from our Students
"Raise the bar in your training
Grappling Blueprint is by far the most comprehensive
psychological breakdown of training I have yet come
across. These easy to follow tips and lessons will,
without a doubt, raise the bar in your training sessions.
In addition to the fabulous lessons, Lloyd takes the
time to share his personal "self talks" which
are a fantastic addition to the lesson plans. I'm thankful
to Lloyd Irvin for taking my grappling game to the
6th Dan Modern Jiu Jitsu
Brown Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
International Federation of Modern Jiu Jitsu
been grappling for over 35 years and I thought that
there was little that I could learn from a newsletter,
I was wrong."
Just a short note to let you know that I'm enjoying your emails.
I've been grappling for over 35 years and I thought that there
was little that I could learn from a newsletter,I was wrong. Just
to let you know I am a two time NCAA national qualifier and a 6th
dan in Judo. I've been messing with BJJ for about ten years. So
as you can see I am experienced. My problem is and always has been
ego, I don't like to lose. Your email has been a revelation to
Thank-you so much! I expect to get much more from my training just
from this change of attitude.
Once again thank-you, Olegario (Gary) Martinez
method of instruction has greatly increased the way
I learn, teach and practice."
Hello Master Irvin,
My name is Dean Jones, I'm from Live in Manitoba, Canada.
I hold the rank of 5th degree black in Taekwondo an no
belt rank in the grappling arts. I am currently instructing
the inner city youths at International Tae-Jitsu Club.
I have been learning from the grappling blueprint for
a few weeks now and your method of instruction has greatly
increased the way I learn, teach and practice. I am very
impressed with the grappler blue print, it's very informative
and easy to follow.
The Grappling Blueprint helped me realize how important
some things I know and don't use are, that's only if
you want to improve at a faster rate.
I have trained at many seminars and never thought of
these things. Some things I wanted to remember are now
gone forever unless I decided to spend hundred of $$$
to do it again.
The Grappling Blueprint has opened my eyes to a new way
of learning. Some of the things I have learned are:
taking note, assign new name for techniques and visualizing
myself performing them.
What I mean by visualizing is I mentally see and feel
myself performing a technique with or without a partner.
(I can do this at home in my bed) To me its like doing
repetition over and over again. This helps me develop
instinctive response while mat time help me learn new
techniques and develop a feel for the technique.
I would like to thank Master Irvin for giving me his free
Grappling Blueprint course.
swear it works!"
I must admit I was skeptical at first, but after receiving the
first 5 lessons, my mental game has improved tremendously.
Those simple suggestions actually worked!
addition, I tried concentrating on 1-2 things for this
month as suggested. For me it is dominating from the
mount and collar chokes.Well it took 2 weeks of rolling
and practice, but I am getting it consistently now.
favorite tip from Lloyd is the self motivation talk,
by telling yourself that you are the best. I have applied
this to everyday life and was able to beat my personal
best 10km race time by a few seconds. I swear it works!
personally answered all my emails and questions which
convinced me he truly believes in this product.
this stuff is obvious for some people. It wasn't for
me. I am glad I tried it. I think other skeptics should
give it an honest shot, before knocking it.
Club: Kombat Arts Training Academy
Rank: While Belt - Behring Jiu-Jitsu
Irvin is not a hoax"
is not a hoax. Feel free to print this. I have been
studding MMA and BJJ for over ten years.
Mr. Irvin's advice is simple and straight. He explores
the psychology of fighting and training. I have never
investigated his credentials. I don't have to. I am a
Psychologist. Many of my patients are talented upcoming
sports figures with "issues" that keep them
reaching their potential. The advice I give them is often
the same advice I hear from Mr. Lloyd.
You can't learn BBJ by any manual. You need a good
instructor and time. Along the way you will get a good
tip or two that will stick in your mind that will help
you win matches both on the mat as well as life in general.
Mt. Irvin's Blueprint in fill with such tips. Listen.
Dr. Joseph PHD.
PURPLE BELT BBJ
1975 PA COLLEGIATE CHAMP 148LBS. FREE STYLE WRESTLING
had a flash of your advice and began to coach myself."
just wanted to drop you a quick note to say that I
truly appreciate the value of the lessons you have
been sharing with us in the email format.
a long serving black belt in a predominantly stand-up
martial art I have greatly enjoyed making the transition,
using BJJ, to becoming more complete exponent of these
insights you have shared with us about "The EGO",
which closely parallel many philosophies about comfort
zones and challenging yourself to grow, have been particularly
relevant for me. The simple distinction you have made
about our purpose to learn rather than just show off
- and how that leads into progress and a happier day
to day training experience has charged me with enthusiasm!
a recent roll with one of my more frustrating training
partners I got caught with him on my back- hooks in
and fighting for the choke- I hate that !! Normally
in this situation I would find myself visualizing how
many videotaped fights i've seen where this is the
very end of the match... Then something very curious
happened... I had a flash of your advice and began
to coach myself. The positive self talk I started to
recite internally seemed to give me permission to *try
to escape* rather than just give it up. Lloyd, I'm
honestly not a very skilled BJJ practitioner, however
this time I wriggled and squirmed and *made* space
for myself until I escaped the nightmare position !!
This was a major success for me and I'm sure it'll
stick as a defining moment in my short grappling career.
made mention that you enjoy receiving feedback on your
lessons, so I thought i'd share this by way of saying
to many more peak experiences !
Black Belt - KRMA Kenshokan
White Belt - BJJ
Auckland, New Zealand. (aka Middle Earth)
look forward to your emails daily now for motivating
and my troops."
wanted to say that I appreciate you offering this service,
I am in the Military at Ft.Bragg NC and am incorporating
your techniques into our training. I look forward to
your emails daily now for motivating me and my troops.
truly recommend to everyone in the Martial Arts world
to check out his Web site and to get his e-mails
which are full of great advice."
The advice from the Grappling Coach Lloyd Irvin has change the
way I look at grappling and Martial Arts in general. Not only
does he keeps me up-to-date with what's going on in the Brazilian
Jiu-jitsu Circle, but also in Mixed Martial Arts and life in
general. I truly recommend to everyone in the Martial Arts
world to check out his Web site and to get his e-mails
which are full of great advice. As a member of the United States
Coast Guard which is a full Military and Law Enforcement Service
under the Homeland Defense...I have a very stressful job, and I
have to admit that the Grappling Coach advices are one of my favorites
ways to stay down to earth and relaxed while training in the Combative
Martial Arts. Is just great advice every way you look at it. Thank
you Grappling Coach Lloyd Irvin.
Integrated Combatives Systems
Grappler's Blueprint is one of those works that will
turning point in the training of any martial artist"
I have practiced various martial arts for over twenty
that time, I have also been prosecuting criminal cases
as a prosecuting
attorney at both the State and Federal level. Obviously,
there are many
parallels between preparation for physical conflict and
the adverserial system in criminal prosecution. My experience
martial arts has always enhanced my trial tactics.
The Grappler's Blueprint is one of those works that will
be a turning
point in the training of any martial artist or trial
attorney that sees
clearly enough to understand the principles expounded.
If you read the
great works by famous trial attorney like Dershowitz
or Spence, you
realize that the same principles that guide their trial
followed in the grappling blueprint. Although success
comes in many
fields, it always comes in the same form. The ability
to concentrate on
changing the points of conflict that we can effect and
to learn from
one's mistakes is the essence of greatness and wisdom.
wisdom is what is found in the Grappling Blueprint.
Assistant District Attorney General
10th Judicial District, Tennessee
Purple Belt - Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Kaiden - Hakko Denshin Ryu.
am sold on the Grappling Blueprint"
have ben getting your tips since the beginning and
I couldn't be happier with what I have seen. You have
taken BJJ instructionals to the next level. Since taking
your advice I have seen positive results in my training.
I used to be the type of BJJ student that believed,
like most people, that the secret to improving your
game is to learn a lot of new techniques and then train
them a lot. I never realized how important the mental
aspect of training is. Now I enter each training session
with a clear mind, and a plan on what I want to work
on that night. I am sold on the Grappling Blueprint
and look forward to anything that Lloyd Irvin has to
offer in the future.
Blue Belt in BJJ
Harmony Martial Arts
Lloyd, I owe you one. I'm a different fighter now,
and everyone at my gym is noticing the difference."
name is Chris Horton, I have been doing various martial
arts since i was 11 years old. I train in Muay Thai
and Brazilian Jiu jitsu in Australia. I am a white
belt in bjj. I train at Vipers Martial Arts, in a small
country town named Bundaberg.
lets just say I was a very average BJJ student. I had
only entered one comp, and I lost both matches in that
comp. I found your lessons while i was resting from
the comp (i was researching how to improve my game).
Let me just say, I've never seen such a turnaround
overnight as this one. I know it takes more than overnight
to make a great grappler, but your emails got my mind
in the right frame.
usually don't like giving testimonials. But this one
was different. It helped me. Almost overnight. Suddenly
I found no matter what happened to me, I was still
in control. Instead of panicking when someone gained
the mount, or side control, like i usually did, I found
that I had a clear head, and was actually getting out
of these situations more and more.
this might not be the greatest testimonial, or the
biggest success story, but I personally thank you for
the effect you have had on my ground game, it's been
absolutely unbelievable. And I have even tried your
tips on my standup game. Thank Lloyd, I owe
you one. I'm a different fighter now, and everyone at my gym is
noticing the difference.
have rekindled the kind of excitement I felt during
month of training."
is Andreh Anderson. I have been training for eight
have been reading and saving your email since you began
sending them out. I try to incorporate your advice
every time I hit the mats to train, and it is giving
me a "purpose" for each training session.
Prior to your email, I would simply train without having
a short term goal in mind. No extra drills, no attention
to the psychological aspect of what I was doing, just training
as defined by the class structure.
have rekindled the kind of excitement I felt during
my first month of training. THANKS!!!!!!!
