Meet the Team

At UFM, our dedicated coaches come with a variety of personal and fitness backgrounds. Each coach works diligently to adapt their experiences into unique learning opportunities to fit your fitness and/or training goals.



Owner & Instructor

Grady is the owner of UFM Fitness since 2016 and remains a prominent local fighter. Grady boasts an 83% winning percentage in combat sports, including a professional MMA record of 16-3 and an undefeated career as a professional boxer. Overall, Grady has competed in 35 combat sports fights, including boxing, kickboxing, and MMA.

At UFM, Grady not only teaches Boxing, MMA, BJJ, Fitness Boot Camp, and Junior Spartans, but he also balances his own training and running his business with his role as a loving husband and father to his family. To get in shape and/or to get in your best fighting condition, get in touch with Grady today about his availability for private lessons.



Fitness Kickboxing Instructor & Enthusiast

Candy coaches Fitness Kickboxing and has completed her Penalty Box certification and Group Fitness Instructor certification with ACE. Her newest venture is completing her degree in Exercise Science.


Assistant Wrestling Instructor

AJ has 6 years of wrestling, 3 years of professional wrestling, two years of taekwondo, and 5 years of isshinryu experience. He began wrestling in Ramstein, Germany at the age of 6 and has competed in many tournaments overseas.  During his wrestling years abroad, AJ won 2 European championships. 


Boxing Instructor

Riley is a boxing instructor at UFM.



Wrestling Instructor

Brian has 19 years of wrestling, 2 years of judo, and 2 years of BJJ experience. He began wrestling in Columbus, OH at age 7 and went on to compete as an NCAA Division III wrestler. He's trained and competed both nationally and internationally, winning several martial arts regional and national tournaments in the US and Eastern Europe.


BJJ Instructor

Wesley has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has 10 years of submission wrestling experience.


Fitness Kickboxing Instructor

April is the proud co-owner of UFM alongside her husband, Grady, while also coaching Fitness Kickboxing. She manages to be a mom of two girls and works a full time job as an Occupational Therapist Assistant. She loves to encourage and challenge the members at UFM and considers them family. Some fondly call her Drill Sergeant, come see why!


Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, & MMA Instructor

Zeus has over 10 years of combat experience and has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He currently holds an amateur boxing record of 5-1 and an MMA record of 4-1.


BJJ Instructor

Jared has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has been training for 4 years.


BJJ Instructor

Jose has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has been training for 8 years.  He is an active competitor and won Gold in his division and the challenger division at the last American Grappling Federation tournament. 


Fitness Kickboxing & BJJ Instructor

Derek has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has been training for 9 years. He is a former amateur MMA fighter, Tupelo SWAT officer, and LEO for 13 years. He holds the SSGT Defensive Tactics Level 1 and Level 2 certification, is the North Mississippi LETC Head Instructor, AND has 5 kids. Derek is also an ISSA Tactic Conditioning Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer.


BJJ Instructor

JC has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is a no-gi submission wrestling specialist with 14 years of experience.