Skip to main content
We are Moving to a New location please expect delay of upto 8-10 Working days for Shipping.
Andrew Wiltse– Multiple Times BJJ Gold Champion

Andrew Wiltse– Multiple Times BJJ Gold Champion

1. Andrew Wiltse’s Details

Andrew Wiltse’s Details
Name Andrew Wiltse
Nickname NA
Date of Birth 06-12-1992
Age 29
Height 5’9”
Weight 77 kg ( 170 lbs)
Born Topanga Canyon, California, USA
Nationality American
Pro MMA Record 12-3-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
Last Fight June 18, 2021, at WNO
Weight Division WelterWeight / Middle Heavyweight
Career Disclosed Earning NA
Fought out of Missouri
Foundation Style BJJ
College/University NA
Foundation Style No-Gi Grappling ( Buzz saw Style)
Lineage Carlos Gracie –> Helio Gracie –> Rickson Gracie –> Rodrigo Vaghi -> Heath Pedigo –> Andrew Wiltse
Team Association Pedigo Submission Fighting / Superior Combat
Favorite Position/Technique Blitz Passing
Official Instagram Account

2. Andrew Wiltse’s Biography

2.1. Who is Andrew Wiltse?

Andrew Wiltse is a BJJ black belt under Heath Pedigo and a judo brown belt under Mike Ogden. Wiltse is a representative of a Pedigo Submission Fighting Academy and was the team's first breakthrough black belt on the world’s sports circuit.

Andrew Wiltse established his reputation as one of his generation's fiercest grapplers while competing in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation's (IBJJF) colored belt divisions, where he won five world titles, ranging from blue to brown belts, before moving up to the Pro Division.

Andrew further ascended to incredible heights by winning the IBJJF Pan American title seven times, once with a black belt and the other six times with different colored belts, thereby establishing himself as a formidable force in the professional grappling world.

2.2. Andrew Wiltse’s Early Life and Amateur Fighting

Andrew was born on December 6, 1992, in Topanga Canyon, California. Wiltse lived in California until he was 10 years old.

Andrew's parents were both born in Michigan and migrated to California to operate a crystal shop and raise their children. However, Wiltse's father became frustrated with the hot weather in California and decided to return home, settling in Drummond Island, Michigan, with Andrew and his younger brother, Sathya in 2002.

Andrew’s parents got divorced within the next couple of years and his mother moved to Hawaii.

Trying a hand at Judo

Andrew Wiltse began his martial arts journey in 2006 in Hawaii, when he was visiting his mother for the summer holidays. During his stay in Hawaii, Andrew joined a judo club and earned his blue belt by the end of the vacation.

Training under Mike Ogden

When Andrew returned to Michigan, he urged his father to allow him to continue his judo lessons in Drummond. This request brought him to Mike Ogden, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu trainer who ran a small judo club in the area.

Because of the small population and remote location of Drummond Island, Ogden's judo school started small, and Andrew often had one-on-one sessions with the judo black belt. As a result of this close interaction, Wiltse became very close with his instructor, who was one of the early brilliant grapplers.

MMA Debut

At the age of 16, Ogden convinced Andrew to start competing in MMA tournaments. Wiltse then opted to make his debut at Mutt MMA in the Upper Peninsula, but he was subdued by a flying armbar in the first 10 seconds of the match.

Unlike many athletes who would have been devastated by this bad experience, Andrew became even more committed to his training and began working on his skills.

Meeting Heath Pedigo

Soon after that, Andrew met Heath Pedigo, one of the most powerful individuals in his sporting career, for the first time in Sault Ste. Marie, where Mr. Pedigo was traveling through promoting a mixed martial arts event.

Heath Pedigo visited a boxing gym where Ogden and Wiltse were staying at the time while searching for the local talent in the area. Heath stuck with Andrew for the duration of his stay, but they split ways soon after.

Quitting College and Joining Pedigo Submission Fighting Academy

Andrew began studying at a college in Sault Ste. Marie after completing his high school. During that period, he learned about Heath Pedigo's jiu-jitsu school and grappling scholarship in Mount Vernon, Illinois, through his contacts with the local fighting gyms.

After learning about Mr. Pedigo's plans to recruit him on scholarship for the team and having a quick talk with him, Andrew abandoned his academic ambitions and relocated to Illinois to train full-time at the Pedigo Submission Fighting Academy.

2.3. Andrew Wiltse’s Pro BJJ Career

Andrew formally began his jiu-jitsu career in 2013 as a white belt under Heath Pedigo— although he was already a brown belt in judo under Ogden at the time.

Early Training at Pedigo Submission Fighting Academy

Heath saw Andrew's immense potential and wanted to make him into a professional grappler. Andrew’s early BJJ training at the academy was a bit harsh.

The academy was essentially an old launderette which Heath had bought and turned into a training gym. Andrew used to train during the day and sleep on mats at night with his teammates.

His first few months of practice were extremely brutal. Andrew’s opponents were more experienced and would beat him for hours on the mat. But the continuous beatings made Andrew more determined.

