3 Tips for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Beginners

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Sometimes the best way to learn is to watch.

In recent years, the sport of MMA has grown at an incredible rate. 10 years ago, you would be hard pressed to find anyone who even knew what MMA was. In some cases you would have to describe it as, “that thing where the guys fight in the cage” before they had even the slightest idea of what you were talking about.  Now you can’t drive down the road without seeing a Tapout or UFC sticker on the back of someone’s car.

Following the success of MMA has been the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. When I started training back in 2003 the highest level instructor that was available was a purple belt. Now, students that come into a gym like Derby City have multiple black belts to learn from, not to mention a slew of colored belts to help along the way. The tournaments now are bigger than ever as well. Some of the largest BJJ tournaments are now able to boast 3000+ competitors! This would have simply been impossible years ago. Read more

Low Carb Dieting – How I lost 50 pounds in 5 months. Part I.

6 Month Weightloss Graph

I tracked my weight and (everything) I ate for a year. Lots of data!

Turning 30 changed everything for me.  I was married, I was starting my own business and I was in probably the worst shape of my life.  I had spent my 20’s in college, along with my grad-student wife so the pizza-beer-beer-pizza cycle had kind of gotten out of control.

Now… I haven’t always been overweight but I haven’t always been thin either.  My quest to get fit started in high school when I dropped 50lbs (I was probably around 220lbs by the time I was 13) with the classic zone diet and a ton of Tae-Bo (sorry… I was a nerd with no gym buddies).

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Kickboxing @ DCMMA

As we all know sometimes change takes some getting used to – but it is almost always for the better.  I see that happening right now with the Derby City Kickboxing program – out with the old and in with the new as they say.

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Louisville Slugfest 2013! Xtreme Fighting Championship

XFC-23-Event-Poster-small1The Xtreme Fighting Championships Louisville Slugfest at the Kentucky International Convention Center is back for 2013 and Derby City has 2 fighters in the mix.

Brandon “The Sandman” Sandefur will take on Josh “The Pitbull” Cooper from Russell Springs, KY.


BJ Ferguson will face off against Charles “The Trinity” Stanford” from Cincinnatti.


The Full Fight Card can be found right here.

Tickets on sale  (click here) | Doors open at 6:30pm, Fights start at 7:00pm. The whole thing goes LIVE on AXS tv at 9pm

Get out there and support your local MMA community!

Boxing for Life at DCMMA


boxing, rink, louisvilleWhy Boxing?

There are the usual answers to that question:

  • Fitness
  • Competition
  • Self-Defense

Personally I think the best way to answer that question is: it begins with a genuine interest and love for boxing as a sport and as a tradition.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Derby City

I’ve been teaching BJJ since 2005. I started teaching beginner classes for my instructor and have been teaching since then. Now I teach a combination of beginner, advanced, kids and self-defense classes.

Over the years I’ve learned that there really isn’t a typical Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ for short) student.

jiu jitsu, team, louisvilleOther sports require a very high level of natural athleticism or certain natural gifts to be successful. For instance in basketball if you aren’t tall, it is highly unlikely that you will achieve any serious success. However, BJJ allows people of all shapes and sizes to succeed using technique.

This is why in BJJ you can see a 150 pounder beat a 250 pounder. In competitions there are weight classes which match up opponents fairly.

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Fitness Fads Exposed: Can you lose 57 pounds in 28 days!?

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Every January the desire to be a specimen of peak physical fitness seems to be on everyone’s mind. People with no fitness history wanting to shed a decade of unwanted fat flood the local gym determined that this will be the year they make the big change in their life.   Most of them will pretty quickly find out they don’t quite know how to actually accomplish those goals.

This is where the fads kick in. You’ll see everything from binge dieting plans, pills, shakes, workouts, and equipment promising you all the glorious results you’ve dreamed of, so what do you do?

Buy Buy Buy!!!

Fitness is a billion dollar industry mostly praying on the weak minded soul that cannot climb out of their rut they’ve dug themselves in after years of bad eating, stress, lack of exercise and motivation.

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