NY State Grappling Champion Andy Potwora
on growing up and grappling at KC’s Fitness
NY State Grappling champion and KC’s Fitness member Andy Potwora: I’ve been coming to KC’s Fitness for five and a half years now. I started at the age of 17 and I am currently 22 years old. In the beginning I came to KC’s because I heard about the MMA classes being offered and I thought it would be an exciting challenge to learn. At first, I started going to Corey Norman’s classes for one reason – I thought it was bad ass! On the first day, everyone in Corey’s class was inviting and friendly right away. He’s a great instructor because he really makes sure that every single person understands the techniques before we move onto something else, and explains things in a clear and understandable way.
Under Corey’s guidance, I eventually got enough experience to feel comfortable competing in the NYS Grappling Championships and I won First Place in my division twice, and Second Place once. It was during these times of challenges and the urge to improve that I found myself turning a hobby into a passion. Finding a passion in life is a blessing that not everyone can say they have experienced along with finding friendships and support surrounding you in the process – I don’t think it gets much better than that.
For a few months I left KC’s and went to a few other gyms to learn different styles of Martial Arts. Nothing was the same. Not only were the styles different but the people weren’t close to the same. I realized that I missed the everyone that I grew up with at KC’s. I’ve known Corey a long time and we’ve become good friends over the years. I returned to KC’s and I came back to seeing my friends welcoming me back with open arms.
The techniques that I’ve learned here have saved my life outside of the gym from a few close experiences and it makes me all the more grateful that I began training and learning at KC’s. I don’t train here just for the love of the sport, or because it’s a great place to learn, but because of the home I’ve made here.
It’s almost 6 years later and I have never regretted a second of the time I’ve spent at KC’s. This is my home.