BJJ Purple Belt
Carlson Gracie Team
reading Lloyd's e-mail lessons I had a realization"
reading Lloyd's e-mail lessons I had a realization,
most of us intuitively already "know" of
what Lloyd is speaking, and some of us sporadically "practice" the
mindset and concepts he refers to. However, how many
of us truly reflect on what is really takes to become
a champion in any endeavor we pursue? Lloyd's advice
not only gives insight into efficient
training, it also confirms that which we intuitively know, that
the road to achievement is largely a mental battle with ourselves.
Why not learn from someone who has successfully driven that same
Western Combat Jiu-Jitsu
Coloured belt instructor (Green in Judo)
London, Ontario, Canada
Lloyd Irvin knows exactly how to get inside your
Whether you fight in the ring, on the mat, or in the armour. The
lead up to any fight all starts in your head, and it really depends
on your mental discipline, focus and attitude, this is what will
give you the leading edge over your opponents in any competition.
visualization that you project for yourself in your
own mind is what really makes a difference to becoming
a real winner or champion in what ever combat discipline
that you wish to compete in.
Lloyd Irvin knows exactly how to get inside your head,
and to show you the right tools that you need to motivate
and prepare yourself mentally, so as to be able to
function to your fullest ability and potential as an
athlete and competitor for any up and coming competitions.
ALL BEGINS AND ENDS INSIDE YOUR HEAD!"
8th Degree Black Belt Doce Pares Eskrima, Filipino Pangamot Jujitsu,
of numerous titles in boxing,kickboxing,karate,grappling
full contact stickfighting!
96a Grange road Welland,
South Australia 5007.
read your lessons before i go into spar it keeps
My name is Vaughn Vernon. I have taken a good look at your system
that you have been developing. It has helped me in several different
areas in my jiu-jitsu training. I have been training for about
1 1/2 years i just got my blue belt. After i got my blue belt I
got into a horrible dirt bike accident to the tune of 75 stitches & 8
staples in my head with a cracked knee cap & a torn rotator
cuff in my shoulder. This happened about 5 weeks ago. I am going
through some physical therapy but it is taking a lot of time to
mend my wounds. I was searching the internet & i saw your link
for the grappling blueprint i have really enjoyed the lessons & mental
attitude that you describe in your emails. Now i have been back
training for like two weeks & i read your lessons before i
go into spar it keeps me calm & i seem to execute my moves
with more accuracy. I am going down to Brazil for two weeks in
december i am looking forward to that experience. I will look forward
to your reply on this email lloyd.
Vaughn T. Vernon
suggestions really help me out."
I just started receiving your Grappling Blueprint,
and it is
great. The advice on mind set is right on. You advised me to write
things I was doing wrong, and then pick one to concentrate on.
several things I did wrong (I am a harsh self critic!), but did
one thing to work on. I noticed I was getting lazy from the bottom,
often using strength instead of technique to escape or sweep. Especially
when grappling against partners of lower skill levels.
I focused on technique from the bottom at my next 2 sessions. I
a big difference. I am realizing that at my work outs, there are
things going on, that it is hard to focus on specific areas sometimes.
Lloyd's suggestions really help me out. I wholeheartedly recommend
Grappling Blueprint to anyone who wants to take their grappling
Deputy Victor J. Cleere
Kitsap Arrestling group (www.arrestling.com)
Master Defensive Tactics instructor/Firerarms instructor
Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, Wa., USA
Training for over 20 years, including karate, boxing,
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, and Filipino martial arts; as well
police arrest and control techniques.
would like to thank you for taking the time and effort
what so many of us are going to benefit from."
I myself haven't been lucky enough to have an instructor guide
through my training. Unfortunately there wasn't been any qualified
instructors in my area when I started training. So most of my training
has been done with a friend here, a friend there, the occasional
seminar, and basically anyone who could spare five minutes at a
cool thing is, a lot of the things you mention I have
experienced. Most of my training has been trial and error. You
not toughing it out to much and just tapping when you needed too.
that could have save me about six months of shoulder pain. But
others in the same boat as me have made the same mistakes.
nice to see that the messages you send are easy to
Everything thing you say I have gone through or it is easy for
understand. The best thing is that I am thinking more about all
in the last few weeks. I have been grappling for 4 years now and
sometimes I forget about certain things. Now that I have a little
focus I have been performing much better. Everyone says that I
top of my game, but I know that I haven't learned any new tricks.
just how I apply what I already know.
would say the biggest improvement has been in my mental
I always try to grapple with a goal in mind. If I meet my goal
couple minutes I'll pick a new one... ie, Okay I'll let him attempt
submission then work on timing my escape, or, I'm just going to
this position until he gives me the armbar (or whatever). I have
felt sharper. By having goals while I wrestle that change my opponents
can't get a good feel for my energy, I keep switching from passive
aggressive to stalemating etc.
before this gets too long I would like to thank you
the time and effort to do what so many of us are going to benefit
I really look forward to seeing the Blueprint.. can't wait, when
Arashi-Do Martial Arts
4 Years training in grappling
Blueprint helped me put things into perspective"
My name is Tim Lee and I've gotten no less than five blueprint
lessons. I recently received my Blue Belt in BJJ in less than
3 months via Eduardo De Lima out of Clearwater, FL.
I've enjoyed my Blueprint lessons exclusively for the
reason that following an arduous pace of rolling, I
always had a Blueprint lesson to reflect on, perhaps
right after going through a series of moves during
practice, I was able to return home and read my anticipated
Blueprint email. The Blueprint helped me put things
into perspective, they, at least, gave me something
in my mind to ponder, like inward questionings which,
helped me to assess my objectives and frame of mind,
where, I believe BJJ to begin.
I even went so far as to inconspicuously start taking notes as
time allowed, with reference to the moves I had learned or correction
I unavoidably had to formulate after having given up a dominant
position, in so doing, keeping me attune, so that subsequent practice
sessions, I was more cognizant not to make the same slip-up.
associate the Blueprint lessons to a proverb; not quite
spelled out for you, it's a statement, riddle, or verbal
query that evokes the mind of a "thinking" person
to assess his (her)- self so that wise action can follow,
it motivates desire so-to-speak that transform into
enjoyed the Blueprint lessons since they help "me" work
on "me" inwardly, where it all starts. If
I can't win the battle waged internally and solve my
own inward discord respecting my objectives, how could
I possibly presume to figure out someone else's game?
The Blueprint may not make a podium monument, but it
will certainly keep me on the mat trying my ass off,
therefore, I'm always a winner.
Blue Belt-Gracie Barra
Coach e-mails have
helped me focus on what was important to me"
I have been reading your Grappling Coach e-mails. They have helped
me focus on what was important to me. I had lost some motivation
and wasn't training hard. I won the Silver medal at this years
Pan Ams, then really slowed down and seemed to lose my enthusiasm.
Your unique approach to training, your mental approach and
willingness to freely share all of your
knowledge have re-energized me and made me want to train again.
Blue Belt under Jerry Laurita (Joe Moriera affiliate)
would recommend the Grappling Blue Print to anyone
in a heart beat"
Name is Jay Pages. I've been receiving your Grappling
newsletters for quite some time now. I have to say that the improvement
is has made in my game has, been tremendous. They say that most
martial arts is mentally oriented. Meaning the majority is all
In the past I have always had problems with nervousness in competitions
and just rolling in practice. After getting the newsletter, slowly
surely I've been getting better. I get on the mat in competition
it's a walk in the park. I am that comfortable now. The stories,
and help have been gratefully inspirational. I would recommend
Grappling Blue Print to anyone in a heart beat.
you for the best and easiest leap I've ever had
I applied one of Mr. Irvin's first lessons, " focus on one
thing you have problems with and don't let it happen".
For me this is right at the hand slap. You see I was always getting
put in a bad position right off the hand slap. Especially with
a certain purple belt who also is a black belt in judo. So I decided
to start at the start< the hand slap. I focused on the point
and made a point of not letting him or anyone else control me from
the start. It opened a lot of doors for me. I was able to get him
in my guard (a strong position for me and one he never plays with
me since he always gets side control off the hand slap). I was
amazed at how it thru him off. I got a lot of solid submission
attempts. Although I didn't tap him, he didn't tap me, like he
usually does. when the clock ran out he was sucking air BAD and
I was fresh as a daisy. He even said "what got into you?" I
said "nothing" but I thought "Master Irvin got
Thank you for the best and easiest leap I've ever had in my game.
7th year student of BJJ
Blue belt under Pedro Sauer/Jeff Curran
10640 Rushmore Lane
Huntley, IL. 60142
know that if I stick to your lessons that my game
will keep on improving"
wanted to let you know that your lessons have helped
my game dramatically in the few weeks that I've been
receiving your emails. I had a knee injury last year
which resulted in surgery in December. Although the
doctor said that I would be back to 100% within a couple
months, I was still having problems with my knee by
April. My knee problems changed my game completely.
I used to play the open guard game and try to be quick
and using sweeps and transitions. After my return to
BJJ I neglected my guard game and focused on fighting
from the top, mainly using side control.
Being 185lbs I was able control others quite easily from the top
but when I faced anyone of higher rank I would come into problems.
My guard and bottom game were now pretty pitiful to say the least.
I dreaded facing anyone who I knew would be able to beat me from
these positions and I tried to avoid teammates by taking more breaks
than usual. After reading your lessons I decided that I had to
change my game plan if I was ever going to get any better. The
first class after reading your emails I would let my opponent start
by having me mounted or side control. It didn't matter the size
of my wrestling partner. I also began spreading this knowledge
to others in my class about working their weaker positions instead
of avoiding them. Without sounding "cocky" I now feel
that with your lessons my game has come back to my prior knee surgery
days and I know feel my game has evolved to a more complete game.
I no longer fear any positions
because in my head I know
that I can escape. I also have scoring more points on higher belts
in my class (even my instructor). My good friend who I also got
into BJJ has also noticed the change in my game and he is always
excited to watch my matches from the sidelines giving me the play
by play after class. I know that if I stick to your lessons that
my game will keep on improving. Thanks for all the lessons and
I hope they keep coming.
