Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is taking the world by storm and the most comprehensive BJJ program in Louisville is right here at Derby City

Nick " Chewy" Albin - Renato Taraves Black Belt and Head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor at Derby City Mixed Martial Arts

Nick “Chewy” Albin – Renato Taraves Black Belt and Head Brazilian   Jiu-Jitsu Instructor at Derby City Mixed Martial Arts

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu presents a holistic approach to developing and building moral character, developing grounded ethics as well as learning about sportsmanship, and fair play. These intangibles, along with the ability to defend yourself, get incredible fit and feel great physically, are all reasons to come in and see how Jiu Jitsu can work for you.

Whether you’re experienced and in great shape, or brand new – to Jiu Jitsu, to working out or you’re just uncertain about whether Jiu Jitsu might be right for you, we’ve got a class for you at Derby City.

Don’t think you need to be in shape to get started. A big misconception is you need to work out and achieve some level of fitness before taking classes. No way!

We have classes designed for everyone from the person who’s never taken a fitness class to someone preparing for competition.


Tim’s Story: The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training at Derby City Saved My Life!

Life saving Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training.

I’ve been a correctional officer for Louisville Metro for years and we don’t carry weapons on the job. In the jail it’s just you and the inmates. Recently, my partner needed to extract a prisoner from his cell, which is a normal everyday thing, but when my partner opened the cell he was punched in the face by the inmate, knocking him completely unconscious. I knew I had to come to his rescue.

I ran over to save my partner and the inmate turned, ducked his head, and came running toward me – believe me, this is the kind of event correctional officers have nightmares about.  My Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training kicked in. Without thinking, I grabbed the inside collar of his jump suit, positioned my hands as I was taught in class and began to choke him. The inmate went unconscious almost instantly. I honestly feel the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training from Derby City saved my life.


Whether you want to get in great shape, compete or learn one of the most comprehensive self-defense arts on the planet, we have classes designed for specifically for you. If you’re looking to get fit, learn self-defense or compete at any level, you want to train with the very best.

Derby City has the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team in the entire state of Kentucky. Our BJJ and Mixed Martial Arts training programs have led many of our members to numerous victories at all levels of competition, amateur and professional.  But, don’t worry that you’ll even be pressured to compete – that won’t happen here.


Worried Jiu Jitsu Might not be for You?

I’ve heard people say they think grappling is WAY TOO HARD and they’re hesitant to give it a try. Why? They mistakenly think that someone is going beat them up or make them feel left out because they’re new. That couldn’t be more WRONG!

First and foremost Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is FUN. It doesn’t require any previous experience. ANYONE can do it – big or small, young or old, flexible, inflexible, experienced or brand new – literally ANYONE.


My Invitation to You

Even if you’ve never thought about Martial Arts training, I urge you to come in and see (or try!) our program for yourself. I guarantee that you’ll absolutely love it – you might be surprised by how much. And, it’s an incredible way to reach all your fitness goals.

I promise you a friendly, welcoming environment where you’ll get the best training money can buy from the mostly highly certified coaches in the field. You’ll get world class instruction and personal attention you’ll feel great about.

At Derby City, we use a curriculum – lots of places make it up as they go along. We work with you to set short, medium and long range goals and then devise a specific plan for reaching them and we help you every step of the way.

You owe it to yourself to stop in and see how Derby City can help you get in the best shape of your life.


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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