Train Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in Louisville with No Experience

brazilian jiu-jitsu in louisvilleYou Don’t Have To Fight To Train Brazilian Jiu-jitsu In Louisville

Eugene is your average guy in his 30s. A growing family, a career and 2 dogs that leave accidents on his floor.


Watch the video and see how training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in Louisville relives his stress, gives him an outlet for his physical energy and allows him to be a part of a vibrant community. You’ll also learn how Eugene went from never competing in a 1 on 1 sport to getting his hand raised during his first competition.


In this short interview, what I hope to share with you is that you don’t have to be a fighter or competitor to train Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. While we definitely train people who decide to compete. But it’s not required. Our goal as coaches is to build up our members regardless of their aspirations.

This is a worry that many people have when they begin training. They are so nervous and worried about starting because they believe they need to be fighters in order to train. But this couldn’t be any further from the truth. You don’t have to be a fighter or competitor to train Martial Arts.

After watching the video above, I hope you understand that you can begin your training without having any experience or having to be a fighter.

If you’re interested in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in Louisville, KY. Check out our gym Derby City MMA in Louisville, KY.

Click here to find more information about our Brazilian Jiu-jitsu 

If you click the link and fill out the form. We will send you a Free Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Ebook to prepare you for your first class as well as schedule you to try a beginners only class for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in Louisville.

If you have any questions about the martial arts training at Derby City. You can also call us at 502-937-8797.




Does Derby City MMA Have Beginner Classes?

Does Derby City MMA have Beginner Classes?

Beginner classesOne of the most commonly asked questions we get at Derby City MMA is whether or not we offer beginner classes or if someone needs experience before they start.

The short answer to this question is that, Yes we do offer beginner class in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Crossfit and more. And no, you do not need any experience whatsoever before you begin training at Derby City.

As I share with people our coaches are in the business of building people up. Not tearing them down. So when people come in from all around Louisville to train martial arts. That’s exactly what we do. We build them up.

We do our best to help them reach goals and do things they never thought they could.

If you decide to try out one of our beginner classes. Here’s what you can expect. . .

  • Being introduced to the techniques and movements on the most basic level and slowly being nudged forward to advanced.
  • Being able to adjust and scale the training to your needs and level of experience or fitness.
  • A welcoming environment of professional coaches and helpful members.
  • Other beginners at the same level as you training. (Yep you won’t be the only one)


So if you live in the Louisville, KY area and you’re interested in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Crossfit or Children’s Martial Arts.

I invite you to come out to Derby City MMA and try a free class. You can experience the gym for yourself. See if you like it, and then go from there. It’s risk free with absolutely no obligation.

You can click on one of the boxes around our website to schedule a Free class or just give us a call at 502-937-8797.







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MMA Meatheads And Children’s Martial Arts

Can a Meathead MMA gym and children’s Martial Arts mix?

This is the question one of our member’s father asked himself before bringing his son into Derby City MMA for our children’s Martial Arts classes.


Like many parents, he was interested in getting his son Conley into Martial Arts training as a means to build his confidence and physical abilities. When he first brought his son into Derby City MMA he was nervous. It seemed like a good place but he had the idea that it was a bunch of meatheads training.

Once he walked through the doors and watched the training. He was blown away by the inviting atmosphere, quality of the training and professionalism of the coaches who helped Conley develop and grow.

They’ve been with us for several years now and Conley continues to grow. In fact he recently won a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu tournament.


Don’t Let Fear Stop Your Child From Experience Children’s Martial Arts

I share this story because oftentimes one of the big worries people have about our gym is the idea that we are a bunch of MMA Meatheads who are just going to jump on anyone who steps through the door. Even though they’ve never been inside the gym or met the trainers. They have this idea of who and what they think we are.

And nothing could be further from the truth.

In reality, we are a group of people who have develop a particular or Martial Arts abilities to a high level and now we enjoy sharing these Martial Arts with others. We are coaches and our job is to build up others. To take them on the same personally fulfilling Martial Arts journey that we’ve been on for years.

If you’re interested in getting your child into Martial Arts. Whether that’s for Confidence, physical toughness, being able to stand up to bullies or any number of benefits Kids Martial Arts have to offer. Don’t let the MMA name fool you and don’t let fear stop you! We have a group of devoted coaches who are ready to work with your child and build them up into a mentally and physically stronger version of themselves.


Watch the full video to hear Bryan and Conley’s story. If you’re a parent, it’s a must watch. And if you’re interested in classes. Just call us at 502-937-8797 and we will set your child up for a Beginners Kids Martial Arts class.



Louisville Brazilian Jiu Jitsu kumite win

Louisville Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Head Coach Wins Kumite

This past weekend Derby City’s head BJJ coach Nick “Chewy” Albin won at the BJJ Kumite in Murfreesboro, TN. During the finals match Chewy put on a good display of what Louisville Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has to offer.

