Andre moved from the Bronx to North Carolina in 1996. He was naturally drawn toward martial arts, especially growing up with a father who has a black belt in Judo. Andre's training over the years has moved from traditional martial arts to self-protection based skills. His credentials include a Defensive Options 2nd Degree Black Belt; BJJ Brown Belt; Karate Black Belt; Kemp Black Belt; studies including Balintawak Arnis, Bas Rutten MMA, boxing, and more.