Louisville BJJ Competition Team

Louisville BJJ Competition Team Wins at NAGA

Louisville BJJ Competition Team

Louisville BJJ Competition Team After The Competition

Louisville BJJ Competition Team Wins at NAGA 2017

Derby City MMA in Louisville, Ky is home to the areas most active Brazilian Jiu-jitsu competition team. Every weekend it seems like we have some competition going on somewhere. Recently our team was in Cincinnati competing at the NAGA Brazilian Jiujitsu competition.

When we arrived to the tournament. The building it was held in was incredibly hot and muggy. Outside it was a beautiful bright and sunny 85 degree day. Inside of the building it was closer to 90 and the heat of all the bodies created this nasty hot stickiness. If you look at the team picture below, you’ll see my shirt was absolutely soaked in sweat. It looked like I had jumped into the pool! So when it was time to get the BJJ matches going, it didn’t take much to get warmed up.


Louisville BJJ Beginner Wins

Louisville BJJ Beginner Wins At His 1st Tournament

Beginner Wins At 1st BJJ Tournament

Even some of our brand new beginners were able to win medals at their very 1st competition! One such person was John John who joined us several months ago. Along with losing a ton of weight and getting in better shape. He was able to snag some wins and medals at his very 1st BJJ competition. His video is below.


Louisville BJJ Brothers Win

Brothers win BJJ tournament together

Brothers Win Together

Another cool moment came from 2 our students who are brothers. They both won their expert no gi divisions. Sporting two super cool belts at the competition. They both showed great displays of takedowns, control on the ground and athleticism. And it’s super cool to see two brothers, both by blood and by training, win together. Their matches are below.

Great Performance By Our Louisville BJJ Team

All in all it was a great performance by all of our competitors that day. And if my memory serves me correctly. Everyone of our competitors placed in the tournament that day which is impressive. So enjoy the videos and keep a look out for more of our competitions matches. Also, if you want to join us and be apart of the team! Then click on the link below and come try a FREE class today!
Louisville BJJ Comp Team DC Hands

Louisville BJJ Team DC Hands After The Tournament




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Beginners Boxing Class

Want to Try a Beginners Boxing Class ?

Are you interested in beginners Boxing class but have no experience? Do you feel worried that you’re going to get in the way because you’re not in the best shape or have never learned the proper form?

This is by far one the biggest worry most people have when they come into our gym. They have been interested in Boxing but are afraid of their lack of experience being a problem. One person in particular came into the gym and told me that they were nervous because they thought they were just going to get beat up.

So I wanted to take you through a basic idea of what to expect with our Beginners Boxing classes.


Our Amateur Boxing Team

Our Amateur Boxing Team

Beginners Boxing Class Walkthrough

  1. As soon as you walk in the doors for the 1st time. You’ll be greeted by one of our amazing staff members ready to get you started.
  2. After being greeted you’ll be taken for a short walk through in the gym to show you around and make you familiar with the layout.
  3. After your walk through. You’ll be introduced to your Boxing coach and given a pair of gloves to wear for your class if you don’t have a set.
  4. From there our coach will walk you through some of the basics to get you started, and you’ll be hitting the bag with the new techniques in no time!
  5. Afterwards, enjoy the feeling of learning something new, being surrounded by awesome people and getting a fantastic workout.


Our gym has a very cool mixture of people. We have everything from Boxers who get into the ring a compete and we have people who just want to get the fitness benefits of Boxing. But whatever the goals, we have the coaches and classes to make that happen.

So if you’re interested in Boxing but have no prior experience. Don’t worry! Try out one of our Beginners Boxing Classes at Derby City MMA. We’ll build you from the ground up!


To sign up for a Free Beginners Boxing Class and try it with no obligation.

Call 502-937-8797


Click Here and fill out the form to let us know you’re interested. 


Hope to see you soon!


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Louisville Brazilian Jiujitsu Wins at Charlotte

Louisville Brazilian Jiujitsu Win in Charlotte

Our Louisville Brazilian Jiujitsu Competition Team scored several victories and solid performances back in 2016. During the event 3 of our BJJ competitors took to Charlotte to test their abilities. Our head BJJ coach Chewy, Eugene (Purple Belt at the time) and Chris (Blue Belt at the time).


The matches were filled with some great displays of what our Louisville Brazilian Jiujitsu gym has to offer. Takedowns, submissions, sweeps, etc.


Head Coach Nick “Chewy” Albin Competing


Eugene Scores two BJJ Submissions


Chris Securing Gets The W


Louisville Brazilian Jiujitsu Gym Offers More Than Competition

If you would like to do Brazilian Jiujitsu in Louisville, KY. Then check us out at Derby City MMA.

We have an amazing group of people. Everyone from young and old, to competitors and hobbyists.

And while we do have some of the best Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training available. Lead by our world class coaches Nick “Chewy” Albin and Chad Hardy. Our main focus of our BJJ program is to give people a community and connectedness in addition to the training that’s involved.

In the matches above you see the excitement of a BJJ competition and the hard nose execution of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. But there is so much more. Our Louisville Brazilian Jiujitsu gym is based around connecting a tribe of people. We train together, hang out together, compete together, etc.

So even if you’re not that interested in Bjj competitions. No problem. Tournaments make up a small percentage of what we do here at the gym. Our biggest focus is to train people in the martial art so they can become physically and mentally stronger while meeting new people.

