Austin began training jiu jitsu in Santa Cruz, California at 14 years old when a new academy opened up in his hometown. In the beginning, jiu jitsu was just a hobby he did after school, but little did he know it would soon turn into his primary endeavor.
At the age of 15, Austin began assisting in teaching kids classes. Which is where he first discovered he enjoyed instructing. Although he was still just a kid himself, he liked the idea of being able to help people understand the sport he was growing to love.
Before starting jiu jitsu, Austin had average grades in school and was very shy. Immediately after beginning his jiu jitsu journey, things changed rapidly.
Austin graduated high school with well over a 4.3 gpa and became salutatorian of his graduating class. He also went on to become one of the head instructors at his home academy in Watsonville at just 18. In 2016, Austin began training and teaching full time.