COVID-19 UPDATE:  Adult classes resumed June 8, 2020. Youth classes & memberships are still on hold.

Interested in joining adult classes? Email us info@RothwellMMA.com for info. No free trials currently offered.

Rothwell Martial Arts

Your first class is always on us. Whether you want to learn self-defense, boost confidence, or compete – we have a class for you!

Youth Kickboxing

Rothwell’s Kickboxing is a blend of Boxing, Kickboxing, & Muay Thai stand-up techniques. Punches, kicks, elbows, and knees are applicable to self-defense, competition, and functional fitness.

Ages 7-14

Learn punches, kicks, footwork, defense

Increase coordination, speed, athleticism

Practice self-control, respect, teamwork

Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a strategic, relatively nonviolent method of self-defense. It utilizes leverage, locks and holds that can neutralize a bigger, stronger opponent.

Ages 5-14

Learn submissions, take-downs, escapes

Increase coordination & athleticism

Practice self-control, respect, teamwork

Beginner Kickboxing

Rothwell’s Kickboxing is a blend of Boxing, Kickboxing, & Muay Thai stand-up techniques.  Punches, kicks, elbows, and knees are applicable to self-defense, competition, and functional fitness.

Learn proper striking & kicking technqiues

Easy to learn- great for beginners!

Hit the mitts, not your partner

Get fit while having fun & learning self-defense

Beginner Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a strategic, relatively nonviolent method of self-defense. Learn how to effectively defend yourself, even if your assailants are larger, faster, or more powerful than you.

Self-defense to combat stronger opponents

Learn submissions, take-downs, escapes

Easy to learn- great for beginners!

Develop strength, endurance, confidence

Beginner MMA

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) combines Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling, and Judo into one sport. Learn techniques from multiple martial arts to participate in the world’s most realistic and modern self-defense sport.

Learn basics of Mixed Martial Arts

Striking, take-downs, submissions

Improve fitness while learning technique

The first step to fighting in the octagon

Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a strategic, relatively nonviolent method of self-defense. It utilizes leverage, locks and holds that can neutralize a bigger, stronger opponent.

Ages 5-14

Learn submissions, take-downs, escapes

Increase coordination & athleticism

Practice self-control, respect, teamwork

Youth Kickboxing

Rothwell’s Kickboxing is a blend of Boxing, Kickboxing, & Muay Thai stand-up techniques. Punches, kicks, elbows, and knees are applicable to self-defense, competition, and functional fitness.

Ages 7-14

Learn punches, kicks, footwork, defense

Increase coordination, speed, athleticism

Practice self-control, respect, teamwork

Beginner Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a strategic, relatively nonviolent method of self-defense. Learn how to effectively defend yourself, even if your assailants are larger, faster, or more powerful than you.

Beginner Kickboxing

Rothwell’s Kickboxing is a blend of Boxing, Kickboxing, & Muay Thai stand-up techniques.  Punches, kicks, elbows, and knees are applicable to self-defense, competition, and functional fitness.

Learn proper striking & kicking techniques

Easy to learn- great for beginners!

Hit the mitts, not your partner

Get fit while having fun and learning self-defense

Beginner MMA

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) combines Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling, and Judo into one sport. Learn techniques from multiple martial arts to participate in the world’s most realistic and modern self-defense sport.

Learn the basics of Mixed Martial Arts

Basic striking, submissions, take-downs

Improve fitness while learning technique

The first step to fighting in the octagon

Why Rothwell MMA?

Family! We are a family at Rothwell MMA. Students and coaches are here to help one another progress as martial artists – not prove how tough we are. You will not be “fighting” another member. When you walk in the door, all your worries and stress dissolve. Our main goal is for everyone to have fun while safely learning martial arts. Rothwell MMA welcomes members of all ages and abilities, and forges them into athletes with the confidence, discipline, and skills of a true marital artist.

Most realistic and modern self-defense system

Beginner classes - no experience necessary

Learn while having fun

Instructors are professional athletes

Defense Soap keeps our academy spotless

Top of the line equipment, Zebra mats, & cages

Our Students Say…

"Every time I walk in the gym, I am inspired by the amount of time and effort everyone puts into achieving their dreams. I love the family atmosphere. Rothwell accepts me thick or thin LOL. I've lost so much weight during the last 4 years...have gained it back...lost some more....and nobody judges EVER."

 Lana, member since 2016

"The coaches are the best out there! My kids have learned so much from them. I've seen a huge boost in their confidence and abilities. The kids have developed a “never give up” attitude. Martial arts has kept their attention and has made them strive to be better all the time."

