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Mushin Self Defense

420 North Redwood Road STE G, North Salt Lake

5.0 73 reviews

My 5-year-old son started taking Karate at Mushin over 2 years ago with Brian and has loved it ever since his first class. His confidence has grown leaps and bounds under Brian’s firm but encouraging guidance.

He was extremely hesitant and shy at first but now karate is one of the highlights of his week and he just earned his orange belt.

Lisa Serio

Martial Arts Benefit Children Of All Ages

  • Self Confidence
  • Goal Setting
  • Leadership
  • Improve Grades
  • Physical Fitness
  • Self Defense

Our Kids Karate Lessons are a structured and safe approach to teaching MMA for kids.

Kids BJJ + Thai Boxing for kids with Life lessons and philosophy that will build character and develop successful habits.

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Kids (Ages 5 to 8) Mon – Thu
4:15 pm to 4:45 pm
Youth (Ages 9 to 15) Mon – Thu
5:00 pm to 5:50 pm.

Family Friendly Martial Arts School

Mushin Self Defense is one of Utah’s first and finest schools for learning Mixed Martial Arts.

Conveniently located just minutes away from downtown Salt Lake City and Davis County, we have served the area for over 17 years.

We are a Family Friendly School.

Mothers and Fathers, Husbands and Wives, Kids and Parents all train here at Mushin.

Our mission is simple, to teach Life Skills, Integrity, Discipline, Respect, Toughness and Courage both on and off the mat.

Mushin Self Defense is proudly partnered with Dream Catchers Academy for their afterschool programs.

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Empowering Kids Through Martial Arts

We focus on helping children develop life skills that empower them with the tools and confidence to achieve whatever they want in life.

We do this by keeping kids interested with techniques including:

  • BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu)
  • Muay Thai
  • Wrestling
  • Judo
  • Boxing
  • Karate
  • Tae Kwon Do

Through this training, your child will learn effective self-defense skills and methods for dealing with bullies by de-escalating hostile situations.


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  • 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 Coni Cutler ★★★★★ 8 years ago
    Brian’s mentoring techniques are impressive and I must say I have learned a lot about how to foster respect and discipline in the children I mentor just by watching him. He’s awesome!
  • Avatar Rich Lucy ★★★★★ 5 years 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 Ryan Farrell ★★★★★ 5 years 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 Hillary Mcchesney ★★★★★ 6 years ago
    We have three children enrolled at Mushin studios. Almost a year ago, we decided to give the dojo a try and instantly decided it was a great fit for us. My husband has always enjoyed martial arts and wanted our children to be involved … More as well. I was more hesitant about the idea and attended several trial classes at studios around the valley. From the moment we entered Mushin studios, I was impressed with how organized and friendly the environment is. Sensei Yamasaki was extremely welcoming and helped my children feel a part of the training group immediately. I have seen this over and over as we welcome new students into our class. The winning factor for our family, however, has been the life lessons learned over this past year. Sensei has a way with his students that at once garners respect, presents expectation and shows genuine friendship. One of our daughters has turned over a very heavy leaf since joining Mushin; she is much more willing to ask for help, explain what bothers her and even train with her brother (a huge triumph). They may be earning belts as they work hard to reach their goals, but they're also coming away with valuable character lessons and solid friendships.
  • Avatar Rachel Connett ★★★★★ 10 years ago
    Mushin is awesome! My son is starting his 3rd year at Mushin and started when he was 4. Sensei Yamasaki is great with the kids and, in addition to karate instruction, he is instilling positive life values in the kids. He teaches them … More respect for themselves and for others, and also how to handle situations they may find themselves in (bullying, fighting, stranger danger). Even though they may have the skills to break a board with their foot or hand, they know not to use their skills to purposely harm others, but rather to prevent harm.
  • Avatar Adam Scherzinger ★★★★★ 9 years ago
    My son started with a Kenpo school in West Jordan when he was five. We moved to Davis County and spent a year trying different schools, both well know and not so well know, we met with Brian Yamasaki. I immediately paid for one year of … More instruction because I knew Brian was a different kind of instructor than what we had seen in our search for the right school. I believe my son is a better student, friend, and citizen in part from the lessons learned on the mat and the example of Brian Yamasaki. My son is now 15 and nearing his time to earn his black belt. I think next to my sons Mother and I, Brian is his biggest supporter in all the positive things he does.If your goal is self defense or competition, there is no better school or instructors available in Davis County than those available at Mushin Self Defense.

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


Mushin Self Defense