by Chris Husong – Andrew Leone of Bali MMA is a ONE Championship MMA fighter and wrestler, world title contender, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. He also happens to be one of Elixinol’s Brand Ambassadors.
Andrew and his brother, Anthony Leone–also an MMA fighter–were born and raised in New York, but they opted to relocate to Asia to pursue martial arts professionally.
“Nine years ago, I left my wrestling scholarship and moved to Thailand,” Andrew says. “To make a long story short, I coached and worked in Phucket for a few years. Then, my brother Anthony and I got the opportunity to open up a new facility in Bali, and we jumped on it.”
The Birth of Bali MMA
In 2014, Andrew and Anthony opened Bali MMA, which has since become the premier mixed martial arts training facility in Indonesia.
Bali MMA now attracts athletes from all over the world with its team of dedicated, elite coaches, comprehensive martial arts and fitness instruction, and close proximity to the ocean. In fact, the facility offers popular Surf and Train packages for athletes and fighters who want to take advantage of the opportunity for advanced training, plus a chance to ride the waves in between sessions.
“A lot of us surf,” Andrew says. “The waves are here, and it was a good opportunity to open up a martial arts facility because there weren’t high-level coaches here at the time or the right team. We were in the right place at the right time.”
Fellow Elixinol Brand Ambassador Tiffany “Time Bomb” van Soest trains with Andrew at Bali MMA. Take a look:
CBD Supports Focus, Rigorous Training, and Recovery
Because Andrew’s daily schedule is packed with sparring, training, surfing, and teaching, he needs to stay on top of his game. He works Elixinol CBD into his daily schedule from the morning through the afternoon, starting early.
“I add Cinnamint tincture to my coffee every morning,” he says.
He often takes the tincture again in the afternoons, around lunchtime, to combat midday fatigue after a long morning of training. Throughout the day, he enjoys using Respira tincture to stay focused and accomplish his training goals.
“Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, we have pro team sparring,” he says. “Each day in the morning, Monday through Friday, we have a pro team practice with the rest of the pros here in Bali. Usually, that consists of sparring in the mornings.
“In the afternoons, the team will come back around 5:00 p.m. and we’ll do drills, strength, and conditioning. In between, we’ll check the waves and go surfing.”
Andrew says he uses topical CBD Hemp Balm often to combat inflammation.
“The Hemp Balm and tincture are always my go-to’s,” Andrew says. “I feel those right away when it comes to post-training muscle inflammation.”
The balm gives him a chance to unwind and promotes recovery for the next day’s work.
“CBD offers a lot of comfort because there’s a lot of pain involved in training,” he says. “It’s a tool to fall back on and a huge gain for me. It’s tough here, but CBD makes it easier.
Combining CBD and Focus for Healthier Choices
Andrew focuses on eating a daily diet rich in lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables. He avoids soda, sugar, and processed foods.
“We keep it simple,” he says. “My wife keeps foods around the house like chicken breasts, hard-boiled eggs, and fruit.
“The worst things we eat occasionally are pasta and bread. When I’m trying to dial it in, I’ll cut those things out.
“It takes your body so long to get into a nice rhythm. Small hiccups in your diet with foods like extra pasta and bread will keep you from getting over that hump of losing weight.”
Andrew curbs sugar cravings with fruit and credits CBD with helping him stay level-headed as he makes his food choices throughout the day.
“CBD definitely gives you a motivation and contentment that helps you remember you don’t want to eat that unhealthy food. It’s a helpful nudge, especially when you want to grab a chocolate bar.”
As for the future, Andrew is looking forward to another great year of training in Bali–and another year representing Elixinol.
“The lifestyle we’re living here is a good example of what Elixinol can do and provide,” he says. “I’m happy to be a part of the team.”