Sunday, June 27, 2010

With a little help from their friends

I may have used this title before, but it seems appropriate for this post and creating headlines has never been my strong suit.

Be that as it may, Team Lloyd Irvin of Camp Springs continues to take advantage of its connections within the world of mixed martial arts and bring people in from the world over to give the academy's students the best experience possible.

Team Lloyd Irvin held a seminar this weekend featuring the Mendes brothers, who each appear to be multiple champions in the world of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. According to the accompanying video, the brothers are only 20 years old, which makes their accomplishments even more astounding. When I was 20 years old I was struggling to stay in college while these guys were winning tournaments worldwide.

If you want to check out a video of the brothers training, you can find one here.

Team Lloyd Irvin also held a "ladies only" seminar recently with Kyra Gracie, a member of the legendary Gracie family whose other members like Royce and Renzo played a pivotal role in mixed martial arts as we know it in the United States.

I'm not surprised that Lloyd Irvin is able to bring in these prominent names to teach their students. Lloyd's team has helped train fighters in both the UFC and WEC and most recently members of Team Lloyd Irvin could be found in the corner of Kris "Savage" McCray, who lost to Court McGee in the finals of UFC's "The Ultimate Fighter" last weekend.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Cage Time: The sequel

While I was in Ocean City last week for a much-needed vacation, I unfortunately left town the day before Cage Time Mixed Martial Arts had its second show there. I covered the first Cage Time MMA event in April with the very beautiful and talented Erin Morgan and although I left town right before Cage Time 2, this recap makes it sound like it was a solid show.

I recognize a couple fighters from that recap, specifically Tenyeh Dixon and Joey Kirwan. Joey's brother Jacob fought at the first Cage Time event and it sounds like he was scheduled to fight at this one too.

I suppose it's just as well that I missed this show. I got sick Friday evening after coming back from Ocean City so I probably wouldn't have felt up to covering the event. Hopefully my lingering illness will not prevent me from participating in my first MMA fitness class tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

An "Evolve"-ing follow-up

In my previous post I mentioned Evolve Academy in Gaithersburg having some of its students travel to California to participate in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships. Well the affiliate gym of Team Lloyd Irvin did indeed "find gold in them thar hills".

According to its latest e-newsletter, Evolve student Rachel Demara brought home a gold medal while student Kenneth Brown brought back a bronze. I can only hope that I will not be paired with one of them when I start taking classes there in a couple of weeks. I have no doubt a bronze medalist can snap me in half and I shudder to think what a gold medalist could do with somneone who doesn't have an athletic bone in his body.

Evolve is not stopping there though. Several of its fighters will compete in the The World Kickboxing Association's 2010 North American Combat Sports Championship in Hampton, Virginia.

This looks to be more than just your typical grappling tournament, by the looks of the poster.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

There's gold in them there hills

It isn't quite the California Gold Rush of the mid-1800s, but it's close.

11 students from Evolve Academy in Gaithersburg are headed out "Californee way" to compete in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Long Beach, according to Evolve's recent e-newsletter.

The tournament looks to be divided over four days with numerous divisions included therein. There seems to be ample opportunity for Evolve to build on the bountiful success it has enjoyed so far in other tournaments. The school routinely sends out alerts to its students letting people know of accomplishment after accomplishment their fellow pupils have achieved.

MMA fighter Jacob Kirwan, who fights out of the Clinch Academy in Frederick, is looking for some competition of his own, according to his blog.

Kirwan won his last fight at Cage Time Mixed Martial Arts in April and looked to be part of the second Cage Time MMA event June 19 in Ocean City. However, he wrote that his scheduled opponent was forced to pull out and that if an opponent isn't found he may compete in a grappling tournament instead.

I personally would stick around and have a beach weekend in OC, but that's me.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

You want my rant? Here's my rant

I'm going to divert the focus of this blog slightly for the purposes of this entry, given that pickings are slim at the moment.

Kevin Richardson, a MMA writer for The Baltimore Sun, recently gave his two cents on the plan to have former UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture fight former professional boxer James Toney at UFC 118 in August. Kevin thinks Toney would have been a better matchup for the recently released Kimbo Slice while Randy should be matched up against a young fighter like Jon "Bones" Jones, who is one of the most talked-about young fighers in MMA right now and has looked very impressive so far in his UFC career.

I met Kevin at the second Shogun Fights event in March. Kevin was a really cool guy to talk to and I have absolutely no doubt that he knows his stuff. However, I would probably respectfully disagree with him here. While a Kimbo/Toney matchup would have made more sense in that both guys were/are not true mixed martial artists (Kimbo is still learning his way in MMA), I don't think Jones is ready to face someone on the level of Couture.

I would like to see Jones face someone like Forrest Griffin or Tito Ortiz, fighters who are former champions and while they are not currently in the title picture, they could serve as a "gatekeeper" to gauge if Jones is truly ready to compete against the UFC's best.

In more local MMA news, Team Lloyd Irvin of Camp Springs recently posted a promotional video to coincide with their upcoming compeition in California. Lloyd Irvin is a well-known name in MMA, with multiple fighters who train with them competing at local, regional and national events. The video captures what I feel is part of the true essence of MMA and its several disciplines; respect, camaraderie and commitment.