Noe and I took a trip to Maryland to train jiujitsu with our friend Danny Ives. He has a black belt under Lloyd Irvin. He also owns and operates an awesome school in Severna Park. Here is a link to his page - Ivey League MMA. He has a complete program out there that includes BJJ, Muay Thai and a kids program.
Danny was such an awesome host. He let us stay with him and he drove us all over the place, including dunkin donuts so I could drink coffee a bunch. Noe and I lived it up while we were there. We ate food and slept in. It was amazing.
We were there from Monday afternoon until Thurs afternoon. This gave us the chance to do about 10 sessions of training. Not all of it was BJJ there was a stand-up MMA style sparring session. Here's the breakdown of classes/sessions that we did.
Shortly after we arrived I lifted weights with Danny and one of his fighters, also named Danny haha. Noe didn't get to lift with us because she didn't have any tennis shoes.
4:00 p.m. - Drilling session - this was awesome because Danny asked Noe and I what some trouble spots were for us and we worked on those. We primarily did some guard breaks.
7:00 p.m. - BJJ class - this was the regular bjj class Danny has in the evenings. We got to work the some of the curriculum that he had for the month of August. Then we played king of the hill for a little while, I have also heard it called king of the guard. We finished up class with some rolling.
Afternoon - Danny was nice enough to take us with him to a private lesson he does once a week. The student has a bunch of matspace in his basement. Noe and I got to work on all the stuff he was showing the student. It was awesome because I am sure it costs a pretty penny to get privates with Danny and we got to participate in the fun.
Evening - We went with Teresa, Danny's girlfriend, co-manager, and bjj enthusiast, to the main Lloyd Irvin academy. Just as we were leaving Danny's gym to head out there someone said we were going to the advanced class and Noe freaked out a little because she was a white belt. Then Teresa assured her it was ok, that Danny had already spoken with Master Lloyd about us coming to visit.
Anyway, the class was awesome. I think the advanced class means that it's more focused on the individuals who really want to excel and are trying to put in that extra effort and time because there were other white belts there besides Noe. Also, there were a ton of accomplished tournament BJJ people there.
I have to leave to go train. I'll have to finish with another post later.