d just shake his head and say, “How your people ever found the New World is beyond me.”


I remember the first time I heard that laugh. We were talking about jogging with some of our coworkers. One of them ashed out a cigarette and declared, “Jogging’s not healthy, man. It jiggles your internal organs.” He was dead serious. Paul burst out laughing.


Forever more, when he laughed, I laughed.


He was an easy guy to like. I think anyone who ever met him would agree. He just seemed so comfortable around everyone.


I met his whole family one Thanksgiving. We went out to his parents’ house in Moreno Valley. I remember him saying, “I’m not sure how to introduce you. I’m going to say you’re my roommate, but they’re going to think we’re gay lovers.”


He had theories on a lot of things. My favorite was his take on bagels – “They’re dry, stale, tasteless donuts!” – though his opinion on tea was a close second. “It’s hot water poured over grass clippings. You put milk in it and sugar, and guess what? It still sucks!”


I can still hear him say that. It still makes me smile.


I’d like to see him one more time and see him smile as he said “Fisk,” and I replied with “Johnson.” I’d like one more night at Canter’s deli eating the awful food, drinking the crap coffee, and talking about life.


To quote someone much smarter than me: “The place you live in is that much more drab and empty now that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.”


Rest in peace, my brother.