Women's Brazilian Jiujitsu Match

Women’s Brazilian Jiujitsu Class (Starts Nov 1st)

Women’s Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Class Starting November 1st, 2017

Recently several of our female Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioners competed in an all female submission only tournament. Which is super cool. A submission only tournament is where the BJJ competitors roll with one another until one successfully achieves a hold of some sort. Choke hold, arm lock, leg lock, etc.

As a coach I’m very proud of all our or women and their courage to get out there and compete in the spotlight like they did. One of our BJJ Blue Belts was one of the competitors at the U.G.I All Female Submission Only No Gi grappling tournament.

Madison, who is known for being incredibly aggressive with top pressure along with having a strong college wrestling background played this match a little different than normal. During the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu / No Gi Grappling match. She used her top pressure to attack with an ankle lock instead of the grinding guard passing she usually does.

The match was a fast one and she was able to come away with the win during her women’s Brazilian Jiujitsu match. We’re super proud of her accomplishment.

Women’s Brazilian Jiujitsu Class in Louisville, KY

Also, I wanted to share something really awesome with you! If you’re a woman living in Louisville, KY and are interested in Brazilian Jiujitsu. Our gym Derby City MMA has a women’s only class starting on November 1st (Wednesday) at 7pm!

Click here to sign up for the Women’s Only Class

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu has a number of different benefits. Ranging from the ability to develop more physical confidence, building skills and abilities that can be used for self defense along with giving someone an amazing outlet for stress. Couple those things with the fact that you develop close friendships with the community of training partners you have around you and it’s just an overall amazing experience.

If you would like to take part in our Women’s Only Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Class coming up on November, 1st 2017. Then click here and sign up on the next page and we will contact you back with more details! 

Our competitors from the Women's Brazilian Jiujitsu tournament 2

I hope to see you there!


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Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Training With YouTubers?

Did you know that our Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training team has 3 well known YouTube personalities. Well. . . well known in the BJJ community anyway. Chewy, Chad and Adam have been doing videos on YouTube since 2012 together. These videos get featured regularly on various Brazilian Jiujitsu news websites, Facebook groups and blogs.

In a recent video, which came out pretty funny, Chewy, Chad and Adam read and responded to all sorts of ridiculous YouTube comments that came to the Chewjitsu YouTube channel. Hopefully if you watch the video you’ll have a good laugh.


After writing part of this post, I totally just realized that I wrote this in 3rd person. Which is kind of silly.


I wanted to share this video with you. 1 because it’s funny, and 2 because every now and then I get new students who didn’t know that we did YouTube videos. And when they find out they are surprised by it and oftentimes think it’s pretty cool.

So anyways I just wanted to share! Hope to see you in the gym sometime soon to do some Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training.


If you have any questions. Our gym is located at 8021 Dixie Highway Louisville, KY.

Our phone number is 502-937-8797
Hope to see you on the mats with us soon!


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. 


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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.




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


beginner class member


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!


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



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.