Lloyd Irvin

Lloyd Irvin


Other instructors: Melvin Foster

Master Lloyd Irvin Jr. a Graduate of Bowie State University holds the rank of 5th Degree Black Belt in Thai Jitsu, 1st Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 2nd Degree Black Belt in Combat Sombo, 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo, 1st Degree Black Belt in BCG. Master Lloyd's journey of the martial arts began at the age of 3. Master Lloyd began his grappling career as a wrestler in 1983 and later moved to the arts of submission. Master Lloyd is the first and only African American in the World to receive a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Master Lloyd is one of only three Non-Brazilians to ever receive a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt in Brasil. In 1999 Master Lloyd Irvin became the first American to ever defeat a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt in Brasil. What makes this even more amazing was that Master Lloyd just received his brown belt 3 days prior. After this amazing victory Master Lloyd had a feature story written about him the World Famous Gracie Magazine in Brasil.

Master Lloyd is one of only a handful of instructors on the entire east coast that can proficiently perform leg locks. Three time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Fabio Gurgel calls Master Lloyd "THE KING OF LEGLOCKS". Master Lloyd is well versed in Western Boxing, Muay Thai, Silat, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sombo, Knife, Stick, Freestyle and Valetudo fighting. He was also featured in Ralph Gracie videos. Master Lloyd feels he is nothing more than a student of the martial arts and will always strive to become a better martial artist.

  • 2002 U.S. National Judo Champion
  • 2001 U.S. National Judo Champion
  • Lloyd Irvin is the current G.A.M.E. Lt. Heavy Champion
  • Current U.S. Valetudo Lt. Heavy Champion
  • Lloyd is the first American to compete in the National Brazilian Team Championships in Rio
  • 1999 Silver Medalist - Campeonato Brasileiro De Equipes (National Brazilian Team Championships)
  • 1999 Combat Sombo National and Pan American Champion 198lbs
  • 1999 Combat Sombo National and Pan American Outstanding Competitor
  • 1999 Combat Sombo National and Pan American (ASA) Team Captain/Coach
  • 1998 U.S. Combat Sombo National Champion 198-220lbs
  • 1997 Gracie Open Jiu-Jitsu Lt. Heavy Champion
  • 1996 Virginia Free Fighting Lt. Heavy Champion
  • 1996 Yamasaki-Dalla Jiu-Jitsu Champion
  • Soldiers of Submission - Team Captain






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