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"Rise and RISE

again until lambs

become LIONS"

To train up champions to be successful on the mats and in life thru the discipline, teamwork, and dedication that comes thru our Wrestling and Kickboxing programs. We are committed to excellence and service to our members and our community.

Instructors
Instructors

Derrick Waldroup

Head Wrestling Coach

Derrick Waldroup

Head Wrestling Coach

Coach Waldroup graduated from Bremen High School in Midlothian, IL.

He went 30-0 during the regular season in wrestling as a senior – only to lose in sectionals.

At Triton Junior College he was determined to get the most out of his wrestling abilities and armed with a newfound fire and encouragement from former Triton coach Art Craft, Waldroup dominated the junior college circuit, eventually winning the 1985 National Junior College Athletic Association championship at 190 pounds!

After Triton, Waldroup joined the U.S. Army and continued to dominate over time, twice being named Army Athlete of the Year, winning a silver medal at the 1991 Pan American Games and being crowned a World Military Games champion.

Coach Derrick is passionate about raising up champions on the mats, and more importantly, teaching the mindset of being a champion in life to the next generation!

Derrick Waldroup

Head Wrestling Coach

Coach Waldroup graduated from Bremen High School in Midlothian, IL.

He went 30-0 during the regular season in wrestling as a senior – only to lose in sectionals.

At Triton Junior College he was determined to get the most out of his wrestling abilities and armed with a newfound fire and encouragement from former Triton coach Art Craft, Waldroup dominated the junior college circuit, eventually winning the 1985 National Junior College Athletic Association championship at 190 pounds!

After Triton, Waldroup joined the U.S. Army and continued to dominate over time, twice being named Army Athlete of the Year, winning a silver medal at the 1991 Pan American Games and being crowned a World Military Games champion.

After two unsuccessful attempts at making the U.S. Olympic wrestling team in ‘88 and ’92, Coach Waldroup, then a 33-year-old staff sergeant, finally made the cut for the 1996 Games in Atlanta. He went on to win four matches in Atlanta at 198 pounds, finishing seventh overall. Since the end of his active wrestling career Coach Waldroup has taken several athletes under his role as coach and has developed these athletes into collegiate wrestlers as well as outstanding citizens.

International Career Highlights:

Eighth in 1995 Concord Cup

Fourth in 1995 Granma Cup (Cuba)

Fourth in 1994 World CupThird in 1994 Spring Cup (Israel)

Fifth in 1994 Petrov Cup (Bulgaria)

Fourth in 1993 Concord Cup

Third in 1992 Andre Guerin Tournament (France)

Third in 1991 World Cup

Third in 1991 Trophe Milone Tournament (Italy)

Second in 1990-91 World Military Games1988 World Military Games champion

1987 U.S. World Cup team member

1986-87 U.S. World team member

Second in 1987 Pan American Games

Second in 1987 & 1990 Concord Cup

1986 & 1989 Concord Cup champion

United States Career Highlights:

Third in 1989 and 1996 U.S. Nationals

Third in 1995 World Team Trials

Second in 1995 U.S. Nationals

1994 Winter Classic champion

Second in 1990-91 & 1993-94 World Team Trials

Four-time U.S. Nationals champion (1986-87, 90, 94)

Second in 1991 and 1993 U.S. Nationals

Seventh in 1992 U.S. Nationals

Second in 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival

Sixth in 1988 Olympic Team Trials

Fourth in 1988 Final Olympic Qualifier

1987 U.S. Olympic Festival champion

Owns 15 Armed Forces titles, eight in Greco-Roman (1986-88 & 1990-95) and six in freestyle (1987 & 1990-94)

Coach Derrick is passionate about raising up champions on the mats, and more importantly, teaching the mindset of being a champion in life to the next generation!

Terry Hale

Wrestling Coach

Terry Hale

Wrestling Coach

Coach Terry is a proud husband and father of two lovely daughters.

He began wrestling in Carrolton, Texas when he started 5th grade. Weighing only 54lbs he lost every match his first year, by pin. However, with a stern father who himself was a multi golden glove champion and Marine, quitting was not an option. They spent most of their weekends on the road traveling from state-to-state, seeking out the best wrestling opportunities in the country. Coached by Paul Aubrey and Mickey Martin, as well as his dad, Terry went on to become the State Champ 3 consecutive years. He also won the Colorado Nationals in freestyle. One of Terry's proudest moments was traveling to Rio de Janeiro and becoming a World Gold Medalist in BJJ!

Terry is also a second degree Tae Kwon Do black belt and Marine who currently is an entrepreneur and proud coach at Team RISE. He is passionate about building future champions on and off the mats.

Jason Felton

Head Kickboxing Coach

Jason Felton

Head Kickboxing Coach

Coach Jason Felton was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Growing up, team sports played a major role in his life. From the age of five he played various positions in both football and baseball every season, however there was always a strong interest and pull towards the martial arts. Things shifted in 1996 when he moved to Texas. It was at that time that he finally received the opportunity to pursue his dream and begin martial arts training. Within a week of being in Texas, he began taking classes at Black Dragon Karate in Crosby, TX under Sensei Lee Mitchell. This was the start of a lifelong passion and journey that continues to this day.

Jason Felton

Head Kickboxing Coach

Coach Jason Felton was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Growing up, team sports played a major role in his life. From the age of five he played various positions in both football and baseball every season, however there was always a strong interest and pull towards the martial arts. Things shifted in 1996 when he moved to Texas. It was at that time that he finally received the opportunity to pursue his dream and begin martial arts training. Within a week of being in Texas, he began taking classes at Black Dragon Karate in Crosby, TX under Sensei Lee Mitchell. This was the start of a lifelong passion and journey that continues to this day.