The BJJ Kumite tournament that was held in Tennessee had some of the top competition in the region competing for bragging rights and a cash prize.

During the finals match he used a combination of grip fighting, takedowns and top pressure passing to keep his opponent grounded and gain the victory. His opponent who was very tough put up a good defense and didn’t give much ground. By the end of the exciting match, both competitors were spent.

During the event, Chad Hardy (the assistant head coach) also pushed his way into the semi finals but was forced to withdraw following a broken toe. Up until that point he had put on a great showing winning 2 matches by submission.


There are several Louisville Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gyms. But Derby City has long had the largest and most active competition team in the area. Lead from the front by all of their coaches.


If you’re thinking about doing Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and live in the Louisville area. Derby City offers  unique blend of basics and beginner friendly classes while still giving those who want it the opportunity to compete. In fact many of our best competitors started off as people who had no intentions of competing.

You owe it to yourself to give Derby City a try if you’re looking for a Louisville Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym.

Let our world class coaches build you up in the martial art with our proven curriculum and training system.

You can receive a free ebook and reserve your spot for a free beginners class by clicking here!



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The Best Louisville Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training

Louisville BJJ Training At Derby City MMA

Here is a short highlight of some of the Louisville Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training at Derby City MMA.

This is just a normal day during one of our advanced classes of BJJ training. This was a moderate level training class.

During the BJJ training class I urged the students to push themselves. We were only rolling for 18 minutes total (3 rounds of 6 minutes with 30 seconds rest). So really is not that much rolling. Most people who’ve trained Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for any length of time can do that.

But what I wanted them to get from it was the idea of sprinting. Instead of conserving energy and constantly preparing for the next round. Open up and go full speed to the best of your abilities for 6 minutes. Then do it again and again.

I wanted the students to push themselves. To get to the point where their body was tired and they were huffing and puffing.


Largest Louisville Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Program

This drive to push ourselves and make ourselves better is what has made us the largest Louisville Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program in the area.

A lot of times in our training. We might feel like we are hitting our max capacity. Often though, we are only using a fraction of what we are capable of.

By fighting through this discomfort a person is able to realize what they are really capable of. This challenging but uplifting atmosphere is one of the reason so many people continue to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Derby City MMA.


If you live in Louisville, KY or ever find yourself in Louisville and want to train Brazilian Jiu jitsu. Our doors are always welcome to newcomers and visitors.

If you have any question about getting started. Just give us a call 502-937-8797

Or Click here to Sign Up For A Free Class Online





7 Ways To Prepare For 1st Boxing Class in Louisville

7 Ways To Prepare For 1st Boxing Class in Louisville

Louisville is a town with a rich history of Boxing. Because Louisville is a bit a of a Boxing town. Our Boxing program is always filled with enthusiastic newcomers. Ready to try their hand at the sweet science.


The majority of the people that walk through our doors to do a Boxing class have no prior boxing experience. And that lack of knowledge can be intimidating.


When people think of Boxing gyms. Most imagine a crusty Boxing gym from the movies. Where your first day is welcome by a 12 round sparring session in the ring. Not much of a beginners Boxing class.


At Derby City MMA we totally understand that most people who want to get into the sport don’t actually know anything about it. They’ve watched it on tv. Maybe they we’re inspired by a movie or a fight to start training. But they’re brand new!


Because of this, we offer beginner classes and give both the option of fitness boxing in the form of cardio bag classes. Meanwhile, we offer fighters separate classes and give them a chance to develop their skills for a fight in the ring.


So with that in mind, I’ve prepared this short guide to help you prepare for your first Boxing class in Louisville, Ky.
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Prepare For Your First Boxing Class in Louisville


  1. Stop worrying! This is most people’s problem. They get so worked up and worried. Trust me, there is nothing to worry about. No one is in here to beat you up. Our coaches are ready to build you up, regardless of experience. Whether you want to be a fighter or just get in better shape.
  2. Be hydrated. Boxing is great work out. If you haven’t been super active recently, it’s ok. Just make sure to be prepared. You can do this by staying hydrated during the day and making sure not to eat a large meal right before you get to the gym. If you’re not sure what to eat. Try a piece of fruit an hour or so before training for energy without being too heavy on the stomach.
  3. What to wear? People ask this all the time. Again, don’t get hung up on the small things. When you come into the gym to start boxing. Just wear clothes you’re comfortable working out in. Most men wear shorts and a t shirt and women often wear shorts / yoga pants and a shirt.
  4. Do I need any equipment for my 1st Boxing Class? No equipment is needed. We’ll provide you with a set of boxing gloves to wear for your first visit.
  5. What to expect when you walk in to Derby City. When you arrive. You’ll be greeted by one of our staff working the front desk. From there you’ll sign a waiver and we’ll introduce you to the coaches and get you on the mats with us.
  6. How tough is the workout? If you’re worried about the workout being too much for you. Don’t worry. While our coaches will push you. We will never ask you to do anything you can’t or don’t feel comfortable doing. We’ve helped people all shapes and sizes get into the best shape of their lives in a control and safe manner.
  7. Is there an age limit? No. We have people as young as 5 doing our kids kickboxing classes and we have adults into their 70s working out. Again, everything can be adjusted to meet your needs.
morning boxing class


So if you’re interested in Boxing in Louisville, KY. Come check us out.


