We practice in an environment of respect, commitment and honor.


Yama-Kan Will Continue On

It is with great sadness, that the founder of Yama-Kan and my longtime friend, Tony Morel, passed away last month. As a school, we’ve decided that we’re going to keep his legacy alive by keeping the school going and growing. 

I’m offering 50% off tuition through the end of 2019 to honor Tony’s memory and so new students can experience the atmosphere Tony built at Yama-Kan. Check out our classes to see which martial arts program is right for you or your children. 

– Instructor Kyle Cowand

Longtime Friends Tony and Kyle

Mixed Martial Arts Gym for Adults and Kids

Yama-Kan is a mixed martial arts gym offering classes for both kids and adults. Our speciality is teaching the self defense martial art, Kajukenbo. Kajukenbo is America’s first mixed martial art which was developed in Hawaii after WW2 as a real world self defense system. Kajukenbo combines elements of several martial arts: Karate (‘Ka’), Judo (‘ju’), Kenpo (‘ken’), and Boxing (‘bo’).

We also have a great group of instructors to teach classes in kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and more to get you in the best shape of your life.

While our adult classes focus more on self defense applications, our kids martial arts classes focus more on fun, enriching experience that builds their body control and discipline.

We have recently moved to South Austin off of Manchaca Rd so we can better serve our many students from Buda and Kyle. Come try a free trial class. You and your kids will love our fun, disciplined training.

– Master Instructor Kyle Cowand

Schedule Your Free Trial Class Today!

Special Offer: Get 50% off fees through the end of 2019!


Our classes teach techniques that are not typically included in a ‘MMA Gym’ environ­­ment.

Learn to throw or take down an opponent to the ground with this modern martial art.

Our programs focus on motor skill development, positive behavioral changes and listening skills.

Train to be explosive, have great conditioning and stamina without using force on your training partner.

Try our group fitness class that combines martial arts techniques with aerobic conditioning.

Learn the “art of eight limbs” with our Thai boxing classes, using stand-up striking and clinching techniques.

Testimonials about Yama-Kan school

I went on December 3rd for the first time, and it was fantastic. He welcomed me in and now I am going 3x a week. He teaches a mixture of styles and every day I go I learn something new and useful. I love this group and would encourage everyone to try it out at least once. Hope to see y'all there!
Anna Z
Awesome martial art and self-defense training, from kids to adults! My kids started training with Tony at 4 and 7 years old...and are now 13 and 16 years old. Tony continues to build their confidence in their physical and mental capabilities as well as challenge them to the next level.
Christianne C.

Our Location

We are located at:

Our gym is conveniently located for students in South Austin, Buda, and Kyle. We are a half mile south of the intersection of Slaughter and Manchaca. There is convenient parking outside the front of the gym. Look for the big red sign that says “The Manchac”  

10516 Manchaca Rd #100
Austin, TX 78748

Phone: (512) 939-6291