Affiliated with 3X World Champion, 4th-degree black belt Leonardo Pecanha. 1,600 square feet of brand new Zebra Pro Mats, private showers, E-Bar, WIFI, cubbies, ADA accessible bathrooms, and dressing areas. Spectators can enjoy coffee while watching at tables and chairs in the comfort of an air-conditioned lobby.
Derek RuffinBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and National Competitor
3rd Degree Tae Kwon Do Black Belt
Professional MMA fighter
National Law Enforcement Training Center ACCT Trainer
A professional heavyweight who made his debut in 2007, Derek Ruffin has already had his share of top-tier opponents such as the UFC’s Jeremy Horn and former UFC’s Patrick Smith. With over 15 years of law enforcement experience, Derek is also a former tactical officer under KCPD SWAT and has taught defensive tactics to law enforcement officers nationwide. It is through these life experiences that have given Derek an understanding and balance between traditional martial arts, martial arts as a sport and practical real-life self-defense.
Despite his competitive nature, Derek’s true passion is working with and mentoring youth. Derek launched and created the KCPD P.A.L Boxing Center for kids as well as developing many other youth programs. Derek offers high-level self-defense, firearms, and emergency medical response training to civilians, law enforcement personnel, and first responders through his company Blue TIER Training Solutions.
Charlie TietgenBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt
Charlie’s Jiu-Jitsu journey began in April of 2015. He attended classes to support his little sister Claire and decided it wasn’t for him. Eventually, Charlie found his way back on the mats and became addicted. Charlie is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt under Josh Littleton and loves to roll. Not long after attaining his blue belt, he began instructing kids and holding open mats under the guidance of Leonardo Peçanha and Derek Ruffin.
Hannah RobinowBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt
Hannah Robinow is a BJJ blue belt, grappling enthusiast, and corny joke connoisseur. She has been a regular competitor for the past five years, with over 12 tournament wins under her belt. She earned her blue belt at Gracie Barra Boston under Professor Alexandre Costa and is currently training at Kansas City Brazilian Jiujitsu under Professor Jason Bircher. One of her favorite elements of BJJ is its ability to teach practitioners how to develop a positive mental attitude. When she’s not on the mat, she is either working as a freelance web developer, studying to attain her B.S. in Information Technology at the University of Kansas, skiing big mountains, or baking pecan pies.
Mindy AshbyBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt
Founder Athena’s Armor
Mindy’s Jiu-Jitsu journey began in September of 2013. She is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt and an avid competitor. She has always been active in sports and naturally has a competitive spirit. Her motto is” play to win”, but most importantly she plays to have fun.
Mindy adopted the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle from day one of her training and she quickly learned that you win or you learn, but you do not lose. Not long after attaining her blue belt, she began instructing kids. This is where she found a new level of appreciation for Jiu-Jitsu. As a mother of a teenager Mindy greatly treasures discipline, self-defense, and fitness. Through Jiu-Jitsu, she is able to touch the lives of many children. She focuses on behavior and life skills while teaching techniques. She also encourages parents to get involved in their child’s learning – it’s a great bonding experience.
Mindy looks forward to extending her teachings to more women and children, to empower them to protect and defend themselves with confidence. She founded Athena’s Armor INC – Specializing in Women’s Empowerment to build self-esteem through self-defense and self-love. Athena’s Armor will be hosting regular events for women at E3 Sports Facility. Check our schedule and Facebook page to learn more.