About Us2019-05-30T14:58:38+00:00



Welcome to Family Jiu Jitsu Karate, where we put a premium on high-quality Martial Arts training.  Our roots are deep in the New Braunfels community, and we strive to provide the best self defense for any situation. We help both adults and children build confidence and long-lasting success in all aspects of your life.. Our system joins the best elements of traditional stand-up Karate and Jiu Jitsu into one cutting-edge workout.

Family is more than just our name. It is the core of who we are. You will quickly find yourself part of a very special bond of friends who really want the best for you, both on and off the mats.  Our goal is to make you feel part of this bond from day one. With high-level coaching, world-class instruction and incredible peer support, you can get the most out of each class, knowing your success is our priority.

We believe there is strength in the fine balance between fitness and Martial Arts. With our programs, you will keep your muscles moving and your heart racing, while honing key character skills like respect, discipline and perseverance. While we teach traditional fighting styles, we also believe that diversity is essential to the Martial Arts toolkit. We draw from many fighting disciplines to bring you the most useful strategies for your self defense and personal safety.

Our mission is simple: To build both children and adults of all ages and walks of life into well-rounded defenders and fighters. We work hard to make our programs accessible to everyone in New Braunfels and the surrounding areas.

Whether your goals include the competition setting, or safety in real-world violence, at Family Jiu Jitsu Karate you will obtain the skills to overcome any challenge life throws your way.  

Our Martial Arts lineage includes the Grand Masters of Texas Soryu Karate Chris Lopez and Joe Alvarez, as well as the Ohana Jiu Jitsu Professors Jason Yerrington and Bruno Alves.


Hanshi Jeff Bonugli

Grand Master Jeff Bonugli, affectionately known as Hanshi, has a deep love of mentoring his students in all aspects of their lives. His life experiences and lessons are his tools to help you and your family become your best self!

Grand Master Jeff Bonugli is a 10th degree Grand Master Black Belt in Soryu Karate, Black Belt in BJJ, 3 time World Champion at the IBJJF World Masters Championships (2014, 2016 & 2018), 2 Time inductee into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame (both national and international), and has 45 years of experience dedicating his life to the Martial Arts.

Sensei Tim Bishop

Sensei Tim Bishop has practiced Martial Arts, mainly full contact Tae Kwon Do, since he was 4, has trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for four years now, and yoga for Jiu Jitsu for a year. No stranger to high levels of competition, Tim played rugby for the University of North Texas. A Texas certified educator, Tim completed his bachelors degree at Texas State University in San Marcos, and a masters degree in Educational Leadership from Trinity University in San Antonio. “Teaching is in my blood, and it is a massive honor and privilege to teach what I know to the kids of Family Jiu Jitsu and Karate.”

Coach Frank Jones 

Coach Frank Jones is  BJJ Purple Belt and a Soryu Karate Orange Belt. .

Martial Arts is a passion for Frank and he has been involved in some form of it since 1998. In that time he has trained in: Wrestling, Boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Soryu Karate. He has applied lessons he learned to help him accomplish his goals as a high school and college athlete, as a United States Marine serving stateside and in Iraq, and a Security Contractor operating in Afghanistan. Frank has had the opportunity to educate and coach what he has learned instructing: Self Defense Programs, Military Police Defensive Tactics, Marine Corps Martial Arts, Wrestling, Judo and BJJ.

“Martial Arts represents an opportunity to develop our minds and bodies to adapt to what happens around us.  Traveling down this path we learn to overcome adversity, the value of hard work and to stay humble, always seeking to be better than the day before.”

Sensei Johnny Copado

Sensei Johnny Copado is a 5th-degree Black Belt in Soryu Karate, Blue Belt in BJJ. He has over 20 years of experience in Martial Arts, and over 8 years competing all over the U.S. He previously owned a Martial Arts school in the 1990s that was ranked #21 in the U.S. in Sport Karate International.

Johnny is dedicated to building children and adults into well-rounded defenders and fighters. By combining Jiu Jitsu and stand-up Karate, students will be fully equipped and prepared, whether in practice, competition or real-life situations.

Coach Michael Ottinger

Coach Michael Ottinger, a BJJ Brown Belt, began his Jiu Jitsu journey in 2012 at the age of 15, training twice a day for several years. He began teaching kids classes as a Blue Belt, and has been teaching for 4 years. Michael has also competed in multiple BJJ tournaments and Superfights.

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