Mousel's Mixed Martial Arts Academy has been bringing Houston the very best in martial arts instruction since 1990. Our instructors are personally selected for not only their skill and achievements in martial arts but also their ability to effectively relate that knowledge and understanding to students of all age levels and backgrounds. Therefore our instructors continually undergo advanced training in all self defense skills, and each and everyone keeps abreast of the latest teaching methods and human development.

With you in mind...

At Mousel's Mixed Martial Arts Academy we are not only interested in fighting skills but in the development of each person as a whole. As a famous teacher once said "these are the tools of everyday life, what you learn in here, you can apply elsewhere..." Nowhere is this more important than in our children's classes where we realize that we must embody the very same principles that you as parents are trying to instill in your children.

A modern approach to self defense...

Although our techniques are based on century old knowledge, it is our application of that knowledge that sets Mousel's Mixed Martial Arts Academy apart. We realize that each of you possess different natural abilities; size and strength will vary from person to person, etc. That is why once that you have acquired a strong foundation and ability in the basics, our program is individualized to match you physical capabilities in order to maximize your self defense skills. Should the need ever arise you will possess a firm understanding of exactly what it takes to do both mentally and physically defend yourself or your loved ones.

Thaiboxing (Muay Thai)

Thaiboxing is a brutally effective art from Thailand. Emphasis is on leg kicking, punching, elbow and knee strikes, and "Thai-pad" training. The training drills of Thaiboxing serve as an excellent method of physical fitness and conditioning. The cardiovascular, anaerobic, and muscular systems are all trained in this class. Traditionally, Thaiboxing is a brutal art. Our unique training methods allow anyone a safe, injury free training environment.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

MMA, also referred to Mixed Martial Arts has been made popular by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The UFC is a competition in which two combatants face off with very limited rules. Punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, chokes, armbars, leglocks and other submissions are all allowed. This class provides the training for NHB competition or for those who want a realistic training environment.

Not every member of Mousel’s Mixed Martial Arts Academy will become a fighter.  There are training options for those that wish to compete in the Octagon cage or ring and there are also options for those that enjoy the training for reasons of self-defense, fitness, fun, hobby and social reasons.
The training intensity is up to the individual to decide.  For those that wish to become fighters the training will be high intensity and rigorous in order to prepare for the challenge when stepping inside the cage.  Others that don’t fight will often train at a lower intensity.  Safety is a key issue.  If our members get injured, they can’t train.  We take every possible precaution to minimize injuries.  There’s no use in practicing martial arts if you’re always too injured to actually participate!

Women's Self-Defense

We conduct courses designed for the special needs of women. These courses teach how to maximize natural "tools" against your attackers vital points. Unlike most self-defense courses, all areas are covered: standing and on the ground. You can get additional details on our Women's Self-Defense website.

Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW or Groundfighting)

The Grappling class is an excellent addition to any martial art. An art in itself, grappling is a necessary component in self-defense situations once the encounter goes to the ground. The focus of this class is the development of skills necessary to survive once on the ground. A wide variety of different grappling arts are combined to develop an effective grappling method. Erik Paulson is the founder of Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW).


The first half of this class is devoted to drill and technique practice to improve footwork, offense and defense. The second half gives the student the opportunity to spar with professional boxer Pat Swan. The student is guided through the sparring session which allows fast progression.

All experience levels are welcome to attend this class taught by professional boxer, Pat Swan.

Email Pat Swan or call/text 281-389-3508 for more information about the boxing class. Boxing private lessons taught by Pat Swan are $75/hour for individuals or small groups.

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Jeet Kune Do Concepts

JKD is an art for all ages and all people because the student is urged to adopt the training methods that will help them improve. You will be given experiences in many arts. Since everyone is different, it is important to "adapt what is useful and reject what is useless." Whether your interest lies in street-defense, physical conditioning, or as a hobby, Bruce Lee's art of JKD will lead you to self-improvement. This is a no-nonsense, effective approach to martial arts. Training is conducted at all ranges of combat: Weapon, Kicking, Punching, Trapping, and Grappling. If you're looking for a well rounded class which offers a "taste of everything", this class is the one you've been looking for.