Lilly, mother of 3 youth students

"I was born with a heart condition that left me with only half a heart. Kickboxing and BJJ gave me the exercise my heart needed that lifting or working out on my own couldn’t do. Since taking up classes at Rothwell MMA, my cardiologist has been absolutely blown away with the health of my heart. Training here is literally saving my life.

Matt, member & now a Rothwell MMA Coach

“Throughout my life, I had always been involved in competitive sports. In 2015, had fallen out of routine and was close to 200 lbs. I started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Rothwell MMA and quickly fell back into a routine. I found that “something” that was missing. Within a year I had lost 25 lbs, but more importantly, my entire outlook on life and sense of well-being improved. I have met so many great people and Rothwell MMA has become family. It is a rare day when I am not in class.”

Chang, BJJ Purple Belt

"I never imagined myself doing this. I watched my Dad’s BJJ class and I was so scared to join him at first. Now, I roll with the pro fighters. I am having so much fun- especially when the fighters show me a move my Dad hasn’t learned yet and I get to submit him with it!"

Hannah, BJJ Blue Belt

"Rothwell MMA has been my home away from home. Every day I'm pushing. Grinding. Leaving puddles of myself on the mats. Every day is a challenge but I simply cannot wait to get in there and do work."

Mike, Kickboxing Blue Belt

“I am a 22-year police veteran and currently serve as a patrol commander for a police department. I have studied martial arts for more than 20 years. I started at Rothwell MMA with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and have since added Kickboxing to my training regimen. BJJ and Kickboxing both help keep me in shape and are essential training tools for my job. My fellow gym members are friendly, and the instructors are awesome teachers.”

Dwight, member since 2014

“When I first started here at 6 years old, I knew nothing about martial arts. Now, 9 years later, I have a BJJ Green belt, Kickboxing Orange belt, and a dream to be in the UFC one day. I have come a long way and I am going to keep on pushing. I want to pursue my dream of being in that ring and being champion."

Austin, member since 2011

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I try a class before I commit?

YES! Your first class is on us (a $20 value for local residents only.) The best way to learn more about our programs is to experience it first hand. Whether you are looking to learn self-defense, get fit, or compete – we have a class for you. We can’t wait for you to join our martial arts family!

What should I bring to my trial class?

Wear something comfortable such as long shorts/capris/sweatpants and a t-shirt.  Bring a bottle of water or sports drink. We have extra equipment to lend you for your free trial class.  For your safety, only Rothwell MMA approved equipment is allowed.  A signed waiver of liability must be completed prior to participation. Students under 18 years old must have parent/guardian signature. Parent/guardian must also be present upon first visit/trial class.

Do you offer Karate, Taekwondo, or Tai Chi?

No. Rothwell MMA offers Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) instruction. MMA combines Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu,  Kickboxing, Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling, and Judo into one sport. Students learn techniques from multiple martial arts to participate in the world’s most realistic and modern self-defense sport.

We also break MMA down into separate, more detailed classes of Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

It is great if you have experience in another martial art! We ask that all new students participate in the beginner class on their first day, regardless of prior experience. The instructors will evaluate your skill level during that class and move you to the appropriate level for future classes.

Do you teach 'self-defense' classes?

Yes. Each of the martial art disciplines taught at Rothwell MMA are applicable in real-life self-defense situations. We offer group Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, and MMA classes. These are applicable in self-defense situations and improve students strength and in sport competitions.

We also offer one on one private lessons, and small group lessons, that can be tailored to your specific needs. This can include situations not covered in the group classes such as: walking to your car, jogging alone, awareness techniques. We do not offer any weapons training.

What age do you start youth classes?

Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for ages 5-14 years old. Youth Kickboxing is for ages 7-14 years old. Around 15 years old, students will be invited to the adult classes.

Will martial arts help my child learn discipline?

Martial arts develops discipline , confidence, and self-control. These skills will not only improve students’ quality of life, but can enhance performance in other sports and activities.

At Rothwell MMA, we follow the ‘Bushido Code.’ The Bushido Code was the code of conduct for Samurai warriors. Each class, the instructors talk about one topic and how to apply it to their life and martial arts journey. The Bushido Code includes: Integrity, Respect, Courage, Honor, Compassion, Honesty, and Loyalty.

Do you teach proper technique or are the classes dance/aerobic based?

Our martial art classes focus on learning proper form, timing, and application in competition and self-defense situations. The instructors continuously monitor and make adjustments to students’ form. Our instructors have years of training and also compete profesionally.

