Andrew Potocko is a blue belt under Tony Passos. He began training Jiu Jitsu in 2011 while working and attending college part-time. Andrew played multiple sports growing up, including soccer, ice hockey, lacrosse, and golf. The transition to Jiu Jitsu came after high school as “a way to exercise and stay healthy in a structured and disciplined environment.”
In 2013, Andrew competed in the IBJJF World Championships and placed third in his division. During this time, he also started teaching Jiu-Jitsu as an assistant coach in the Kids “Zoo-Jitu” and BJJ Fundamentals programs. He enjoys helping the students understand the basic concepts and skills to provide them with a foundational knowledge of the sport. Andrew’s experience as a coach inspired him to study education in college and pursue teaching as a career. He is currently attending the University of Maryland, studying Biology and Education.