Author: andy raynor nh

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 […]

My 12 All Time Best Jiu Jitsu Posts From

andy raynor nh andy raynor nh This year has been amazing, and it feels great to have over 80 posts now.  To celebrate achieving my goal of writing every week this year (52 posts!) I’m going to revisit my 12 all time best posts.  Each article on this list also includes loads of links to […]

Mastering Jiu Jitsu Positions

andy raynor nh andy raynor nh “Position before submission” is one of the core tenants of Jiu Jitsu.  It is one of the first sayings that a grappler learns.  What does it really mean and how can we best focus on mastering Jiu Jitsu positions? Understanding the answer to this question is one of the […]

The Accidental Mat Bully In BJJ Class

andy raynor nh andy raynor nh I have met some amazing people through Jiu Jitsu.  Most people are super respectful when they roll.  Unfortunately there is a very small portion of the population who isn’t. This group of people tend to be those that go as hard as possible when training. They can easily become […]

Elements Of A BJJ Gym’s Culture

andy raynor nh andy raynor nh A few weeks ago I wrote about how to research potential Jiu Jitsu gyms.  The choices can seem daunting to someone who is new.  At the core, there are 3 main elements of a BJJ gym that deeply effect culture.  Analyzing these can help make the decision process easier. […]

Why Friends DON’T Start Training BJJ (But SHOULD)

andy raynor nh andy raynor nh Beginning my Jiu Jitsu journey is one of the best things I’ve done in my life.  In spreading the word to others there are a few obstacles I find that stand in the way of new people who want to start training BJJ.  Most of the reasons people don’t […]

Any BJJ Tips 30 Year Old Purple Belts Should Follow?

andy raynor nh andy raynor nh I’m so glad this question came in!  Navigating your purple belt is completely different from white and blue belt. There is a big shift in the journey and figuring out what it takes to progress. Are there any posts for Purple belts? Or over 30’s? Just getting back into […]

Which Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gym Should I Join? How To Research

andy raynor nh andy raynor nh Finally, you’ve made the decision to start training Jiu Jitsu, but now you are having trouble figuring out which gym to train at.  How can you even begin researching? Some potential grapplers let the excuse of not knowing where to start be an obstacle that keeps them from ever […]

Exploring Character Through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

andy raynor nh andy raynor nh Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great way to explore character.  We can learn a lot from someone based on their Jiu Jitsu.  The movements and systems they choose on the mat while rolling showcases their underlying personality. We can learn even more about OUR character by using Jiu Jitsu […]