Coaches

Our Team

Derek Brunson

Owner


Derek Brunson is a professional mixed martial artist who currently fights in the middleweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Originally from Wilmington, North Carolina, you will find Derek around the local shops in downtown and Wrightsville.
"I came into MMA and I had a strong core and a lot flexibility. I could put myself in a lot of different positions when it comes to scrambling." - Derek Brunson

Derek Brunson's Martial Art Background

Brown belt under Renzo Gracie BJJ

3x D2 NCAA All American (2003, 2005, 2006)

2002 NC State Champion in Freestyle & Greco

Tied for the most 1st round finishes in UFC history

2nd most knockouts at the Middleweight Division in UFC history

Dre Herd

Striking Coach


Dre Herd - Originally from Wilmington, North Carolina, you may know him from Survivor: Fuiji & striking coach for UFC fighter Derek Brunson! He teaches various classes from Striking, MMA, and Kickboxing & Muay Thai If you like a private session with Coach Dre Herd, please contact us.
“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” - Bruce Lee

Dre Herd Martial Art Background

Golden Gloves Boxing

3x 1st place

1x 2nd place

Austin Trotman

Wrestling Coach


Austin Trotman - Originally from Wilmington, North Carolina Light heavyweight MMA fighter & 2 x NC State Champion, D1 Wrestling All American and USA team member He teaches Wrestling class every Wednesday! If you like a private session with Coach Austin, please contact us.
"I do not want to live a long life, but a full life" - Jim Elliot

James Brown

Kickboxing Coach


James Brown - Originally from Wilmington, North Carolina Professional fatherweight MMA fighter & professional kickboxer He recently signed a contract with Glory Kickboxing. Glory airs on the UFC Fight Pass & Fight Network He teaches Kickboxing & Muay Thai classes - If you like a private session with Coach James, please contact us.
“Just being able to make a living fighting and doing something I love and something that comes naturally to me.” - James Brown

James Brown's Martial Art Background

2nd Don Taekwondo Black Belt

2nd Don Hapkido Black Belt

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Blue Belt

Undefeated MMA Amateur

Hundred plus Taekwondo/Karate Point Sparring Gold Metals

Vincent Morelli

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach


Vincent Morelli - Originally from Mount Holly, New Jersey
He is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach at Brunson's MMA & Fitness. He teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Monday - Saturday If you like a private session with Coach Vinny, please contact us.
"Do everything you ask of those you command."
General S. Patton

Vincent Moreli's Martial Art Background

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Purple Belt

10+ years Kickboxing

Carma Radford

Cardio Kickboxing Coach


Carma Radford - Originally from Wilmington, North Carolina Strawweight MMA fighter & Cardio Kickboxing coach She teaches Cardio Kickboxing class Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. If you like a private session with Coach Carma, please contact us.
Let go, Let God.