Coach Andy Grahn

  • Pedro Sauer Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt 1st Deg
  • Judo Brown Belt (Ikkyu 一級)
  • 4th Degree Muay Thai Black Belt [Kru]
  • Combat Submission Wrestling Coach
  • UFC Cornerman
Coach Andy started training in Muay Thai, Jun Fan Martial Arts, and Kali while still in high school. This early training inspired him to dedicate his life to martial arts training and in 1992, he joined the then fledgling MN Martial Arts Academy. In 1994, under Coach Greg Nelson’s guidance, he began teaching Muay Thai. A former Amateur Muay Thai fighter, Coach Andy currently competes locally, nationally, and internationally in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments.
UFC Coach
Coach Andy has spent many years coaching The Academy Muay Thai Team Singpraveah, including being the pad trainer for both ISKA Champion James ‘The Professor’ Cook and WKA/IKF Lightweight National Champion Nat McIntyre. Having trained at numerous camps all over Thailand, including Sityodtong, Kaewsamrit, Sitpholek, Lanna, and Tiger Muay Thai, Coach Andy speaks conversational Thai and is a certified TBA Kru, under both Ajarn Chai Sirisute (Thailand) & Academy Head Coach Greg Nelson (USA). He was promoted to Jiu Jitsu Black Belt May 16th 2015 directly by Master Pedro Sauer.

In addition to his martial arts experience, Coach Andy also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. Truly passionate about teaching beginners and seeing his students make great strides towards achieving their goals in martial arts as well as in life, he has taught and coached housewives, fathers/sons, CEO’s, executives, MMA fighters, and military/law enforcement officials. Coach Andy has taught locally and internationally, and is available for seminars.

BJJ Competition Highlights:
• 2013 IBJJF Asian Open Jiu-Jitsu Championships Silver Medalist (Tokyo) BROWN
• 2013 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championships Silver Medalist (Irvine CA) BROWN
• 2011 IBJJF World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championships Bronze Medalist (Irvine CA) PURPLE
• 2011 IBJJF Pan No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championships Gold Medalist (New York, NY) PURPLE
• 2011 IBJJF Brazil Masters & Seniors Jiu-Jitsu Championships Silver Medalist (RDJ, Brazil) PURPLE
• 2011 IBJJF European Open Jiu-Jitsu Championships Silver Medalist (Lisbon, Portugal) PURPLE
• 2010 USBJJF American National Jiu-Jitsu Championships Gold Medalist (Los Angeles CA) PURPLE
• 2010 IBJJF Chicago International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championships Bronze Medalist (Chicago, IL) PURPLE
• 2010 IBJJF Chicago International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championships Gold Medalist (Chicago, IL) PURPLE
• 2010 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championships Silver Medalist (Chicago, IL) BLUE
• 2010 MN Kali Group Open 2nd Place Absolute Gi BLUE
• 2010 MN Kali Group Open 1st Place BLUE
• NAGA Milwaukee 2009 No Gi 1st Place BLUE
• NAGA Milwaukee 2009 Gi 1st Place BLUE
• 2009 MN Kali Group Open 3rd Place Absolute Gi BLUE
• 2009 MN Kali Group Open 1st Place BLUE
• NAGA Milwaukee 2007 No-Gi 3rd Place BLUE
• NAGA Milwaukee 2007 Gi 2nd Place BLUE
• NAGA Chicago 2004 4th Place BLUE
• Greater Midwest Submission Hunt 2003 Champion WHITE

Andy Grahn – BJJ Seminar – Barcelona MA Academy