Youth Kickboxing


We make exercise, hard work, and learning fun!  Rothwell MMA’s “Kickboxing” is an integration of Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Karate, & Taekwondo and has applications for self-defense, competition, and functional fitness.  Youth members, ages 7-14 years old, learn and develop their stance, footwork, and basic stand-up techniques.  This class teaches punches, elbows, knees, kicks, and defense techniques.

The 60 minute class will strengthen and condition both the bodies and minds of the students.  Students will learn how to move and control their bodies, increase strength and fitness, and improve coordination and athleticism.  They will also learn when it is appropriate to use Kickboxing techniques, how to practice self-control and respect, and to work as a cooperative team member.  These skills will not only improve students quality of life, but can enhance performance in other sports and activities.

A typical Beginner Kickboxing class begins with a warm-up, followed by a technique demonstration/lesson.  Then, students practice the technique with a partner.  Students use Thai pads, focus mitts, and/or kick shields to “catch” their partner’s punches and kicks.  The students also practice their skills on the one-of-a-kind Kickboxing bag system that includes speed, heavy, double-end, uppercut, slip, and body bags.  The unique 15-bag system allows them to work on speed, technique, and control.  During Beginner Kickboxing class, students will not get hit in the head or body – they will only hit the pads.  

Intermediate Kickboxing welcome students ranked yellow belt and above who have graduated from the Beginner Youth Kickboxing class at Rothwell MMA.  “Dutch Style” Kickboxing, where both partners wear boxing gloves, is learned in Intermediate Kickboxing classes.  Dutch Style Kickboxing requires both partners to be active and practice both offensive and defensive moves.  Students put what they learn into practice during light sparring while wearing appropriate protective equipment.  Sparring is a more realistic application of Kickboxing techniques where students apply offensive and defense techniques at a reduced level of intensity and power.

Rothwell MMA developed a unique Kickboxing belt system that keeps students excited about learning and advancing their skills.  Students begin as a white belt and work their way towards a youth green belt (blue through black belts are earned after age 15.)  After showing progress, a “stripe” is earned.  After 4 stripes, the student knows they are ready to test for their next level belt.  Belts are earned, not given.  Each belt test has a specific set of moves and techniques that must be demonstrated.  The student will know what is on the test and will practice the necessary techniques in the weeks leading up to the test.

Small class sizes with multiple instructors ensures your child receives the attention he/she needs.  All Rothwell MMA youth instructors are licensed by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Safety & Professional Services.  Effective self-defense skills are taught while promoting an active and healthy lifestyle for children (ages 7-14) of all experience levels.  When students are about 15 years old, they will graduate into the Adult Kickboxing program.

You can get fit while your child learns Kickboxing.  It’s a great way to demonstrate healthy habits to your children!  Rothwell MMA offers a variety of adult classes at the same time as the Youth Kickboxing – ask about our Family Discounts! 


Monday: 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Wednesday: 4:30 – 5:30 pm


Tuesday: 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Thursday: 4:30 – 5:30 pm


Monday: 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Wednesday: 5:30 – 6:30 pm


James Bennett, Jordan Ruskell, Anthony Jacob