Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn self-defense or a seasoned veteran looking to step into the ring, we have a program that will put you where you want to be.





Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn self-defense or a seasoned veteran looking to step into the ring, we have a program that will put you where you want to be.



Experience professional martial arts instruction in a safe & friendly environment.

Or Call 801-296-0734

Utah Mixed Martial Arts Gym


We provide Salt Lake & Davis County with Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Submission Wrestling, and Thai Boxing instruction.

We are the only school to offer two Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt Instructors, two State Representatives in Erik Paulson’s Combat Submission Wrestling and two Certified Instructors in the Thai Boxing Association of the USA (Muay Thai).

Mushin Self Defense

420 North Redwood Road STE G, North Salt Lake

5.0 73 reviews


Whether it’s teaching the basic stance or a lock flow, we have strived

for over 20 years to provide the absolute best instruction available.


Whether it’s teaching the basic stance or a lock flow, we have strived for over 20 years to provide the absolute best instruction available.


Discipline, Respect, Technical Excellence, Self Confidence and Leadership. These are the aims of or Kid’s Karate program. Martial Arts are one of the absolute most beneficial activities for children of all ages.

Adult Mixed martial arts classes

Interested in learning the Martial Arts from Professionals? Whether you’re interested in Self Defense, Fitness or earning your Black Belt, we have a program for you. Everyone is welcome. Men, women, beginners, everyone is treated with the highest level of respect and professionalism.



Daytime, evening, & weekend classes are available
to work with your schedule.

Great Community

Our gym is like a family.  We respect & support each other, and focus on the safety & well-being of our training partners.


Our instructors constantly go through the class working
with  each student to improve their technique.
Enjoy a safe, friendly,  & professional martial arts experience 

provide the best MARTIAL ARTS environment

Our goal is to provide professional Martial Arts Instruction to anyone interested in learning in a disciplined, respectful, clean and safe environment.

When you come to our gym, you can expect the highest levels of professional instruction from qualified coaches.  We vet each and every one of our students to ensure that when you come to class you are surrounded by friendly, safe and helpful students who are just as excited about helping you reach your goals as they are about achieving their own.

We offer classes for beginners and experienced students, Kids, Adults and everyone in between.


We have been studying the Martial Arts for over 2 decades and have run Mushin Self Defense,
Davis County’s longest running and most successful gym, since 2000. 


Full Instructor under Sensei Erik Paulson
Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under William Bernales
Certified Instructor of Muay Thai under Ajarn Surachai “Chai” Sirisute


Full Instructor under Sensei Erik Paulson
Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under William Bernales
Certified Instructor of Muay Thai under Ajarn Surachai “Chai” Sirisute


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes

BJJ is the art of using leverage, technique, and strategy to effectively defend yourself against bigger, stronger, younger assailants. It is one of the only arts to have multiple documented accounts of actually having lived up to these claims both in Self Defense as well as in the sporting arena.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu has always been a very important and influential part of our Mixed Martial Art and Submission Wrestling Programs.

Now we are excited to offer a class specifically for Gracie Style Jiu-jitsu. This Gi-Based class will cover every aspect of the art from White Belt up through Black.


In addition to our group classes, we also offer private one-on-one lessons at an hourly rate.

If you’re looking to sharpen required techniques before a belt test, preparing for competition, or just want to work on improving specific skills, we’re here to help. 


Muay Thai techniques including elbow strikes, knees, neck clinch, and kicks have proven to be extremely effective in professional kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts events.

Our school is part of the Thai Boxing Association of America with Khru Brian a Certified Instructor of Muay Thai under the association’s founder, Ajarn Surachai “Chai” Sirisute.

At Mushin, you will receive detailed instruction on proper stance, form, and techniques.

We use a method called “timing sparring” that focuses on developing timing, range, and technique in a controlled way.  This method drastically reduces the chance of injury while sparring while still helping students develop speed and power through drills on Thai pads and focus mitts.

Women’s Only Self Defense Classes

Our goal is to provide an environment where women feel safe and confident to learn and express themselves.

To guide them on their journey of mental and physical development, and to help them gain a sense of confidence and self-worth while removing the victim mentality.

Come join us in a safe, judgment free environment where everyone helps each other and shares in the smiles and laughs.

We take our self defense seriously, but we never forget to have our fun the whole time we are learning it.


We believe that everyone deserves to feel empowered, confident, and safe.

Our specialized self-defense workshops for corporations & organizations are designed to do just that, offering your team an engaging and valuable experience that goes beyond the usual team-building activities.

