Mousel's Self-Defense Academy has been bringing Houston the very best in martial arts instruction since 1990. Although our techniques are based on century old knowledge, it is our application of that knowledge that sets MSDA 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.
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Tim Mousel has been training in the martial arts since 1980. He holds Associate Instructor certification under Bruce Lee protégé Guro Dan Inosanto to teach Filipino Martial Art as well as Jun Fan Gung-Fu which was received in 1990. Tim holds a Level 2 instructorship from the prestigious Minnesota Kali Group (1988), Full Instructorship from the Dubuque Martial Arts Group (1987) and a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do (1986).
He is the owner of Mousel's Self-Defense Academy, Women's Self-Defense, and The Edge Personal Training studio.
In 1990, Tim earned instructor level from Ajarn Surachai Sirisute (see part of the test here) and in the summer of 2006, he was the 10th instructor worldwide to earn the honorable rank of Full Instructor (Kruh) from Ajarn Surachai Sirisute who is President of the Thai Boxing Association of the USA. In July of 2012 Ajarn Surachai Sirisute awarded Tim the highest honor of the rank Ajarn.
Tim also serves as Houston Branch Director for the Thai Boxing Association of the USA and is an Instructor in Jun Fan Gung Fu - Jeet Kune Do Grappling Arts under Sifu Larry Hartsell's Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association (2005). Additionally, he received a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Rickson Gracie (1996).
On September 12th, 2005 he received his purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Leonardo Xavier. He has been honored as having an Associated school with Leonardo Xavier's Academy from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tim has also completed the requirements for Coach Level 2 in Erik Paulson's Combat Submission Wrestling (2003). On March 15th, 2009, Erik awarded Tim with Coach Level 3 making him the highest ranking CSW coach in the Southwestern United States. He is now the Lead Pro Coach in Texas for the CSW organization.
Tim completed the required course of study approved by the Abu Dhabi Combat Club for the Class C Certification and was awarded the Referee Certification. He is listed as Consultant for the book by Kru Tony Moore, "Muay Thai - The Essential Guide to Mastering the Art" (2004).
A Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical education and coaching (K-12), and a Master of Science degree in Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy have given Tim the ability to teach the martial arts in a professional, effective manner.
He spends one weekend per month traveling to different parts of the United States teaching at fitness conferences attended by personal trainers, physical therapists and athletic trainers in need of continuing education credits. The courses cover the latest cutting edge information in the fields of exercise science, biomechanics, and fitness training. In May 2013, he presented "Muay Thai Kickboxing for the Personal Trainer" at Florida Mania, one of the largest fitness education organizations in the country. Most recently he presented (May 17, 2015), "Peak Performance Training: Debunking the Myths" at the Revgear University International Conference.
Tim was also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for two-time world boxing champion Reggie Johnson. He is former chief Physical Training Instructor for the HCC Law Enforcement Academy and teaches Physical Education (Exercise Science, Theory of Exercise, Fitness Testing, Fitness Industry Operations, Advanced Weight Training & Conditioning, Personal Training) at Houston's local college. He's also an instructor for the American Red Cross in First Aid, CPR and AED. Tim is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (N.A.S.M.) and the American Council on Exercise (A.C.E.).
In 1990, Tim opened his Houston gym. It was the FIRST gym in Houston to offer Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Filipino Martial Arts and Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW).
He has trained many of Houston's top martial arts instructors and has students he has trained compete at the highest levels of mixed martial arts competition including the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), King of the Cage, Pride, national kickboxing and thaiboxing championships and professional boxing.