Infinity Martial Arts
At Infinity Martial Arts, we take pride in our highly trained staff of martial arts professionals. Our specialized martial arts programs are specifically designed to help each student grow on a personal level. We guide each student to become their best and show them how to achieve their goals by focusing on these areas:
- Building self-confidence
- Developing a positive attitude
- Learning self-discipline
- Improving physical fitness
- Enhancing self-defense skills
- Earning and showing respect
Mr. Mike Welch’s life-long passion for karate infuses his training and teaching. He sees every class as a work of art and enjoys continually learning new things and developing his abilities as a martial artist. Mr. Welch also finds passion in teaching through helping martial artists build character. He finds gratification in knowing that he truly has an impact on his students’ growth, development and everyday interaction.
Mr. Welch was born in Madison, WI in 1981. He began karate at age 9 under the instruction of Mr. Randy Beck when his parents got him lessons as a Christmas present. Karate had always sparked Mr. Welch’s interest and his parents saw the benefits it offered to a young boy.
Mr. Welch won his first karate tournament as a white belt in the forms division. This was only the beginning of a long successful martial arts career.
During the next few years, Mr. Welch and his father were heavily involved in competition. Competing in the Wisconsin Professional Karate Association (WPKA), Mr. Welch was ranked in the top three for forms and sparring from white belt through black belt. He was ranked number one in both divisions in 1995. Not yet a weapons stylist, Mr. Welch won his first North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) Diamond Nationals–placing 1st in his forms divisions as a brown stripe belt.
Martial Arts is my passion, my work out and my career.
- Mike Welch
Mr. Welch earned his Black Belt on March 30, 1996 at age 14. At this time, he was still competing at the state/regional level. Mr. Welch also began studying Modern Arnis, a Philippine art that focuses on stick fighting and joint locks. He was awarded his instructor’s certification and brown belt by the late Grandmaster Remi Presas.
In 1998, Mr. Welch co-founded Wisconsin’s first national competition team: “Team X-treme”. Team X-treme was known across the country for its Extreme Martial Arts (XMA) team forms fused with high-flying action and tight precision. The team was a regular on the Diamond Nationals grand champion stage–winning the team form division several years in a row.
While Mr. Welch loves competing, his true passion is teaching. From world competitors to basic beginners, Mr. Welch enjoys helping martial artists become better people, black belts and leaders.
After co-owning and running Karate America Wisconsin Rapids with his father from 1998 to 2004 and working as the chief instructor at a Fitchburg karate studio in for three years, Mr. Welch felt it was time to realize his dream and open his own studio. In April 2007, Mr. Welch founded Infinity Martial Arts.
In the past few years, Mr. Welch has built a strong community of martial artists. At Infinity, Mr. Welch’s teaching is helped by a core team of instructors who work just as hard to be the best teachers they can be.