Blue Belt BJJ (Team Megaton Vancouver, BC, Canada)
I have been training for approximately 2 years. (Not including
time off due to injuries)
emails have filled a void and been a source
of inspiration and comfort."
First a little about myself. I've been doing BJJ for approximately
ten years. Most of that time I averaged about 1 or 2 times per
week. I recently received my purple belt in June. My BJJ/Judo tape
and book collection is frankly, enormous. I've got well over hundred
tapes and and dozens of books. Yet despite this collection I realize
now that my training has been lacking something fundamental. The
mental aspect of BJJ. Your emails have filled a void and been a
source of inspiration and comfort. It's like you've anticipated
through your experience what I as a reader am feeling when at practice
or competition. I'm surprised that no one has thought of this aspect
of BJJ more. In all sports one's attitude is often the deciding
factor in the productiveness of practice and the outcome of competition.
You emails are like having a BJJ coach talking to me on the side
of the mat. You seem to have an innate ability to know what I'm
thinking and or feeling. I've begun to use your ideas in earnest.
I'm a big guy and have usually fought from my strength using takedowns
and guard passes, etc. Consequently, my guard work, in particular
my open guard, leaves a lot to be desired. Well now when I "roll" in
practice I make a point to work from my areas of weakness, i.e.,
I purposely will bring my opponent into my guard. Another idea
which comes to mind is the self talk: " I am the best in the
world from this position..." and the latest one about tapping: " I'm
not going to die" This really works and I've used it in other
ventures and sports throughout my life but never in BJJ. Just never
knew how until your emails started "The Grappling Blueprint".
Will this be a book or tape series? I think it's a terrific idea
whose time has come. By the way,! when I was in basic training
(USMC) a long time ago, I employed "They're not going to kill
me" mantra to help me get through the fear and doubt associated
with the mental and physical challenges associated with military
So keep the emails coming. You've become somewhat of my BJJ "Big
Brother"and I really appreciate your counsel and advice.
then lloyd Irvin came along what a breath of fresh
your articles are very inspiring"
Hello Lloyd, i recently started your blueprint and to tell you
the truth at first i wasn't sure ill tell you why.im 42 yrs
old been a wrestler and grappler forever we were doing submission
s mixed with wrestling before 1980. old school kosen judo wasn't
popular but we new about it and studied it hard .the gracies
came along and they popularized everything we had been doing
in our own basements and garages and took undo credit .so we
got over the initial shock and keep training harder and harder
and decided to join gracies and train with them .after the
first yr they told us it would be 10 yrs until we received
bb.after countless behind the door matches were we came out
on top we left wondering why if we are doing so well why would
you hold anyone back from promotion the five letter word MONEY.there
is no honor or loyalty with those guys so we left. ive trained
with al lot of brazilians over the yrs still the same thing
all we ever wanted was a fair shake.so for the last 2 yrs we
haven't trained with any of them and then Lloyd Irvin came
along what a breath of fresh air.your comments and articles
are very inspiring especially the one on tapping out that was
me all the way i found out that its so bad to tap thanks for
everything keep up a great job maybe some day we can roll.
can't wait for more tips and notes especially BLUEPRINT"
Well to tell you the truth I've just got the first couple of lesson
the blueprint, but so far the mental note and the learning note
tremendous. First I would like to say that I was the type that
roll with anyone, just cause I was taught early in life that your
as good as your competition. I did notice that if I wasn't in the
mind set that it would take me twice as long to get a tap if not
Also found out that not looking for the tap and learning the opponents
moves and mine that taps came faster. I recently ran into my match
other day on the mat, he was about 50lbs smaller than me but was
and was like a slippery snake, even when I muscled him around he
with it and tapped me out every time. I never had someone tap me
much in 3 minutes. That was a big ego check, so instead of giving
just sparing to get tapped out, I dropped my ego and asked him
we spare when I make a mistake let me know teach me and show me
do to prevent it or escape, I must say even though I got tapped
knows how many times, it was the best sparing I've ever received.
can't wait for more tips and notes especially BLUEPRINT.
a lot. I had everything to gain from your tips"
name is Karl Heinz Medina from the
Philippines. i am a 3rd kyu Judo brownbelt form the
University of Santo Tomas Judo Varsity.
the 1st and 2nd lesson helped me a lot, not only with my grappling
but also with my throwing skills. There are times that i play inconsistently,
sacrificing control and technique for speed and power. Now i can
utilize all of them confidently... all at the same time.
i followed your advice and corrected every mistake that i made
one step at a time.
i avoided only one mistake every time we had randori and continued
to correct the other remaining mistakes one after another randori,
until i finished the whole list of mistakes that i'm correcting.
As i was correcting those mistakes, it helped that i avoided the
jeers from my fellow practitioners. instead, i used those as a
form of motivation. Even if it appeared that my opponent is the
one in control, i knew that i'm the best in the world from that
position. I will be out of there soon. indeed i was because i was
able to execute my game plan smoothly.
Now i am as confident with my stand-up game as i am with my ground
game. i feel i'm prepared and all psyched up for an upcoming open-belt
tournament which will be held next month in Quezon city. thanks
a lot. i had everything to gain from your tips.
can damn well guarantee I will put Lloyd's blueprint
You know some of the many stigmas going along with BJJ is how long
it takes to reach a high level of ability and that it takes
at MINIMUM 10 years. To me that always seemed a bit on the
side of BS. And from hearing the training experiences of guys
in judo and bjj, it confirmed it to the max. I always thought
that the first generation of American BJJ BBs would change
the game. Just to explain my position, what I mean is this
! ; (and this goes for ALL martial arts, not just bjj or judo).
Alot of people want to be spoonfed technique in martial arts.
They want to learn the moves and don't think about the practical
theory/application behind them. Thus for years they will find
themselves being thrown all around the place in judo or getting
submitted left and right by the blues and up in class. Sometimes
this technique - only mindset is inherit in the student, at
times its inherent in the way the instructor teaches. As everyone
should know, just because a person has the rank of black belt
and is a good competitor does NOT mean that they can impart
their knowledge on others and make them into better martial
artists. Now with bjj comes a even bigger dilemma, as we have
MANY schools here in the US that are being run by blues and
purples at max. Unlike Brazil, there isn't a sea of black belts
who can smooth over the technique of a school. SO it is left
to the American practitioners to develop their own game from
a limited amount of knowledge and bring in BB from Brazil (who
may or may not be good teachers) to show them the supposed "newest" moves.
Thank God we have American BBs now who discovered what the
key ingredient that was missing in most of our training : screw
the "newest" moves and work on the theoretical approach
more. If you cannot grasp the theory and how it applies, your "newest" techniques
will never work.
This is the main beauty of Lloyd's system that I have now started
using to success in the dojo. When I came in (started in Judo,
a green belt) I had decent rolling experience as my judo club did
about a 65 -35 % split, at times 50 - 50. When I came in and rolled,
I had a submission only mindset and this caused more stalemates
and had me tapping more and more to the other whites and the blues
of the class. After one completely frustrating session with the
main ! ; instructor (a judo bb with no rank in bjj but who holds
his own with blues and purples), I knew something HAD to change.
After corresponding with Lloyd I decided to break down individual
elements of the game and focus on those with precision. As the
weeks have went by, my positional dominance I learned from Judo
has increased dramatically (I've had many of my gym mates tell
me this, how they have to REALLY work on escapes now) and I have
now been able to put up a better challenge to the guys at the gym.
I definitely attribute this to Lloyd. Breaking down the elements,
relaxing and treating each roll as a new experiment to tweek things
in your game has really opened my eyes to alot of possibilities.
Heck, I am prob competing in my first bjj gi and no gi competition
this week and if I do you can damn well guarantee I will put Lloyd's
blueprint into action. Win, lose, or draw it'll make me better
and any mistakes I do make in the! tourney I will def NOT make
again thanks to my new understanding of the game. Guys, the conceptual
things are what get you over the hump. Lloyd did this, as did BJ
Penn and others and that's why they got their BBs in under 4 years.
It isn't that they are mythical (even though both of these guys
are def phenoms), its that they understand the THEORY along with
To illustrate, you may go to a seminar where the focus is on escapes.
You may be shown 14 escapes. Well how many do you REALLY think
you are going to remember really? In all honesty, prob 4 at the
max. Well instead of trying to get all 14 down, why not break down
what are the common elements that make them work (free hips, ability
to bridge/shrimp, shifting weight of opponent to right/left, etc)
and then concentrate on your favorite two for each side of the
body. This would then allow you to drill for both sides of the
body, link the escapes, and give you a MUCH HIGHER success rate
for escaping. The other 10 escapes you will figure out on your
own later as you have the necessary PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTS down
that will make them work. But in the meantime you will have bread
and butter moves that you will be able to hit at will. Why? Because
you learned them in the right context. These are the things that
Lloyd preaches and lives by, and this is why those who train with
him only have PRAISE for his teaching ability.
In closing, no I don't personally know Lloyd nor do I attend his
academy, but based off his advice he would def be a instructor
I would love to train under. All training involves hitting plateaus
and suffering pitfalls, but I do know as of now that me hitting
those pitfalls/plateaus will be just small bumps in the road instead
of the major cataclysms they once seemed to be thanks to Lloyd's
-Green belt Judo, White Belt BJJ, BB kyokushin karate, BB Han Mu
-Southern Judo and BJJ, Starkville Martial Arts Academy
again your lessons have helped me to improve my
and mind set"
wanted to re-send my story about Wake Forest Grapplemania
to you and add to it some new info.
name Is Joe Agrippa and I train out of the Linxx Academy
in Richmond. The only reason I signed up for your on-line
lessons is because my instructor, Joe Gray, spoke highly
of you. I have been trying to incorporate what you've
suggested into my training so far, but I received the
greatest help yesterday(July 12) at the Grapplemania
event in Wake Forest, NC. As I have only been training
for 3 months, this was my first tournament. I was signed
up for the beginners seniors division(over 30, I am
34) and my classmates all kidded me and told me to
sign up for the open age division as well. After hearing
comments like "We don't teach techniques that
only work on old people" and the like, I went
ahead and entered that division as well. My first match
was the seniors one and there was only one other person
in my weight class(150-159). After being tied 0-0 for
the entire match, he scored a take down in the final
seconds to win. I received a Silver medal for losing.