Jumping in with both feet, Jason wasted no time becoming active in karate tournament circuits all over Texas. He placed in every division he participated in, including such events as forms, sparring, team sparring, and weapons. After four years of training five days a week, he earned his first degree black belt in American Karate. He continued to train and assist his instructor with classes until he graduated high school and started college.

In 2005 Jason was brought on board as a staff member at Rising Sun Karate Academy under Kyoshi Jason D. Frank. Over the course of the next eight years and beyond there were many martial arts milestones that were reached. Those include:

- Earning 4th degree black belt in Toso Kune Do and Master Instructor title -Began BJJ training and attained the rank of Purple Belt

- Inducted into US Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2007

- Hyper Pro Training Certified Instructor

- Professional MMA Fighter

- Undefeated Professional Muay Thai Fighter

- Kid-Jitsu Instructor Certification

After leaving RSKA, Coach Jason began Self-Made Martial Arts. During this time he worked hard to continue to develop his young students and his adult fighters. After a year and a half of running Self-Made, he was afforded the opportunity to take on a head instructor position at RISE MMA & Fitness. Everything is history from there. He has taken on the responsibility of coaching kickboxing for kids and adults at the new RISE Wrestling & Kickboxing location. This is his home turf, and he is excited at the opportunity to work with everyone in the area.

Wrestling
Wrestling

Wrestling

Folkstyle Wrestling is the form of Wrestling that is practiced mostly in American high schools and colleges. It is also known as collegiate wrestling. The object of folkstyle wrestling is to pin your opponent. Failing this, you want to get as many points as possible. Freestyle wrestling, like collegiate wrestling, has its greatest origins in catch-as-catch-can. In both styles the ultimate goal is to throw and pin the opponent to the mat, which results in an immediate win. Unlike Greco-Roman, freestyle and collegiate wrestling allow the use of the wrestler's or the opponent's legs in offense and defense. Freestyle wrestling brings together traditional wrestling, judo, and sambo techniques. Greco-Roman (US) or Graeco-Roman (UK) wrestling is a style of wrestling that is practiced worldwide. It was contested at the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and has been included in every edition of the summer Olympics held since 1908.[2] This style of wrestling forbids holds below the waist; this is the major difference from freestyle wrestling, the other form of wrestling at the Olympics. This restriction results in an emphasis on throws because a wrestler cannot use trips to take an opponent to the ground, or avoid throws by hooking or grabbing the opponent's leg.

Kickboxing
Kickboxing

Kickboxing

Kickboxing is a stand up combat practice which is based on kicking and punching; historically developed from karate mixed with boxing. Kickboxing is practiced for self-defense, confidence, and fitness.

Fitness
Fitness

Fitness

Fitness is a the number one component to all training. In order to succeed in the realm of fighting, or any sport for that matter, and even sometimes in life, a certain degree of fitness is required. Here at RISE, no matter what level of competition you participate in, or if you do not compete at all, we have an incredible team of trainers who are ready to help you transform your body into the best version of you. We place a great deal of emphasis on fitness in our every day lives and our team has acquired the tools necessary to help anyone get into better shape both physically and mentally. With a non intimidating approach to Fitness, we learn and grow together. Come take part in making Fitness Fun!

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Success Stories
Success Stories
Tre Herrera

Tre Herrera5 ★

Amazing Gym. They have everything anyone would need all in one place. Along with a great coaching staff and enviorment. Excellent facility.

 Haley Nicole

Haley Nicole5 ★

The bootcamp and women's kickboxing are definitely a must go!! They make it so you can complete a workout while challenging yourself and not hurting yourself. Only having brain surgery 45 days ago, i have had no problems in either class. Never forced or intimated.ALWAYS motivated!! I actually look forward to Tuesdays and Thursdays!!

Alney Hall

Alney Hall5 ★

My son just started going to Rise and I am glad his first coach told me to take him to Rise. A lot of great talent with a staff that has boxing knowledge from being in the ring and not a bunch of YouTube coaches.

Laura Simon

Laura Simon5 ★

A clean, well organized gym with wonderful staff who truly care about people and are passionate about this sport. If you're looking to get into amazing shape or improve your performance, check out this place.

Rachelle Cabusas Guillory

Rachelle Cabusas Guillory5 ★

This place is awesome, very kid friendly and the staff makes you feel like you walked into your own house, house of pain, just kidding

Melissa Washington

Melissa Washington5 ★

Awesome gym and awesome instructors. Muay Thai is the best workout I've ever encountered and so much fun! Jason Felton is great with kids and people and makes you feel welcomed the moment you walk into the door.

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Schedule
Schedule

Schedule

Kubs Kickboxing (Ages 3-6)
4:00-4:45
Kids Kickboxing (Ages 7-11)
4:45-5:30
Kids Wrestling
5:30-6:30
BOOTCAMP
6:00-7:00
Teens/Adults Wrestling
6:30-8:00
Kids Wrestling
5:30-6:30
Teens/Adults Wrestling
6:30-8:00
Kubs Kickboxing (Ages 3-6)
4:00-4:45
Kids Kickboxing (Ages 7-11)
4:45-5:30
Teens/Adults Kickboxing
5:45-7:00
Teens/Adults Wrestling
7:00-8:00
Kids Wrestling
5:30-6:30
Teens/Adults Wrestling
6:30-8:00
Kubs Kickboxing (Ages 3-6)
4:00-4:45
Kids Kickboxing (Ages 7-11)
4:45-5:30
Teens/Adults Kickboxing
5:45-7:00
Girls only Wrestling
7:00-8:00
Open Mat
11:00-1:30
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