Lloyd Irvin Biography
Lloyd Irvin was born in a small town in Suitland in Maryland. Since childhood, he had a passion for martial arts. He started practicing the art of self-defense at a tender age of 3 and continued to take part in sports such as wrestling and arts of submission. During his college days, Lloyd involved himself in traditional sports and gained a scholarship at Bowie State University playing for the University’s football team. Focusing more towards his academics, Lloyd went on to complete his graduate degree in Marketing. This accomplishment would later help him become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the history of Brazilian Jiujitsu. Today, Lloyd Irvin is the head coach and owner of one of the most successful BJJ academies in the United States. He is the only American who has been able to defeat a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Black belt in Brazil.
During his childhood days, Lloyd kept himself involved in the arts of self-defense. He practiced Taekwondo and also took part in wrestling. While he was in college, he moved away from submission sports and involved himself in track and football. Years later he would watch a UFC I fight which would revive his passion and love for martial arts. After watching the great Royce Grace perform in the UFC fight, Lloyd Irvin decided that he wanted to get back into the sport and met his friend Brian Welsh at a local karate tournament in Maryland. Lloyd started practicing with Welsh twice a week. Shortly after, Lloyd managed to find his way into a BJJ gym in Rockville, Maryland and started taking classes from the BJJ icons Leo Dalla and Mario Yamasaki.
With his strong physical build, love for the sport and an observant eye, Lloyd Irvin earned his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue belt in one month. It was not long after that his Mentor Leo Dalla left for his hometown in Brazil and Lloyd started training himself. It helped him start his school, and while teaching, he traveled to Brazil to earn his black belt from his master Leo Dalla. Many believed that Lloyd Irvin was too ‘Americanized’ to keep the traditions of BJJ alive in the United States. Contrary to their belief Lloyd managed to keep the standards high at his training academy and produced some of the best and brightest fighters in the history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Master of martial arts
In 2001 Lloyd faced a severe neck injury while competing, which took him off the gym for the next 13 months. Doctors believed that he would never be able to return to the sports again. But Lloyd was determined to get back and with hard work, dedication and a healthy lifestyle he was able to find his way back to the gym, not long after he got hurt. Today Lloyd Irvin holds a black belt in Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is also a black belt in Combat Sambo. He is one of the only three Non-Brazilian fighters to ever receive a BJJ Black belt in Brazil. What makes this even more interesting is the fact that Lloyd had received his brown belt just three days before his Black belt competition. His martial arts techniques have been so effective especially the ‘leg lock’ that three times world Jiu-Jitsu champion Fabio Gurgel called him “The King of Leg Locks.”
Lloyd Irvin has won many championships in his martial arts career including National Judo Championship, G.A.M.E. lightweight championship, and Combat Sambo Championship to name a few. Even after winning such titles, Lloyd Irvin considers himself to be a student who strives day and night to become a better martial art professional.
Since the beginning of his martial arts career, Lloyd Irvin had a passion to mentor students and spread what he had learned over the years. He started first teaching martial arts in 1996. When he launched his first product, he made $180,000 on the very first day. In 2010 Lloyd decided to hold a one-day event speaking about how martial arts school owners could improve their training programs. Lloyd stood for 14 hours imparting knowledge to school owners, and this turned out to be a life-changing scenario for many who attended the workshop. They were so impressed by what they learned in one day that they started joining Lloyd Irvin’s business coaching group and started implementing his martial arts blueprint at their schools. The MMA training roadmap introduced by Lloyd provided school owners great increase in revenue and helped established best martial art training practices in the country.
Lloyd’s own martial arts school has produced some of the very best professionals in the industry including JT Torres, Ryan Hall, and Mike Flower to name a few. He has also received accreditation for raising the games of many strong competitors in the sport. Lloyd comments that he puts as much effort in training his students as he wouldto train himself.
Lloyd Irvin Academy
Lloyd used what he learned in martial arts and at the business school to run the most effective martial arts marketing campaigns in history. He published his famous training material called “The Grappling Blueprint” and offered candidates to train for earning their black belt in 3 and a half years. He was the first in the industry to use Direct as well as Internet-based marketing strategies to attract students from all over the world. Using his business acumen and martial arts expertise Lloyd Irvin has built one of the most successful and leading martial arts academies in the United States.
In 2002, Lloyd was named Judo International Coach of the year. His training accolades include teaching some of the toughest law enforcement agencies in the United States including the Navy Seals, FBI, SWAT and Secret Service to name a few.
Besides being a happy family man who spends his free time helping his son pursue his love for football, Lloyd Irvin is an icon in the martial arts industry. His passion for martial arts has allowed him to reach his audience all over the globe and build one of the most successful martial businesses in recent times.