Donald Achnick began training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts under Master Lloyd Irvin Jr. in April of 1998. Competing in his very first tournament with only three weeks of training, he knew he found a niche. After almost ten years of dedication to the art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, he achieved the coveted Black Belt in February, 2008.
Donald offers a unique blend of great technical knowledge and the ability to put together competition strategies to help competitors win in competition. What’s more important though, is his ability to understand and communicate with individual students in a manner that’s positive and constructive. It’s for these reasons that he has been able to accomplish so much as a coach and mentor to the number 1 youth program in the country both on and off the mats.
- 6x Grappler’s Quest Champion
- Capital Classic Champion 2005(Purple Belt)
- Yamasaki Classic Champion 2005(Purple Belt)
- East Coast Judo Champion 2002
- Maryland Open Judo Bronze Medalist (National Qualifier)
- Coach of the renowned Team Lloyd Irvin Youth Competition Grappling Team
- 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009’s number 1 RATED and RANKED Youth Team
- Coach of the World’s Number one RATED Youth from 2005-present
- Coach of the World’s Number one RATED Teen from 2007-present
- Only Youth Team in the history of submission grappling/Brazilian Jiu-jitsu competition to go undefeated as a team for over 4 years. 27 Consecutive Team Titles.
- Assistant Instructor/Coach to Team Lloyd Irvin Adult Competition Team
- Top RATED team in the country in 2005 and 2007
Proudest Single Accomplishment
"My proudest moment as a coach came in the 2008 World Championships when my teammate, Nyjah Easton won the World Championships. I had never been to the Worlds but had the opportunity to go this time because one of our kids was competing and my instructor could not go because he was cornering one of his fighters in the UFC. I was incredibly nervous, because I had never coached anyone at the World Championships and I knew how important it was for her, therefore it became very important to me.
Every match that she had was a tough one but she ended up winning. She was probably one of the best listeners I had ever coached and I still am thankful that I was able to say the right things to help her achieve one of her dreams."
"To use the art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and MMA to provide a positive outlet and environment so that the youth in our programs can reach their full potential without being swayed by the negative obstacles that will stand in their way, by doing so, helping Team Lloyd Irvin enjoy having the best, positive, competition FAMILY in the World."