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What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

What are Team Lloyd Irvin and Third Law BJJ?

Do I have to compete?

Do I need to have a Kimono/Gi?

How do I get promoted?

How can BJJ change my life?

What are submissions and how dangerous are they?

Does age matter?

How long before I get to wrestle other students?

What are some of the benefits of belonging to THIRD LAW - TEAM LLOYD IRVIN?

Our Mission:

To provide “Combat Athletics for Everyone,” to be the best team in Florida and Nationwide, and to help improve our lives and the lives of others through teamwork.

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What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

In a nutshell, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a very effective method of fighting on the ground. At first glance it seems like Judo or Russian Sambo, but it is actually very different. The goal is to end the fight on the ground with a submission, but what most people don’t know is that learning the submissions is the easy part. It’s getting to the submissions that is the hard part. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an ever-evolving martial art that focuses on the paths that lead to defeating an opponent. Overall, it’s a very technical martial art. Its nature allows for intensive training with very little risk of injury, which is an advantage for the practitioner. For this and other reasons, it has had lots of success in the Ultimate Fighting Championships and Pride.

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What are Team Lloyd Irvin and Third Law BJJ?

Team Lloyd Irvin is one of the best teams in the country in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. Team Lloyd Irvin has produced many champions over the years. Names like Brandon Vera, Mike Fowler, Ryan Hall, Brad Court, Julius Park, Leo Dallas, Mike Easton, Roberto Torralbas, Amie Turton and many more are well recognized all over the country for their excellence in their grappling game and mixed martial arts abilities.

Third Law BJJ is an affiliate school of Team Lloyd Irvin run by Team Lloyd Irvin Purple Belt Roberto Torralbas. Our goal is to expand Team Lloyd Irvin in the Naples / Fort Myers / Bonita Springs / Fort Myers area

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Do I have to compete?

While there are many positive reasons for competing in tournaments and cheering for you team, you will never be forced. However, over the years I have noticed that students who compete make huge improvements in their BJJ.

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Do I need to have a Kimono/Gi?

No, but is recommended. A kimono is a tool to refine your technique, thinking, and stamina.

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How do I get promoted?

Belts go as follows: White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black. One of the main differences between BJJ and other martial arts is that it is hard to get promoted. At a blue belt level you can be considered almost a lethal force. It takes commitment to go from any belt to another, and I believe that the student should have a genuine feeling that tells them when they have gotten to a different level. We do have a curriculum we go by to help you and once students show competency in the techniques acquired they may qualify for a promotion.

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How can BJJ change my life?

It is an awesome habit to develop. The benefits are just too many to list. My best advice is to enjoy it and let it grow in you. You will be forever thankful you had the opportunity.

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What are submissions and how dangerous are they?

Submissions include ankle locks, knee bars, heel hooks, arm bars, chokes, shoulder locks, etc... and they come in many forms. In a real situation they could be devastating to an opponent as you usually use stronger body parts against a much weaker one. For this reason, a much smaller opponent could easily take a much stronger one. This is also a reason why flexibility is a huge plus in BJJ. Nevertheless, they are very safe when practiced in a controlled training environment.

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Does age matter?

No. We currently have Mike Atkins, who at over 50 became a world champion and Pan-American champion. He did it after breaking his neck in a car accident and after losing over 70 pounds. If he can, anybody can.

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How long before I get to wrestle other students?

Most schools won’t let you wrestle until you have gained some experience, etc… I like having people wrestle right away without submissions, and then introducing submissions as I gain trust in them and their abilities. For example, first I let you control the opponent, and then allow you to do only chokes, then arm bars, etc… This method has been very effective in the past. I do recommend you come to ten classes before you start wrestling.

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What are some of the benefits of belonging to THIRD LAW - TEAM LLOYD IRVIN?

Team Lloyd Irvin is a “Team” and we are here to support you and take you in as family. We want you to be as good as you can because your success is ours as well. If you go to a competition and someone sees your team patch on your kimono, they will respect you because of the road we have paved for you. It is up to you to take this opportunity and to pave the road for others to follow. Teammates from other affiliate schools will cheer you on, and trust me this is a huge help. The country is full of Team Lloyd Irvin schools. So, if you ever relocate you will likely be somewhere close to us and if you are visiting and there’s a school nearby you will be able to train for FREE.

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