Eric Boucher-BJJ Instructor
Eric grew up boxing and later switched to kickboxing, which he uses to teach kickboxing, and combines his knowledge of Brazilian jiu jitsu for self-defense classes at Rise Up Martial Arts.
“I was certainly aware of BJJ and was interested, but I fell into the trap of feeling like I was too busy to start something brand new. My interest continued to grow though and one day I decided to jump right in. It changed my life.” Eric began training under Thales in 2007. “I was hooked the very first day. I got matched during light sparring against a guy who had some experience but was much smaller and less athletic than I was in every way. I was imposing my will on him and putting him where I wanted to. After five minutes of rolling though, he had submitted me three times. I couldn’t believe it! One of the first things that got Eric into Brazilian jiu jitsu was that just starting out, he was submitted by a smaller and less athletic guy.
Eric had started a financial services business; as it grew he spent less and less time training and more and time working. Eric felt like his financial services company was taking over his life, and had no time for the things that made him happy. It was out of that sentiment that Rise Up Martial Arts Academy was born, and he sold his financial services company. When Thales came back to Madison he started training daily again. He and Thales had a lot of long and serious talks about life, and together they decided it was important to turn this dream into reality, for their own mental health, and to build a strong community around jiu jitsu.
“As a co-owner of Rise Up I can put my business experience to work and as the kids BJJ Instructor I can put my Purple belt to work. I couldn’t be more excited.”