Professor Jimmy Mills

Head Trainer

Jimmy is a well-rounded former professional MMA and Muay Thai fighter with multiple championship titles under his belt. He has won championships in:

Over the years, Jimmy has trained with some of the best fighters around the world, and has competed in many professional league competitions:

  • He has fought professionally around Europe and North America.
  • He trained in Thai boxing in Holland with the best kickboxing team in the world — Golden Glory — working on a daily basis with the greatest kickboxer to ever live: Ramon “Diamond” Dekkers.
  • He is a second degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, having trained under world champions Rafael Ellwanger, Helio Soneca,  and Adriano Lucio. 
  • Jimmy has also spent many years training in the grappling art of Russian Sambo and was the first & only American Sambo Association certified instructor in the state of Alabama. He is also a green belt in judo under Tiago Goncalves. 
  • Jimmy holds two B.S. degrees (biology and economics) from the University of South Alabama and two A.S. degrees (biology) from Faulkner State Community College. He is also a published scientist having co-authored a genetics paper on MicroRNA origins.

Professor Jacob Jeffers

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Professor

Jacob became interested in martial arts at a young age and started wrestling in middle school while living in Florida. His family later moved to Mobile and he graduated from Baker High School in 2003 where he was a starter on the varsity football team. In 2002 he received the Academic Athlete of the Year award from the AHSAA for having the highest GPA of any football player in the state of Alabama. Upon accepting a scholarship from the University of South Alabama he began studying computer science. Jacob graduated with honors from USA in 2009 with a B.S. in computer science. Jacob began formal Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes with Port City Kickboxing Academy in 2009. Since he began training with PCMMA, he has won a national championship, southeastern regional championship, and state championships in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Jacob received his black belt in 2019.

Adam Hicks

Wrestling Coach

Adam started wrestling at the age of four while growing up in central Pennsylvania. After posting a 21-3 record with 3.8 GPA as a senior at Mount Union Area High School in PA, he was named first team Academic All-State. He received a Bachelor’s degree in computer science at Pensacola Christian College while lettering in wrestling all four years from 2001 to 2004, winning 103 matches against NCAA Div I, II, III, and NAIA competition. During the summers he competed in several Greco-Roman and Freestyle competitions, winning tournaments along the panhandle from Pensacola to Jacksonville. He finished his career as a two-time NCWA All-American. He earned a Master’s of Science in computer science from the University of South Alabama after his college wrestling career. Adam is a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He has won the advanced division Nogi championship in the absolute division at the Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida Championship tournaments.

Kru Chris Lovell

Striking Coach

Chris is a great teacher and student of kickboxing. He is a certified level 1 Kru under Vince Soberano in Muay Thai and a black belt in San Shou. Chris has lived and trained in Thailand and China. He has also worked with many professional MMA fighters and kickboxers. Chris graduated from the University of South Alabama School of Nursing with his B.S. in nursing. In May 2014 he graduated from the Nurse Practitioner program at USA with his Master’s of Science. He is currently an orthopedic nurse practitioner at a busy local orthopedic practice.

“Iron” Mike Barnett

Striking Coach/Assistant Kids Instructor

Mike graduated from Barstow High School in 2007. He played basketball, football, ran track, and wrestled. After high school he decided to attend the University of South Alabama in an attempt to be closer to his family. Mike graduated from USA with a degree in criminal justice in 2012 and decided to pursue a career in law enforcement. He went to the police academy and was hired by the Mobile Police Department upon graduation from the academy. He currently serves and protects the citizens of Mobile as an officer. Mike began training at Port City Kickboxing Academy in 2009, and has won several grappling tournaments, MMA contests, and remains an undefeated boxer and kickboxer. He is a purple belt in BJJ and has won many title including the NAGA US National Championships.  Mike is one of the most decorated Professional MMA competitors on the gulf coast. He’s held the lightweight titles for Island Fights Championships (Pensacola, FL), Renaissance MMA (New Orleans, LA), and Fight Force International (Biloxi, MS). Mike has served as the assistant kids MMA and kids kickboxing instructor since 2010, and does a great job helping out and coaching the students. Mike is a huge part of helping to make Port City Kickboxing Academy the special place that it is.