Andy started training Martial Arts at a young age starting with Tae Kwon Do. Upon moving to Australia he started learning Kickboxing and Boxing at a local community gym. During this time he was given a VHS tape from his then trainer of a no rules event (UFC) with Martial Artists from different styles competing against each other. After seeing Royce Gracie dominate this tournament Andy felt the need to learn this Brazilian art as it relied on leverage and technique rather than strength and explosiveness. Fast forward to the present day and Andy is a brown belt under Prof. Luke Beston and the legendary Royce Gracie himself. Andy has been fortunate enough to train and learn from different BJJ masters both in Australia and abroad. His passion and love for the arts drove him to start his own academy and start coaching the next generation of athletes producing champions in different disciplines.
Q&A Session Between Andy Hernandez and Elite Sports
Question: 1. What will you suggest to the newcomers
Answer: Approach your learning with an open mind and do not be afraid to ask questions. The only silly question, is the one we don’t ask.
Question: 2. What does it mean for you to be a fighter?
Answer: I think everything is a fight in your life and a lot of the lessons from the mat can transcend into everyday life. Getting out of bed very early in the morning while it’s still cold and dark just to get your workout in is a fight..
Question: 3. What are the essential things for the training?
Answer: A good attitude.
Question: 4. What separates you from every other fighter in your division?
Answer: I like to have fun rolls, whether I win or lose I want to have fun while at the same time being entertaining for the spectator.
Question: 5. What is the meaning of success in your mind?
Answer: Being happy and enjoying what you do, everything else falls into place. .
Question: 6. With whom you would like to fight, and why?
Answer: Too many to mention under different rules ha ha.
Question: 7. Is there any difference b/w your common days’ diet and during competition training diet?
Answer: Yes, on the lead up to competition my meals become smaller and a lot more greener .
Question: 8. How does a beginner will prepare for the competition? Any advice for beginners?
Answer: Talk to your Profesor/Coach they have been there a lot of times and know what they are talking about. Trust them..
Question: 9. How much importance has the sports gear in any competition?
Answer: When you look good, you feel good. By having the proper sports Gear that fits well, is comfortable and looks good you feel confident about yourself.
Question: 10. How is it helpful to have the information about your competitor?
Answer: I am a firm believer of worrying about your game plan and not so much about your opponent’s game plan. They have their strengths and I have mine.
Question: 11. Is the martial arts necessary for a common person? How?
Answer: Definitely. I believe martial arts are a vehicle for self-improvement, where things such as mindfulness can be learned and also applied. This in turn makes you better at everyday life. .
Question: 12. Which moment is memorable for you in your past competitions?
Answer: Too many memorable moments to mention just one. .
Question: 13. How do martial arts help to build a leade?
Answer: By learning about perseverance and not giving up when the going gets tough..
Question: 14. What would be your dream fight?
Answer: Too many to point just one out .
Question: 15. How is the road plan necessary for any competition?
Answer: Without a clear path or direction you are just wishing for a good result. .
Question: 16. Do you have any advice for your competitors?
Answer: Train smart instead of hard. .
Question: 17. What should we learn from the legends /or from the seniors? Who is your inspiration?
Answer: From the legends we can learn from their experiences and what they have been through..
Question: 18. Who is your favorite legendary fighter? Why?
Answer: Yuki Nakai of Japan, an MMA pioneer who fought and beat larger opponents than himself under Vale Tudo rules and won. Although he lost the vision in one of his eyes during one of this fights he always kept it a secret so the sport could progress and not be banned due to the dangers involved .