So if you’re interested in training, don’t wait! Call us at 502-937-8797


If you don’t want to talk on the phone. You can sign up for your first free class by filling out the sign up box on this page. Just click here to sign up. 




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Louisville Brazilian Jiujitsu Team at UGI

Louisville Brazilian Jiujitsu Team Shines At Submission Only Tournament

This weekend our Louisville Brazilian Jiujitsu team had some fantastic performances at the UGI grappling competition.


Last weekend 5 of our Brazilian Jiu-jitsu competitors stepped up to compete in a super match style Bjj competition. Our Louisville Brazilian Jiujitsu program here at Derby City MMA put 3 Blue Belts, 1 Brown Belt and 1 Black Belt on the mats that day.


The rules for the tournament were simple. The competitors had 6-8 minutes to submit their opponent. If neither was able to submit the other then the match was declared a draw.

During the day we had 2 submissions and 3 draws. But even the draws showed some very close attempts that nearly finished the match. Like during Patricks match where he nearly had a knee bar finish.


Here are the Brazilian Jiujitsu matches from this weekend!


Patrick Bliss UGI Match


Seth Ritchie UGI Match


Madison Haycraft UGI Match


Matt Harrison UGI Match


Chad Hardy UGI Match


Premier Louisville Brazilian Jiujitsu Team

One thing that can be said about Derby City MMA is that we have the most active and most decorated team for Brazilian Jiujitsu in Louisville. No team has won more medals, produced more BJJ champions and is as active as ours. This is a direct reflection of the team atmosphere our Louisville Brazilian Jiujitsu gym has.  We train hard and push one another to better, but it’s done always with the understanding that we are a team and we are working together to build everyone up.

If you’re interested in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu or even being a part of a big team and community. Than our BJJ program is for you. We have excellent coaches ready to build you up the right way and your teammates are some of the most awesome people you’ll ever meet.

To start training with us. Click here and fill out the contact form to start with a FREE class.

You can also call us at 502-937-8797. 


Hope to see you join myself and the team on the mats!


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This Louisville MMA Does Things a Little Different

Louisville MMA Gym 4th of July Party

At Derby City MMA in Louisville, Ky. We not only train together. But we also have a great community atmosphere. This is probably one of the reasons that so many people in the Louisville area looking for a gym come to us to do Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Boxing, Crossfit and the strength training programs we offer.

When people come to our Louisville MMA gym. Often the idea of an MMA gym is intimidating. But really, MMA just means Mixed Martial Arts and that’s because we mix up several martial arts styles.

And so when people come into our gym and feel very welcomed and invited. It changes everything. Because going to a gym and training can enjoyable for sure. But training with amazing people that you enjoy being around is even better. Being connected to a group is something that we all want as humans and the connected atmosphere of our gym definitely delivers in that area.

Louisville MMA Gym 4th Party

This past weekend our MMA gym as well as our CrossFit affiliate had a 4th of July party for all of our members and it was a blast.

We did everything from eat burgers and play cornhole, to enjoying one of our member’s homemade craft beer. Oh and we almost blew each other up with fireworks. Just kidding. . . well sorta.

Anyways, we hope you had a good (and safe) 4th of July. And if you’re ever interested in training Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Crossfit, Strength Training, or if you ever want to be in a place where you feel connected to a group that is pushing each other to get better. Then come by and try out a free class with us.

Click here and go to this page and sign up for a free class.



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It’s a Different Experience at This Louisville Gym

Along with offering the best Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Boxing and Crossfit that any Louisville gym has to offer. Our facility also offers such a different experience than the rest. One of those is just workouts that fun!

Like this workout. Recently our head Crossfit coach (Grindhouse Crossfit), head Brazilian Jiujitsu coach (Chewy) and a couple of the members from different programs got together for a fun outdoor workout. Why this is important is that enjoyable workouts with great people is one of the things that will help most people reach their goals, rather than fall short of them.

The workout was a combination of a Sled Push, Sandbag Run, a Run and then a short rest. This one had the legs burning and really pushed the gas tank. Below is a short video of the workout from our BJJ coaches Youtube channel!


A Different Type of Louisville Gym

Many people have tried regular workouts at regular gyms and for so many they just don’t work. And then after they’ve failed at those gyms. They often make their way to our facility which is a different type of Louisville gym.


We have all the same stuff you’d expect in regards to exercise equipment. But on top of that we have coaches guiding all of our members through the motions and teaching them. Combine that with an amazing community of people who are all in it together pushing one another. And you have a completely different experience than the one had at most traditional gyms. And that’s why I say our Louisville gym is just different.


We have members of all ages. Kids in our kids classes and older people in our fitness classes. We also have tons of young people pushing their bodies to compete in our BJJ and Boxing program. But we’re all in it together. It’s such a neat experience to be a part of, and it’s hard to understand it until you see it for yourself.

So if you’re interested in having the direction of a world class coach, being a part of a positive and uplifting atmosphere and getting into the best shape of your life. Then take the first step and sign up for your 1st Free Class! 

You can do this 2 ways.

Either online by clicking here and signing up on the form. We’ll contact you and do the rest. 


Call us at 502-937-8797 and we can set you up for a class today!


Either way, I hope to see you soon!



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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.

tried out a beginner class


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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!






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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.