Thursday, February 16, 2012

Training At Lloyd Irvin BJJ

I am going to be reprinting some old classic entries from my previous blog called The Angry Grappler. It will chronicle the evolution in my understanding of martial arts.

28 March 2008 @ 11:22 pm

I made it all the way to the other coast and got to train with the infamous academy, Lloyd Irvin's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Love them or hate them they are renowned, produced champs, and are the "it" school right now. I was speaking to Ryan Hall about this and he told me he doesn't get why so many people hate him. He has a ton of fans but he also has guys who can't wait for him to lose. I don't get it either because Ryan is such a nice guy and the few moments I spent with Lloyd Irvin and in communicating with him over e-mail, he was nothing but hospitable and gracious and asked for nothing from me and offered me access to his whole academy. Wow.

In cities I wanted to visit, no city in Maryland was on my list. But the reason I came here was strictly for Lloyd Irvin's academy. To see what all the talk was about. I was planning to stay only a few days but ended up staying a whole week. It was that good. And all the guys took time to talk jiu jitsu with me and offer me any kind of help.

One of my favorite classes was Ryan's Science of Jiu Jitsu class. It was a theory and concept class and that's always been my fascination with jiu jitsu. The science and theory behind it. I'm like that about everything from film, jiu jitsu, economy, history, philosophy, its all about concepts and theories for me. So Ryan and the other guys were talking right up my alley. I am terrible at names so I don't remember everyone. One of the purples showed me some closed guard tricks and they had wrestling classes which I loved. Master Donny showed me some great gripping principles and principles in passing and shared a lot of wisdom.

Even if I write everything down during this journey I wont remember all I've seen. Its impossible and writing jiu jitsu down, I can never understand it nor do I even bother looking back. But the perspective I've gotten I will keep forever. And one thing this school had in spades was a passion for Brazilian jiu jitsu!

PS: Ryan Hall is as good as they say. But beyond that he is a nice guy and is open to sharing everything he knows. We shared one thing in common, visiting academies and seeing guys trying to tear your head off. Haha we had a good laugh about that. Visitors show respect by tapping often.
About the Author:

Sam Y. is a Master Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist, Coach, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, Yoga and Pilates instructor, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook at his personal fitness page.

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