Well, it was quite some time until the other division
started, and I had almost talked myself into leaving
without competing at all. My biggest fear was the stand-up
part of the game, while I seem to have pretty good
defense against take-downs, I'm am not very good at
taking down. Well, your words came back to me about
overcoming your fears and leaving your ego at home
so you can learn, and decided to stay and participate.
Well, I dominated my first match being up 16-0 on points
before winning by submission(rear naked choke), and
won my second match after a 0-0 tie with a guilliatine
in the closing seconds. My teammate was in the other
bracket and we both advanced to the finals. Our school's
policy in this event is to bow out to the senior student,
and as he is a blue belt he took gold and I took silver.
But, instead of losing to get it as I did the first
one, I was undefeated to get this one. I truly appreciate
your lessons and now am going to work on my stand up
to improve for the next tournament. By the way, I met
your student Ken who was fighting in the pro division.
He knew some of my teammates and my instructor and
was a very nice guy.
Last week I took to heart Lesson 4 and 5. After tapping out several
lesser skilled people in class, I found myself avoiding someone
who has been training about as long as I have. Well, your lessons
came to mind and I went over to him. Sure enough he caught
me in a scarf hold and tapped me. But I picked up on a weakness
in his game by concentrating on "LEARNING" instead
of winning. In subsequent rolls I tapped him out twice and
dominated him position wise 3 times. Once again your lessons
have helped me to improve my game and mind set. I have referred
you to my classmates and I know some have signed up as well.
Thank you for your help and your personal replies.
White Belt 3 1/2 months training
Linxx Academy of Richmond, VA
Joe Gray- Instructor
noticed a big difference after just a few e-mails"
My name is John. I have been getting your e-mails on my girlfriend's
address. Her name is Kasi. I work seven days a week and never
have time to get on the computer. I had her put me on your
list under her name and print out everything you send. Everything
you say has helped me. Just the other day I had a friend come
over to roll with me after work. I'm 160 pounds and he's 240.
I have never tapped him out and have only gained position on
him a couple times,but only for a second. He smashes me. Knee
on stomach is awful. And he does that a lot. Everything you've
said has been about me rolling with him. I have tapped just
because I was smothered or smashed under my friend. I figured
there was nothing I could do so I just tapped so we could start
again. But after your first few e-mails I pictured myself rolling
with my friend using your self-talk idea and working on just
one thing I needed work on. By the end of the hour I'd tapped
him ! for the first time,gained position on him several times(knee
on stomach mostly),and survived all the smashing he could give
me. One simple self-talk I used was:"I'm not smashed.
I'm not smashed. I'm not smashed." I also used :"Stay
calm" a lot. I know for sure that one worked because my
friend told me that he noticed that I was way calmer than usual.
I told him about you and your Grappling Blueprint and he just
laughed. He said something about somebody just trying to make
some money. Well if that's the case, then sign me up. I'll
pay anything. I noticed a big difference after just a few e-mails.
I can only imagine having your complete system. Give me a few
more work outs with my friend and you'll be hearing from him.
I am just a low level white belt and haven't rolled in over
three months. My friend goes to class at least once a week.
And like I said, I work seven days a week. So for me to have
done as well as I did against my 240 pound nemesis says a lot
about your advise.! Thank you very much!
p.s. The one thing I worked on was surviving being on the receiving
end of knee on stomach and getting my friend in what he always
gets me in. It worked!
would recommend you to anyone who wants to jump
their training to a new level."
My name is James Speight, I Own the Extreme Gym in Greenville NC,
and I have had the opportunity to train National and World
Champion Grapplers over the last few years at my gym. We do
Gi and No-Gi. I hold no rank in BJJ (though I have been training,
and coaching, for three years) I also coach Blue and Purple
belts from various schools, that live here in Greenville. We
get this opportunity because in this Region grappling is still
have been using the little tips from you, and have
made a great difference just in the focus on improving
what you are doing now.
tip in particular. I encouraged all of my students
to get a note book, to make notes, after classes, on
what you need to improve. At first only a couple of
new students did it. But after a few weeks the older
students, started to see the newer students getting
better and better really quick. And the only thing
the new students were doing different than the old
students, or they thought, was the Notebook.
would recommend you to anyone who wants to jump start
their training to a new level.
Lloyd Irvin’s “e-mails” helped
my Jiu-jitsu……. "
Liang (13 years old)
Yamasaki Academy, Rockville, Maryland
Training in BJJ for 5 months (but have taken a total of 120 BJJ
I wasn't always a jiu-jitsu "fighter", but it all began
when I started this as my first martial art. I was succeeding and
learning a lot, and was having a lot of fun. When I was suddenly
promoted to the yellow belt rank in Yamasaki academy that I attended
three times a week, I really got into the sport- and that’s
just where Lloyd’s e-mailing came around.
always was inspired by the elder belts and how good
they were at techniques and such. I found it so tempting
to ask my dad “How long does it take to get ‘whatever’ belt……” He
told me the record- and that was Lloyd Irvin- who trained
for 3and ½ yr. to earn the black belt position.
I realized I was into the martial art all the way,
so my father continued to tell me how Lloyd Irvin was
going to let every one know how he got it in such a
short period of time. That’s how I started getting
e-mails full of awesome advice... and wisdom that I
guess was what practically saved me from going down
the wrong path. Especially that mind preparation thing.
He had said:
“Desiree lets get your mind right. Let me start off by saying that you
may or may not be affected by this at all. But it is one of the most important
factors that influence an athlete’s performance.
Mental preparation is one of if not the most important aspects
of training. Of course we are talking about outside of conditioning,
which is a whole different topic.”
“Why is this? Because if your mind is not right, the chances of you winning
the big game are VERY slim.”
I was always either too nervous, or too tired. After reading these
parts of the letter I was given, my mind opened up completely;
I felt more calm and confident.
Besides my self- esteem boosting up to a high level, everything
just immediately clicked in my mind and heat. Not only did
I realize how valuable these aspects of my participation in
jiu-jitsu were. I also saw how really helpful they were the
minute I stepped onto the blue mat (which I’d trained
on for months). I was faster, stronger, and my will-power was
to my own eyes even unbelievable!
Of course I had to watch out for what Irvin called “ego”.
I kept my ego, well (I really tried hard to.) as far from me as
possible, but if Irvin had never given me the warning about it
earlier- I would have been plain suffering- the whole time. You
see, I almost always felt like I was competing against the other
yellow and orange belts for position in higher ranks. Now all I
cared about was to do my best and learn what I can. Nothing though
should be too easy or impossible.
Positive self-talk did not always get me to win anything, but it
definitely got me to keep my cool when I was caught in a bad position.
Like the time that someone had me in the knee- on- stomach or what
is known to be in Portuguese: Jhoelo Na Barriga [Zhoelo Na Bahhiga].
I just could not get myself extricated from the tight grasp; even
though I was “loosing it” and panicking, I still kept
thinking good thoughts. Finally I managed to slightly get out and!
have space to flip the whole pose over. Then I eventually passed
the guard and got into the mount position. See how it worked? I
was and am very happy, and resume the same ways I am constantly
taught- thanks to Irvin. I even take notes on the advice given
to me! Since I am still young and in training, I take Lloyd’s
words very seriously, because it’s not like I can truly make
it on my very own. He wants to help us all, and when he explains
to me the results of the right- and- wrong choices I should use
or avoid, I defiantly believe what he says. It is not every minute
you get such help, because usually, and esp. in tournaments- you’re
on your own!
I understand that technique isn’t all that makes the fighter-
it’s the proper mindset, and attitude you have. So for me,
I continuously have a lot to gain from this, with each day a more “up-graded” and
more educated self that I can be proud of. I think Irvin really
is an awesome person, because I don’t believe anyone else
would “want to” let out such valuable knowledge, and
Liang, 13 years old
Yamasaki Academy, Rockville, Maryland
Training in BJJ for 5 months (but have taken a total of 120 BJJ
COMMON SENSE LIFE EXPERIENCE WILL BUILD US UP AND
KEEP US GOING."
E-MAIL IS WRITTEN WITH THE DEEPEST APPRECIATION and
TO EXPRESS MY THANKSGIVING IN ALL HUMILITY.
NAME IS KELBY RILEY. I'M 36 YEARS OLD. I HAVE A WIFE,
WHO IS HEAVEN SENT, AND FIVE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN-AGES
14, 13, 5, 3, AND 18 MONTHS OLD. I LIVE IN SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA AND ENJOY A JOB WORKING WITH CHILDREN.
TRAINING EXPERIENCE BEGINS BACK IN CHRISTMAS OF 2001.
I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE GRAPPLING STYLE AND DECIDED
TO SPEND ALMOST 300.00
TO PURCHASE JOE MOREIRA'S WHITE TO BLACK BELT TAPE SERIES. I KNOW
THAT HERE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, ONE HAS MANY CHOICES AND PLACES
TO TRAIN WITH LEGIT AND WELL ESTABLISHED SCHOOLS. HOWEVER, THEY
ARE ALL OUT OF MY PRICE REACH AND WAY OUT OF MY PRICE RANGE. SO,
WHEN I FOUND THIS TAPE SERIES, IT WAS MY ANSWER TO ALL MY PRAYERS.
AM SELF TAUGHT AND ENJOY TRAINING WITH MY 14 YEAR OLD
SON-HE IS QUITE GOOD. THIS LAST MARCH, WE DECIDED TO
ENTER THE COPA PACIFICA. WE LOST OUR FIRST MATCH, VIA
TRIANGLE CHOKE, BUT THE EXPERIENCE WAS PRETTY COOL.
