Andy Balmore Prudencio started his Mixed Martial Arts path at the age of 16 in 2002. Being a fan of the early UFC, he persuade an MMA career for himself as soon as he turned 18. He spent all his days focusing on Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, boxing and Muay Thai which paid him dividends ending his professional Mixed Martial Arts career with a record of 8-1 and an undefeated amateur record as well. He stepped away from MMA to focus on supporting and being there for his wife and first born. Although he stepped away from MMA, he continued to train Jiu-Jitsu and really fell in love with Jiu-Jitsu when his training partner and mentor Casey Halstead introduced him to Eddie Bravo and the 10th Planet System. It was the freedom of expression and creativity that made him fall in love with Jiu-Jitsu again. From there he trained under Casey Halstead and helped coach the up and coming fighters. He then helped open up the first 10th Planet in Orange County , 10th Planet Costa Mesa which he later became a partner in. Andy has now been coaching Jiu-Jitsu and MMA for 7 years and became Casey Halstead’s first Black Belt.
Andy is also the Event Coordinator and Stage Manager for the Eddie Bravo Invitational, in this role Andy gets to work closely with Eddie Bravo and Victor Davila as well as some of the greatest talent in Jiu Jitsu.
As a coach, Andy is fully dedicated to his students by not only developing their Jiu Jitsu but mentoring them personally. He loves to watch people develop on the mats and watch it pour over off the mats. To Andy, coaching is not just about teaching a move, it’s about inspiring and being of service to others. He believes If he can help you live a more mindful, health conscious life then you will do the same for others.