Monday, November 1, 2010

You talk the talk, can you walk the walk?

Luckily when it comes to mixed martial arts, owners of the many gyms in Maryland all have at least some experience in the sport or one of its similar versions, if they aren't actually masters themselves. It obviously adds a whole new level of legitimacy to a gym if it's purveyor is experienced in the discipline he/she teaches, unlike other ventures that I grew up watching (*coughprowrestlingcough*). When it comes to pro wrestling, some owners of training academies wouldn't know a bodyslam from body lotion.

Lloyd Irvin, owner of Team Lloyd Irvin in Camp Springs, has taken to the internets to prove he is the real deal. Though most within the MMA field already know Lloyd to be one of the sport's major players, he routinely posts links like this one on sites like YouTube showing what he has to offer through his gym.

In this particular clip, Lloyd shares one of his early MMA fights. After an introduction that's more rated R than PG-13, we watch Lloyd quickly take his opponent to the mat and lock in a rear-naked choke for a very quick victory, followed by some coverage of the aftermath of his rapidly vanquished foe.

It is a terrible cliche to use the expression "if you want to talk the talk, you better walk the walk", but in MMA, sometimes all you need is a good cliche. If you're running your own gym but you haven't actually had any experience in the sport you're teaching, it should become apparent rather quickly that you are, as they say in Spanish, "el fraud".

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