It’s a great opportunity to meet some amazing people, get in great shape and learn a terrific sport.


The first classes is 100% free without any sort of obligation. It’s just a chance for you to try it out and see how you like it.


If you have any other questions or would like to schedule a free Boxing class. Just click here or call 502-937-8797

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Simple Technique To Relax After Working Out

Simple Technique To Relax After Working Out

I’ve had several students over the years tell me that they can’t relax after working out. They will complain that they are unable to sleep after working out or training. Recently I had one of the students say that he can’t fall asleep and it’s the biggest challenge he faces in regards to training.

I think we’ve all experienced this before. After working out. You get home and you’re mind is still racing and your body is still in a heightened state and you just can’t relax.

You might even feel this way and find yourself unable to relax after a rough day at work.

Whatever the reason. In this video, I show a technique you can do from home to help relax after working out. It’s been great when I can’t sleep after BJJ training or when I have a ton of stuff racing through my mind. Many of the members inside the gym say that it’s been helpful for them as well.

The technique in the video is all about breathing. It’s a simple way to train your body to develop the ability to breathe into your stomach which can have a calming effect on your body and mind. If you’ve ever done Yoga. Think about how relaxing the end of the session can be. When you lay down and focus only on the breathe. It has a way of clearing your head and leaving your body more relaxed.

So, if you’re someone who struggles with sleeping following an intense training session. Whether that is Brazilian Jiu jitsu, CrossFit, MMA or Boxing. Give the simple technique I show in this video a try and see if it helps. Hopefully it will help you relax after working out as it does for myself and many others inside our gym.


From Mother To Boxer (Louisville Boxing Gym Interview)

From Mother To Boxer (Louisville Boxing Gym Interview)



If you are someone that is interested in Boxing in Louisville Ky. Watch this Louisville Boxing interview and hear how Anna went from being a 5’0 tall mother with no prior experience to winning her first fight. It’s awesome and incredibly motivating.
Anna began Boxing in Louisville, KY at Derby City Mixed Martial Arts. She initially wanted to box, but as she will explain. With everything going on in her life. It just didn’t seem like the right time or that it wouldn’t fit in with her lifestyle.

She was a mother, manager at an office and a wife. . . Not a boxer. So she waited. Eventually she finally made her way into Derby City MMA to start boxing.

Fast forward a little over a year after her initial nervous first class. Anna had her first boxing match in Louisville, Ky. A boxing match she ended up winning by unanimous decision. Not bad considering her start.

We love Anna’s story because at 5’0 she can look very unassuming. Many people make up excuses as to why they can’t do something. Many people have this thought that you can’t do boxing unless you have prior experience. After seeing her progress over the last year, it’s very inspirational and we are incredibly proud of her. It’s also a testament to hard work and just doing it, regardless of whether or not you’re nervous.


Interested In Boxing In Louisville Ky

If you are someone that is interested in Boxing in Louisville Ky. Then you need to check out our Boxing program.

We have amazing coaches who will build you up from the ground up. Even if you have no prior experience.

Don’t wait. Take Anna’s advice and try it out. You never know what your capable of until you try it.

To learn more about our Boxing program,
go here: http://derbycitymartialarts.com/web/boxing/

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3 Smoothie Recipes To Energize Your Day

3 Smoothie Recipes To Energize Your Day


All of the members at our gym are annoyingly aware of my recent diet changes. Along with cutting out all grains from my diet I’ve instituted a few other changes. One of which has been including a veggie and fruit smoothie in the morning.

I said annoyingly aware because since I made the diet changes I’ve been filled with a newly found amount of energy. A level of energy I can’t ever remember experiencing. With that said, I’ve been very excited to tell the people I train.

It’s hard not to share as a trainer. When you’re a trainer, if something works, you want to share it with your members. If I learn a new BJJ technique or near movement for Crossfit. If it works, I immediately want to share it with the men and women I train. I feel like I almost owe it to them. I’m the guinea pig, and if it works, I share the information.

Along with the idea of sharing. A bunch of the members have been asking about what I put in my morning smoothies. I’m going to share some of my favorite smoothie recipes so far, but feel free to do searches as there is lots of information out there on them. But these smoothie recipes are both Chewy tested and approved.

