Andy Ruffner

Biography

Andy Ruffner is one of our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Kids’ instructors and a brown belt under Abmar Barbosa. Although large in stature, he lacked confidence and was very shy until he got involved in sports at a young age. That connection continued through college, where he played football and participated in several club sports, including wrestling. As a sophomore in college, he, like many, watched the first UFC and had a strong desire to learn this “magic-like” martial art. It would take another 10 years until he stepped on the mats at an Erik Paulson affiliate in 2006. Andy has been an avid and successful competitor since he began.

Andy met Abmar Barbosa in 2011 and quickly became enthralled by his teaching style, dedication, and character. He continues to actively train and compete at a high level, while maintaining a healthy balance with his wife, three sons, volunteer work, and his business. Andy additionally has competed in MMA and Judo tournaments.

Competition Achievements

No-Gi/Submission Grappling

  • Garden State Grappling Championships 10/2007 No-Gi Novice 2nd Place Heavyweight
  • US Grappling Copa Nova 12/2007 No-Gi Beginner 1st Place Heavyweight
  • US Grappling ODG Championships 3/2008 No-Gi: Master’s Advanced Absolute 1st Place
  • US Grappling Mid-Atlantic Champ. 12/2007 No-Gi Men’s Advanced Super Heavy 2nd Place
  • NAGA Virginia 4/2008 No-Gi Master’s Intermediate Super Heavy 2nd Place
  • Grappler’s Quest US Nationals 6/2008 No-Gi: Men’s Beginner Absolute 2nd Place
  • Fightworks Copa NoVa 8/2008: Men’s No-Gi Intermediate Absolute 2nd Place
  • IBJJF No Gi Pan Am’s 10/2009: Blue Belt Absolute 3rd Place
  • US Grappling Submission Only 12/2009: Men’s Advanced Nogi Superweight 2nd Place
  • Fightwoks Copa NoVa 1/2010: Men’s Advanced NoGi Super Heavy 1st Place
  • US Grappling DSG 6/2010: Men’s Advanced NoGi Heavy 3rd Place
  • US Grappling DSG 6/2010: Men’s Advanced NoGi Absolute 3rd Place
  • IBJJF NoGi Pan Ams 9/2012 Men’s Purple Belt Ultraheavyweight 3rd Place – Bronze

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

White Belt
  • NAGA Virginia 4/2008 White Belt Super Heavyweight 1st Place
  • NAGA Virginia 4/2008 NoGi Intermediate Heavyweight 2nd Place
  • Grappler’s Quest Copa Atlantica 6/2008: White Belt Super Heavy 2nd Place
  • Grappler’s Quest Copa Atlantica 6/2008: Intermediate NoGi Absolute 2nd Place
Blue Belt
  • US Grappling 6/2009 Diamond State Games Masters Blue Belt Super Heavy 1st Place
  • US Grappling 6/2009 Diamond State Games Masters Blue Belt Absolute 1st Place
  • US Grappling 7/2009 Submission Only IV Master Blue Belt Super Heavy 1st Place
  • US Grappling 7/2009 Submission Only IV Master Blue Belt Absolute 1st Place
  • US Grappling 7/2009 Submission Only IV Men’s Blue Belt Super Heavy 1st Place
  • US Grappling 7/2009 Submission Only IV Men’s Blue Belt Absolute 3rd Place
  • Fightworks Copa Nova 1/2010: Men’s Blue Belt Super Heavy 1st Place
  • US Grappling DSG 6/2010: Men’s Blue Belt Absolute 2nd Place
  • US Grappling DGC 8/2010: Masters Blue Belt Absolute 1st Place
  • US Grappling DGC 8/2010: Masters Blue Belt Heavyweight 1st Place
  • US Grappling DGC 8/2010: Men’s Blue Belt Absolute 3rd Place
  • US Grappling DGC 8/2010: Men’s Blue Belt Heavyweight 2nd Place
  • IBJJF Chicago International Open 8/2010: Men’s Blue Belt Ultraheavyweight 3rd Place
  • IBJJF Miami International Open 10/2010: Men’s Blue Belt Ultraheavyweight 3rd Place
  • IBJJF Miami International Open 10/2010: Men’s Blue Belt Absolute 3rd Place
  • IBJJF: Chicago Winter Open 2/2011: Blue Belt Absolute & Ultraheavyweight Champion
  • IBJJF Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship’s 3/2011: Blue Belt Ultraheavyweight 2nd Place Silver
  • Medalist
Purple Belt
  • IBJJF Miami International Open 10/2011: Purple Belt Ultraheavyweight 1st Place – Champion
  • NAGA Virginia 12/2011: Purple Belt Super heavyweight 1st Place – Champion
Brown Belt
  • IBJJF Boston Open 4/2017: Brown Belt Ultraheavyweight 1st Place – Champion
  • IBJJF Atlanta Open 5/2017: Brown Belt Ultraheavyweight 1st Place – Champion
  • New Breed Grappling Tournament: 6/2017 Brown Belt Ultraheavyweight 1st Place – Champion
  • IBJJF Washington, DC: 6/2017 Brown Belt Ultraheavyweight 2nd Place