At other gyms, ‘cardio kickboxing’ is an aerobic workout where punches and kicks are put together into sequences. The movements are repeated in a rhythmic fashion, set to music, and require no partner or equipment. There is less emphasis on technique or self-defense- more emphasis on fitness.

How long will it take to get a black belt?

On average, it takes 10 years to progress from a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu white belt to black belt. Rothwell MMA and LCCT BJJ follow the IBJJF Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Graduation Guidelines. Belts are earned at Rothwell MMA, not given. It takes time and dedication to learn and master the techniques. Each belt color is an accomplishment to be celebrated.

Unlike other martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu does not give black belts to children. Youth students have a different belt color system that culminates in a green belt. At 16 years old, the youth student may transition to the adult belt ranking system. BJJ black belts are only given to students 19+ years old.

I have no experience. Can I still join?

Yes! All classes are designed with beginners in mind. Most members join without any experience or prior fitness training. You will not get hit in the head or be “fighting” another member.

What if I haven't exercised in years (or ever)?

You have come to the right place!  You will get a good sweat in any of our classes but can participate at your own pace.  We encourage you to start out slow and gradually increase your intensity over time.  At any time during class, you can slow down or stop and take a break.  Starting out easy will help reduce soreness, prevent injury, and keep you motivated to keep reaching for your goals.  Alternate techniques may be substituted to accommodate injury or adjust intensity level.

Will I get hit in the head during Kickboxing?

No.  The Kickboxing class is taught “Dutch style,” where partners wear 16 oz. gloves and catch each others punches with the gloves. They also use kick shields, Thai pads, and focus mitts with their partners. There are no strikes directly to the head. For experienced members, we offer light sparring while wearing full protective gear.

I have prior experience. Can I try a free advanced level class?

It is great if you have experience! We ask that all new students participate in the beginner class on their first day, regardless of skill level. During your trial class, the instructors will evaluate your skill level and place you in the appropriate level for future classes.

Can I wear a gi or uniform from my old team?

We are a team at Rothwell MMA. Our students are proud to represent the team during both practice and in competition. We do not allow gi’s or uniforms from other martial art schools.

Dress Code will be strictly enforced for the safety and enjoyment of all club members. 

  • Kickboxing uniform includes 16 oz. boxing gloves, shin guards, Rothwell MMA team shirt, choice of shorts/pants, and Kickboxing belt. Hand wraps are recommended. Shorts must be in length to your fingertips.
  • BJJ uniform includes Rothwell MMA/LCCT BJJ gi jacket, gi pants, and gi belt.
  • MMA uniform includes MMA gloves, shin guards, Rothwell MMA team shirt, choice of shorts/pants, mouthguard, and head gear. Shorts must be in length to your fingertips.
  • All uniforms must be clean and free of tears, holes, cuts, fraying.

For your safety, only equipment approved and offered by Rothwell MMA is allowed. This list is not all encompassing and more dress code details are available in the Facility Rules document.

What is the dress code?

Dress Code will be strictly enforced for the safety and enjoyment of all club members:

  • Kickboxing uniform includes 16 oz. boxing gloves, shin guards, Rothwell MMA shirt, choice of shorts/pants, and Kickboxing belt. Hand wraps are recommended. Shorts must be in length to your fingertips.
  • BJJ uniform includes Rothwell MMA/LCCT BJJ gi jacket, gi pants, and gi belt.
  • MMA uniform includes MMA gloves, shin guards, Rothwell MMA team shirt, choice of shorts/pants, mouthguard, and head gear. Shorts must be in length to your fingertips.
  • All uniforms must be clean and free of tears, holes, cuts, fraying.
  • Remove all jewelry and hats.
  • This is a barefoot gym. Please remove shoes before entering training area.  Defense Soap Foot Baths are required for entry to all classes.
  • Proper hygiene is of utmost importance.  Please be free of personal body odor, pull long hair back, trim nails, etc.

For your safety, only equipment approved and offered by Rothwell MMA is allowed. This list is not all encompassing and more dress code details are available in the Facility Rules document.

What does a membership cost?

We have a variety of membership options based on class choices, number of classes per week, length of membership, and number of family members. We recommend participating in a free trial class first. Then, we can find a membership option that works best for you and your family.

Do you offer drop-in classes?

For the safety and enjoyment of all Rothwell MMA team members, we do not offer drop in classes.

Free trial classes are for local residents only.

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Academy Hours

Mon – Fri — 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday — closed
Sunday — closed

Contact Us

7600 75th St.
Suite 107
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53142

(262)764-5020

info@rothwellmma.com