FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
In a nutshell, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a very effective method of fighting on the ground. At first glance it seems like Judo or Russian Sambo, but it is actually very different. The goal is to end the fight on the ground with a submission, but what most people don’t know is that learning the submissions is the easy part. It’s getting to the submissions that is the hard part. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an ever-evolving martial art that focuses on the paths that lead to defeating an opponent. Overall, it’s a very technical martial art. Its nature allows for intensive training with very little risk of injury, which is an advantage for the practitioner. For this and other reasons, it has had lots of success in the Ultimate Fighting Championships and Pride.
What are Team Lloyd Irvin and Third Law BJJ?
Team Lloyd Irvin is one of the best teams in the country in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. Team Lloyd Irvin has produced many champions over the years. Names like Brandon Vera, Mike Fowler, Ryan Hall, Brad Court, Julius Park, Leo Dallas, Mike Easton, Roberto Torralbas, Amie Turton and many more are well recognized all over the country for their excellence in their grappling game and mixed martial arts abilities.
Third Law BJJ is an affiliate school of Team Lloyd Irvin run by Team Lloyd Irvin Purple Belt Roberto Torralbas. Our goal is to expand Team Lloyd Irvin in the Naples / Fort Myers / Bonita Springs / Fort Myers area
Do I have to compete?
While there are many positive reasons for competing in tournaments and cheering for you team, you will never be forced. However, over the years I have noticed that students who compete make huge improvements in their BJJ.
Do I need to have a Kimono/Gi?
No, but is recommended. A kimono is a tool to refine your technique, thinking, and stamina.
How do I get promoted?
Belts go as follows: White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black. One of the main differences between BJJ and other martial arts is that it is hard to get promoted. At a blue belt level you can be considered almost a lethal force. It takes commitment to go from any belt to another, and I believe that the student should have a genuine feeling that tells them when they have gotten to a different level. We do have a curriculum we go by to help you and once students show competency in the techniques acquired they may qualify for a promotion.
How can BJJ change my life?
It is an awesome habit to develop. The benefits are just too many to list. My best advice is to enjoy it and let it grow in you. You will be forever thankful you had the opportunity.
What are submissions and how dangerous are they?
Submissions include ankle locks, knee bars, heel hooks, arm bars, chokes, shoulder locks, etc… and they come in many forms. In a real situation they could be devastating to an opponent as you usually use stronger body parts against a much weaker one. For this reason, a much smaller opponent could easily take a much stronger one. This is also a reason why flexibility is a huge plus in BJJ. Nevertheless, they are very safe when practiced in a controlled training environment.
Does age matter?
No. We currently have Mike Atkins, who at over 50 became a world champion and Pan-American champion. He did it after breaking his neck in a car accident and after losing over 70 pounds. If he can, anybody can.
How long before I get to wrestle other students?
Most schools won’t let you wrestle until you have gained some experience, etc… I like having people wrestle right away without submissions, and then introducing submissions as I gain trust in them and their abilities. For example, first I let you control the opponent, and then allow you to do only chokes, then arm bars, etc… This method has been very effective in the past. I do recommend you come to ten classes before you start wrestling.
What are some of the benefits of belonging to THIRD LAW – TEAM LLOYD IRVIN?
Team Lloyd Irvin is a “Team” and we are here to support you and take you in as family. We want you to be as good as you can because your success is ours as well. If you go to a competition and someone sees your team patch on your kimono, they will respect you because of the road we have paved for you. It is up to you to take this opportunity and to pave the road for others to follow. Teammates from other affiliate schools will cheer you on, and trust me this is a huge help. The country is full of Team Lloyd Irvin schools. So, if you ever relocate you will likely be somewhere close to us and if you are visiting and there’s a school nearby you will be able to train for FREE.
What is Kickboxing or Muay Thai?
In a nutshell, Kickboxing or Muay Thai is effective way to defend yourself from attacks on the feet as well as deliver powerful punches and kicks. Which makes it very good for very effective for self defense, and to get in great shape as well.
Do I need boxing gloves or other equipment?
No, it’s not required at first but definetly recomended to better your training experience. Handwraps, Boxing gloves, are going to help you improve on your kickboxing much faster. The gloves give you added weight to your hands making your shoulders stronger and your punches harder.
How can Kickboxing get me in better shape?
Kickboxing will not only get you in better shape but it is going to get you in the best shape of your LIFE! While learning a martial art that is going to allow you defend your self if that situation ever arises. Kickboxing is both a aerboic excercise and strength building excercise because your constantly moving to defend from getting hit and your using your strength to punch and kick.
Is Kickboxing Dangerous?
Kickboxing is only going to dangerous to the person that trys to hurt you on the street after you have learned what our program has to offer. In the Team Enviroment that we have at Team Third Law your going to be in a safe enviroment with little risk of injury. You have to remember that you are learning a martial art but while training we train as safe as possible to elminate the possibility of injury and once you learn these techniques you are going to be the one that is dangerous.
How long will it take to spar with other people?
At Team Third Law we want you to learn all the fundamentals before we even think about going into sparring becase we believe in mastering the basics. Learning all the fundamentals of Kickboxing are going to be crucial to your sucess. This way when we do start sparring your ready for the action and well prepared.
What am I going to gain from Kickboxing?
The Kickboxing Program as endless benefits that you can gain from this program. This biggest oens would be getting into the best shape of your life as well as learning a very effective striking martial art. These two benefits alone are going to start your on your path to becoming a stronger person mentally and physically.
Do I have to be in good shape?
Not at all, we want you to help you reach your goals and if one of your goals is to be in great shape then we can solve this for you. If your already in good shape thats great to you have a headstart but being in good shape to be a member of the program is not a requirement. Because if everyone was in great shape when they started the kickboxing p
Does age matter?
No. We currently have students, who at over 50 train kick boxing with students half their age and have an amazing time doing so.