WHO WE ARE
We are more than just a grappling gym; we’re a vibrant community dedicated to the mastery of Jiu-Jitsu as both an art and a sport.
Our experienced instructors emphasize dynamic techniques and practical strategies that cover the full spectrum of control and submission.
We believe in the transformative power of this martial art as a path to resilience, strategic thinking, and humility.
Innovation is critical. We constantly strive to break the mold of traditional techniques, focusing on pioneering methods and strategies in Jiu-Jitsu. Our approach keeps us at the forefront of martial arts, ensuring our students always learn the most current and effective techniques.
We foster a culture of curiosity and critical thinking. Our instructors, acting more as moderators, encourage students to deeply analyze and understand the mechanics and principles behind each technique. This environment of exploration and questioning helps students take ownership of their learning journey, making each class a dynamic and engaging experience.
Our studio is a welcoming space for everyone, regardless of background or skill level. We take pride in creating an inclusive atmosphere where diversity is celebrated and mutual support is paramount. This unity and camaraderie are fundamental to our philosophy, allowing each member to thrive and grow in their Jiu-Jitsu journey.
We offer a structured curriculum that provides clear and comprehensive training guidelines. This organization ensures that students have a defined path for progression, equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to confidently advance in their grappling journey.
At Theory, we are committed to providing world-class grappling content. We stay updated with the latest techniques and trends in the competitive world of Jiu-Jitsu, ensuring that our students are always a step ahead, ready to excel in any setting they choose.
Our curriculum incorporates elements from various grappling disciplines like Judo, Sambo, and Wrestling. This multidisciplinary approach broadens our students’ skill sets, fostering adaptability and a well-rounded grappling proficiency essential for navigating the diverse martial arts world.
Hello! I’m Hunter Boe, a Jiu-Jitsu coach at Theory Jiu-Jitsu Studio. Let me tell you about my journey with Jiu-Jitsu! It all started six years ago when my brother-in-law introduced me to this incredible martial art. From the very first practice, I was hooked! Jiu-Jitsu offered me a unique blend of challenges and puzzles that kept me returning for more.
Like any dedicated practitioner, I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs on the mats. From overcoming injuries to humbling training sessions and tough competition losses, Jiu-Jitsu has taught me valuable lessons on and off the mat. But through it all, I wouldn’t trade this journey for anything else. Jiu-Jitsu has become a constant in my life, providing stability amidst the chaos and uncertainty of the world.
It has been a transformative experience, making me a better person and pushing me to stay present in every moment. But beyond the personal growth, what truly sets Jiu-Jitsu apart is the fantastic community it creates. Like-minded individuals with the same passion and dedication to this gentle art surround me.
I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to join such a supportive and inspiring community. Teaching Jiu-Jitsu and sharing my love for the art with others is a true privilege. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us all and how Jiu-Jitsu continues to shape and enrich our lives.
LEVI VAN STAPPEN
Owner, Head Jiu-Jitsu Coach
Hey everyone! I’m Levi Van Stappen, the head Jiu-Jitsu coach and proud owner of Theory Jiu-Jitsu Studio! With over 20 years of martial arts experience, I hold a Brown Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and a 3rd Degree Black Belt in American Freestyle Karate. What drew me to Jiu-Jitsu is its captivating complexity – it’s like an endless puzzle that pushes me mentally and physically, keeping me engaged and hungry for more.
But beyond the technical aspects, what truly lights me up is the sense of community that Jiu-Jitsu fosters. It’s a place where people from all walks of life come together to learn, grow, and support one another. We embark on this journey of discovery and camaraderie as a team, facing challenges and celebrating victories together.
I’m incredibly grateful to guide every one of you through this thrilling adventure. Together, we’ll delve deeper into the art of Jiu-Jitsu, unlocking its secrets and tapping into its transformative power. Let’s continue to explore the endless possibilities that Jiu-Jitsu offers, and I can’t wait to see how far we’ll go together on this grappling path!
Head Wrestling Coach
Hey there! I’m Jordan Laster, head Wrestling coach at Theory Jiu-Jitsu Studio, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of Theory Jiu-Jitsu Studio as a wrestling instructor. With over 13 years of experience in competitive wrestling, including my time at the Division 1 level in college, I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise that I’m eager to share with all of you.
My passion lies in nurturing talent and fostering a supportive training environment. My mission is to provide a dedicated space for students to kickstart or continue their wrestling journey beyond high school and college. I’m here to help you improve your wrestling skills while ensuring an enjoyable experience and a rewarding workout.
I take pride in my distinguished collegiate career, qualifying for the NCAA Division I tournament three times at Princeton University. And when I’m not on the mats, you might catch me honing my skills in jiu-jitsu, where I’ve earned my blue belt.
Beyond wrestling, I cherish moments with friends and family. I love hitting the gym and even dabbling in web application development in my spare time. I can’t wait to share my expertise and grow alongside you on this wrestling journey.
Roy Dean’s martial education is well rounded, holding first degree black belts in Kodokan Judo and Aikikai Aikido, and third degree black belts in Japanese and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He continues to be a student of Roy Harris, and is recognized as a black belt by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), with affiliated academies around the world.
We are very proud to be Roy Dean’s FIRST and ONLY affiliation in Wisconsin!