“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
Rudy Vasquez is a former Kickboxing Champion and has been in the martial arts for over 34 years. Mr. Vasquez holds a Black Belt and teaching credentials in seven different martial arts systems. In 1973 Mr. Vasquez began his studies in the Austin area with Japanese Karate and Tae Kwon Do. In 1987 Mr. Rudy Vasquez became a student under the World renowned Dan Inosanto, Bruce Lee’s most famous student. Bruce Lee certified Mr. Inosanto in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do. Mr. Inosanto was one of only three men in history to be a certified Jeet Kune Do Instructor under the legendary Bruce Lee. Mr. Rudy Vasquez was a Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association representative for the Late Great Larry Hartsell, also a student under Bruce Lee. Mr. Rudy Vasquez has worked with other notable Jeet Kune Do practitioners as Richard Bustillo, Paul Vunack, Ted Lucay Lucay, Mr. Rudy Vasquez is a certified Muay Thai trainer under the USA Muay Thai Assoc. under Sirichai Sirisute “Master Chai”. Mr. Rudy Vasquez has also worked extensively in Muay Thai with Jason D. Webster. Mr. Webster attained a Gold Sash, the highest level in the mother art of Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) Krabi Krabong. Mr. Vasquez was also a Renzo Gracie Affiliate.
Mr. Vasquez has been a student of Brazilian Jui-jitsu for over seven years. Mr. Vasquez has 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. Grand Masters Herman Suwanda, Paul DeTuars, Edgar Silute, Leo Gaji just to name a few.In addition to the extensive experience Mr. Vasquez has, he has also trained several high caliber athletes Like Boxing sensation Audrey Vela and XFC, FFC & King of Kombat Champion Nick “The Ghost” Gonzalez. Rudy Vasquez has had 4 Golden Glove Champions, 2 Nation Boxing Champions, and 2 Members on the USA Boxing Team. Mr. Vasquez has had one of his fighters compete in the most prestigious Kickboxing Tournaments 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.