I KNOW THAT MOST PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE JOE MOREIRA'S TAPE
SERIES, BUT I FIND HIS PROGRAM WELL LAID OUT, ESPECIALLY
FOR US BEGINNERS. ONE THING THAT IS MISSING HOWEVER,
IS THAT PERSONAL TOUCH AND ENCOURAGEMENT WHICH YOUR
BLUEPRINT DEFINITELY DELIVERS. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD
TO YOUR BLUEPRINT AND IT'S ORGANIZED TRAINING METHOD.
MAYBE NEXT YEAR WE CAN WIN. IF NOT, YOUR COMMON SENSE
LIFE EXPERIENCE WILL BUILD US UP AND KEEP US GOING.
VERY MUCH, KELBY.
tips that I think are the most important that I have
gotten so far
are about using positive self talk"
name is Ashley Green Dimond and I am 10 years old.
I have an orange
belt and train with Jared at BJJ United. (I trained with him at
gym also; I have been studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since I was
5 (almost 6).
just started getting the Grappling Blueprint tips when
I found out
about it from my Dad. (He studies Jiu Jitsu with Jared as well.)
tips that I think are the most important that I have gotten so
about using positive self talk and realizing that every time you
sparring with someone is a chance to learn! I mean you can't get
if you never roll with someone who is better then you... you can't
always expect to win. (Not if you want to learn anyway.)
I watch the grown-up classes when I am finished mine
and it is
interesting to watch. The guys who get angry and visibly upset
they have to tap don't improve as fast. (They also seem to get
a lot more and some just stop coming.)
have not competed in a lot of competitions yet... but,
I am going to
compete in one in August in King of Prussia! I am going to try
the positive self talk. I am shy and do get very nervous sometimes.
first competition that I was in was scary. I was 7
and there were
so many people... I lost my first match and was very upset. I told
parents that I didn't want to compete anymore. Then I watched Jared
fight... he won some... but, then he lost. While he was disappointed
was OK and talking about what he could do better next time. It
want to try again! I mean if it is OK for Jared to lose then why
I feel bad.
few months latter I competed again and won the gi and
no-gi for my
division. It was amazing! But, I was only able to win that time
of what I had learned the time I lost! The first time I kept looking
out at everyone watching me and it distracted me and made me kind
scared... I realized that I had to pretend I was in the gym training
just have fun no matter what and it worked.
then I have not been able to compete again because
it has been
hard for my parents to schedule it; they both work and I have a
old brother... I am looking forward to getting a chance compete
a member of your team! I will let you know if the positive thinking
really teaches us to focus on learning and not winning.
I am glad
I met him and I am glad that he teamed up with you.
see more improvement after I use Lloyd Irvin theory
of self talk."
My name is Yuri Amadin from Indonesia. I have been training BJJ
years already. Currently, I am a blue belt under Renato Verissimo
Nova Uniao. Because I am a Jeet Kune Do stylist; therefore I train
in No Gi grappling and Vale Tudo in addition to weaponry training.
started BJJ under Claudio Franca, then Cassio Werneck when I was
US. After I live in Indonesia, I took several trips to Hawaii and
Australia to train under Egan Inoue, Charuto and John Will.
see much improvement in my ground game after I do many
sparring and even see more improvement after I use Lloyd Irvin
there are no BJJ academies here in Indonesia. I have
to rely on
my experience, videos and as well as my efforts to travel and train
better people overseas. I started my training with sharpening my
skills. Where now I am starting to sharpen my offensive skills.
has been putting so much emphasis on my guard game and sometimes
this, I start to lose my bottom game (escapes) because almost all
training partners are getting better fast.
example, whenever we do all out grappling or even isolation
sparring, there are times when I can pull of any escapes easily
any positions. But now, because my training partners are getting
fast. Most of them know when to switch from side mount to 69, to
the belly, mount and even pulling off some submissions.
it's not easy for me to execute my escapes as before
sometimes when they tap me out. It bothers me for a week. What
suggested on losing the ego is very true. Because I taught and
these guys, my ego starts to disappear very quickly and I am starting
feel proud that these guys start to give me good legitimate game.
guys are now just making me a better fighter by resisting 100%!
talks such as "I am the best fighter from this
posit ion..." has
also helped me a lot in escaping many inferior positions and has
my game because I am addicted to asking my partners to put me in
worst positions for me to escape. Also, I have been saying" I
best guard fighter in the world and that I am submitting him very
has also helped me. I have been able to pull of many triangle chokes
from closed guard as well as armbars, kimura and taking the back.
remember I have sharpening my skills in pulling triangle
closed guard. It started from giving a lame triangle to very solid
I self talk, visualize them in my sleep, while taking a shower,
driving, while eating, etc and it has been working wonderfully.
do the same for armbars and Kimura. It has been starting to improve
from top position. This is something I picked up
from the second email you sent me"
am portuguese, i train with robin gracie in barcelona,
i have also trained with rolker and royce a few times,
but have never been in Brazil. so i am trying to get
some money to stay about 3 or 4 weeks in rio in september.
when i get this ok , maybe i will email you to get
some useful information about
the questions, following you tips, lately i have been trying some
of the stuff, i concentrated on fighting from the top position
killing everybody with triangle chokes from the guard. why?
because i am only 63kilos, and i usually fight from the bottom,
and i have trouble using triangles. at start it was more difficult,
but i focused on working from top position. this is something i
picked up from the second email you sent me, although that was
not the point of the email i got
that idea. well, it worked. about ego, i don't have one, it was
choked unconscious long time ago...
time i will work on that "i am very good at escaping
the mount" thing, but with other positions/situations.
i have done that before, when grappling with robin
gracie, he gets me in something and i go "no,no,no,no!
its not gonna work! its not gonna work! no,no,no,no,no!..." but
he usually gets me. next time!
in august i will start training every day, i haven't
been doing that, as i am also an acupuncturist , and
have been spending some time studying.
joao alves da costa santos
robin gracie academy barcelona
i train there when i have money, that means 3 to 6 times a year
for 1 week
every time, since 2000
Grappling blueprint really instilled in me a quiet,
calm confidence that a lot of people have noticed"
I've been receiving the grappling blueprint for a while now and
have read through each one religiously. I am a very dedicated
practitioner of BJJ and have been for 3 years now, and throughout
my time in BJJ I have always competed. Many times I would come
in 3rd or 4th and well, i realized that there was always something
holding me back. I guess I just didn't want to admit it to
myself, but alot of the things you mentioned and went over
in the Blueprint was what was affecting me. It really opened
a whole new door for me after checking it out and giving it
a try. My game has been on a different level since then and
the blueprint really instilled in me a quiet, calm confidence
that alot of people have noticed. I am competing in a few days
in the Can-Americans here in michigan and I am very calm and
relaxed (but a bit nervous ....naturally. ;) ) and know that
i have the tools, mentally and physically to do my best. !
I am by no means a great or complete fighter, but with the
right instructors and the grappling blueprint, i know i am
well on my way to getting there.
Warrior Way/ Caique Jiu-Jitsu
must truly admit that your lessons have enabled me
many other white belts in three short weeks."
I must admit that I've just started with the blueprint program
and it has been quite helpful. I think the first lesson I learned
and actually followed through with what you said dealt with the
my mindset when I went to practice. Just the other day I had feared
this blue belt that came to class. I've seen him in action and
he was good. My first day of class he put a clinic on me. But after
reading your lesson plans, not only did I just tell myself that
I could beat him, but I set out a plan in my head before we starting
rolling around. My plan was simple, don't let him get any submissions
on me, pass the guard, and attempt to submit. I planned all this
out in my head. When it came time for us to play I set my plan
into motion. It was a 5 minute long session of escapes, passes,
mounting, and submission attempts. I think in those five minutes
I earned a lot of peoples respect.
All of this and it was only my third week of class, and a month
long of blueprint lessons. I must truly admit that your lessons,
dealing with a lot of mental mindset and techniques have enabled
me to surpass many other white belts in three short weeks.
Thanks Again, Coach.
New Breed Jiu-Jitsu
BJJ Revolution Team
was reluctant to reply until I read how many students
felt the same way I have."
been reading your e-mails since you started and have
enjoyed them very much. I was reluctant to reply until
I read how many students have felt the same way I have.
I've only been coming to class for a few months and
at times it can be quite humbling. I am not a small
guy and have played various sports and done well over
the years. I was also an Army Ranger and considered
myself to be pretty tough. Checking my ego at the door
is a definite must and
is getting in my way. It is hard to get tapped by much younger,
smaller guys and keep my sanity in check, but I am working on it.
Thanks for making me understand that their are others out there
that share the same pain.
Croatia: "Your Lessons are good because
they are for Grappling"
my name is zvonimir jerbic and I am from croatia,small town call
we were unlucky and had a war for about 4.5 years.consequences
our economy is ruin and that reflected on sport so you have situation
that only major sports,like football,basketball...have money. in
situation is very hard to train. we train in large basement. in
is school for kick-boxing and in the other one is judo club. the
are training eider one or another but in last year with popularity
cro-cop and ultimate fight we manage to find guys who are interested
stand up fight and ground fight. I was in special forces of croatian
army and I know how to fight. I have blue belt in judo and train
kick-box for about 6 years. I am also a coach,study on university
kinesiology,orientation in strength and conditioning. you can look
my pages at www.geocities.com/zvonimirjerbic and see what I do
living. so far the lesson you sent to me is familiar to me because
that exam(psyshic),but they are good because they are for grappling.
have problem because in croatia there's no coach for grappling
jiu-jitsu. only man is mike bencic who work with cro-cop filipovic
find articles on internet and watch matches on the tape and trained.
be grateful if you can recommended some pages or if you have any
books to send us. next week I will make pictures of my crew and
you that you can see what we doing. best wishes.
know that if I hadn't recognized and dealt with those
feelings of doubt I wouldn't have won that match. "
One training session comes to mind:
Yesterday I was rolling with this guy Paul, he's quick and strong
as a bull. I mean rolling with him is like having a house come
down on you. Somewhere usually in the middle of rolling with him
I mentally give up, I just want to get it over with. I feel weak,
and have no strength. This time I kept myself cool, and caught
myself having those thoughts of giving up. I silenced them and
hung in there. I kept on fighting and I finally caught him when
he tried for a guard pass. I caught him with a classic triangle
from my guard. I know that if I hadn't recognized and dealt with
those feelings of doubt I wouldn't have won that match.
