We are all here to help one another progress as martial artists, not prove how tough we are. You will not get hit or be “fighting” another member. When you walk in the door, all your worries and stress should dissolve.  Our main goal is for everyone to have fun while safely learning self-defense.  We frequently hold tournaments, celebrations, and picnics for all members to get to know one another better.  We cheer for each other at competitions, and get together to watch coaches Ben Rothwell & James Bochnovic fight in the UFC. Rickson Gracie Black Belts, Luiz Claudio & Thiago Veiga, compete often in BJJ World Tournaments. Our world-class instructors will show you why we are one of the top martial arts gyms in the USA. Whether you are looking to learn self-defense, get fit, have fun, or compete – we have a class for you. 
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.  We use state-of-the-art equipment, bag systems, and Zebra mats which cannot be found in any other gym. With the help of Defense Soap, our gym is the cleanest in the country.  Once you try a class, you’ll quickly realize why we were voted “MMA GYM OF THE MONTH” by  Don’t just take our word for it, read member testimonies in the Member Spotlight section.

Rothwell MMA coaches are professional athletes with years of experience, victories, and reputable certifications.  Learn from the Best of the Midwest!

Ben Rothwell:

  • Heavyweight Fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
  • Currently ranked Top Four MMA Heavyweights of the world
  • MMA and Kickboxing Coach with over 20 years of experience

Luiz Claudio:

  • Fourth degree Rickson Gracie Black Belt
  • BJJ World Champion
  • Over 25 years of experience

Thiago Veiga:

  • Third degree Rickson Gracie Black Belt
  • Over 25 years of experience