World Class Martial Arts Instructors and Trainers right here in Louisville

Nick “Chewy” Albin

Undefeated Professional   M.M.A fighter Nick “Chewy” Albin is the Head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/M.M.A Coach at Derby City Mixed Martial Arts. Chewy (as he is known in the gym) got his start in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2003. A wrestler since he was in middle school, Chewy’s love of competition sparked his interest in BJJ.

After only 2 weeks of training he went to his first BJJ tournament taking 2nd place. After that he was hooked!

Since then Chewy has had hundreds of grappling matches, won or placed in the top of many event such as the Arnold Classic, North American Grappling Association, Extreme Grappling Open, Ohio Grappling Challenge, IBJJF  tournaments. He has a Mixed Martial Arts record of 10-0.

In these fights his aggressive style of BJJ has allowed him to finish all his fights in the 1st round. Along with being a strong competitor Chewy is also a extremely technical and detailed teacher. His knowledge and excitement of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu definitely shows when he teaches. Chewy has also has had the privilege of teaching men and women of the Armed Services and Law Enforcement helping them with their self defense needs.

Chewy teaches and  trains Brazilian Jiu-jitsu/M.M.A full time and we are thrilled to have him here at Derby City Mixed Martial Arts.

Alex Manley

boxing, coach, boxing louisville, kentucky, Specializing in the Sweet Science, Alex Manley is a USA Boxing Certified Instructor at Derby City MMA. As the Head Boxing Coach leads an amateur boxing team that competes regularly throughout the season in various tournaments and club shows.

Alex has also worked with Military and Police personnel. In addition to working with amateur boxers, Alex has coached numerous MMA fighters both Professional and Amateur to victory and is licensed with KBWA as an MMA Trainer.

He is also the primary cutman for Derby City and is present at every event to ensure the safety of the fighters as well as coach them in the standup portion of MMA.

Kyle Cannon

bjj, brazilian jiu jitsu, black belt, jiu jitsu, teacher, lessonsRenato Tavares Black Belt Kyle Cannon, the other half to the infamous Cannon Brothers, has also been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over 15 years.

Kyle has been traveling back and forth to Brazil to train with some of the best teams in Sao Paulo for over 5 years. Kyle also continues to train with Master Renato Tavares quarterly to keep Derby City MMA up to date with the best training possible.


Colin Cannon

brazilian jiu jitsu, bjj, martial arts, black belt, louisvilleRenato Tavares Black Belt Colin Cannon, one half of the infamous Cannon Brothers, has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over 15 years.

Colin Cannon alongside his brother Kyle Cannon is widely renowned as pioneers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to Kentucky and for founding the largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in Louisville. Colin continues to train with Master Renato Tavares of American Top Team on a regular basis bringing a high level of skill to Derby City MMA

Jason Keaton

ufc, ultimate fighter, mixed martial arts, mma, teacherJason Keaton has fought in the King of the Cage, Kentucky fighting Challenge, Extreme Combat Challenge and other promotions. Jason is also American Top Team Instructor Renato Tavares first american black belt.

In addition to being a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu he also holds rank as black belt in Sambo and a brown belt in Judo.As a senior Level 4 combatives instructor at Ft.Knox Jason has trained over 7,000 soldiers not to mention coaching UFC fighter Dan Barrera.

 Derek Cissell

mma, mixed martial arts, brazilian, jiu jitsu, instructor, gym, fitness, coachOwner of Derby City Mixed Martial Arts Derek Cissell is currently a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renato Tavares of American Top Team and has been practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 7 years.

Along with running Derby City Mixed Martial Arts Derek also instructs all the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu basic classes.

Mike Colley

wrestling, greco-roman, folk, grappling, louisville ky, instructor, wrestling instructorDivision 1 wrestler Mike Colley is the head wrestling coach here at Derby City and has over 25 years of grappling experience.

He is a former NCAA collegiate wrestler.

He has a background in folk style, freestyle, and Greco-roman wrestling.  On top of his wrestling background he has been involved in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, mixed martial arts, and Judo since 2003.  He combines his backgrounds in a way that is applicable to MMA and Brazilian jiu-jitsu alike.

