BJJ: Your Brain F*ckery of Enhancing

Andrew Raynor Newsflash: When I started BJJ, I never expected to be good. I never expected even to be okay. I fully believed that I would stay a white belt, eating paste in the corner, making everyone feel better about themselves because “Well, at least I’m better than Jiu Jiu!” I was happy and satisfied […]

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Andrew Raynor Nowadays Mr Jiu Jiu and that I asked several people over. One knight whose household is a long way away, and my BJJ teacher, who’s from Brazil. Believed this could be considered a good-time to listing some issues I’m grateful for! Feel free to include yours towards the finish! No, not maternity pants […]

They’re About Obligation

Andrew Raynor Note: This is a guest post I did for JiuJiteira, a new online community intended to promote events that feature female JiuJiteiras and encourage both men and women training together. Jiujitsu has much in common with musical theater, specifically Gilbert & Sullivan. No, really. Besides being subcultures that inspire completists to obsession, the […]

Presenting Dirty White Belt Radio

Andrew Raynor More a little more than a year, I’ve been doing a podcast. We’ve made 58 shows. Learned a lot. Made more than 60 videos about technique, nutrition, live event coverage and funny things. Plus, the occasional webcomic. It’s been an amazing year. Now it’s time to take it to the next level — which […]

Gettin’ footloose

Andrew Raynor   Andrew Raynor Often our problems can start at our feet. When any part of the body is injured, our movement is either halted or limited to some extent in that area, or even well beyond it, and sometimes right throughout the body. In these circumstances, the focus of both brain and body […]

Gettin’ footloose

Andrew Raynor   Andrew Raynor Often our problems can start at our feet. When any part of the body is injured, our movement is either halted or limited to some extent in that area, or even well beyond it, and sometimes right throughout the body. In these circumstances, the focus of both brain and body […]

15 Quotes From Moby Dick That Are Actually About Jiujitsu

Andrew Raynor I first read Moby Dick at a young age, too many years ago to admit. I first realized that the book is actually about jiu-jitsu just this week. Herman Melville’s opus chronicles a titanic struggle between an otherworldly whale and his human arch-nemesis. Although ultimately the whale teaches Ahab to laugh and love again […]

Basics of Grip Fighting on the Ground

Andrew Raynor You’d think grip fighting would rank at the top of the “grappling fundamentals” list. When you grapple with someone, you have to grab them, and if they’re wearing clothes, those clothes are an ideal target for said grabbing. Yet when I started jiu-jitsu, I remember my knowledge of grips lagging behind. I don’t want […]

Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood – Grappling & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Videos and Techniques

Andrew Raynor Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood – Grappling & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Videos and TechniquesCutting Weight for Jiu Jitsu Competitions: The Ultimate GuideTypes of Grappling Martial Arts6 Concepts for Effective Guard-Passing in Jiu JitsuBJJ and Back PainThe Importance of Footwork in Jiu JitsuFamily Jiu-JitsuThe Rules of BJJ & Grappling CompetitionsUsing the Kimura to Sweep, Control and SubmitFinding […]

BJJ: Motivation, the Fickle Beast

Andrew Raynor Imagine something you do without fail, every day or every week. It can be brushing your teeth, taking your dog for a walk, going to work, whatever. For me, it’s wearing makeup. I wear makeup every single day. If someone were to ask me “How do you have the motivation to do it […]