Testimonials
"All I can say is.... Jiu Jitsu saved my life in a sense."

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and the Cantu’s Texas BJJ family has now become an integral part of my life, and it has changed it for the better. I know I will practice Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for the rest of my life and a major reason for that is both Mr. Roy Cantu and the school itself. The environment that we have at the school is a very respectful and friendly environment where success can flourish, and there is no competition of who is better than who, but we all work together to improve ourselves. Mr. Roy Cantu has been an amazing teacher and is always trying to make sure that we are learning everything properly including the mentality or the principles behind these techniques we learn; where they came from and how we respect where it comes from by practicing those principles and keeping the calm mentality. Even writing a personal recommendation for me for my Architecture portfolio which I know for sure was part of the reason I was accepted into the Architecture Program at the University of Houston! For that I am beyond grateful. Ever since I joined this school and began practicing Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under Roy my life has improved and keeps improving; the calm mentality and peace of mind it brings to me is unequaled to anything I have experienced to this day. There is no other school in which I have experienced such a strong sense of camaraderie. It has changed my life for the better in many ways and the Cantu’s Texas BJJ family has become just that, Family. We share, we experience, and we improve ourselves all through this school and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu! I truly am grateful that I found Roy and his school. It is such a great experience and I will continue to be a part of this family and will practice Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for the rest of my life!
Mychael Pham

True Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Grand Master Helio Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, represents more than competition. It represents a complete and proven self-defense, lifestyle and a connection to a rich and significant history. Cantu’s Texas Self-Defense has made it its mission to bring these elements together in an environment where real is what matters. Roy Cantu’s attention to technical detail and the specific applicability of the techniques in street situations is very refreshing. The respectful, traditional environment has brought together a group of dedicated Gracie Jiu-Jitsu practitioners who make it their mission to represent the pinnacle of self-defense. Given my experience at the academy, I have tremendous respect for Mr. Cantu and his elite level of instruction. Because of Cantu’s Texas, I have experienced the best of a life-changing martial art. Thanks Roy!
Victor Villarreal

Cantu’s self defense school has had a profound effect both on me and my family. Roy emphasizes both physical fitness and mental discipline. As a genuine practitioner of the art, Roy teaches the value of determination, level-headedness, and harmony throughout his curriculum. We are proud to be a part of this school and practice the tenets of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu the way they were meant to be followed.
Axel Balandrano

Tom, Casey and I went to visit friends in Colorado for Spring Break in 2010.  My husband, Tom and I were so happy to find that our conditioning in Cardio Class made hiking and skiing in Colorado a breeze.  We didn’t have any problems with the altitude while we were there.  There were a lot of other people in my skiing class that were really exhausted but I had the energy of a teenager.  Tom skied the black slopes for a couple of hours and never had to stop because he was in such great condition.  I was afraid that since I hadn’t skied for 20+ years and I’d entered the 50+ zone that I would slow down or my legs would wear out.  I skied better than I’ve ever skied before and I didn’t get tired at all.  Your Cardio Kickboxing is awesome and Tom and I are really committed to staying with the program for the rest of our lives.
Tom & Cindy Rosellini

I’m in my late 40s and have been pretty active my entire life, but noticed that my routine treadmill, elliptical, bicycling, and walking the neighborhood wasn’t doing much for me anymore, physically and mentally – I needed to take it to a different level.  Luckily, I decided to give the cardio kick-boxing class a shot after seeing what a difference it has made on my friend (Susan) who is similar in age.  (This class is for ALL ages, male and female).   I could definitely tell that the class was working for her.  After my first class, I honestly didn’t think I was capable of participating in such a “tough” program.   It’s the toughest workout I’ve ever done.  BUT I’M DOING IT AND IT WORKS!  After sticking with it for 10 months now, I too can see a big difference, physically and mentally.  The camaraderie in the class is awesome too!
Anne Armstrong

As a mom, it’s important to me to know what kind of person the instructor is that will be involved with my son and will look up to.  I found that at Cantu’s Texas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu there are excellent teachers, who care for the students success in and off of the mat. Mr. Cantu has a passion for what he does, inspiring the students to excel and expecting the best from them. I love the friendly atmosphere among the kids and parents and how family oriented the academy is. I can’t wait to join the women’s brazilian jiu-jitsu class next week!
Izabella Boyd

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Cantu’s Texas Jiu-Jitsu Self-Defense Academy
8674 Highway 6 N
Houston, Texas 77095
832.642.2313

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