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Healthy Happy BJJ/Muay Thai

Because Brazilian jiu jitsu includes very close contact between training partners and teammates, it’s important to go the extra mile when it comes to personal hygiene.

If you have just  taken a fitness kickboxing class, a Muay Thai class or finished a circuit training session before stepping onto the BJJ mats to train, be sure to have a clean rash guard or shirt to wear under your gi.

Keeping your fingernails and toenails trimmed and clean prevents cuts and the spread of germs and bacteria. WASHING YOUR GI AFTER EVERY PRACTICE IS A MUST. Even if you feel you didn’t sweat, you have been in contact with others and the mat.

Just like it is important to have a clean gi, it is also important to have your own Muay Thai equipment. Sharing equipment can be unsanitary and unsafe. Using your own pair of gloves and shin guards is the safest way to go.

We keep the cleanest facility in the Milwaukee area and that starts with healthy mats. Our mats are cleaned and sanitized daily and you can help keep your facility healthy and happy!

Safety and BJJ

Nova Gyms is the safest facility in Milwaukee to practice Brazilian jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA.  All members of our BJJ team must review our safety videos that detail the mindset and habits of safe training. The first mindset that is addressed is ‘’technique over strength’’ mentality.  This means that during a training session, teammates are applying the techniques that they have learned and not just trying to out muscle and ‘’fight’’ their training partner using strength.  Using muscle and strength instead of proper technique leads to injury and also fosters a dangerously aggressive atmosphere.


Brazilian Jiu jitsu is not about force and aggression but about technique and movement. Having an ‘’I will not tap’’ attitude is also a dangerous mentality to have because it leads to injury.  Having the awareness and attitude of an ‘’I will tap and try again’’ mentality will help you develop and grow throughout your BJJ journey.


At Nova Gyms we aspire to foster a helpful and healthy environment for all of our members.


With the re-introduction of our beginner adult program, it’s important to review the safety videos that we have provided.  Our goal is to help and encourage you along your martial arts journey, and to provide a safe facility to help you reach your personal goals.


Start your MMA Journey from the Ground Up

With mixed martial arts gaining popularity and attention in Milwaukee, Nova Gyms provides the perfect mixed martial arts and cross-training programs to chase your MMA vision, pursue your hobby, get fit fast, or just release any pent up frustrations. We believe that every mixed martial artist should have a solid understanding of how to fight from the ground. For those with MMA aspirations in Milwaukee, our coaches have the professional MMA experience to help you develop through the beginning to the advanced stages of your martial arts journey.  

Because an overwhelming majority of MMA fights end on the ground, Brazilian jiu jitsu is the perfect foundation and preparation for mixed martial arts as well as for ‘’real life’’ self defense.  Our zebra mats provide a clean space with sufficient room to train with our coaches and BJJ team, to practice the skills you need to develop. 

The majority of your MMA training should be spent focusing on transitioning to the ground and knowing how to be in control of the situation using Brazilian jiu jitsu technique.  With classes running six days a week, (twice a day on Tuesday and Thursday), our schedule caters not just to the casual practitioner but also to the hard core fanatic.

Nova Gyms provides the perfect facility for you to pursue your MMA ambitions, begin a fun hobby, or pursue your personal fitness goals!