“Always assume that your opponent is going to be bigger, stronger, and faster than you; so that you learn to rely on technique, timing, and leverage rather than brute strength.” – Helio Gracie
Master and Professor
Professor Rudy Vasquez is a former Kick-boxing Champion and has been in the martial arts for over 34 years. Professor Vasquez holds a Black Belt and teaching credentials in seven different martial arts systems. In 1973 Rudy Vasquez began his studies in the Austin area with Japanese Karate and Tae Kwon Do. In 1987 Rudy Vasquez became a student under the World renowned Dan Inosanto, Bruce Lee’s most famous student. Bruce Lee certified Dan Inosanto in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do. Dan Inosanto was one of only three men in history to become a certified Jeet Kune Do Instructor, under the legendary Bruce Lee. Rudy Vasquez was a Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association representative for the late great Larry Hartsell, also a student under Bruce Lee. Professor Vasquez has worked with other notable Jeet Kune Do practitioners, such as Richard Bustillo, Paul Vunack, and Ted Lucaylucay. Professor Vasquez is a certified Muay Thai trainer under the USA Muay Thai Assoc. via Sirichai Sirisute “Master Chai”. Professor Vasquez has also worked extensively in Muay Thai with Jason D. Webster, who has attained a Gold Sash, the highest level in the mother art of Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) Krabi Krabong. Professor Vasquez was also a Renzo Gracie Affiliate.
Professor Vasquez has been a student of Brazilian Jui-jitsu for over eight years, having had the opportunity to work with and under such greats as Royler Gracie, Rolls Gracie; Igor Gracie, Carlos Machado, John Machado, Rigan Machado, Pedro Sauer, UFC veterans Oleg Taktarov, Guy Mezger, Tra Tellingman, as well as Grand Masters Herman Suwanda, Paul DeTuars, Edgar Silute, Leo Gaji just to name a few. In addition to extensive experience in Jiu-Jitsu and various other martial arts, Professor Vasquez has has also presonaly trained several high caliber athletes, such as boxing sensation Audrey Vela, as well as XFC, FFC & King of Kombat Champion Nick “The Ghost” Gonzalez. Professor Vasquez has trained four Golden Glove Champions, two Nation Boxing Champions, and two members of the USA Boxing Team. Professor Vasquez has also trained fighters to compete in the most prestigious Kickboxing Tournament in the world, the K-1 in Japan. The newest of titles to come from the Vasquez tutelage, are titles in the mixed martial arts (MMA) arena. There is no one in the Austin area that has produced top level fighters in three different sports (Boxing, Kickboxing & MMA) like Rudy Vasquez and the Vasquez Academy.