Let’s learn more about Coach Andrea.
Hi Coach Andrea, please introduce yourself to our readers.
Yes! My name is Andrea Warner. I was born and raised right here in Salt Lake City, Utah . I am a mom of four beautiful kids, Andrew, Jack, Ivy and Owen. And we have 3 dogs!
When did you start training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
I started training Jiu-Jitsu in March of 2015.
How was the first time you got to compete?
My 1st competition was as a white belt at the San Jose IBJJF Open. It was my first time ever in a competition setting and I learned a lot about myself. We are never too old (or young) to try something new!
What do you think is essential for women in a BJJ competition?
I think it is essential to focus on your own personal goals. It is easy to be distracted and worry about what others think. Stay true to yourself, your goals, and your values. It’s all about your personal growth.
Do you think women are afraid of practicing Jiu-Jitsu?
I think women feel intimidated thinking Jiu-Jitsu is a male dominant sport. But after the first class most women feel comfortable and can’t wait to keep going. More women are training now than ever before! Women’s brazilian jiu jitsu community is growing fast.
When did you start as a Gracie Barra Coach?
I did the Instructor Training Certification as a blue belt. I found that the philosophy of Master Carlos Gracie Jr, Jiu Jitsu for Everyone, matched how I felt. It was exciting to become a coach and help new students capture the vision and better themselves.
What motivated you to start Gracie Barra Salt Lake City and Gracie Barra West Jordan?
As a female, I wanted to open schools that were clean, safe, and welcoming. It was important to me that the environment foster learning and self-improvement no matter if you are male, female, kid, or adult. The Gracie Barra Method and Experience match perfectly with my vision.
What are the main benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for girls?
I would say the most obvious is confidence and self-esteem. Girls quickly understand that technique masters strength.
Is there an important lesson you have learned with BJJ that you would like to share?
I have learned to trust myself. Everytime I get on the mat the voices of insecurity and self doubt start, but when I push past those voices and overcome the doubt I gain more confidence. Jiu-Jitsu has also given me skills to deal with disappointment and stress off the mat. We learn to relax and breathe under pressure and that is invaluable.
What is your highest moment as a Gracie Barra Coach?
Helping students understand the basics. I truly love to teach!
What advice would you give to women or girls who want to start practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra?
Do it! Be Brave and do it! We waste too much time putting things off for another day, it’s time to put yourself first.
Who is Coach Andrea outside the mats: what do you like to do in your free time?
I love spending time with my kids laughing, hot tubbing, and eating yummy food. I love walking my dogs outside so I can enjoy the mountain views in beautiful Utah!