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A Historical Night for the Team Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts Kids Program

On Friday, April 26th, seven young men took to the mats and made history at Lloyd Irvin’s Martial Arts Academy.  It had been over 5 years since a student last achieved the coveted Junior Black Belt, and last week saw 7 reach the milestone. With standing room only, all seven young men were tested on the entire Jr. Black Belt curriculum, and all passed with flying colors.

Miguel Davis, 12, was the youngest to get promoted at this test.  He started at Team Lloyd Irvin at 3 years old and competed in his first tournament at 5. He is also a stellar young scholar who always keeps his GPA on or around 4.0.

Moises Maittre, 14, is a ten-year veteran and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was 10 years old but that has not stopped him.

Ti-Jean Awad, 17, is one of the Top RATED youth grapplers in the world for 4 straight years.  Ti-jean has also become a model citizen and role model to all the youth that he comes in contact with.

Jamil Hill-Taylor, 17, trains every day working diligently in all areas of the martial arts.  Whether he is teaching students, taking class, doing strength & conditioning or just helping out with the after school program, he is quite busy at Team Lloyd Irvin. Jamil became LIMMAA’s 7th Juvenile World Champion last year, and it’s 1st Pan Am Juvenile Champion.

Derrick Holmes, 18, enrolled in Team Lloyd Irvin’s very first summer camp program almost 12 years ago.  He was the very first Afterschool Martial Arts Student and was the only Afterschool student for almost 3 months. He is now in his first year of college and he is also training for the world championships.  He teaches the youth at the academy and also works with the after school program.

Cedric Bryant, 19, was the #1 teenager in the world in 2008 and 2009.  He won the International Juvenile World Championships in 2009 and in 2012 he placed 3rd at the World Championships in a division that had over 150 competitors.  He graduated with a 3.6 GPA from high school.

Malachi Edmond, 18, became TLI’s 5th ever Brazilian Jiu-jitsu World Champion in 2011.  An incredible feat when just two years earlier he was still trying to win local and regional tournaments.

Ryan Villogram, 20, is the blueprint of the youth martial art program at Team Lloyd Irvin.  He is a great competitor, teacher, friend, teammate, student. He is currently a junior at VA State University and Ryan still checks up on his “little brothers and sisters” and makes sure they stay on track.

Edmond Brothers Clean House from Coast To Coast

Malachi and Isaiah Edmond of Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts Academy

Camp Springs MD – A little over 10 years ago, Rhonda Edmond walked into Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts Academy (LIMAA)  in Camp Springs Maryland to check it out.  On her right hand was her 5 year old son Malachi, but it wasn’t just the two of them.  She also happened to be almost 9 months pregnant with her other son, Isaiah.  She signed Malachi up that day.  Shortly after. little “ZaZa” was born and the memories began.  As Malachi became a shining star in the martial arts academy by becoming Lloyd Irvin’s Youngest Junior Black Belt, his little brother Isaiah become a permanent figure in the school.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt and Coach of The Famed Team Lloyd Irvin Kid’s Team, Master Donnie recalls the early years.

“We watched ZaZa go from a newborn in his mothers arms,

“ZaZa” riding home from his first tournament at 5 years old

we saw him take his first steps, we heard him say his first words and we basically watched him become a fantastic young martial artist.  It is an amazing thing to have someone grow up in the martial arts, he is like a son to the academy, we love him to death.”

When speaking about Isaiah’s big brother Malachi, Master Donnie gets very passionate,

“He is a fireplug and born leader.  He has set the standard for a lot of students at Lloyd Irvin’s Martial Arts Academy and all of the younger kids, especially his brother, want to be just like him.”

Since that day 10 years ago, Rhonda and sons soon realized that they were not involved in a typical “karate” program, but instead a full blown character development program that uses Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to teach kids how to be disciplined, focused, confident, positive,  and most importantly, how to stay out of trouble.  Lloyd Irvin’s Martial Arts Academy is located in Prince Georges County, MD and is owned and founded by World Renowned Coach and Martial Arts Expert, Master Lloyd Irvin Jr.

“Except for the  few years I was away to college and the year I spent in California I have lived in P.G. County my whole life.” says the Central High and Bowie State Graduate.

“I started my kids program 11 years ago because I saw the direction my community was going and I didn’t like it.  This is the best way I know how to make a difference.”

Master Lloyd Irvin speaks very highly about the Edmond family and recalls how it all began.

