Founders Vision

Rise Up Martial Arts Academy started as a conversation between Eric and Thales about life, meaning, purpose and Martial Arts in the winter of 2016.  It wasn’t long before life changing decisions were made – decisions that would turn our idea into a reality.  We started with the burning desire to create a Martial Arts Academy that would offer a unique blend of BJJ and Karate programs at the highest level.  It was from that core desire that our vision grew.

Our Mission is to provide a fun, safe, effective and welcoming learning environment. This mission includes the following:


  • Highest Ranking and most qualified instructors in the area
  • Nearly 5000 sq. foot Academy
  • Three separate matted training areas
  • Warm and welcoming atmosphere
  • Extremely beginner friendly – One on one training for beginners
  • Kids Academy is Professionally tailored to challenge, inspire, and empower our kids
  • Open to everyone of any level or ability.  We believe there is a Martial Artist at some level in all of us.  You will NOT feel intimidated here.
  • We are not a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) facility training cage fighters
  • Professional Women’s Self Defense Programs based on years of research and experience.  We’ll teach you techniques that actually work in the real world.
  • Comfortable lounge area and dedicated viewing areas for parents
  • Rise Up Martial Arts staff is professional, committed to highest quality education, safety, responsibility, character-building, and fun!

Rise Up Martial Arts Academy is located in McFarland on Highway 51 (Stoughton Rd.), less than 15 minute drive from downtown Madison or East Towne Mall, and about 25 minutes from West Towne Mall, and less than 20 minutes from Stoughton.

4801 Voges Road, McFarland, WI 53718

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