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Lloyd Irvin Biography
Lloyd Irvin was introduced to martial arts when he was just three years old. He was always inspired by his Grandfather’s idea to earn money by working for yourself. During his early days at school, he started taking part in physical sports such as wrestling. His strong physical build allowed him to continue his passion throughout his school life. When Irvin went to graduate school at Bowie State University, he developed an interest in more traditional sports such as football, earning himself a scholarship to play for his college football team. He majored in marketing, and it was in the later years while watching a UFC fight on TV that he developed an interest in martial arts again. From there on, there was no turning back, and Lloyd Irvin became one of most successful figures in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu History.
Struggle for the sport
While trying to pursue his passion, Lloyd moved to California. However exorbitant training fees forced him back to his native state where he met a man who would later help him change his life forever. Brian Welsh used to practice BJJ with his friends twice a week and asked Lloyd Irvin to join the group. Working with Brian, Lloyd Irvin was able to find his way into a new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym in Rockville, Maryland and started training under Mario Yamasaki and Leo Dalla, the two great legends of BJJ. With great mentorship and an observant eye, Lloyd Irvin was able to earn his Blue belt in the first month of training. Soon after, Leo Dalla left for his hometown in Brazil and Lloyd started training himself. With so much passion for the sports Lloyd worked hard and started his training group which would, later on, help in lifting the game of some of the most successful fighters in BJJ history.Read More…..