Derek has been training and competing in martial arts for most of his life and has placed most of his focus on striking arts such as Taekwondo, Muay Thai, and Mixed Martial Arts. He has competed in 18 professional fights here in Alaska, and now lends his experience to coaching HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) as well as Striking and MMA. He has cornered at numerous events since joining Anchorage Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2016 and loves the unique challenge of coaching fighters to victory.
Derek’s coaching philosophy is focused on combining a solid foundation of conditioning with an intricate understanding of technique. The focus is on enjoying the process of hard work and the benefits it brings to everyone from casual students to competitive athletes.