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There aren't enough words to describe, but Prof. Joe and Jason Soliz are an AWESOME and AMAZING combination!  I've had the privilege to train with both a few years back and after seeing this website and all the accomplishments, it is truly inspiring to train!  BEST WISHES to your new school and to all new students who are lucky enough to be taught by such top quality instructors.


Art Salguero


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  • Luis Cabrera (Wednesday, December 24 14 06:58 pm EST)

    My journey into the study and practice of the martial arts began 47 yrs. ago at the age of 8. As a young man I would spend countless hours learning and perfecting the techniques offered by each
    system I consumed.

    Ironically, it was not until about 9 yrs ago that I stopped being a martial arts consumer.

    As I look back on that process, I experience a profound sense of gratitude to man who taught me the importance of concepts rather than mere technique. How it happened is still a bit of a mystery to

    When I first began training with Professor Soliz and his son Jason, I experienced an epiphany of sorts. I will try to explain.

    When I first sought Joe Soliz as an instructor it was to learn the art of JKD. However, shortly after joining his JKD class, I realized the importance of augmenting that experience with private
    lessons. I simply cannot emphasis enough the importance of such instruction. It is almost as if, through a process of osmosis, my neuromuscular system suddenly began to allow me to move fluidly,
    without any effort.

    Even as a middle-aged guy with a few back surgeries behind me, I found myself venturing into BJJ without fear. This is significant because in too many MMA gyms my experience in most BJJ classes
    consisted of the instructor showing the class 2-3 techniques only to quickly turn us over to the younger, higher-ranking belts to use as cannon fodder.

    Although it took me close to 3 years to earn my blue belt in BJJ (two surgeries intervened) , I never once experienced a class that was out of control. Instead, my instructors, Joe, Jason, and Lance,
    always paid attention to what was going on on the mat, which somehow instilled an unspoken ethos of \"check your ego at the door.\"

    While I am sure there are other MMA gyms that offer great instruction and training, the thing I believe makes 3rd Coast MMA different is its culture. When I joined (and eventually earned my phase 1
    instructor certificate in JKD/Kali) I didn\'t just join a gym. I joined a family.

    Whether you are new to the martial arts or are an old, broken down veteran, like I was, I would recommend 3rd Coast MMA to anyone who has the capacity to empty his cup. I promise you it will be a
    lifetime journey.

  • David Primley (Monday, March 25 13 09:12 pm EDT)

    I was 39 when I first started training JKD with Prof Soliz and Jason. I was so intimidated by the whole thing when I first stepped foot into a JKD class. I'd never done any kind of martial arts
    before, but it took Joe about 30 seconds to seek me out and welcome me. He put me at ease instantly. It's a true pleasure to learn from such a gracious family as the Soliz family. TX 3rd Coast is
    like home to me. Jason's knowledge and passion for training follow Joe's and together, they top a supreme team of coaches at TX 3rd Coast.

    You won't find a better place to train. Whether you want to just get fit or start your journey towards instructorship, Prof Joe and Jason Soliz will welcome you into the family that is TX 3rd Coast.
    Not only will they welcome you, but it's custom for everyone in the gym to open their arms to newcomers. Not because we have to, but because that's how we were introduced to it ourselves.
    I'm grateful to Joe, Jason, Pat and Suzanne for running such a great place to train.

I just returned from visiting my friend Freddie Roach of WILD CARD Boxing Club in Los Angeles, as you know he is the coach of the great MANNY PACQUIAO, he noticed a considerable physical change in me and I think your team at TX 3RD COAST MMA for helping me with this positive change for a better health.

Thank you for helping me gain my health and lesson the pain I have to endure with my lower back. As you can see the comparison below, you guys work!


                                           May 2011                   February 2012

Glucose                                   119                                 83

Blood Pressure                      140/84                            118/82

Cholesterol                              213                                174

Waist                                      44”                                 41”

Weight                                   276                                 256


It was a joy to hear from my doctors that not only having my health back but the pain from my lower back injury has subsided tremendously. With Jason’s extreme cardio fitness regiment and Joe’s boxing I was able to start my journey to a better wellbeing.


Thank you again to the staff and coaches at TX 3RD COAST MMA.


Marcus Esquivel

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