Here at Violet Crown, our staff is the secret to our student success. Each instructor has a rich background in the Jiu Jitsu industry and is eager to train the next generation of martial artists. Meet the team below!
Rudy Rexx Canales III taught martial arts in Austin, Texas for about sixteen years before he fulfilled his dream of starting his own gym, Violet Crown. An artist, musician and dancer, Rudy has always been fueled by creativity and knew he’d be happiest developing his own school and putting his creative vision into place.
What Are Students Are Saying
Come to Violent Crown if you want a fun, welcoming environment to train bjj. This place is chill af- and I have been shopping around Austin for a while looking for that vibe. I'm a woman and I often feel like an outsider at many bjj gyms despite putting in some time on the mats. It can be intimidating and difficult to get rolls, like getting picked last for dodgeball. Showing up at VC day one I was welcomed, encouraged, and invested in. There's no elite cool kids club here or macho energy. The gym is also more diverse than others I have been to. Rudy is an excellent teacher and really breaks it down and teaches to whatever level you're at. It's beginner friendly, but don't get it twisted- people are down to roll hard and there are some fierce competitors that train here. I am getting better here every day because I am enjoying my training and having fun doing it. It's definitely small, so don't be surprised when you show up, but it packs a big punch in terms of quality training!
First, let me start off by saying how clean and sanitizing is top priority here and it shows. I started off by taking private lessons at first and then dipped into gi classes which I highly recommend! Rudy is the best and so patient. Everyone else is also super sweet and helpful with anything you have questions about or struggling with. Don’t hesitate to start!
I've been training here since Jan. 2022, and can say it's a warm, welcoming, fun and really great place to learn jiu jitsu. I'd been going to another gym (VOW, also great) before but needed morning classes to fit in better with my work schedule. I called Rudy and asked about the place. He had me come in and check it out before I signed up for anything which I appreciated. Rudy is a great and patient teacher, as are the rest of the instructors, and the regulars are so friendly and helpful when you're learning (I came in as a white belt). My jiu jitsu has definitely improved from coming here regularly, but I've also gained a whole little community of BJJ folks who are down to hit the mats early in the morning before work. Don't get me wrong, the folks here are friendly but we've also got some guys that will really step up the tempo if you're looking to roll hard. The higher belts were super helpful when I told them I was going to compete. We've got a good number of folks who compete, but even those dudes are super nice and will help improve your jiu jitsu. I love open mats because I get to meet a whole other side of the gym that mostly comes to night classes, so it's always interesting rolling with a different crew. The other nice thing we've got going here is that Rudy has developed a welcoming place for women to come and learn BJJ, as well. Sometimes in morning classes there are more women than men, which is cool to see. And if you've got kids, Rudy's also started teen classes. I recommend this place highly if you want to learn good jiu jitsu and have good vibes while you do it.
Everyone I've trained with was understanding, kind and helpful. There was no "ego rolling". Everyone was there to learn, help you learn, and get better. Rudy is very cool. He welcomes questions and fosters a good community.
Unfortunately, I had to stop since other parts of my life started to take up more of my time, but I'd definitely come back.
Newbie here in Mauy Thai and Jiujitsu! My own trainer who trains jiujitsu at another gym recommended this gym to me who needed a great family vibe, inclusive, yet, great instructors and good partners to work with it. The students are pretty consistent in showing up which means they must like it there. He nailed it! Instructors are detailed, take time to work with you and even have solid students at all levels who work with you. It has a lot to do with the leadership there. I highly recommend this gym!!
Violet Crown fosters an environment that everyone can benefit from, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran. Rudy makes sure everyone feels comfortable and welcomed. He has a great attitude and friendly personality. Everyone is welcoming and there are no egos here. I went to an open mat, loved the vibe, and signed up immediately! Highly recommend checking out Violet Crown Jiu Jitsu.
We are proud to have a team of highly experienced and dedicated instructors who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and helping our students grow.
Our instructors come from diverse backgrounds, with years of experience in various martial arts disciplines, including Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Judo. They are all certified in Jiu Jitsu and are committed to providing our students with the highest quality training.
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