Andrew Colson is the head instructor for Whole Armor Martial Arts® King County. 2017 marks the twenty-sixth year he has been a part of Whole Armor Martial Arts. He started training under the guidance of Mr. Ron Hagelganz when he was 14 years old and still in middle school, and earned his Black Belt in 1995 at the age of 18. After earning his 2nd degree Black Belt, Andrew instructed at his own Whole Armor Martial Arts school for almost 2 years, and then began serving his country as a Marine for the next 5 plus years, including three tours in the middle east. After completing his service, Andrew continued his training under Mr. Hagelganz at Whole Armor Martial Arts, earning his 3rd degree Black Belt in 2007. He then co-instructed the school’s Thursday evening class, until moving to Issaquah WA in 2015 to start a new chapter in his life with his new bride, Sara. After living there for about a year, Andrew opened his new school under the guidance of Mr. Hagelganz in March of 2016. In April of that same year, he was awarded his 4th degree Black Belt.
Now, Andrew has been running his school in Bellevue, WA for over a year and the school is going strong. He continues to visit the main school in Vancouver, WA once a month for his own continued training by Mr. Hagelganz at their monthly Black Belt class.
During the day, Andrew is an IT Professional working at Expedia Inc. He spends much of his off time with his wife & family, friends, pet cat Knuckles, working on cars, helping his church, playing hard, and training in Karate.
“Even though I love to study the physical aspects of the martial arts and explore the infinite knowledge Whole Armor has to offer, I am regularly reminded that this school’s primary focus is to be a ministry where people can come to learn about Jesus, and experience the excellence that a relationship with Him can bring. I can’t wait to see what God will do with this school, and how I may be used to further His aim.” — Mr. Andrew Colson