i saw your thing on the net i thought it would be
cool to try it and see if it would help my bjj game"
I've been training for about 2 years now in bjj and mauy thai,I've
bjj tournaments and some vale tudo fights.when i go to train with
coach in brazilian jiu-jitsu im always trying to tap out people
the guy.im 19 120 pounds so when i roll with some body im always
small one.like when i roll with the big guys im always on the bottom
getting in bad tough positions that are hard to get out of.and
get mad because they always throw me around and get control of
when i saw your thing on the net i thought it would be cool to
and see if it would help my bjj game.know that you started emailing
the lessions.after the second on when i get back from class i write
down what i want to improve and make better.then when i go back
i work on what i wrote down i try to work on just that,that night
class.when you send me the thing about going to class to learn
to make people tap i never really thought about it like that.and
when i roll with some on bigger,and i get caught in a bad position
been saying the im a master of this position i'll be out of here
" bye the way i love saying that when im rolling know".i even made
some of mine own now i say them the whole time when im grappling.
my team mates been noticing that ive been grappling a little better
and not trying to tap everbody.i told my class about it too,they
like it and use it to when they are rolling know.
for the lessons,
blue belt in brazilian jiu-jitsu
and soon to be a pan american champ now that i got all these new
from your lessons karte and brazilian jiu-jitsu center
for the inspiration, the training and teaching of
the mental aspect of game. I have an awesome instructor
on the mat, now I have a great instructor off the
mat as well. The combination shall be lethal!"
Hello Mr. Irvin
First off, it's been extremely helpful to receive your emails.
It has changed my mindset and my approach to learning the art of
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I will admit, I have my own approaches to
accomplishing my dreams and goals. However, I deeply praise your
profession. Teachers/Instructors/Coaches/etc... is the most respectable
people I can think of. They are ones that donate their time to
making others succeed. It is one thing to know something but its
another thing to be able to make others know what you know. However,
I believe that a coach/trainer can only point you in a direction.
The individual must achieve his/her goal themselves. By giving
me examples and an approach to kick bad habits (ego), I have influenced
the way I train and have adopted my own philosophy for my success.
off, I have started writing down just about everything
I know about the sport. I am not concerned with the
fancy stuff at this point. What I am concerned with
is what works.... Granted I am only a white belt and
at the beginning of my journey, but I have written
down just about every solid move that I know from each
position. This way, I can study and perfect my
game off the mat. I am hoping that your book even further enhances
my skills off the mat.
Well this method of self training is great but it does not accomplish
one aspect of the game. I refer to this as situational awareness.
It is great to learn every move in the book. But it simply doesn't
work unless you know when to apply them.
my example of me applying these moves and avoiding
the infamous ego tap....
I am fortunate to be a part of a great school. John, who is one
of the guys in my class is a much better grappler then me. I enjoy
rolling with him. I can almost guaranteed that he will tap me out
within the 10 minute time period. However, this is great for me.
Some people probably wonder why I think this is great....Well I'll
tell you, I can see what he used to succeed against me. I try to
figure out how he got me there. I'll even ask him how he got me
to that position. The funny thing is he'll actually tell me.
is GREAT!!! I can now use it on someone else. The bottom
line is I am not remotely upset when I get tapped. I
actually am excited because I know I just learned something
new. I also know how to get someone into that position
because I put myself in it and most of all I
now know how to get out of that position. Who better to learn from
then yourself, right?
for the inspiration, the training and teaching of the
mental aspect of game. I have an awesome instructor
on the mat, now I have a great instructor off the mat
as well. The combination shall be lethal!
little about myself...Well I am a Combat Systems Engineer
working on the Next Generation of Navy Ships. I work
a lot of hours and travel a lot for work. I have a
masters in Software Engineering and will be going back
to school for a law degree. As you can see my time
is limited. However, with proper time management I
have integrated my BJJ training into my schedule. I
feel it gives my life proper balance. Good exercise,
good health, and the
great people that are attached to the sport are priceless.
Chad Lebrun "The Lab"
find your POSITIVE encouragement talks to be very
hello Mr IRVIN. my name is kaygo haga im currently training out
CAIQUE JIU JITSU in Carson CA. ive been training for roughly 6
and i am currently white belt 2 stripe. i find your POSITIVE
encouragement talks to be very helpful. before i found out about
methods i found myself giving up once i was in a bad position like
someone has my back or when someone is working for the armbar.
i do the self talks in my head i find myself being more relaxed
waiting for my opponent to make the mistake so i can counter it.
rolling session in particular worked very well for me. i was rolling
with a blue belt that has about 4 years experience and about 20
advantage on me(im 155) and i was rolling with him he went to pass
guard, but i counted with a double leg sweep and mounted him. i
his arm before he could get into proper position (at this time
was coaching the guy i was rolling with) "protect your arm" i
arm in a bad position so i go to armbar, but he counters by slipping
arm in just enough so i couldn't finish him. He then proceeded
me hard. i thought to myself "its ok ill get him next time!" i
immediately switch my target from his arm to his neck and caught
a triangle! it was the best feeling. what made it more amazing
my master was coaching the other guy and i still submitted him
alot for all your help
of the Blue Print Lessons i've received from you
in my growth and performance."
Hello Master Lloyd,
My name is Ken Silva I recently joined your academy in Camp Springs
Maryland. Im a white belt and have been training there for about
3 weeks. Im from Hawaii, I've trained a bit back home for about
2 years in Bjj and kick boxing (off and on). This is the first
time i've actually joined a academy or dojo. I'm definitely"amped" up
when it comes to training! on
of the Blue Print Lessons i've received from you has
helped in my growth and performance. But the most helpful
lesson i feel i've had so far has been your lesson
on "Phrases when your in a bad situation".
I can remember being in some tight positions on the
ground and think there's no way out and want to just
get out and tap to get it over with. But now through
you mind training lessons ive been so much more relaxed
and confident to continue when rolling. That's brought
my game to the next level. I remember this past week,
I was at my friends place, he's a really great wrestler
we always roll in his garage. he'd usually take me
out quick. he had me in a full guard and setting up
for a triangle choke. he had me in tight to where he
could have tapped me without the triangle, before i
even though about tapping or giving up i relaxed and
kept telling myself "i can defend this choke and
can get out of this". To my surprise and his i
grabbed his inside knee with my arm that was in the
triangle and pulled it straight to the ground. Continuing
to pull, I pulled myself out and had side control on
him. The feeling out getting out of that was unreal!
I think most of it is because i had some mind training!
well Thankyou for the lessons and look forward to training
more and more with you and the academy.
of the emails,I have been pushing myself to past
limits that I have set for myself in the past and
my thinking ability is at a new level"
To Mr. Irvin,
I'm writing to tell you how your emails have helped me out in my
grappling so far. I emailed you already awhile back telling you
how they helped and I since then i have improved even more. First
I will re-tell about myself. My name is Adam Rodd ,17 years old,and
I started out as wrestler when I first started High school back
in 1999. When I started I wasn't anything special and just kept
practicing everyday and got to the point that where after a few
years I was the captain. My senior year, I could beat just about
any teammate of mine on any given day and I thought there was no
point in trying to push myself to a new level. During the practices
i would not try to wrestle,wrestle,wrestle past fatigue because
i didn't want to lose at practice because my ego was fixed into
the belief that it was losing and making me bad.
So my last year i had a horrible season because I wasn't pushing
myself hard. I was starting to get into submission grappling
in 11th grade and am now serious about it now,just months
after graduating high school. I would have had the same work ethic
as before until i read your emails. Since i was a wrestler trying
my hand at subs, I learned through your emails that I HAD to leave
my ego at the door because that is the only way i would learn anything
because I learned that i am not the best and losing is what makes
someone better at practice,and that winning against inexperienced
guys when im still fresh isn't helping me at all. The above story
is basically what I told you about 2 weeks ago in a similar email.
Since then i have become very serious about submission training
and I am preparing for my first Submission Fighting tournament
at Valley Forge on August 16th. I learned that if I take the beatings
now against my rolling partners and really push
myself then I will be better off at the tourny then if i just half-assed
my way through the training. I now have an open mind towards all
aspects of training and I now learned that just because I was a
captain in wrestling, it doesn't mean im invincible. Now I learned
to listen to my workout partners when
they give me advice on positions or what I am doing wrong. This
new thought is really taken me to a new level. Because of the emails,I
have been pushing myself to past limits that I have set for myself
in the past and my thinking ability is at a new level and I even
am choking people out now at practice( i guess their ego is not
letting them tap). I'm def. going to tell them about these emails
because if they learn about
what I am learning, their new attitudes will take me to an even
higher level. I will also hopefully prove even more on how these
emails have worked for me when I email you the results of my tour
ny after it happens. Im am just so much more confident in myself
my wrestling in highschool did not give belts,and now
I train no-gi with a few training partners who do submission
wrestling and pure wrestling,so I don't have a belt
their either. I
started wrestling in 1999 in 9th grade,and started submissions
in 11th grade and I am in the United States.
lesson was invaluable, the positive self talk really
worked and I made it a point to write this email."
I recently got to try Master Irvin's mental approach when I was
grappling after class with my instructor. I made it a
to implement the positive self talk from a bad position. I am a
belt with a couple of stripes, however I have been training almost
years, I am 5'11 and 250lbs. I feel confident to grapple anyone.
" anyone" can include guys with higher belt rankings I was eager to
techniques emailed to me by Lloyd Irvin while grappling with some
purple and brown belts, but this particular night I got a true
black belt instructor!
