Author: andy raynor nh

On Promoting Your First Blue Belt as a Black Belt

Andrew Raynor As a black belt, my first student I was honored to promote to blue belt – the infamous Dieselinha aka The Big D aka my love. It’s been well over a week since this moment has passed, and yet the artillery of emotions it galvanized has yet to taper off. One of the […]

Gi Review: Air – Flow Kimonos

Andrew Raynor It’s been a while since I reviewed a Gi.  I mean like… years. I’ll be honest with you guys, I’ve declined a lot of free bjj gear during this time in exchange for reviews because it seems to me that the BJJ Gi market has become commoditized. This review is different, because I […]

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 […]

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 BjjSelfHelp.com

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 […]