Wiltse would spend all his free time drilling with his teammate even after the training session ended. This hard training proved to be fruitful and helped him to succeed as a BJJ athlete.

Andrew as a Blue Belt

Andrew quickly progressed through the jiu-jitsu ranks, becoming famous in the competition circuit of North America. By the year 2015, he was a world champion winning several world titles as a blue belt.

His main achievements as a blue belt were:

  • Two gold medals at the IBJJF Championship 2015
  • Three World Championship Titles in the Gi, No-Gi, and Absolute No-Gi Division
  • Four Pan American Championships

Andrew as Purple and Brown Belt

Andrew advanced to purple (2016) and eventually brown (2017) belt over the next four years. He won the IBJJF World Championships as a purple and brown belt during this time, as well as the IBJJF Pan American Championships in the Brown Belt Division.

Andrew as Purple and Brown Belt
Andrew as Purple and Brown Belt

In 2018, Andrew became the first member of the Pedigo Submission Fighting to win a World Championship as a brown belt.

In 2019, Andrew Wiltse won his 5th world title by winning the IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship and his 6th Pan American Gold by winning the 2019 Pan Championship.

Andrew as Purple and Brown Belt
Andrew as Purple and Brown Belt

Andrew was a fluent performer on the mats, and after all of his achievements, he was ready to take his game to the next level. Hence, Heath Pedigo promoted the young star to the black belt in December 2019 due to his remarkable progress in the sport.

Andrew as Black Belt

Andrew Wiltse was a natural with his new belt, wasting no time in putting his training to use in competitions.

He won the gold medal at the No-Gi Pan Championship in 2020 in the 85kg Division by defeating all three of his opponents.

Andrew also competed in various pro events like Who’s Number One (WNO) and Fight to Win (F2W). Andrew defeated the world-class black belt John Combs at F2W 146 and won the match via penalty.

Andrew as Black Belt
Andrew as Black Belt

Andrew Wiltse returned to the top of the black belt rankings in 2021 after recovering from injuries.

Andrew defeated superstar grapplers PJ Barch and David Garmo in back-to-back super fights at WNO 6 and WNO 8.

Andrew then competed in the IBJJF Pan American Championship 2021, where he won three of his four matches but fell short of the gold medal by losing in the final against Jefferson Guaresi.

Andrew Wiltse’s Injuries

During his black belt campaign, Andrew Wiltse suffered a serious back injury. Many doubted Andrew's ability to compete in the 2020 Pan American Championships, but he was back on track after some rest and rehabilitation.

Andrew was scheduled to battle Roberto Jimenez in a super fight at the Road to ADCC the following year, but he was forced to withdraw due to a back ailment. Andrew is still working to reclaim his title .

2.4. Andrew Wiltse’s Future Plans

Andrew Wiltse is still quite active in the professional grappling circuit, having several important victories over skilled competitors. Andrew will continue to train hard to win the ADCC Championships and the Black Belt World Championships. Andrew plans to fight in more events in the future, including Fight 2 Win, Polaris, and Submission Underground.

2.5. Andrew Wiltse’s Instructional Videos

Andrew Wiltse has filmed numerous instructional videos for BJJ Fanatics, a well-known online platform. His knowledge of techniques is in high demand and only available through BJJ Fanatics. Some of his video titles include:

Buzzsaw Passing No-Gi

This classic series consists of four volumes where Andrew shares his famous Buzzsaw passing system, with a special focus on No-Gi guard passing.

The series includes concepts and strategies against both seated and supinated guard players, along with Andrew’s classic knee slice methods containing footwork, set-ups, finishes, and variations.

Stopping the Buzzsaw

This series contains six volumes where Andrew skillfully teaches guard retention, strategies to counter and defend against the buzzsaw passing systems, multiple guard passing styles, and concepts of positioning, framing, and grip fighting.

The Daisy Fresh Series

In 2018, Flograppling started filming the crew at the Pedigo Submission Fighting Academy. These videos are known as the Daisy Fresh Series, named after the laundromat.

The first season featured Andrew Wiltse explaining how he started his BJJ journey at Pedigo Submission.

After that, Andrew recorded various videos under this series explaining the art of BJJ with knee slice, side control, kimura trap, and much more.

Each DVD in the Dairy series consists of many volumes which include,

  • The Daisy Fresh Side Control System
  • The Daisy Fresh Knee Slice
  • The Daisy Fresh Omoplata
  • The Daisy Fresh Kimura Trap

Wrestle Up

This series contains six volumes devoted to teaching how to do different guards and explaining the right positions for wrestling from the open guard.

Other Instructional Videos

  • Prevent, Survive, and Pass Lasso Guard
  • Swat the Spider
  • Maintaining Back Control

2.6. Andrew Wiltse’s Historic Fights

Andrew Wiltse Vs Isiah Wright

Andrew demonstrated his submission skills in his debut match as a black belt, defeating Isiah Wright with a rear-naked choke in a super fight at Fight 2 Win 144.

