Coach Andrew Tenneson

Assistant Coach at Jackson Wink MMA Academy

Background and Roles

Andrew Tenneson, a proud native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is an individual who seamlessly embodies the worlds of professional MMA fighting and coaching. As an active Professional MMA fighter and an assistant MMA coach at Jackson Wink MMA Academy, Andrew plays a vital role in assisting fighters of all levels and contributing to the team's ongoing dominance and innovation within the sport. Known for his thoroughness and passion, Andrew Tenneson approaches the teaching of martial arts with an unwavering commitment.

Journey and Training

Andrew's martial arts journey began during his service in the US Army Reserve, where he embarked on training and refining his skills. While attending the University of New Mexico, he encountered a group of amateur martial artists who became an invaluable support system and tight-knit community. One of his initial mentors, a longtime student of Greg Jackson, recognized Andrew's potential and encouraged him to elevate his training. Responding to this advice, Andrew joined Jackson's MMA in 2008, marking a significant turning point in his martial arts career.

Unique Perspective and Diverse Interests

With a Bachelor's degree in political science and a profound appreciation for history, Star Trek, anime, and video games, Andrew brings a distinctive personality and perspective to the gym. His diverse range of interests enriches his interactions with students and fellow fighters, fostering a dynamic learning environment.

Achievements in Competition

Starting as a NO-GI grappler, Andrew progressed through regional grappling tournaments, ascending from Novice to Advanced levels. He then ventured into kickboxing smokers and amateur MMA matches, amassing an impressive record of 6-0, with five victories secured via submission. Andrew's professional journey saw him attain a record of 7-1, highlighted by securing the Colorado-based TopShelf Entertainment Featherweight Championship Belt and notching two wins for the Legacy Fighting Alliance promotion.

Coaching Triumphs and International Representation

Beyond his own achievements as a fighter, Andrew's coaching prowess has been a source of pride. He represented the Jackson Wink MMA Exchange Program in China, where he guided the Sunkin International Fight Club and the Chinese World Amateur MMA team to remarkable heights. Under his leadership, the team secured important victories, including the country's first World Mixed Martial Arts Association medals and Sunkin's triumph in the nationwide Chin Woo Men team tournament.

Andrew Tenneson's multifaceted contributions as a fighter and coach exemplify his dedication, expertise, and commitment to the world of MMA. His ongoing pursuit of excellence and passion for martial arts continue to inspire and empower those around him.

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The coaching staff at Jackson Wink MMA Academy comprises a highly skilled and dedicated group of trainers and instructors who possess a wealth of experience and expertise in various martial arts disciplines, providing comprehensive guidance and support to athletes of all levels.

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Train With The Best.

When training at Jackson Wink MMA Academy you are constantly surrounded by professional athletes and world-class coaches. The Academy attracts top-level fighters from around the world, which means that there is always someone to train with who can push you to your limits and help you improve.

Why We're Special

Jackson Wink MMA Academy is considered one of the best mixed martial arts (MMA) training facilities in the world. Head coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn have trained and cornered some of the top fighters in the sport, including Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre, and Holly Holm, among others.

Our Facility

Our main training location in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a 30,000 square facility equipped with everything a fighter needs to train and prepare for a fight. Our gym includes a full-size octagon, lots of heavy bags, wrestling mats, a strength and conditioning area, cardio area, pro shop, and more.