“Malachi is literally one of my first 10-15 kids ever enrolled.  Even at five years old he would walk through my doors always smiling and energetic.  He was so excited to take class.  He would literally Make My Day.”

Malachi in 2003

As the oldest son, Malachi started training in the grappling art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu when he was 6 years old.  Unlike most popular martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu teaches self-defense through close range tactics and is almost completely reliant on a person using holds, leverage and body positioning to overcome an opponent.  At LIMAA you won’t see children breaking boards or bricks.  Instead you will see kids on the ground “rolling” and to the naked eye they will be simply wrestling around,  but  the trained eye of a grappling expert will see the Number 1 Youth Team on the planet.  Highly skilled and well trained.  The Team Lloyd Irvin Kid’s program which includes students from the age of 4 – 17 is the Best of the Best hands down.  You won’t find a single argument to this fact.  Malachi has been competing in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu since 2001.  Isaiah jumped on board with his big brother in 2006 at just 5 years old.

FAST FORWARD to last weekend.  The Edmond boys were both competing in the biggest tournaments of the year.  Malachi, who decided to put his years of grappling to a new test last year, decided to wrestle for his high school, Henry Wise in Upper Marlboro, MD.  Isaiah who is still in the 5th grade is currently the number 1 Kid in the country under the age of 13 and is simply a PHENOM in the art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.  Isaiah has gone 30-1 over the last two years in competition and has just been unstoppable in his grappling matches.     Malachi finished his 2nd wrestling season as the 5th seed of the county tournament and was considered a long shot to pull out the title………

The P.G. County wrestling tournament was held at Northwestern High school.  It is the ultimate goal in wrestling to win the State title.  in order to win states you have to qualify by finishing top 6 in both the counties and then regionals.  Malachi was fired up and ready for the tournament having his best performances of the year at the end of the season.  Malachi would not be denied as he pinned his first opponent and then beat his 2nd opponent by points placing him in the finals.  In the finals he would face an Oxon Hill wrestler who dropped weight to get down to Malachi’s division.  This opponent defeated Malachi last season but that didn’t matter.  Malachi out worked his opponent and finished the match as the victor.  He became his high school’s very first county champion and Team Lloyd Irvin’s 2nd student to win the award.

Brothers in Arms

Over 3 thousand miles away riding in a van towards Beverly Hills CA, Isaiah Edmond is on the phone when he screams….


On the other end of the phone was his mom who just broke the news that his brother was the 2011 Prince Georges County Wrestling Champion.

ZaZa, as his teammates call him, yells to all of his teammates in the van..

“FIRST TIME IN WISE HISTORY!  Oh yeah! Oh yeah! Oh yeah!”

“That kid was so happy for his brother, it was really a touching scene.” says Master Donnie.

Isaiah was not competing till Sunday and Master Donnie had the team out doing some strategic drilling and then some sightseeing to pass the day.  When Sunday morning came

around Isaiah was more excited about eating cereal then the tournament itself.

Master Donnie on Isaiah’s mentality towards competition;

“This little kid is so cool when it comes to competition.  Even when he is nervous he is chilling.  What impresses me most about ZaZa is that he truly wants the tough matches.  He loves being challenged.”

Isaiah would not be denied his moment in history either.  He dispatched of both of his opponents by submission.  In Brazilian Jiu-jitsu you can end a match by putting your opponent in a submission to make them concede or “tap-out.”   In children tournaments the referee also has the option to tap out for a child if they feel the submission hold is secure and the child is in danger.  This is the ultimate way to obtain victory in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu competition.

When asked about the significance of this great accomplishment Master Donnie sounds very nonchalant.

“We teach success to these kids on a daily basis.  It does not surprise me one bit when I see what these kids are doing because I know how hard they work.  Being the best at something is not easy.  It is probably the hardest thing to accomplish in life.  I’m not just talking about sports and athletics either.  Being the best student, best employee, best employer, best doctor, lawyer….  It’s a grind.  I am proud of these kids well before they ever compete.  I watch their efforts on the mats, in training, before the competition.  That’s what makes me proud.  The tournaments and gold medals, that’s their reward.  They deserve all the credit.”