Some of his accomplishments include:
-4x Gold Medalist Arnold World Grappling Championships
-2010 Pro Gear Gold Medalist
-2009 Extreme Grappling Open Competitor Of The Year
-2x National Team Member
-Silver Medalist Music City Grappling Championship
-3x Gold Medalist Louisville EGO
-Gold Medalist Super EGO
-Silver Medalist Nashville Open
-Gold Medalist Blugrass Open

Brandon Sandefur

mma, m.m.a., mixed martial arts, jiu jitsu, wrestling, louisville, instructorUndefeated Pro M.M.A. fighter  Brandon Sandefur is one of the wrestling coaches here at Derby City and  has over 15 years of wrestling experience.

He is a former collegiate wrestler and 2 time NJCAA National Qualifier.  In addition to wrestling, Sandefur has been competing in Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2006 while serving in the United States Army.  He is currently on a undefeated path as a professional fighter in mixed martial arts.


-Mixed Martial Arts record 5-0
-2009 Abu Dhabi Southwest Regional Champion 145.9 lbs
-2007 All Army Combatives Championships, 3rd place 140 lbs
-2x NJCAA National Qualifier 125 lbs, 2003 & 2004
-Indiana State Qualifier 119 lbs, 2002
-Gold Medalist 2010 Louisville EGO, Gi (Blue Belt), No Gi (Advanced), 145.2 lbs
-Bronze Certified Coach, USA Wrestling

Jeff Swoyer

boxing, boxing coach, louisville, mixed martial arts, mma, wrestlingUndefeated MMA fighter Jeff Swoyer has been training for over 7 years and is the one of the boxing coaches at Derby City MMA.

In addition to boxing Jeff is no stranger to wrestling and is currently a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Jeff continues to train for MMA fights on a regular basis and teaches most Boxing classes.

Chad Hardy

jiu jitsu, jiu-jitsu, champion, tae kwan do, louisvilleNo-Gi Brazilian Jiu jitsu World Champion Chad Hardy (known in the gym as “The Beast”) has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu over 6 years.

Chad has been a dominating force on the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament circuit with multiple BJJ championships and almost a hundred matches some of which have been wins over grown adults.

Chad is the assistant kids BJJ coach and currently holds the rank of Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Joseph Clark

“As a trainer I strive to make my clients comfortable, confident and organized. If I can achieve these three things, I guarantee I can help anyone meet their fitness goals. I’ve trained a wide variety of individuals. From professional athletes and bodybuilders to the average couch potato. But I get the most enjoyment out of training regular people looking to change their lives by getting in shape and having a good time.

I provide a comprehensive health and fitness program tailored to each client’s individual needs. I promise my training is second to none. I focus on total body health, conditioning, injury prevention, lifestyle modifications, nutrition and fitness. I offer each member who trains with me a truly amazing experience as they work toward better health and fitness.

The greatest key to your success is you. Achieving great fitness is a process that takes times, determination and education. No matter what your fitness level is or how far your fitness goals seem I can help and guide you to success. As with any endeavor you may choose to participate in, having fun is the glue that holds it all together. Yes, training is challenging, but I assure you, you’ll end every workout with a smile and a feeling of accomplishment.”


  • 11 Years as a Personal Trainer
  • Degree in Nutritional Science
  • Created/Designed Daily Fitness Challenge Exercise Program.
  • 10 Years Bodybuilding Experience
  • United States Army Infantry

Josh “TAZ” Ferguson

ufc, ultimate fight champion, mma, mixed martial artsU.F.C veteran Josh “Taz” Ferguson ,most notably known for being on the show Ultimate Fighter, is one of the M.M.A coaches here at Derby City.

Josh is currently a brown belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu and has a explosive striking game.

 B.J Ferguson

U.F.C veteran  B.J “The Boogie Man” Ferguson is a M.M.A coach here at Derby City along with being a brown belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu B.J strives to have a devastating striking game.

Peter Wang

muay thai, kickboxing, louisville, ky, instructorMuay Thai Kickboxing expert Peter Wang has been training Martial Arts for over 15 years and has lived in Thailand several times.

Along with Teaching the Muay Thai program he is also a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Peter is currently in the military and plans to travel back to Thailand in the near future.

I Want a NO RISK FREE Trial Session – We promise you no hype, no pressure – it’s not our style.  Our gym is about community.

You’ll feel welcome and comfortable the minute you walk through the door.  Come experience the Derby City MMA difference.  Our students LOVE our gym and we really care about the experience you have here.  You’ll know right away if it’s for you.  We’re so convinced that getting here is the hardest step – after all- we all procrastinate, especially about change – that we’re willing to make it so EASY you’ll say YES right now.


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