Try a Beginner Class Even If You’re Out Of Shape

Are you interested in trying a beginners class but keep putting it off because you’re a little out of shape?

This is one of the more common hang ups for most people when it comes to starting at our gym in Louisville, Ky.


So many people are interested in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Boxing, Crossfit, etc. But they put it off because they are out of shape. In some cases, they put it off to get in shape first. . . before they begin.


Our head BJJ coach did a video recently on his Youtube channel talking about this very subject. In the video he talks about training even though you’re out of shape.


Watch it below to see his thoughts on starting training out of shape. 



To help people get acclimated to the whole training process more smoothly. We offer several different beginner classes. Where we focus on the basics and introduce you to our training.

These beginner classes are great for people who have never trained BJJ, Boxing or Crossfit before.

Reviews from People Who Tried A Beginner Class

I’ve also included a few reviews we recently received on Facebook which were from people who were nervous about starting. But then, as they said it, took the plunge. And loved it.

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So if you’re out of shape. Don’t worry about it. If you’re interested in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Boxing, Crossfit, etc. Don’t wait! Take the first step. You can sign up on our website and we’ll contact you about doing your first beginner class.

Hope to see you soon!


No Gi Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Training in Louisville KY

No Gi Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Training in Louisville KY

Our No Gi Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training includes a lot of takedowns. In fact, Wednesdays have recently become a sort of Wrestling for BJJ class. During the class we go over several techniques from Wrestling or take down related movements that can be used in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training.

This video is primarily a highlight of the rolling portion of that BJJ takedown class at our gym Derby City MMA in Louisville, Ky.

Whether you’re talking about an Mixed Martial Arts fight, or a Real fight on the streets. Having the ability to takedown your opponent or attacker is huge. Especially in a real fight. You know what happens when you get slammed onto concrete? You don’t want to fight much anymore.

Even in BJJ competition. Takedowns are huge. They let you control the stand up battle. Even if you don’t use them often, you still want to have the ability to do so.


Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Training in the Video

In this video I’m just sharing some highlights of the rolling towards the end of class when we were doing our takedowns.

I hope you enjoy the video.

Oh and if you’re new and this stuff looks intimidating. I have a secret. We all started off at the beginning and everyone in the video was a beginner once.

One of our jobs as coaches is to turn you into something that you can’t do on your own. To help you reach mentally and physically further than you imagined.


If you’re interested in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training and would like to train with the team and I.

Click here to sign up for your first FREE Class!

Come check us out at Derby City MMA in Louisville,KY. We have some excellent beginner classes to get you on the mats!






Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black belt Promotion

Chad Hardy Promoted To Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt

Chad Hardy Being Promoted To Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt

This is a video of our head instructor Nick “Chewy” Albin promoting Chad Hardy to Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

If you would like to fast forward to the speech and Black Belt promotion. It starts at 3:20.

This video came from our recent promotions and was by far one of the most powerful and meaningful moments I’ve ever had as a coach.

Promoting not only a crop of tough people to Purple and Brown Belt. But also promoting my “little brother” Chad Hardy to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt.


Brazilian Jiu-jitsu from 11-21

I’ve known Chad since he was 11 years old. I’ve had the pleasure of removing his original White Belt and have had the pleasure of tying on the belts he’s received after. I’ve also had the pleasure of getting to know him incredibly well over the last 10+ years. We even lived together for a while.

As a coach there is no more satisfying a feeling then to see the fruits of your labor realized in front of you. I’ve watched Chad grow as a person. From a young kid to a surprisingly mature young man.

He’s battled and won more competition than I can count. As a competitor he’s always been amazing to watch and an inspiration to the people inside the gym.

And as an instructor and a fixture in our gym he’s turned into someone that is all about building up those around him. Something equally impressive and admirable.

This will certainly not be one of my more popular videos but it is a glimpse into our gym ( Derby City MMA ) and what we are all about.

We all love competition. But at the end of the day we are in this because we feel apart of a team and want to grow with each other.
And for those of you who follow me. I know I ramble on in my videos a lot. As I do in person. But you can at least be sure that anything I say in the videos is what I believe. Regardless if you disagree with my philosophy in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. I assure you it’s 100% genuine.

– Chewy


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1st Class at Derby City MMA Gym Walkthrough

Are you thinking about training at Derby City MMA but would like a walk through of the gym to see the facility before your 1st class?


Watch this video and we will give you a short tour around our gym and show you how your 1st class at Derby City MMA will happen. Whether you’re here at our gym to do Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Boxing, MMA or Crossfit. We’ll give you an idea of how your 1st class at Derby City will be super easy.


We Have Crossfit

In addition to having a MMA gym that will build up athletes and non athletes alike. We also have a Crossfit gym attached so that you can develop your strength and conditioning. The name of our Crossfit affiliate is Grindhouse Crossfit. Like the rest of the programs in our gym. We have some people who are athletes while others are not.

Even if you don’t want to do Crossfit. You can also use our weight training area during non class times to work on your strength training. Many of our members just enjoy working out and use the weights during non class times to exercise.



Our BJJ and Boxing Gym at Derby City MMA

Derby City is also home to the top BJJ gym and Boxing gym in the area. We have large programs that train competitors as well as average people who want the skills of a fighter but just want to enjoy it as a hobby.

Regardless of your circumstance or desire. Derby City MMA is here to develop people into physically and mentally stronger people. We have classes for kids, adults, men and women. We literally have people in the gym ranging from the age of 5 – 70.

Do there’s no reason not to train if it’s something you want to do.

I hope you enjoyed the gym walkthrough and I hope to see you inside Derby City MMA or Grindhouse Crossfit!


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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.







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!



Louisville Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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.
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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