Ronda Andrews is not just a 3rd-degree black belt under the esteemed 5th-degree black belt Professor Amilcar Cipili; she is a testament to the enduring spirit of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Her journey into the heart of this martial art began in early 2007, igniting a passion that would shape the course of her life. As she delved deeper into the discipline, competing at high levels and honing her skills, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu became more than a practice—it became a way of life.
However, the path was not without its hurdles. A challenging back injury forced Ronda to step back from competition, a moment that could have marked the end of her involvement in the sport she loved. Yet, it was this very obstacle that unveiled her true calling. Unable to part ways with the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle, Ronda transformed her focus from competition to mentorship. She began to pour her knowledge, experience, and passion into teaching others, guiding them through their own Jiu-Jitsu journeys.
This profound shift led to the birth of Gracie Humaita West Craig in August 2014. Taking the helm as a brown belt, Ronda not only led the gym to success but also achieved her own milestone, earning her black belt in January 2015. Under her leadership, Gracie Humaita West Craig has become more than a gym; it's a community where individuals are empowered to overcome their challenges, achieve their goals, and embrace the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle, much like Ronda did.
To Ronda, teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is far more than imparting techniques; it's about using this profound art as a vehicle to help people in every aspect of their lives. For Ronda, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been a cornerstone of physical and mental wellness, a source of strength during tough times, and a constant reminder of the resilience of the human spirit. Now, she is committed to fostering a community that supports its members in every walk of life, encouraging growth, resilience, and mutual support. This mission goes beyond the mats—it's about creating a space where everyone feels valued, supported, and inspired to pursue their best selves, both inside and outside the gym.
Ronda's story is one of resilience, dedication, and transformation. It's about how the trials we face can lead us to our greatest achievements and how passing on knowledge can enrich not just individuals but an entire community. As a teacher, mentor, and leader, Ronda continues to inspire and shape the lives of those around her, proving that the true essence of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lies not just in the techniques, but in the spirit and community it builds. Her vision extends beyond teaching; it's about empowering each individual to discover their own path to wellness, resilience, and fulfillment through the timeless art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.