Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I train?

Each individual has different training goals, so your training schedule will be dependent on your personal goals. Someone looking to get in shape may train once or twice a week whereas a person who is looking to compete may train 3-4 times a week.

I want to lose weight/get in shape, what should I do?

A majority of members at Derby City are training just to have fun and to get in shape. When you become a member upon your request you are given a FREE diet plan and a training schedule based upon your availability. We also do a weight assessment and a evaluation of your goals and will build a program based on your personal needs.

I’m completely out of shape. Should I get into shape and then come and train?

No, 90% of the people who start at Derby City are completely out of shape and have never trained before. The instructors are used to building from the ground up and will help you achieve your goals.

I’m a beginner. Do you guys teach beginners and will I feel lost in the class?

Every month we have new members sign up and as a result the classes are geared toward total beginners and the coaches instruct beginners on a regular basis.

I want to be an MMA fighter, what should I do?

Our MMA program is built around our four core disciplines, (Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling and Muay Thai). In order to compete you must have a fundamental understanding of these disciplines and must adhere.

How must does it cost?

1 month of training is $120. A 12 month agreement is $89. A 24 month agreement is only $69 a month.

What are the class times?

Refer to the schedule at the top of the page.

Do you teach kids?

Yes. We teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to children Monday through Thursday from 6 to 6:45. The age group is 7-12 years of age. When a child is 13+ they are eligible for the adult classes.

Am I too old to start training?

No. We have people training from age seven to their late sixties.

Will someone help me with my diet?

Yes. Upon your request someone will help you with “what to do’s and not to do’s” of nutrition.

What should I wear/bring to my first class?

T-Shirt and basketball shorts are appropriate or whatever you’re comfortable working out it. Also drink lots of water that day and bring water and/or Gatorade that day to stay hydrated.

Are their any competitions I can do?

Yes. Derby City has a very active MMA, Boxing and Jiu Jitsu team.

Do you have private classes available?

Yes. As long as you are a member of Derby City you can purchase private one on one or group classes from an instructor.
What gear do I need to buy to start training?

When you first start training you are not required to buy any gear for the first 30 days. After that you will need to buy any gear for any subsequent classes that you are involved in.

What can I expect from my first class?

Upon arrival you will be showed around the gym and asked if you have any questions regarding classes. After that you will be introduced to the coaches. Then you will participate in a group class. All classes last an hour and have elements of warm ups, technique training, and conditioning.

Do you give family discounts?

Yes we do. Call 502-937-8797 for details.

What Martial Arts do you teach?

We teach Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling and Muay Thai. We specialize in combat sports and our Mixed Martial Arts program is a culmination of these separate disciplines.

Can we rent your place for a group private session or fundraiser?

Absolutely. Call 502-937-8797 for details.

Do you offer a free trial class?

Yes, you can try any one class for free that is compatible with your schedule. Click here for your FREE LESSON.

Who is Renato Tavares?

Renato Tavares is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Carlson Gracie. He is a world renowned authority in the area of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Grappling Enhancement and is one of the best coaches in grappling activity. His thirst for knowledge has made Renato a technician par excellence. Tavares has been training for about 36 years and competing for more than 30 years. Find out more about Renato Tavares on his website

I have no desire to fight, can I still train at your gym?

Yes. 90% of the people that train at Derby City just want to get in shape, train and be involved with Combat Sports.

Can I learn self defense at your gym?

Yes. The Martial Arts we specialize in are just as compatible with self defense as they are with Combat Sports.