The Cult of Lloyd Irvin

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Disappointed his family's art was being dragged into the negative press, Rener Gracie released a YouTube video condemning schools that prioritize the win-at-all-costs mentality. "There's no regulating body for running an academy," he says. "The risk is, you take someone with a rough upbringing without education or values or influence and teach them jiu-jitsu.

"Once they make it, they'll feel like they have the right to abuse those below them."

Irvin's school remains open for business in Camp Springs, with plans to add a women's only fitness training center in the near future.

His website summarizes the academy's philosophy for young enrollees. Under the watchful eye of Lloyd Irvin, parents are assured of one thing: "Morals are number one."

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