Filipino Martial Arts/Kali

Kali is a complete martial art from the Philippines. Training consists of kicking, punching, trapping, and grappling, and weaponry (stick and dagger). This class focuses on the stick and dagger training.

Private Lessons/Personal Training

Private Lessons/Personal Training are designed for students seeking more personalized, accelerated training. It has been shown that private lesson students progress three times faster then students who rely on group lessons alone.

Private lessons with Tim Mousel are thirty to sixty minutes and are flexibly scheduled. Private lessons range from $50.00 (30 minutes) to $99.00 (60 minute) per session. Private group rates are also available.

Personal Fitness Training details are on The Edge Personal Training website.

Contact Tim Mousel at for additional information or to schedule a session.

Sharing knowledge and helping others reach their full potential is what we do best.

The martial arts were originally aimed towards life preservation and self defense, but today people come to us from all walks of life, each with their own set of reasons for wanting to train at Mousel's Mixed Martial Arts Academy. Some want to learn self defense, others want to fight in tournaments, some seek to become physically fit and others just want to have fun. Whatever the reason you chose, you will find others just like yourself studying at Mousel's Mixed Martial Arts Academy.

This is why Mousel's Mixed Martial Arts Academy has developed proven teaching methods that will not only help you learn the art of self defense quickly and easily but also provide a wide range of benefits for students of all ages.

  • Improved reflexes and coordination
  • Improved self-image and self-esteem
  • Increased energy level
  • Increased self-confidence and positive attitude
  • Improved appearance and muscle tone
  • Greater self-discipline and a "can do" attitude
  • Increased strength and stamina
  • Improved concentration, work and study habits
  • Better balance and body awareness
  • Stress reduction and increased levels of relaxation
  • Improved flexibility
  • The knowledge that you are able to protect yourself and your loved ones should a life threatening situation arise.
  • Weight loss and control
  • Better health and longevity

How long will it take me to become reasonably proficient and how long will it take to attain the level of a black belt?

The time it takes to become proficient depends on your level of commitment and physical and mental. You should feel that you could defend yourself fairly well after six months. To reach black belt level, the same variables are in play, but somewhere between three and five years is about right.

How many classes per week should I attend?

Short answer:  The more, the better.  The more time you have to train, the better you will become.  That applies not only to MMA, but to anything.  Make the decision about the number of days based on your interest level and time availability.

Will there be other beginners in my class?

Yes.  You will have the opportunity to train with a variety of different skill levels. The more advanced members are good to work with, because they can assist you with your technique.

Is sparring necessary to learn martial arts?

Some martial arts do not require sparring. Most other martial arts do. Since martial arts involves dealing with an opponent, it is necessary to practice in conditions similar to an actual confrontation. In this way you learn about reactions, timing and speed. There are different intensities of sparring and you can choose to what level you wish to take it. Some involved for fitness, health or fun will often spar with light contact while the professional fighters will spar with hard contact.

What are the chances of getting injured?

There is a chance of getting in any sport, activity and in everyday life.  The training is designed with safety in mind. Our philosophy is that if you are injured you can not train and that defeats the whole purpose.  By following a proper progression, the chance of injury is minimized.

Should I take group or private lessons?

Private lessons will increase your progression two to three times faster than by taking group lessons alone. The personalized attention and energy of an instructor is a tremendous advantage. Group lessons are good because it allows you to see how different people react to situations and techniques. You also get to meet new people and friends. The best of both worlds is a program that lets you have both group and private lessons.

Dress Code

Wrestling shoes, bare feet or socks are allowed on the wrestling mats.

Missed Classes

Because of scheduling and time limitations months cannot be extended to your account for repeatedly missed classes, nor can missed classes be deducted from your monthly rate.

So whatever your reasons, whatever your goals, we can help. For a new you, sign up today!
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