  • Each one of these makes me roughly 2 16oz smoothies.
  • If you want a colder smoothie. Add frozen fruit or a few ice cubes to each one.
  • Just combine all the ingredients in the list and blend.

Green Smoothie Recipe with Banana And Pineapple


  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Cup Pineapple
  • 2 Handfuls of Kale
  • 2 Leaves of Chard
  • 2 Handfuls of Spinach
  • 1 Small Cucumber
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Turmeric
  • Hunk of Peeled Ginger
  • 16oz of Cold Water

Purple Smoothie Recipe with Beets (The Same As Above With Beets)


  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Cup Pineapple
  • 2 Handfuls of Kale
  • 2 Leaves of Chard
  • 2 Handfuls of Spinach
  • 1 Small Cucumber
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Turmeric
  • Hunk of Peeled Ginger
  • 1 Peeled Beet
  • 16oz Cold Water

Purple Smoothie Recipe with Apple and BerriesIMG_1045


  • 1 Apple (I prefer honey crisps)
  • 1 Cup of Berries (blue berries are my favorite)
  • 2 Handfuls of Kale
  • 2 Leaves of Chard
  • 2 Handfuls of Spinach
  • 1 Small Cucumber
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Turmeric
  • Hunk of peeled Ginger
  • (I usually add a beet to this one too, but if they aren’t your thing no big deal)
  • 16 Oz Cold Water


Bonus Recipe Kale-a-Colada ( I like this one mid day. Don’t Worry. No beets. )

  • 1 Cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 2 Handfuls of Kale
  • 1/3 Cup Of Frozen Pineapple Chunks
  • 1/2 Ripe Avocado
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 Cup Ice


So there ya go, a few smoothie recipes to try if you are looking to do some veggie and fruit smoothies. The first three have become a part of my breakfast routine. Like I said, I feel like I have a crazy amount of energy after drinking these.

With any of the recipes, feel free to tweak them to your liking. You might not like the bite of ginger or turmeric. But give it a try and if you don’t like it, try easing it to it with a little bit at a time.


Also, just in case you’re wondering what kind of other diet and lifestyle changes I’ve made recently.

  • I’ve cut out grains completely with an occasional exception here and there. For instance I had a beer (just 1) with one of the guys last week.
  • I’ve been drinking less coffee. I have my cup in the morning and then following that I drink green tea later on in the day. I honestly don’t feel like I need it so I don’t drink it. This is significant because I’ve been a heavy coffee drinker for years and found it difficult to cut back.
  • I’ve been sleeping earlier and getting up much earlier. I’ve never been a morning person, ever! But I’ve started waking up at 5am. Maybe springing up at 5am is a better way of putting it. I’m not sure if it’s because of less caffeine or the smoothies but I bounce right out of bed at 5am and typically power down at 10pm.

I also tend to prefer the smoothies with beets. I feel like there is something to it that gives me a bit more of a boost.

So there you go guys, I hope these smoothie recipes help out and give you some inspiration to start consuming more veggies. I’m not trying to push my diet or lifestyle on anyone else. But what I will say is that you can’t go wrong by adding more fruits and veggies into your diet and these smoothie recipes can be a great start.


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Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Builds Self-Confidence And Bullyproof Smaller Child

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Builds Self-Confidence And Bullyproof Smaller Child

Robert Schultz brought his son Zach into Derby City MMA in Louisville, Ky back in 2013 to build self-confidence essentially bullyproof him.

Like many parent’s he was looking to get his child into something to develop self-confidence, build physical abilities and prevent bullying. Because as Rob shares, being bullying can be a terrible experience. When filming this video it felt powerful to hear Rob share that because you can tell, it’s something that bothered him at some point in his own life. I share the experience of being bullied when I was younger and it’s one of the reasons I’m so passionate about teaching kids martial arts.

Zach has definitely built self-confidence during his training. But what Rob didn’t realize was that it would change Zach’s life. These are the words he used to share regarding the impact Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and the training offered at Derby City MMA has had on Zach. I think anyone who has ever dedicated themselves to something will talk about the powerful effect that confidence can have.

Not only has the training made his son physically and mentally stronger, but it’s also opened doors that he never thought would be opened.

Watch the video and hear Rob and Zach’s full story. Of how Brazilian Jiu-jitsu built self-confidence and was able to bullyproof a young child

Perhaps, you’re a parent looking for an effective martial art to enroll your child into. You owe it to yourself and to your child to check out Derby City MMA. We have different martial arts programs for your child. But our mission is always the same. To develop your child mentally and physically.

If you’re interested in helping your child become mentally and physically stronger and more confident. Then put your information in one of the boxes on the website or call 502-937-8797 and we will be happy to assist you.