They say if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere.
Team Lloyd Irvin of Camp Springs and one of its affiliate academies, Evolve Academy of Gaithersburg, sought to make their mark in the world's most famous city. Both schools competed in the New York International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship last week.
Both schools performed very well at the event. In its weekly e-newsletter, Evolve Academy student Rachel Demara said the school brought home seven medals and its students finished in the top three of their respective divisions. Demara even finished first in her division, she says, which is yet another sign that mixed martial arts and its many forms knows no gender boundaries.
A video recap of the event on Team Lloyd Irvin's website does a good job chronicling the schools' experience in New York, which I'm sure was a thrill for the students and instructors alike. Their enthusiasm and what I'm sure was a little bit of anxiousness is on display in the video as they have the opportunity to showcase their skills against some of the world's best.
As mixed martial arts continues to grow in Maryland, hopefully other camps in other states can see that not only is it a burgeoning market for events, but is also a fertile breeding ground for competitors.