Brooke and Chang- what a fun-loving couple! They can always be found at Rothwell MMA with smiles on their faces. Both are hardworking and determined. Chang will be testing for his BJJ Blue Belt in a week and Brooke continues to improve her fitness level strength & conditioning during Kick Fit. Read more about them below!

Here is Chang’s story: “Throughout my life I had always been involved in either competitive sports or working out. In January of 2015, I had fallen out of routine and was close to 200 lbs. I just felt like there was “something” missing in my life. My wife, Brooke, and I both were working full time and had a toddler at home and a new baby on the way. 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. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu allows me to constantly challenge myself to be better both physically and mentally. In addition, I have met so many great people and Rothwell MMA has become family. It is a rare day when I am not in class. My week is just “off” if I have to miss class.”chang-rickson

Brooke’s experience:  “Ok I’ll admit it…I was at first a little annoyed when my husband decided to take up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu right around the time I gave birth to our second child. While I was at home with a newborn and a toddler, trying to figure out dinner and bedtime, he was going to be at class twice a week. But I know him and I know he needed something else in his life to balance him out. After a few months, I could see he was finding that “something”. He was constantly practicing at home and reading about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. My curiosity was peaked. What was this gym and the Rothwell family all about?kick-fit-brooke

It was a little over a year after the birth of our second child and I needed something to burn off stress and get me stronger and leaner. Rothwell MMA offered a perfect option for me – Kick Fit! The flexibility of the Kick-fit schedule worked out perfectly to allow Chang and I both the chance to fit in our coveted time at Rothwell. I love that Kick Fit class is always different and each instructor has a different style. It is challenging and rewarding. I love that no one judges and everyone accepts each other and encourages each other. I’ve been doing Kick Fit for about 6 months now, and like Chang, my week is just off if I don’t get my time in. If we could sum up what Rothwell MMA, BJJ, and Kick-fit has brought into our family in one word, that word would be BALANCE. From balancing our schedules to make sure we both have our time at Rothwell to the balance we have achieved both physically and mentally…the Rothwell family has provided that to us. We can’t wait until our kids are old enough to join us at the gym!!!


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