I get a chance I try to grapple with him based on simple
that I can LEARN from him, as Lloyd always stresses in his emails
the grapplingblueprint. Tap? I know I will Tap from him, but
if I can
learn something from it, it is worth it! In the past I did try
set of techniques of focusing on one problem area or position and
course the suggestion of being sure to tap when necessary, making
put the EGO aside. But the positive self talk, clearly showed
improvement of my game or least prevented a submission.
class Master began by pulling guard and working
it with the
expertise and brilliance that he does. I do my best just to keep
posture and begin to work the pass. His balance is so incredible
that position that even though I clearly outweigh him by 60 or
he can still almost sweep me over just by his GRIP! But I continue
hold my posture and try to work the pass. Next thing I know I make
crucial mistake by trying to hold onto his lapel of the Gi while
pushes off on my hips, extending my left arm he then wraps his
arm around mine for the inside arm to the lapel of my Gi from the
Knowing this is trouble, especially with a black belt I begin telling
myself"It's ok do not tap, you are going to regain position!" Over
over...I tell myself and concentrate on regaining my posture and
way back to pass the guard. He sinks the arm in deeper setting
me up for
submission that I can feel it coming. Switch the talk to "It
pain he will let go soon." Over and over as I continue to
focus on my
it happens, he tries to re-position and I get the arm
simply trying to keep my posture! I re-gain the posture and it
over again Master begins working his guard. At this point
fatigued but more in astonishment that I did not tap right away
that position. Ultimately he did get the submission but I associate
that more with the fatigue from trying to work the pass and to
of a submission from his guard.
looks at me and says "I thought you were going
to tap, I thought
your arm was sunk in enough, but you didn't....very good!" He
continued to school the next student.
lesson was invaluable, the positive self talk really
worked and I
made it a point to write this email. This happened on 7/28/2003
9PM after Ds class in Woodbridge.
continue to wait with anticipation for future lessons."
I have had a severe problem dealing with being in the across the
position with one particular rolling partner of mine. He outweighs
fifty pounds but for some reason, the weight seems so much more
this position, even more than the mount!!! Before our last rolling
session, I visualized myself defending against his pass to side
and keeping him in guard. During the free spar, I did exactly as
visualized and to my delight, it worked to a higher degree than
have envisioned. Later, while practicing with various positions,
I were paired for across the side. Before we started, I said to
" He maybe heavier, but I am quicker. I can get out of this, no problem."
I emphasized this over and over in my head and sure enough, after
envisioning how to do what I set out to do, I did it.... over and
can say, with out a doubt, the ideas presented have
helped alot. I
continue to wait with anticipation for future lessons.
Salzarulo, 1st year student
Nintai Submission Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts
I really appreciate the helpful hindsights that you
everyone on the web leaving politics aside."
Grappling Coach course has been one of the best things
that happened to me in my jiu-jitsu career. My game
has been raised to another level. I don't know how
I would be doing without this course. It has learning
tips that I would not expect to get in a standard BJJ
class. For instance, the lesson about avoiding EGO
is so crucial in my BJJ development as letting EGO
dictate my training is probably one of the most severe,
if not the most, handicap in my game. I mean this EGO
problem is something, which I always had ponder upon,
but unfortunately I was never able to share my opinion
with my teacher or even other training
partners. To show you the impact of EGO on my game, let me share
with you one of my experiences in sparring. Before I used to receive
the Grappling Coach course, I used to get tapped to all the big
guys quickly and I used to make tap all the light guys quickly.
So, I thought that something was wrong with me, how on earth could
I possibly armbar a 65 kg and 35 years old blue belt, with 4 years
of training, and then get tapped by choke to a novice 92 kg and
27 years old white belt. I just could not believe it.
then I realized that I was extremely aggressive and
using so much strength to make the blue belt tap,at
by the time I had to spar with the white belt there
was nothing left in the tank. Then, I started to think
about the first UFC's when Royce made BJJ popular and
that the whole essence of BJJ was that someone could
tap someone much heavier by technique and not by strength,
in other words, the old man's sport. But then I thought
that if I was trying to use only technique and almost
no strength, I would be totally humiliated by the blue
belt, which I didn't want to happen. Then, I received
Lloyd's mails and I thought that guy has rightly pinpointed
the real difficulty in making tap the heavier guy.
It is true that tapping is an awful feeling, but then
on the long term it is be the best thing that happened
to me. Lloyd, I really appreciate the helpful hindsights
that you share with
everyone on the web leaving politics aside.
Alamir, Blue Belt under Roger Brooking (Alliance)
42 Pond road, London E15 3BE, UK
now I want not only to get your Blueprint but also
train with you some time"
Hi Lloyd, hope you get the time of your life in Brazil. Your newsletter
helped me a lot. Less then 6 months ago i suffered an injury
on my thumb and i had surgery. A total reconstruction of a
ligament in my thumb. It was tough, well its still tough for
me. I had been training all year long just with one thing on
my mind, winning a medal for my Mestre Behring and for my country.
Here, we are just starting to get organized so it is very difficult
to get a competition team. I trained 6 days a weeks, in the
morning conditioning and in the evening i rolled. well, when
i got the surgery in my hand i felt the world was going down.
I have been taking therapy and just start to train again. The
first days were just plain frustrating. I was frustrated by
the fact that i cant do things like before. People were leaving
to Brazil to train with my Brazilian teammates, now world champions
Fabricio werdum, Mario Reis, Marcio corleta, Sylvio behring
and I had to stay here.
i felt really frustrated. But i started receiving your emails,
start to think about it, questioning about my mental aspect after
the injury and I decided lets try that! I'm not losing anything
if i try. Well my friend, now i feel mentally tougher than before
my injury. Now i have a plan for my goal, and I'm sure I'm a better
fighter now. Now i trust on me because I know me better.
I was so happy to find this because no one talks about it. "If
you're scare to fight in tournaments you are a pussy, no?" I'm
very thankful to you to let me realize this and to workout my mind
just as my body.
I subscribed one of my best buddies in the academy. He is a monster
in the academy but in tourneys he just froze. well, with your letters
he understood his problems and he ended winning 2 fights in the
mundial these year! I'm very proud of him too. well, now i want
not only to get your blueprint but also train with you some time.
Thanks a lot and hope to meet you soon.
Behring Purple belt
only can I apply these principles as I train in BJJ,
but I can apply them in my everyday activities in
am very impressed with the tips that you have given
us so far. One of them has really struck home with
me and it was in Lesson 3 that you emailed us.
Confidence in myself when I am in certain positions have always
been troubling to me. I also "fear" rolling with certain
people because I lack confidence in my skills. Well that is slowly
changing because of some simple advice that I learned and realized
in your Grappling Blue Print Lessons.
started to motivate myself more and more after reading
your lesson. I've always had trouble escaping the mount
position. Some days I would perform fine, but others
I would roll like a total beginner. After reading your
emails over and over again, I decided to change the
way I think and apply that to my game. I start by mentally
preparing myself before I even get to class, kind of
like a pep talk. I choose a different topic each time.
One day I knew we were going to train mount escapes.
Now I know being mounted is not the best spot in the
world and you have to escape it, but I changed my thoughts
on being mounted. Basically I said to myself over and
over again, "Being mounted is not a bad spot,
I can escape it with no
problems." I kept this thought in my mind throughout class
and even more when we were rolling. I used to be tense which caused
me to make serious mistakes which would result in me either defending
too much and not trying to escape or leaving myself open for a
quick submission. Now that I am practicing and incorporating the
motivational talks into my training, I find myself relaxing much,
much more. As a matter of fact, we have a guy who out weighs me
by 50 pounds. He did get the mount on me and rather than lay there
on my back and panic, I relaxed with the techniques you taught
me. I actually found myself laying there relaxed and kind of laughing
because I felt so positive in escaping. Due to the fact that I
was so relaxed, I was able to concentrate on chaining together
certain techniques in which I
was successful in accomplishing my goal that night. That goal was
being able to consistently escape the mount. I plan on doing this
whenever I feel I am in a bad situation. Not only can I apply these
principles as I train in BJJ, but I can apply them in my everyday
activities in life!
you Lloyd for opening my eyes and really helping me
out. I can't wait for the Grappling Blueprint to be
released! Take care and I look forward to more to come.
Michigan Tech University Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club
"A couple weeks before
I couldn't even submit a blue belt in less then 10
minutes. Now this
past week I have submitted
4 more brown belts and one black belt (TWICE)."
have been training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for years
now and up
to a couple months ago I was having a hard
time even sparring with some of the purple belts. A few
weeks ago I started getting the grappling blueprint lessons
via email. When I first read them I thought to myself "this
stuff couldn't possibly help me cause it is to easy".
Well about 1 1/2 weeks ago I actually put some of the
things into use and right out the door I submitted a
brown belt in about 3 minutes. A couple weeks before
I couldn't even submit a blue belt in less then 10 minutes.
Now this past week I have submitted 4 more brown belts
and one black belt (TWICE). That's right I said black
belt. I couldn't believe my eyes. At first I thought
it was luck but then we went again and I submitted him
again in about 8 minutes. I can't thank Lloyd enough
for all the tips.
Kevin B. Smith / Full Instructor
Modern Martial Arts Institute
I have trained in Jun Fan / Jeet Kune Do and the Filipino
martial arts for 22 years
I have trained in BJJ for a little under 3 years
system of preparation of the best sportsman approaches
as it is possible better."
My name is Michael (Mihails). I would like to share with you the
several moments from the life. I shall begin that the candidate
master of sports on struggle äiuä?! I am engaged äiuä?
since 15 years
and, I hope to not stop and continue employment(occupation) all
am the vice-president of Martial Art School School SATORI which
in Riga City, Latvia! 5 years I train small children, beginners,
I am engaged in preparation for competitions, the organization
different sort of actions. In plans for the future - adjustment
friendly contacts to other clubs from other countries. Unfortunately,
should note, what not all athletes manage to keep themselves in
psychological form, but also at the same time in daily life they
and feel like excellently. I mean the following it. Not skill completely
to concentrate on a problem(task), not skill to relax - not knowledge
simple elements, receptions of auto-training and psychological
be correct (more truly it needs to be made obligatory
athletes) to start to be engaged with judoka intellectual, psychological
aspect. Autohyonosis, comprehension of itself it is better than
For example. Judoka leaves on a tatami at competitions to struggle:
at this moment with him occurs inside him? The sea of contradictions.
