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Mushin Self Defense

420 North Redwood Road STE G, North Salt Lake

5.0 73 reviews

“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. “

Lara Hues


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

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 covers every aspect of the art from White Belt up through Black.

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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 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & 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.

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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 from 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.



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

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

Joining a BJJ school 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: Jiu-Jitsu 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.

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 Daniel Turner ★★★★★ 4 years 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 Spencer Larkin ★★★★★ 10 years ago
    Mushin Self Defense is a place of learning for people of any age and any level of physical ability or experience in the fighting arts. It has an inviting non-intimidating atmosphere that provides a family and learning environment. Brandon … More Kiser and Brian Yamasaki have spent countless years and thousands of hours training and learning with the best instructors in the world to share it at Mushin. They excel in Combat Submission Wrestling, Muay Thai, Jiu-jitsu, Catch Wrestling to name a few. Not only will you get an outstanding work out you will be taught the intricacies of each technique. Mushin is a Japanese word meaning "no mind" and this is a very fitting name for the gym. When I train and learn here I am able to live in the moment and I am not often able to do this when I have nothing else occupying my thoughts. In western terms it is like being in "the zone" and completely focused. This has a great balancing affect upon me grounding me and making me a better person. I have developed many skills like discipline, creativity, confidence, teamwork, and strength from my association with Mushin. This is a wonderful place for children to have fun while learning many lessons in life like performing under pressure and learning to fail when it does not matter so that they can be their best when it does matter. Mushin is home to many seasoned professional fighters to the average Joe and all benefit together. I would highly recommend anybody to come and see for yourself the benefits that come to you by being at Mushin. Don't wait come in today.Spencer Larkin
  • Avatar Wendy Bringhurst ★★★★★ 9 years ago
    My husband Jason and I have a combined 15+ years with Brandon Kiser and Brian Yamasaki. Their level of education and respect for MMA will make anyone feel comfortable training. Mushin MMA and everyone who trains there has become a part … More of our family. The support and respect, the fantastic energy as well as the education you get when you train at Mushin is all thanks to the wonderful teachers and the efforts they put into giving you a great experience no matter your level of education.
  • Avatar Peter J. Esquibel ★★★★★ 9 years ago
    I'm 46 years old and I've been at Mushin MMA for about 5 years now. I come from a TaeKwonDo back ground of 10+yrs. I've trained at a couple of other MMA and Martial Art schools prior to becoming a member of the Mushin family. … More The coaches, Brian Yamasaki and Brandon Kiser are AWESOME! They have specific knowledge from different back grounds in Martial arts and are able to infuse these into a comprehensive and practical Self Defence and/or competitive form. I needed and have recieved the boxing and MuayThai training that is necessary to complement my TKD. The grappling arts of Jiu Jitsu, Submission Wrestling and Catch Wrestling are fantastic! I can't say enough about my classmates either. It's great here.
  • Avatar Katelyn Kilian ★★★★★ 4 years 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 Barton Burdette ★★★★★ 9 years ago
    Look no further for a combat/fitness gym. Khru Yamasaki and Sensei Kiser not only offer some of the best technical instruction and comprehensive training in the western US but also create an incredibly welcoming and positive environment. … More Mushin offers a wide range of classes, has a very diverse student body, and convenient hours that suit my busy schedule. In addition to the fun and dynamic atmosphere, Mushin is affiliated with some of the best martial art lineages in the country; providing exposure and access to living legends in Muay Thai, Catch Wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, Combat Submission Wrestling, and others.

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420 North Redwood Road
North Salt Lake, UT 84054


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