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.



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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 57 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.

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  • Avatar Michelle Pemberton ★★★★★ a week ago
    Excellent teachers, a friendly and supportive environment. Always plenty of coaches in each class to cater for all levels of ability. I can’t speak highly enough of this dojo. My son has loved his time as Mushin, and has learnt and developed … More some great life skills. We’re just sorry we’ve only been here a year, I hope I can find another dojo as awesome as this one when we return to New Zealand!
  • Avatar Kyron Yang ★★★★★ a month ago
    Best MMA gym.
  • Avatar Amber Franke ★★★★★ 3 months 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+
  • Avatar Angela Seely ★★★★★ a year 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 Angie Sterner ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Absolutely 5 stars. I felt too old and slow and clumsy, but now I feel confident and then some stress as I learn, but just enough to push and motivate, not ever overwhelm. The coaches and Sensei Yamasaki are really amazing. I’ve learned … More so much and it really feels great. Love the other great women in the self defense class.
  • Avatar Andrew Aboussleman ★★★★★ a year ago
    Life-long story short: I have lived and trained around the world, in traditional and modern martial arts, with countless instructors and schools… Like many great coaches, Brandon and Brian share a wealth of technical knowledge and experience … More between them. What sets Mushin apart from many gyms is the welcoming and peaceful environment they have built, so students can focus on learning. After relocating to Salt Lake City, it didn’t take long to see that Mushin is a great place with a great culture around it. I hope to stick around for a long while and see you on the mats!
  • Avatar Daniel Turner ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    Brandon Kaiser and Brian Yamasaki are my coaches At Mushin. They are both amazing they take time to teach you the techniques! This is great because it also prevents injuries. And they encourage you to train light so you can avoid injuries … More and train longer. I’ve had a good experience at Mushin and will continue to attend as often as possible. Both Kaiser and Yamasaki are very talented coaches and well rounded, they train Tye kickboxing and jujitsu most Week days. Every Friday we put the two together which is MMA. It’s a lot of fun!
  • Avatar Katelyn Kilian ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    Love going here! Been going for almost 2 months, and I have learned a lot. Yamasaki, and Kiser are both great at teaching. It’s a very professional setting, but we still have loads of fun and a great time. I would definitely suggest coming … More in and just trying a class out!
  • Avatar Hannah Vogel ★★★★★ a year ago
    Love love LOVE this gym! I started taking the women's self defense class and it has been amazing! Dane the instructor is so great at making everything clear and he takes the time to make sure you understand. Love this gym and I will … More defiantly keep coming back!
  • Avatar Ryan Farrell ★★★★★ a year ago
    I've been so impressed with my son's change in mental attitude, discipline and confidence! Brian is a great teacher and coach. The Mushin team really engage with your kids. The teach them martial arts, but they also challenge … More and reinforce educational success . It is such a great experience for the whole family.
  • Avatar Michael Ipson ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I've been training at Mushin for 8 months and love spending time there. The instructors are very good at communicating the material and bring a great energy to class. First time I've ever trained in any martial art and I feel … More like a hit the jackpot that I found such a great place. Now my 5 year old is taking classes and I'm worried if he sticks with it he's going to be able to take his old man before long. Thanks for everything Mushin!
  • Avatar Ben Wood ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    The instructors are great and this is a wonderful place to learn martial arts
  • Avatar Rich Lucy ★★★★★ a year ago
    My 6 year-old (now 7) wanted to learn Karate (to become a spy haha). After some research, I decided to bring him to Mushin. I'm amazed at how much they learn in these lessons. He is learning many forms of self-defense including … More striking and grappling, but more than that he is also learning to quiet his mind and show discipline and respect. Youth classes are streamed to parents so that what is taught can be reinforced in the home. I couldn't be more pleased with Mr. Yamasaki and his team of instructors and highly recommend Mushin Self Defense.
  • Avatar Konrad Jones ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    I trained at Mushin from spring of 2008 until December of 2013. In that time and since my move out of state, I have had the opportunity to train with others around the world and nowhere else has even approached the atmosphere of professionalism, … More knowledge and family that I found inside those walls. More than just a place to learn to punch, kick, throw and submit, Mushin instills a sense of history, purpose and camaraderie that few other gyms could ever hope to achieve.
  • Avatar A. Walter Johnson ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    I have now been in martial arts for 30 years. Though I'm still of beginner's mind, I've had the good fortune to train under some of the greatest masters in the world, lineage holders in centuries-old lines whom I sought out … More and travelled out of state to train with for most of my martial arts career. This is not to my own personal credit at all, for I am still a learner. Nevertheless, I know very clearly what good martial art is - and - what it is not. Brian Yamasaki is not only one of the best teachers of MMA in the state, he is one of the most gifted martial artists I have trained with, which is saying a lot. Anyone who is able to work with him is very fortunate.

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420 North Redwood Road
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