Mixed Martial Arts: Andy is an NJ State Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee. He has experience in MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling, and Judo and been an active professional fighter since 2007. Andy is a veteran of the UFC reality show “The Ultimate Fighter” and is the featherweight champion for one of MMA’s oldest and most prestigious organizations “Pancrase”. Andy has traveled and trained with UFC champions along with many other top level coaches and athletes around the country.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Andy is a 2nd Degree blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu through the Renzo Gracie Jiu Jitsu lineage. Andy has been fortunate to have trained with and learned from some of the very best grapplers in the world. Andy has competed and won in many grappling tournaments at the expert level and has placed at the top of national events.
Striking: Andy is well versed in multiple disciplines of striking martial arts. He has been studying Muay Thai, Boxing, and Striking for MMA since 2006. Andy has been working for many years on developing a style to apply these skills the most effective way for MMA.
Coaching: Andy has made sure to not only learn to be a great athlete but also learn what makes a great coach and instructor. Having trained with so many different coaches, He takes pride in his ability to instill knowledge and give students a solid understanding of the martial arts and apply it effectively. Andy has coached and cornered fighters in the UFC, Strikeforce, and many regional promotions. He always takes the time to make sure every student has a solid grasp of techniques and concepts taught at Pure MMA and is pleased to say his brother Mike has developed this gift for teaching as well. Andy stands behind his schools mission statement and looks to support every student while they reach for goals in and out of the academy.