Isaiah, Ms. Rhonda and Malachi in Las Vegas for a competition in 2008

When asked about the future of the Edmond brothers Master Donnie simply states,

“These kids are fully involved in our Martial Arts program so there is no limit to what they can accomplish within it.  We are so happy that they are using the lessons from competition to help them achieve success in all areas of their lives.  Ms. Rhonda, their mother, has not only kept them involved and motivated, but she also has made numerous sacrifices to keep them moving in the right direction.  If you look at any successful person you will almost always see a strong parent supporting them.  Thanks to Rhonda, the Edmonds have that.  She is simply a SUPER MOM.  Do they have the potential to be the very best or even World Champions?….  OH YES!!!  Their is no doubt in my mind.  They both have a fantastic work ethic when they have their mind on something and that is more important then anything else.  Right now they are young, having positive fun and have their whole lives in front of them.  So as far as their future…  I don’t know… but I do know that whatever they want to be, THE SKY’S THE LIMIT!”

Congratulations to the Edmond Family.  Home of the 2011 Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Champions.  Wow what a great weekend!!!

Interviews conducted and Article written by Jimmy Harbison

Maryland Martial Arts Schools Preparing For Pan Kids


The Team Lloyd Irvin Youth Team is heading out to Carson, California for the Kid’s Pan American Championships on February 20th, 2010. The Pan Kids tournament is an incredible event where children ranging from the ages of 4 to 15 get to showcase their submission skills on the international stage. The Kids have been training like true professionals; their dedication and discipline skyrocketed to new heights.

After taking the 1st Place Teenage Team Title at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championships in 2010, Team Lloyd Irvin is going into the Pan Kids as strong as ever. Here are the competitors flying out from Camp Springs, Maryland:


  • Jamil Hill-Taylor
  • Carlo Levell
  • Ti-Jean Awad
  • Moises Maittre
  • Romeo Gilmore
  • Isaiah Edmond
  • Marquis Whitlow
  • Star Chase
  • Allahna Awad
  • Elijah Dorsey

Also Purebred/Team Lloyd Irvin is sending a squadron of children from GUAM to join forces with The Camp Springs Kids.

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Stay Tuned for Pan Kids Results!

Team Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts Kids… “A DECADE OF EXCELLENCE”

Take a look at this two part highlight. Enjoy a ride down memory lane as we go all the way back the the early years mixed with recent pictures and footage. Then we will take you into some action footage of great moments of our competition team history. You will see footage of one of our teenagers (15 years old) defeating a high level (Gracie Black Belt) adult competitor. You’ll see footage of our girls (Aarae Alexander, Krystal Allen, Kiana Washington) tearing up the World Championships last year and of course some footage of our stars of today. We also want to congratulate Isaiah Edmond, Jamil Hill-Taylor and Cedric Bryant who became the top youth and teen grapplers in the country in 2010. ENJOY THE SHOW!!!!!!


The Youth Team will kick off this year with one of the most prestigious tournaments in the country. It is being held in Carson, CA and of course everyone could not go but this is a TEAM effort and no one wins on there own, so before anything else…. THANK YOU PARENTS, STAFF AND THE REST OF TEAM LLOYD IRVIN!!!!!

Your 2011 International Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Federation Kid’s Pans Team are:

Jamil Hill-Taylor representing Male Teen 3 Category Green Belt 125lbs
Carlo Levell Male Teen 2 Category Green Belt 98lbs
Isaiah Edmond Male Junior 2 Category Orange Belt 85lbs
Romeo Gilmore Male Junior 2 Category Orange Belt 73lbs
Moises Maittre Male Teen 1 Category Orange Belt 105lbs
Ti-jean Awad Male Teen 3 Category Orange Belt 116lbs
Marquis Whitlow Male Teen 2 Category Yellow Belt 125lbs
Elijah Dorsey Male Junior 1 Category Yellow Belt 67lbs
Allahna Awad Female Junior 3 Category Yellow Belt 89lbs
Star Chase Female Teen 1 Category Yellow Belt 89lbs

We are very proud of everyone’s efforts to make this trip happen. We will be continuing our fund-raising efforts and of course are accepting donations at this time. If you are interested in helping with the costs of this trip please send an email to:


Please put: “I WANNA HELP THE KIDS” in your subject line.



IN 2011.


Kids Muay Thai in Maryland

Kids Muay Thai in Maryland

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With the Grappling Competition Season over, the Team Lloyd Irvin Kids spent most of December sharpening their striking skills.

Striking is pivotal part of self-defense and that is precisely why we prominently position it into our program. Even as the #1 Grappling Youth Team in the WORLD, we still stress the importance of stand-up.

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