What is The Gentle Artist

Andrew Raynor There was one change on this blog that I never addressed but always planned to address.  That is the rebranding of the blog to The Gentle Artist. Originally, I started this blog both as a means to express a creative outlet, document my journey, share helpful things, and as well to support efforts […]

What is The Gentle Artist

Andrew Raynor There was one change on this blog that I never addressed but always planned to address.  That is the rebranding of the blog to The Gentle Artist. Originally, I started this blog both as a means to express a creative outlet, document my journey, share helpful things, and as well to support efforts […]

What Have I Been Up To? Here’s a List

Since last count, I have written over 30 more blog posts for Inverted Gear. We also passed 200 White Belt Wednesday video. Below is a list of everything I’ve written, broken down by theme. Daniel Bertina interviewed me for a short bio you can read here: Meet the Pandas – Biomechanical Jiu-Jitsu with Nerd Power – […]

Think Three Steps Ahead: A Blueprint

andy raynor nh andy raynor nh Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is often compared to chess. But why? The best players can see several moves ahead. You will get a general sense of direction early. But high level competitors seem to read your mind. I will share three methods for growing this type of understanding. Begin with […]

Well hello there…

Andrew Raynor It’s been a while since I’ve written anything for this blog. I’ve published a review here and there, a quote graphic or two, but haven’t really sat down to write anything of substance. In fact, the last time I wrote anything was when I was promoted to brown belt. And, it’s been over […]

Jiu Jitsu People Are Exceptional

andy raynor nh andy raynor nh What makes a group exceptional? I purposely spend the majority of my time around Jiu Jitsu people. My reason for this is simple. They are a constant source of positive energy. What about them is so different from average? New faces are always welcome. In most environments, people are […]

Common Misunderstandings About Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

andy raynor nh andy raynor nh I dedicated myself to teaching for one reason. I love to train, and this is the most logical way to train full time. Teaching has a way of showing us exactly how much we don’t know. Because I started in a small town in Missouri, the challenge wasn’t what […]