Andrew Laxa Interview
Andrew Laxa is a 23 year old purple belt from the Philippines, who decided to leave the comforts of home and company of family & friends, to fly in the US to fulfill his jiujitsu dreams. He knew that it wouldn’t be greener pastures and a walk in the park. It would take sacrifice and everyday struggle to achieve his goals.
I decided to interview him since he is a good inspiration to the jiujitsu community. He embodies the jiujitsu lifestyle of going outside your comfort zone, working hard and doing what you love despite the obstacles. I want to share his story to serve as an inspiration and to show that the greatest joy and glory is the one we work hardest for. He is more than just a purple belt. More than just a teammate from Deftac Pilipinas. He is also a good friend and a man in pursuit of his dreams.
noegobjj: What made you decide to leave the Philippines and fly to the US? And why CA among other states?
Andrew Laxa: Well, its no secret that southern California is where the scene is at. In my opinion, all the good tournaments are either here or UAE. I just wanna be where the action is at, man. Learn by training with guys who live and breathe bjj man.
noegobjj: How’s life in the US compared to the Philippines? Any major adjustments?
Andrew Laxa: Life here is tough man. I need to work while still making time for bjj but it’s good, man. The training I get is well worth it. The hardest thing has been being my own man, i guess, and making things work despite the adversity. Hardest thing i had to do was walk home from work for 2 hours, man. Hahaha, that wasn’t fun.
noegobjj: What’s a normal day like for you?
Andrew Laxa: On days i can train i get up for comp class 1030 to 12 then go home rest and train again from 6 to 9. This only happens 3 days a week. 4 days of the week i work my day job. haha! (I) gotta hustle, man!
noegobjj: Let’s talk jiujitsu. How is training different in the US and in the Philippines?
Andrew Laxa: Well here i get my ass whooped all the time. haha! The level here is nuts. Guys here take bjj very seriously and it shows in their game. Biggest difference i guess is the fact that everyone here is super competitive. Because the bjj scene is so strong here everyone is working really hard to improve. People have a mentality here where If they miss a day of training here someone else is getting in more training than them. That just doesn’t sit right with people here
noegobjj: And what is it like to train with that camp?
Andrew Laxa: I currently train at AOJ (Art of Jiu Jitsu Academy) . The level is amazing and its such a trip watching Prof Rafa and Prof Guihlerme walk around and teach the classes. They are amazing instructors and the coaches at AOJ are all really amazing as well. The environment is chill but people train very hard. Its different from being at home doe. Training in deftac was amazing because everyone there is a really close brother or sister to me. I miss the li’l things like grabbing a slurpee at 711 after jits. Good times. haha!
noegobjj: What are your short and long term goals? How do you intend to achieve them?
Andrew Laxa: Well my long term goal is to mold my lifestyle around bjj. It’s what i love and it’s my passion. I wanna compete and teach till i physically can’t. I wanna make friends around the world through bjj and hopefully win a few titles on the way haha
noegobjj: Any plans of coming back to the Philippines?
Andrew Laxa: As of now maybe not. Things are up in the air for me and i don’t really wanna go back for good. I’m young and i wanna explore different possibilities. I can’t do that if i move back to the Philippines. Some unexpected opportunities have come my way and they aren’t bringing closer to home. I miss my friends and family though so i will definitely visit soon!
I wanna say thanks to all the friends and family back home, everyone who supports me no matter what. Osssss
Andrew Laxa is starting in his journey to be a champion in life. The rest will follow. Wishing Andrew and those in a daily struggle all the best in life’s journey. God speed.
May we all serve as an inspiration to one another in our journey to be champions in life.
*you can follow Andrew Laxa in his blog: http://truerolls.tumblr.com/ ; instagram: laxaandrew