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  • Kids Program Overview

    A Phenomenal Kids Martial Arts Program in St Mary's County If you were wondering about our kids jiu jitsu program this is a good post for you. As stated above, in the large bold letters, creating a phenomenal kids martial arts program here in St. Mary's County is our goal. We set out to create a kids program that fosters growth for our students in a positive, fun, and safe environment. We do this a few ways really. Our coaches are trained to work with kids individually and as a group to ensure they are improving in self defense techniques and body movements. We always have assistants on the mat to ensure the safety of our students. We review techniques and daily to ensure ....

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  • A new year. Same goal

    The year changed but our goal remains the same. Here at St Mary's BJJ we are community of many people all of which have various goals. However we share one common goal, so much so that it is painted on our wall, 1% better every day. Whatever your goal is, however big or audacious, can be tackled by finding the smallest task to tackle and do it. Then repeat it every day. My goal when I decided to start a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym in St Mary's County MD was to create a positive environment so that a positive community can develop, all while teaching efficient and effective BJJ. This is an on going goal as we continue to grow and new members are added daily. I didn't do this alone, we ....

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  • I'm doing my first ever Jiu Jitsu class at St Marys BJJ

    In this scenario you have already reached out to us to set a date to try out our Intro to BJJ program. If you sign up we include the gi (uniform) with sign up, if you haven't quite yet then you can borrow one of our loaner gis or wear athletics gear for the class. If you did sign up and receive a gi make sure you bring an extra t-shirt to wear under your gi .Compression shirts and t-shirts work best. We have areas to change in privacy at our location. Jiu jitsu is a physical combat sport and you will sweat, so you will want to take a shower after class. If you remember it can be helpful to bring a water-tight bag for your sweaty clothes, so you can carry them out in your bag, without ....

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  • 100 reps

    Malcom Gladwell popularized 10000 hour rule when it comes to expertise in a field. It was in his book Outliers where he used Anders Ericksons research to tell intriguing stories on success. It was later realized 10,000 hours were just a common denominator for some of the worlds best athletes, musicians, and other performers. Often times when reading books like this we forget what even the smallest action can do for us and our success. On the mats a good goal to shoot for is 100 reps in a technique. This is a starting point in competence. We have to become competent in a technique before we can become good, or great in it. As always... No Mindless Reps. Each rep you ....

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  • Mental Shifts for better training and skill development.

    How do I get better? Where do I start? Why is this not working? Jiu Jitsu is different for everybody and every body. The physical nature of Jiu Jitsu creates an abundance of technical issues that are solved with physical maneuvers, techniques, and adaptations. However most of your plateaus will be overcome by training how you think about training. Below are a few options to help you improve your training, hurdle plateaus, and develop the skills you want. Small wins. If your sole focus in the training room is to beat John or Mary then you are losing potential large gaps in growth. Focus on small wins and objectives. Say you didn't sleep well the night before, had a crap ....

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  • Why every child should train Jiu Jitsu

    Are you looking for an positive activity for your child to do, specifically a martial art? Most after school activities are good, but do they create positive habits for physical fitness, boost confidence, give them an outlet for stresses and creativity? How about help them problem solve and build life long skills. Have you thought about enrolling your child into a Jiu Jitsu program? There are many types of martial arts out there, and the benefits they have for children have proven to be successful across the board. Through a proper martial arts program, children learn important personal skills like discipline, resilience, respect for themselves and others, ....

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  • Gym outing and other updates

    Tough Mudder 10K This past weekend a few us went to Budds Creek and ran a 10k Tough Mudder. We had a blast, worked together as a team to tackle the obstacles, and jumped in some really cold water. All in all a pretty good day really. The team work aspect was my favorite part by far. No one was left behind, the whole group stayed together the entire time. Upcoming event - Burpees for Charity On Friday November 18th at 6pm we will be holding a two hour event at our gym to raise $ and awareness for The Wounded Warrior Projects National Veterans and Military Families Month. I've been told the goal is 830 burpees through the month of November. Our goal is to complete the burpees in ....

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  • Breaking Jiu Jitsu into Chunks

    This is a strategy for learning BJJ more quickly. There are many ways to approach learning BJJ, at Stmarysbjj we don't discriminate. We do encourage methods we know work. A good example of this would be: 1) Chunking movements. You can improve drastically by working on movements that can be used for multiple techniques. For instance working on your pendulum motion from guard can help you with the sweep and armbars, and omoplatas. So just working this one movement you can improve multiple areas. This is also considered a Critical Improvement Area. 2) Chunking Techniques together. Sometimes referred to as creating a system. Sticking with the pendulum motion you can hit ....

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  • Only mindful repetitions.

    Here is a key to finding success on the mat here at Stmarysbjj or on any Jiu Jitsu mat. This is a tip that takes no more time out of your day and barely any more energy. I was so lucky to have the mentors I've had in my Jiu Jitsu journey, and this tip is one of the reasons. It's so funny how a simple statement can have a profound effect on the rest of your Jiu Jitsu. The statement was " Only mindful reps. No mindless reps." This was said to me and classroom full of students by my friend, coach, and mentor Paul Greenhill. I have no idea if it was meant for me specifically or if anyone got the same profound effect from it that I did. It's a simple principle really. Every repetition you do ....

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  • Improving Jiu Jitsu Off The Mat

    Everyday we are on the mats doing Jiu Jitsu in St. Mary's County we are improving. A saying we use a lot while training is "One More Rep". It's a simple but effective tool in improving your BJJ on the mat, as well as your mindset. While that gets us better on the mat, I get asked all the time "what can I do to get better outside of class." Note taking is the answer. Improving at Bjj in St.Mary's County MD We focus deeply on skill development practices during class. Each session has been designed to take each every student to the next level. Every student has the ability to improve their own skill level off the mat through note taking. It sounds boring, and if you aren't motivated it ....

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