Lloyd Irvin Interview: Drilling Transitions

Just read this interview with Lloyd Irvin and am both inspired and motivated. There is a lot of truth in what he says here about what makes a good school and a good training regimen. Some key points he makes:

  • There is no winning or losing when rolling at the club, but only there, everywhere else (including in life) you’re either winning or losing.
  • The higher the level, the more important the mental game becomes.
  • “If the school wants to be a high level competition school, they have to ban excuse making, they have to ban letting their students make excuses, they have to ban sitting out rounds during sparring, they have to ban asking for water when live sparring is happening (you take water breaks when the instructor says so), you have to ban all of the BS happening on the floor in your school.”

I first came across this philosophy of training at BJJ United. It’s definitely tough, but worth it. As Lloyd Irvin says in the interview “when it’s all said and done the only thing that matters is the results.”

The most important reminder came in the answer to the question: “If you could only pick one thing that an individual could start today that would improve their Jiu-Jitsu what would it be?”

His answer: transition drilling. He probably means something specific, but in general, drilling is key. I think that includes:

  1. Drilling with perfect technique (which often means slow but stead) against a non-resisting opponent.
  2. Positional training against a resisting opponent
  3. Flow drills: flowing through positions in order to explore variations and possibilities

Here’s a very cool video of drilling judo throws:

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