Foundations BJJ Academy

Foundations BJJ Academy is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy in Madison, Wisconsin.




Foundations is located in the Neighborhood House Community Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

29 South Mills St
Madison, WI

Membership and rates



Monthly Rates

Membership is $50/month for unlimited classes. There are no contracts required. To enroll in a monthly membership, click the Subscribe button below.

Drop-In Fee

If you are just coming to train for one day, you can pay the $10 per class drop-in fee.

To pay a drop-in fee, click the Pay Now button below.

Kids Rates

Kids Memberships are $30/month. There are no contracts required. To enroll in a monthly membership, click the Subscribe button below.

Jiu jitsu Brotherhood membership

Members are encouraged to enroll in a yearly membership to the Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood.  Membership in Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood is not required to be a member at Foundations BJJ Academy.  



Saturday (Except Badger Football Home Game Days)

11am to 1pm - BJJ (Gi) with Mike, Arun, and Matt



4:30pm to 5:30pm - Kids and Family BJJ

5:30pm to 7pm - BJJ (Gi) with Matt, Mike & Arun



9:45am to 11am - BJJ (Gi) With Arun & Matt



9:45am to 11am - Drilling class (Gi) with Matt

4:30pm to 5:30pm - Kids and Family BJJ

5:30pm to 7pm - BJJ (No Gi) with Head Instructor Mike



9:45am to 11am - BJJ (Gi) with Arun & Matt



8pm-10pm - Open Mat (Double check Facebook Friday afternoon) *This session is not recommended for first time students



7pm to 8:30pm - BJJ (No Gi) with Drew


About Foundations

Welcome to Foundations Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy. At Foundations BJJ, we are committed to providing the highest standards of BJJ instruction to students of all ages in a safe and pleasant training environment.

We operate under a non-profit mission statement; Foundations' goal is to make high quality Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction available at an affordable price.  Our fees are straightforward and all inclusive. There are no contracts.  There is no requirement to buy a Jiu Jitsu Gi/Kimono from our school. There are no testing fees or promotion fees.  Promotions will be based on effort and results on the mat.

We recognize that people choose to train martial arts for a variety of reasons, and support our students in whatever their goals may be, be they competitive, self-defense oriented, or simply the opportunity to train in a welcoming and challenging environment.

Head instructor Michael Velotta has been training since 1998, with many years of competition experience in BJJ, Judo, Sambo and Submission Grappling.  Mike has also trained in wrestling and 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu and was awarded his BJJ Black Belt under Thales Blaso in 2015 (Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Luiz Claudio > Thales Blaso).

Foundations BJJ is honored to be affiliated with the Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood, a unique and open-minded organization founded by Nicolas Gregoriades, first black belt of the legendary Roger Gracie.  With this partnership, Foundations BJJ aims to provide students with strong fundamental grappling skills and allow its members to take their own path in the BJJ journey.  We encourage students to learn from everyone.  As such, our open door policy welcomes visitors of any affiliation.

Your first class is free of charge, so come and train with us!