Brazilian Jiu-jitsu 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.

White Belt

The emphasis for the White Belt curriculum is Self Defense. You will be taught how to defend and survive the most common types of street fighting techniques. You will know how to deal with overhand and haymaker punches. You will learn how not to get hit while on the ground. You will learn how to escape dangerous and common positions such as the Mount, Side Mount, and Side Headlock. If you were a musician, this is where you’d be learning basic notes, scales and chords.

Blue Belt

As you graduate to Blue Belt, you will start to learn how to deal with trained fighters. You will learn how to pass the Guard, and how to escape all the main positions such as Back Mount, North-South, and Kesa Gatame. You will also build upon the foundational escapes you learned form the Mount and Side Mount. By the time you make it through Blue Belt, your opponents will have a hard time keeping you on the bottom. As a musician, this is where you’d be putting songs together and playing whole pieces of music.

Purple Belt

The goal for our Purple Belts is to begin learning concepts. You will learn our “Street Map Theory”, as well as be taught how to deconstruct and reverse engineer submissions to understand them from the viewpoint of what’s happening on your opponent’s end as opposed to focusing on your end, where the focus is on putting your hand here, your arm there etc. Finally, you will learn our “Closed Loop”, “Revolver” series. It is a lock flow designed to keep you one step ahead of your opponent, to keep him/her suppressed under threat of submission, and keep you positionally, and transitionally, in control. Going back to our musician analogy, this is where you should be picking up gigs or at least being able to play covers.

Brown Belt

Once you earn your Brown Belt, things start to get interesting. This is where you will be expected to develop your own game. This process will have started during your Purple Belt Phase, but now we are looking for refinement and polish. And more importantly, we are looking for personal expression. Think Johnny Cash plays NIN (Trent Reznor) “Hurt”. The words and music are Mr. Reznor’s but it’s a completely different song with new and unique meaning when Johnny Cash plays it. He owns his own personal expression of that song. But he also has his very own style and genera of music. This is what we are looking for when you are ready for your Black Belt.

Our System

The system of Jiu-jitsu that you will learn at our school comes directly from the Gracie Jiu-jitsu line. The techniques and philosophies were handed from Master Helio to his son Rickson, from Master Rickson to Professor Pedro Sauer, from Professor to his first generation of Black Belts which included our instructor Professor William Valdez Bernales to us.

You will learn both Gi based techniques and No-Gi adaptations. In addition you will be training at one of the only schools in Utah to have two Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belts at the school. Mushin Self Defense is the oldest MMA school in Davis County and is the only school to offer access to not only to BJJ, but also to Erik Paulson’s Combat Submission Wrestling as well as Catch As Catch Can or Catch Wrestling.

Finally, when you enroll at our academy, you will not only learn the physical and technical aspect of Jiu-jitsu, you will learn the philosophical. This is the real beauty of BJJ. It is an art that is founded on principle and philosophy. This philosophy not only guides the technique but extends beyond the mat and into daily life. The same strategies that keep you safe in a Self Defense situation will make you more successful in your relationships, in your business and professional endeavors. It is perhaps our favorite part of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and we call it the Jiu-jitsu of life.

We have several class times available throughout the week. Mondays we have Submission Wrestling from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, followed by Beginner Jiu-jitsu from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Tuesday there is another class for Beginners from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. We also have a Submission Wrestling class from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Tuesday evening. Wednesday we have a Submission Wrestling class from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm followed by a Intermediate Brazilian Jiu-jitsu class from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Our student body and staff are welcoming and friendly. What you will find when you come to Mushin Self Defense are men, women and children of all ages, shapes and sizes. You will find professional and highly trained instructors who will help you reach your goals. What you won’t find is meatheads, tough guys, and wannabe UFC super stars. Our programs are safe, clean, friendly and accessible to everyone.

We have group and private lessons available. Be sure to come visit us at our location just off Redwood Road in North Salt Lake or give us a call at 801-296-0734 if you have any questions or concerns.

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