Derek Ortiz

Derek Ortiz

Muay Thai Kickboxing Instructor

Derek has been training with Team Hammer MMA and Coach Rodney Guignet for over eight years. He has been interested in Martial Arts since he was young. While searching the internet for a Muay Thai Kickboxing school, he came across Team Hammer MMA (formerly LVIRK Training Center and Hammer Training & Fitness). He tried a Kickboxing class and was immediately hooked and has been training ever since. Kickboxing and Boxing are Derek's first loves, although, he is definitely planning on participating in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling classes that are offered by Team Hammer.

Derek was offered the opportunity to teach a Muay Thai class under the supervision of Coach Rodney Guignet. He jumped at this chance to share what he learned with others. Derek likes taking the reins and helping Team Hammer through instructing class as he is needed.

Derek has an artistic side which comes out in the most interesting ways. He enjoys working with theatrical makeup and turning ordinary subjects into hideous creatures. He is always willing to transform a willing subject. His pencil drawings look so alive as well.