Wrestle and Win

One of the most important things in Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense is the ability to decide where the fight or match goes. Once you get a person to the ground it’s a million times easier to control and finish the match or conflict.

It’s such an important aspect of grappling, mma, and self-defense that we brought in wrestling coach Jim Kelly to go over the finer points of takedowns. Over 30 students showed up to learn the correct way to set up and finish takedowns from different positions.

Last year Paramount student Standley Eugene made his debut in MMA and was able to win with an armlock in the 3rd round. Standley won his next three fights and is currently 4-0. His ability to take his opponents down at will allowed him to control the fight and dominate his opponents.

If you’re not training takedowns, you’re missing a critical part of the game. As a start, set a goal of mastering two takedowns. You have until December 31st, 2011. That’s plenty of time if you train consistently. Get at least 100 reps a week so that by 2012 you will have done each about 4,500 times.  

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The Value of a Strong Team

Team Lloyd Irvin has schools across the country, in Florida, Maryland, San Diego, North Carolina and Pennsylvania to name a few. As part of Team Lloyd Irvin, students at Paramount have the luxury and benefit of being able to visit any of these top notch academies.

As a result, our students get the very best when it comes to training, conditioning, and coaching. With UFC fighters, Jiu-Jitsu World Champions, Muay Thai National Champions and Judo Olympians there simply isn’t a better team in the United States. Team Lloyd Irvin is the answer for anyone looking to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Self-Defense, Mixed Martial Arts, or to get in shape and make friends for life.

Paramount is the Team Lloyd Irvin Headquarters for Downingtown, PA. Click HERE for more info on how you can train for 30 Days FREE.

Emelianenko Fedor and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

This past weekend marked Emelianenko Fedor’s second consecutive loss in a row, something most MMA fans never expected to see. Despite his loss to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Fabricio Werdum in June of 2010, most fans felt that Fedor was still the top Heavyweight and would bounce back with little problem.

That proved not to be the case, as Fedor lost to another BJJ black belt in Antonio Silva. It was a dominant performance by Silva, and Fedor spoke of retirement in the post-fight interview.

It was evident that Fedor was not the same fighter he used to be, he’s passed his prime no doubt. But it’s no coincidence that both of his losses were to BJJ black belts. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu provides a person, big or small, with the ability to end a conflict swiftly and without the use of strength or size. Fedor lost to Werdum while being on top, and against Silva he was taken down and controlled while on bottom.

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Packed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes

Wow! The past few weeks have been insane at Paramount in Downingtown, PA. New students are enrolling on an almost daily basis since January and the mats are packed for the Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, and MMA classes.

There’s a surge of excitement as everyone strives to better themselves and their teammates, it’s a truly amazing atmosphere. Just last night there were 28 people on the mats for Jiu-Jitsu, then 15 more for Boxing.

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Mastering the Basics of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Pt. 2

If you’ve taken a look at our academy’s main website you probably noticed the emphasis we place on the basics. In every sport, at the highest levels the coaches and athletes stress the importance of mastering the basics. It’s no different in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Take a look at one of our black belts, JT Torres, as he wins this recent match with one of the techniques we teach in our BJJ Intro program:

You can learn this same exact technique in our BJJ Basics class. 

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Abu Dhabi Pro Trials Results

The Abu Dhabi Pro World Jiu-Jitsu Championships (ADCC) is coming up, so the trials are being held all over the world. Two weeks ago Brazil held their trials, and last weekend the US West Coast trials were held in Las Vegas. This weekend the US East coast trials were held in Jersey City, NJ and naturally Team Lloyd Irvin was there in full force.

At blue belt Pere Okette Briggs won the Open division and along with it a ticket to Abu Dhabi for the World Championships.

In the Brown/Black belt divisions (The ADCC tournament combines the belts), Team Lloyd irvin had 3 competitors. In the -74 Kilograms division Jonathan “JT” Torres submitted his first two opponents before losing 0-0 by advantage to Lepri in the finals. Brown belt Jimmy Harbison took the -83kg division by storm beating black belt legend and World Champion Roberto Traven before losing by Ref decision to Abmar Barbosa in the finals. In the -92kg division new brown belt Roberto Torralbas beat Neiman Gracie 20-0 before losing to black belt Fabio Holanda 2-0.

Check out this semi-final match with JT vs Jonatas Gurgel:

UFC 126 Results

UFC 126 is in the books, and with it another spectacular display of Mixed Martial Arts skill from Middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Despite challenger Vitor Belfort’s experience and well-known hand speed he was simply no match for Silva’s diverse attack.

Both are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts, but it was a front kick to the chin in the very first round that ended the night for Belfort and added even more hype to the rumored Silva vs. GSP superfight in the works.

Full UFC 126 Results:

Miguel Torres def. Antonio Banuelos (Unanimous Dec)
Jake Ellenberger def. Carlos Eduardo Rocha (Split Dec)
Jon Jones def. Ryan Bader (Submission- Guillotine Choke, Rd 2)
Forrest Griffin def. Rich Franklin (Unanimous Dec)
Anderson Silva def. Vitor Belfort (KO- Kick and Punches, Rd 1)

The Truth About Self-Defense

If a person 50lbs heavier than you attacked you in the street, would you be confident in your ability to escape the situation unharmed? Could you protect your family against them?

Do you truly know how to defend yourself?
If you’re not training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the answer is NO.

Self-defense situations are not pretty, they are brutal and savage and can end a person’s life. It is absolutely imperative that you understand how critical it is that you know how to defend yourself. It can be the difference between life and death, for you or a loved one.

WARNING: The video link posted below is a real-life brutal street fight. Viewer Discretion is Advised. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5BMgUb9klQ

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ADCC Pro Trials

This weekend the Abu Dhabi USA Pro Trials takes place in Jersey City, NJ. The Abu Dhabi World Cup is a professional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament which is held each year in the United Arab Emirates. Winners are awarded cash prizes and the title of ADCC World Cup Champion.

As with every major tournament Team Lloyd Irvin is bringing a team of the top competitors to the Trials, including three of the top competitors from Team Paramount. At purple belt we have Kevin Macmullen, who’s coming off of his Bronze medal performance at the World Series of Grappling in December. Kevin defeated 3 tough opponents at that event, and we expect big things from him this year. at blue belt Eric Desmarais will be looking to keep his win streak alive. Eric took Gold in his division at the World Series of Grappling and will be competing at this years Pan American tournament as well. Also making his 2011 debut is young Ed Westermark, who continues to improve and impress.

Here is a match from the Brazilian Trials featuring reigning World Champion Michael Langhi:

Results from the 2011 European Championships

The 2011 IBJJF European Championships is officially in the books and Team Lloyd Irvin did what no American team had ever done before.


Blue belt Tim Spriggs won Gold at his weight class and Silver in the Absolute. In Purple belt the standout was De’alonzio “DJ” Jackson, who won Middleweight and Absolute bringing home the doubel Gold. Willie Leonard took Gold at Superheavy and Silver at Absolute, while Jon Delbrugge and Jordan Sullivan took home Bronze medals. Sijara Eubanks brought home the Silver in the Womens Purple belt Absolute.

At Brown belt Roberto Torralbas took Bronze in his first tournament at the new belt, while Jimmy Harbison won Middleweight. Black belt Jonathan “JT” Torres beat 2 world class black belts before barely losing the Lucas Lepri. JT had submitted Lepri last time they met, but this time Lepri was able to edge him out by advantage.

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