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  • Avatar Brooklynn Tolbert ★★★★★ a month ago
    Did a workshop where they came out to my business and my goodness I cannot say enough good things. The self defense workshop was fairly quick but jam packed with awesome information. They even had us practice some of the moves. FANTASTIC … More EXPERIENCE!!
  • Avatar Krysta Hamilton ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    This is a wonderful program for youth MMA! Sensei Brian is really good with the kids, holding high expectations, yet showing each individual he cares about their success. Our 5-year-old has loved Mushin! The ratio of instructor to student … More was about 1:3 on the average week which allows for much more personalized instruction and extra reps and practice. We're really grateful we found this place!
  • Avatar Veronica Lassig ★★★★★ a year ago
    My son and I each take a class and both love it. He is confident, loves his instructor, and assistants. He is learning more discipline, respect, and is constantly improving his skills.
    In two years we have both come a long way and as a
    … More woman it has helped me to feel like I am gaining skills that will help me if I’m ever in a situation where I may need them. These are useful skills we all need.
    I wanted a place that felt like a family and Mushin is definitely what I was looking for.
  • Avatar Sarah Richins ★★★★★ a year ago
    Three of my children are currently enrolled at Mushin and they love it! They learn more than just martial arts. They learn respect, discipline, and self-control. Brian and his team know how to bring out the best in my kids (two sons and … More a daughter). I can't recommend them enough!
  • Avatar Mc Family ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Our children started classes at Mushin years ago and continue to love it. They challenged me to try the women's self defense class just once, and now I'm going on three years. Wonderful instructors and incredible classmates … More make this a can't-miss gym. Our family now has opted for private lessons during the pandemic to keep up our skills.
    If you're on the fence about martial arts, jump down and get over here!
  • Avatar Angela Seely ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    I have had my boys at 3 different Karate studios, ( including Kona) and this place is by far my favorite. It’s the when my son was in kindergarten he had a rough year and this place was really good for him. Brian knows how to make it … More fun as well as teaching them respect and listening. The older kids that help him are great and I feel like all the kids get equal attention. He is great at talking them through emotions as well. This place is very worth it and it the only studio that my kids enjoyed learning karate. Brian is patient, encouraging and so great with the kids.
  • Avatar Ginny Naylor ★★★★★ a year ago
    I never imagined I would be counting down the hours at work so I could go to a martial arts class. I actually dislike exercise and find it boring and uncomfortable. At Mushin I get in some killer cardio, and my brain is tricked into barely … More noticing. I find that Mushin is one of the only times during the day when I am fully present. I leave all distractions at the door and truly enjoy every class. Brian and Brandon are awesome teachers and make everyone feel welcome. I love the vibe at Mushin. It's been so fun getting to know the other students, they are more than willing to share their knowledge and contribute to my progress.
  • Avatar Brock Gouett ★★★★★ 10 months ago
    I've been here for over a year and I've had a fantastic time. I highly recommend it. The people are great and friendly and the instructors are fantastic. Give it a shot and stick with it and you'll have a great time
  • Avatar Ashley ★★★★★ 10 months ago
    The best instructors who offer a friendly welcoming environment with hands on training to set you up for success! First place I went to for Martial Arts and I highly recommend Mushin because it only took one class with them and I was addicted!! … More
  • Avatar Jordan Muir ★★★★★ a year ago
    Great people with an amazing set of instructors. I love the culture and the education on martial arts, discipline, and respect. I recommend here to everyone, any age or background!
  • Avatar Jason Ferguson ★★★★★ a year ago
    Love this place! The instructors are great on many levels, they promote a safe and clean environment in all aspects and make me feel very comfortable!
  • Avatar Mike Embry ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    All of the staff are Very kind, courteous and polite, very respectful and professional. The dojo is very clean and is sanitized after every lesson. During the covid outbreak they even offered free lessons at home on the web outstanding … More and innovative classes!
  • Avatar Deijon Fiefia ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    If you are looking for a place to learn self-defense, to be fit, and to build confidence, then here it is! I have trained here for years. I am constantly surrounded by such amazing individuals who are humble and willing to help you every … More step of the way!
  • Avatar Byron Major ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Sensei Brian has the perfect mixture of being compassionate and disciplined with his students. The dedication he shows to his students and to martial arts in general is outstanding and you can see that passion every time he teaches. Highly … More recommended!
  • Avatar Amber Lee ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    This program is spectacular! I have a son who struggles with maintaining meaningful relationships and self confidence. The environment at Mushin is structured, clean, friendly, fun, but most of all safe. The teachers here are invested in … More the student as a whole person. They check in with family, friends, and teachers. Brian is easy to work with, responds quickly to concerns, and goes the extra mile to create a family like experience. My son has found his voice, his confidence, and is also learning be accountable for his actions, as well as to value himself and others. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! A+

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Mushin Self Defense
420 North Redwood Road
North Salt Lake, UT 84054


Mushin Self Defense