Coach Derek Shepherd was awarded the rank of brown belt by Jorge Gurgel in November 2019. His grappling experience started in middle school when he joined the wrestling team. He made the varsity wrestling team as a freshmen and continued through his junior year. Shortly after completing his associates degree, he began learning the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in late 2010 under Jorge Gurgel. Since that time frame he has become a seasoned competitor with countless hours of mat time along with 50+ competitions of experience.