Submission Grappling Record (Undefeated 13-0)
Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2020 Fight to Win 144 Isiah Wright W RNC SPF 200lbs (93 kg)

2020 Pan American No-Gi Championship


As a black belt, Andrew's greatest tournament was in 2020. The Pan American No-Gi Championships was Andrew's first competition. In the quarter and semi-finals, Andrew successfully defeated Victor Silva and Cameron Guilliam.

Finally, Andrew won his first big IBJJF event as a black belt, defeating Pedro Rocha by a penalty point in the finals.

Submission Grappling Record (Undefeated 13-0)
Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2020 IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship Pedro Rocha W Penalty F Medium Heavyweight (85 kg)
2020 IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship Cameron Gilliam W Points SF Medium Heavyweight (85 kg)
2020 IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship Victor Silva W Points 4F Medium Heavyweight (85 kg)

Andrew Wiltse Vs Gabriel Almeida


Andrew's most recent fight occurred at the 10th edition of the World Nomads Organization in 2021. During the first 10 minutes of the match, Almeida was able to control the match from the top position and defended against takedowns. The match was competitive but Almeida had the advantage .

However, in the last five minutes, Andrew was able to take the top position for the first time in the match. He quickly started hitting his classic knee slice pass to side control and went to the mount. At last, Andrew won the match by beating Almeida with a rear-naked choke.

Submission Grappling Record (Undefeated 13-0)
Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2021 WNO 10 Gabriel Almeida W Decision SPF 83 kg

2.7. Andrew Wiltse’s Championships and Accomplishments

5x IBJJF Worlds Gold
Year Medal
2015 3 Gold MedalsGolden Medal
2017 1 Gold MedalGolden Medal
2019 1 Gold MedalGolden Medal
7x IBJJF Pan American Gold
Year Medal
2015 3 Gold MedalsGolden Medal
2016 1 Gold MedalGolden Medal
2019 2 Gold MedalGolden Medal
2020 1 Gold MedalGolden Medal

3. Andrew Wiltse’s Main Achievements

Position Events Years
1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (No-Gi) 2020
2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (No-Gi) 2021

4. Andrew Wiltse’s Main Achievements (Belts)

Black Belt
Position Event Belt Years
Champion IBJJF Pan Championship (No-Gi) Black 2020
Runner Up IBJJF Pan Championship (No-Gi) Black 2021
Colored Belts
Position Event Belt Years
1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship Beginners White 2014
1st Place IBJJF World Championship Blue 2015
1st Place IBJJF World Championship (No-Gi) Blue 2015
1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship Blue 2015
1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (No-Gi) Blue 2015
3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship Blue 2015
1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship Blue 2016
2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (No-Gi) Purple 2016
3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship Blue 2016
1st Place IBJJF World Championship (No-Gi) Purple 2017
2nd Place IBJJF World Championship Purple 2017
2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship Purple 2017
1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (No-Gi) Brown 2019
1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (No-Gi) Brown 2019

5. Andrew Wiltse’s Professional Record Breakdown

Professional Record Breakdown
15 Matches 12 Wins 3 Losses
By Submission 3 1
By Decision 2 1
By Points 3 0
By Penalty 2 0
Advantage 1 0
OT 1 0
Other 0 1
Submission Methods W/L
Method Wins Losses
RNC 3 0
Inside Heel Hook 0 1

6. Andrew Wiltse’s Match History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Division
2021 WNO 10 Gabriel Almeida W Decision SPF 83 kg
2021 No-Gi Pan American Championship John Combs W Advantage SF Medium Heavyweight (85 kg)
2021 No-Gi Pan American Championship Jeferson Guaresi L Decision F Medium Heavyweight (85 kg)
2021 No-Gi Pan American Championship Vinicius Wong W RNC 8F Medium Heavyweight (85 kg)
2021 No-Gi Pan American Championship Pedro Palhares W Points 4F Medium Heavyweight (85 kg)
2021 WNO 8 David Garmo W RNC SPF 83 kg
2021 WNO 6 PJ Barch W Decision SPF 84 kg
2020 IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship Pedro Rocha W Penalty F Medium Heavyweight (85 kg)
2020 IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship Cameron Gilliam W Points SF Medium Heavyweight (85 kg)
2020 IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship Victor Silva W Points 4F Medium Heavyweight (85 kg)
2020 Sub Spectrum BJJ Woodstock P.O. Leclerc W OT SF 185lbs (84 kg)
2020 Sub Spectrum BJJ Woodstock William Tackett L Inside Heel Hook SF 185lbs (84 kg)
2020 Fight to Win 146 John Combs W Penalty SPF 180lbs (82 kg)
2020 Fight to Win 144 Isiah Wright W RNC SPF 200lbs (93 kg)
2019 Pan IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship G. Cordeiro L Other SPF Absolute Division)

7. Andrew Wiltse’s Top Fight Links

Your Cart

Your cart is currently empty.
Click here to continue shopping.
Thanks for contacting us! We'll get back to you shortly. Thanks for subscribing Thanks! We will notify you when it becomes available! The max number of items have already been added There is only one item left to add to the cart There are only [num_items] items left to add to the cart