The athlete starts to think about itself the following: - simply
lose and not be tormented any more, - and simply can not struggle
- suddenly to be ill? - and the opponent can is stronger than me?
set of other subconscious autohyonosises. And it should not be
sportsman! It is necessary to adjust itself only on good outcome
duel! I just speak about positive autohyonosis. The athlete himself
should adjust itself on a victory - naturally fair way! The
problem(task) of the trainer - to help judoka.
this problem(task) also it is necessary to work together
the athlete, and the trainer. Your system of preparation of the
sportsman approaches as it is possible better.
you Lloyd Irvin!
was amazed at the results in just one week of training."
I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate
started with your first lesson and picked one area
to work on. In my case it was using my weight in a
efficient way and to concentrate on position, since
I saw this as a connected topic. Without position your
weight wont help you and vice versa.
was amazed at the results in just one week of training.
People that use to reverse me left and right are now
having problem getting out of cross mount, and I get
the mount 7 out of 10 tries. I have also received a lot
of positive feedback from fellow students on how much
better my position has gotten.
The funny thing about the second lesson is that my trainer
told me exactly the same things a week ago, just 2 days
before your lesson arrived. I have to say that I was
ashamed to discover how much truth there was in those
two simple lessons, and I felt a little stupid that I
did not figure that out o my own. But I am very glad
that I at least see the value of the lessons and that
I am applying them to my life, not only grappling.
I have not had a chance to apply the third lesson yet,
but I will have a chance to try it either tonight or
tomorrow night as I am heading to training. I will let
you know how it works.
one day, I may enjoy even an eighth of your talent,
if I am lucky."
I have been trying this method, and you're right, I find it very
successful (just at the beginning level). I have only been taking Judo,
and JuJitsu for two months, and spend most of my free time "doing Judo"
in my mind. I train one hour a day, under Jan Finkbeiner, and we have
been focusing on one thing each day. I then take this outside the dojo,
and practice at home. While I can't even begin to say I understand all
that I am doing, I am enjoying it immensely. I eagerly anticipate your
next lesson, and hopefully, the rest of the course when it comes out.
Rest assured, I will be one of the first ones to purchase it. OSensei
and Eric Grove are friends, and he can't say enough about your talent.
Hopefully, one day, I may enjoy even an eighth of your talent, if I am
lucky. If you are ever in Altoona, please stop in, as I always enjoy
learning from the sport's Masters.
Michael A. Mauk
was missing something until i started to receive your
lessons, I not only use your lesson in the dojo, but
in all that i do"
Hey coach , just wanted to drop you a quick e-mail and
say thank you for
the lessons. There is allot to be said for what your
lesson suggest that
we do. I started in the martial arts back in 1985 and
was taking Thai
Kwon Do lessons from master Kong in Orlando, Florida
.Master Kong was a
very small Korean man that was very soft spoken,but seemed
this huge Dragon at will.He taught not only the physical
parts of the
art , but also the importance of a positive attitude,
the pit falls of
negative triggers,and how keeping your sights on the
end result was
important.Most people don't even recognize that their
best friend can
also be their worst enemy and not even mean to, IE. when
people tend to
tell their friends of their goals and dreams the first
thing most people
hear is " yeah right" or something like " your
going to do what"
followed by a little laugh. They mean no harm they just
that if a person hears this enough he may stat to believe
it, or maybe
they do it because they don't want other people to achieve
don't know how to reach .I also believe that if you don't
seek out things
that challenge you,or do things that there is little
chance being the
best at, you just stay in a rut. Kind of like me playing
guitar, its fun
to play the things i know well, but unless i seek out
new songs i
don't get any better.
Well enough of all that. I was married shortly after
that and joined the
rat race and became like most people guilty of all the
things i have
just stated, to myself and to others. I have become involved
in the arts
again ( BJJ & Muay Thai) and was missing something
until i started to
receive your lessons. I now know what my goals are ,
how to get there ,
and i support those that i meet and their goals. I not
only use your
lesson in the dojo, but in all that i do, my work and
with my wife,children, and those that I deal with daily.
So keep the
lessons coming coach. And thank you for your lessons
and your interest
in me being the best me I can.
Regards, Henry C Carpenter
Grappling Blueprint Lessons have encompassed so much
crucial information, that I have
stupidly been ignoring. "
Sifu Irvin -
I call you Sifu because with what you have been sharing
with us over the past couple of weeks, I would feel odd
calling you anything else.
I'm a 17 years old and have been in Jujitsu for 3 years.
Your Grappling Blueprint Lessons have encompassed so
much crucial information, that I have stupidly been ignoring.
I have allowed myself to get so frustrated with never
winning, that I haven't taken the time to examine why
I get tapped. Now, I'm not saying that all of a sudden
I'm winning - but now I believe in my potential to win
which is just as good.
I have been making excuses to myself, ridiculous excuses,
such as using my age or gender to explain getting tapped
out all the time, but really, the fact is that no excuses
need to be made. Jujitsu is a challenge for me, I have
a lot of training to do, but without the right mindset,
that training will be useless.
Sifu, you have made me realize that I have missed the
mental part of the game. You have given me the correct
mindset. The mental part is causing me to lose. Causing
me to be tapped out. I didn't truly believe I can be
successful - until now.
Now I have the missing piece. Thank you.
- Janet Rund
information benefits me in more than BJJ."
I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. It took me
four years to achieve this despite the fact that I
never kept a journal. I realized after reading your
emails, I could have saved a lot of time. There were
moves that took a long time to master because I didn't
remember them enough to practice them. Now that I have
begun BJJ, and have kept a journal, things are
becoming easier to focus on. I end up with the
opponent on my back many times. I told myself that I
am the best in the world at getting out of this
position, and am now using the "escape the hip" move
rather than turning over for the oppponent.
receiving less than a half dozen emails
from you, my
game is far more improved than without
the information you have provided to me. I use that
saying "I am the best in the world in getting out
this situation" for financial difficulties as well.
Your information benefits me in more than BJJ. keep
School: Orlando Braziaian Ju Jitsu
Location: Orlando, FL USA
Rank: White belt
Training: 6 weeks
study your lessons every night before I go to class"
Hi coach how are you?
I hope you are alright, I just want to tell you about
my improvement in
jiu jitsu applying what you have taught me in your lessons.
I've been training BJJ for about 1 year now. When I
started to practice
with other classmates, many of them tapped me very easily,
but then I started
to improve in the technique, I didn't fight with so much
strength as I did
when I started sparring, I began to use more the correct
form of the
different techniques. Every night when I return from class,
I began writing in a
notebook the techniques I saw in class and I also write
necessary details that made each move easier for me to
apply it and more difficult
for my opponent to defend it. Using that I started to
last more in fights
against guys I always lose, and even I began winning
technique helped but I needed something else to improve
even more in
BJJ, then I saw a link to your site and started reading
your BJJ history
and I liked it so much. Then your lessons began to arrive
to my e-mail. I
also printed them and put them in a notebook, that helped
me to study each
lesson whenever I wanted. Every night before my class I
studied the lessons,
and also the phrases I invented to calm down whenever I
was caught in a bad
position like the mount.
These phrases I invented and the phrases you told me
helped me a lot in
escaping from the mount and also, whenever I was in a
good position I
use other phrases that helped me win the combat in a very
Then the ego lessons came, I read them many times and
all that you told
me was true. When new guys entered the academy, I did not
wanted to train
with them because I thought that I have more skills, and
that I deserved to
train with more advanced guys, and also many times they
told me if I could
spar with them and I didn't want to because I was afraid
to lose with someone
that had less time training BJJ.
with your lessons about ego I realize that I am a beginner
also that this attitude was wrong, and that it will detriment
After this I started to spar with beginners, to tap out
every time I was
caught in an armlock or a triangle etc.
I am 19 years old and I am hoping to have my black belt
before my 25th
birthday, I just want to say thank you very much coach
Irvin, I read your
e-mails, and I am looking forward
to the release of the Grappling
Blueprint, I am also hoping to win in some BJJ tournaments
going to take place here in Mexico City.
P.S. Sorry if I have some mistakes, but I am doing my
best in writing in English.
look forward to one day meeting the Man who has changed
whole style of teaching Ju-Jitsu in under Two weeks.
My GOD what will the Grappling Blueprint do for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
I have been training in Martial Arts for over 15 years
literally stumbled upon Lloyd Irvins' Grappling Blueprint
lessons. In the time
that I have been teaching I have always tried to find positive
techniques to inspire my students to strive to be more
than they ever
dreamed. This program of Lloyds has done exactly that
for me. In the
short time that I have been taking Lloyds' advice I have
seen a huge pick up
in my classes as far as seeing what benefits you can get
from applying it to
not only training but teaching as well. It has taught me
to look at my
students as my individual battles but not think about how
I am going to defeat
them in groundwork but to think about how I can teach them
to become a better Martial Artist than me.
As far as my own training I have applied Lloyds' principles
for my own Dan promotion in a couple of months and have
incredible amount of progress, so much so that other Dan
grades within my style have asked where I have learn't
the techniques I am doing. It has freed my mind and allowed
me to develop my technique to suit myself rather than cater
to the mass'. This is the beauty of the lessons in that
they are designed
tap into what you have within yourself and release it with
benefits. I would and have recommended Lloyd Irvin's
Grappling Blueprint to my whole class and will continue
forward to his lessons until the plan is released.
I look forward to one day meeting the Man who has changed
my whole style of teaching Ju-Jitsu in under Two weeks.
My God what will the Grappling Blueprint do for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and Good luck Lloyd for all that you undertake.
Bushi Kempo Ju-Jitsu Academy
Rank : 1st Dan Kempo Ju-Jitsu
Rank : 3rd Dan Jo Sei Ryu Ju-Jitsu
Country : Australia ( Western Australia )