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Andrew Kodger

1934637_1103331789580_1936157_nAndrew T. Kodger is the Founder and Head Instructor of Individual Fighting Systems. He has previously served as the South Carolina Regional Coordinator for Paul Vunak’s Progressive Fighting Systems.  He is a proud founding RounTable Member of Universal Combatives Alliance. He has had over 20+ of martial arts experience ranging in everything from Bujitsu and Kobudo to the more modern street effective systems of Jeet Kune Do, American Kenpo, and Gracie Jiu Jitsu. This long and varied history combined with the fact that he had to overcome and surpass “limitations” placed on him by having a mild form Cerebral Palsy has given him a unique opportunity. He had to seek out the best the in the world and study intensely to understand the human body, the mind, and the tactics behind each art just to be able to progress in a functional way in martial arts. This grants him to ability to create highly personalized programs that are uniquely suited to each student that graces the doors of IFS. Since being told to open a public school by his JKD/FMA Sifu/Goru Thomas C. Cruse he has worked with hundreds of students ranging from Military to paralyzed and blind. 8 time national champion and 2 time self-defense champion Sifu Jody Sasaki once said of Andrew that he “has the best grasp of the tactics, theories and philosophies behind techniques then anyone else I know” He has worked with Relson Gracie. Sifu Lamar Davis II, Carlos Valente, Helio Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Thomas C. Cruse, Tony Blauer, and many more.

Beyond his extensive and distinguished martial arts pedigree you will find a man whose number one belief is that each student is family. He built IFS as a place where people could come not only to learn to defend themselves but learn about themselves and find a home in a warm environment where everyone truly cares about earh other. He regularly holds get-togethers with and for his students where they watch UFC or go to movies and each student is welcome to call him day or night if they have a problem. Family and loyalty are his driving motivations for structuring IFS as he has. He believes that his school while being loyal to its lineage and associations is about more than styles or affiliations, it is about seeing each person grow into the best they can be.