Andrew Wright / Coach
Andrew was born in San Diego, CA, and moved around the country until settling in Portland in the early 1990s. He began training in Martial Arts at the age of 8, and over the years has studied Judo, Wu Ting Tao and Moo Duk Kwan. Andrew spent several years studying at a prominent MMA school where he trained under UFC headliners and BJJ champions. He participated in their coaches program where he spent years learning from some of the top athletes/coaches in the country.
He describes his coaching style as a balance between most students’ desire for fun and cool techniques, grounded with their need of strong fundamentals and real world application. He also understands the different needs and learning styles of his students. Rather than using a “one size fits all” approach, he is thoughtful to tailor his instruction to best serve the individual in front of him. Andrew likes to maintain a class environment that is engaging and mentally stimulating to his students, so in addition to getting a great workout, he promises to have you break a “mental sweat” too!
In addition to his martial arts background, Andrew graduated from Lehigh University with a BA in Philosophy and played on their football team. He also brings to the table 15 years experience in the security industry. When not coaching at Industrial Strength or working a security job, he enjoys spending time with his family (his wife, Sara, and young son, Asher), and growing his own small business: a lifestyle clothing company inspired by MMA and other martial arts.