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Mushin Self Defense

420 North Redwood Road STE G, North Salt Lake

5.0 73 reviews

“I have trained at gyms all over Salt Lake and the instruction at Mushin is the best in my opinion.

They really understand the fight game on all the different levels and are able to break it down through explanation and then enforce the principles with appropriate drills.”

Gavin Massey


Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn self-defense or an experienced Mixed Martial Artist, we have a program for you.

We offer a family friendly environment and focus on helping students to set goals and achieve them. Whether that is a Black Belt, weight loss, self defense, self confidence, or all of the above, we have the answer for you.

Our structured approach to MMA training is based on years of experience & focuses on providing the best possible technical MMA training in a safe, friendly atmosphere.


MMA striking techniques
Muay Thai
combat submission wrestling
catch wrestling


Safe & Friendly Mixed Martial Arts School

When you come to Mushin Self Defense, you will be welcomed by our staff, instructors and student body. 

Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced veteran, you will be treated with respect and given our highest level of service.

We are 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.

BJJ black belts


Q: What level of experience do I need to start training MMA?

A: You don’t need any background or experience at all.

Joining an MMA gym may seem intimidating, but from your first class you will realize how friendly, patient, & helpful the teachers and your fellow students are.

Q: Do I need to improve my physical fitness before joining?

A: Mixed Martial Arts training is one of the most fun ways to develop fitness.

Start now and in a few months, you will notice an improvement in your physical fitness just like many of our students have experienced.

Q: What gear do I need to start training?

A: For your first lesson, just show up with comfortable athletic clothing.  Men are encouraged to wear a protective cup.

If you are planning on staying for more than one class please bring a change of clothes so you can start out fresh for the next class.

If you have a mouthpiece, boxing gloves or shin pads, bring those too.  But don’t worry if you don’t have them.

We will go over any questions you have when we schedule your free intro lesson.

Q: What qualifications do the instructors have?

A: Both coaches Brian & Brandon have many years of experience coaching, cornering, & competing in MMA.

We are the only school in the area 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).

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  • Avatar Lara Hues ★★★★★ 7 years ago
    Training at Mushin is an absolutely incredible experience. It has taught me, not only techniques and self-defense, but it has emboldened me in other aspects of my life. It's helped me to temper my aggression, and think through stressful … More situations that have really translated across the board in my life. Yamasaki and Kaiser are not only qualified and knowledgeable, but they have a gift of teaching. Not only that, but they take care to provide an atmosphere that is fun, instructive, and inclusive. Basically, the guys (and girls) that train there are just cool people. I went in as an absolute novice and had no issues. At the same time, blue belts and higher come in and learn new things. They really cater to your skill level. Definitely recommend this place and these trainers to anyone interested in MMA, self-defense, grappling, CSW, etc.
  • Avatar A. Walter Johnson ★★★★★ 4 years 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.
  • Avatar Angie Sterner ★★★★★ 4 years 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 dave seljestad ★★★★★ 6 years ago
    Oh man there is some Magic happening here!
    A few days ago I woke up a pissed off teenager and dug him into the gym. We stayed there and trained "together" for two hours. Slowly but surely he started to loosen up, become more social
    … More and even smile. After we got home he was singing in the shower and even being nice to his sister! What a great way to get him off his cell phone and spend time with me.This is not an ordinary martial arts school. This is a family...
  • Avatar Morgan McKell ★★★★★ 9 years ago
    I have been at a lot of other MMA gyms in Utah, But Mushin exceeds them all. Both the instructors are so knowledgeable and explain everything in such great detail. Also, they are the most kind and caring coaches that I have ever had. In … More a lot of ways, not only do Brian and Brandon teach MMA skills, They teach life skills. Love it here. Best. Gym. Ever.
  • Avatar ‘Enelē Ma’afu Tauteoli ★★★★★ 7 years ago
    Bryan and Brandon are amazing teachers! Quality teaching and training! Both awesome individuals! Ive known them for many years now and I learn something new each time I get an opportunity to pick their mind on various subjects on the … More arts. I highly recommend these guys! Go train with them!
  • Avatar Trevor Osborn ★★★★★ 7 years ago
    I initially started training at Mushin MMA about 15 years ago as a teenager. The mentoring, discipline, life skills, and invaluable lessons I learned there have stuck with me ever since. I put Brian's and Brandon's fighting … More methods to the test multiple times in full-contact MMA matches and can attest without hesitation that what they teach works and has practical application in the real world.
  • Avatar Andrew Aboussleman ★★★★★ 5 years 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 Michael Ipson ★★★★★ 6 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 Gavin Massey ★★★★★ 6 years ago
    I have trained at gyms all over Salt Lake and the instruction at Mushin is the best in my opinion. They really understand the fight game on all the different levels and are able to break it down through explanation and then enforce the … More principles with appropriate drills. Each lesson builds on a curriculum which is well though out and aims to build the skills to be a complete fighter. The gym is clean and well run. I recommend Mushin MMA.

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


Mushin Self Defense