Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Keeping it going

In my previous post I highlighted some recent accomplishments by Team Lloyd Irvin of Camp Springs and Evolve Academy of Gaithersburg. This post will be no different, as both schools continue to showcase the success of their students on a national level.

A pair of Team Lloyd Irvin students recently brought home gold medals from the 2010 Brazilian Nationals, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament in Brazil "that is considered the 'Toughest BJJ Tournament in the World'," according to Team Lloyd Irvin's weekly e-newsletter.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is more or less the foundation on which mixed martial arts was built, so if you can bring home a gold medal from a world-renowed tournanment like that, both students would have a bright future in MMA if that is the path they choose to follow.

Evolve (which is an affiliate school of Team Lloyd Irvin) also brought home medals from a tournament recently. The school sent 8 competitors to NAGA, a grappling tournament in Charlotte, N.C., according to Evolve's weekly e-newsletter. Evolve also brought home 14 medals from the event, which is a very impressive number.

Speaking from personal experience, I'm not surprised that Evolve seems to enjoy success at these various tournaments. Based on the time I have spent around the school, it really seems to be one of the hidden jewels of MMA scene in Maryland. When you walk in their gym you definitely get the feel that it is a competitor's gym, even though they go out of their way to make everyone feel comfortable regardless of skill level.

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