1. What do you think of the progression of Jiu Jitsu over the past 5 years?
I have progressed tremendously because my mindset changed. Before, I was concerned about results and defeating certain rivals. Over the past five years I’ve become focused on self improvement and being a open minded student.
2. With so many big wins from Purple belt to Black belt, do you have a favorite and why?
My favorite victory is my next one. But if I had to pick one from the past, it’s the Final at NoGi World’s this year.
I had to come from behind and take the win from Jackson Souza who is a beast. And I earned my first Black Belt World Championship.
3. Which one of your losses would you like to run back and why?
I want a rematch with Buchecha. I lost to him at ADCC in 2017 and MUST fight him again. He’s the best of the modern era. I want to take him on at my best.
4. If you weren’t doing Jiu Jitsu, what would you be doing?
I’d be an actor or pro wrestler. I contemplated going to college for theater before I decided to dedicate myself to martial arts.
5. What does Jiu Jitsu mean to you?
Jiu Jitsu is a extremely challenging and rewarding means of self-improvement. It changed my life. It’s helped me push myself to levels of success on and off the mat I’d never have imagined before I started
6. What is your first rule of Jiu Jitsu?
Treat the art, training partners, coaches, and opponents with respect. Jiu Jitsu is dangerous (almost killed me) and should be treated with the utmost reverence.
7. What do you tell people who are thinking about trying Jiu Jitsu for the first time?
I tell people to start as soon as possible. It’ll get you in shape and can save your life.
8. Do you see Jiu Jitsu going mainstream in the near future and being on the same level as MLB, NBA and NFL, If so why?
I see Jiu Jitsu getting to the level of skateboarding. It has many similarities. It’s accessible (for a martial art at least) and has a growing hardcore subculture. We just need to do a better job as a community marketing the sport and it’s stars.
9. You are part of Team Lloyd Irvin, what sets the team apart from everyone else?
What separates TLI is the world class training regime/environment and that we are a family. We’re the X-Men and Master Lloyd is Professor X.
10. Can you explain what the train wreck system is and why it works?
The Trainwreck System is a take down as well as a submission system I devised that mixes Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The Trainwreck is the most devastating take down in all of grappling.
11. Talk to us about your new podcast BJJ Goons, and let everyone know where we can find it.
BJJ GOONS is a podcast that myself, DJ Jackson, and Tony Peranio from White Belt BJJ created to give us a voice. Growing up, I always wanted to know what it was like for professional athletes day to day and how they viewed the current events of their sport. With BJJ GOONS, you get our unfiltered views straight from the source. We don’t talk exclusively about BJJ, we are educated and worldly individuals with personality so we get into music, sports, pop culture, and what’s happening in the world. You can find the BJJ GOONS podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and YouTube.
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