“Hard work will always beat talent when talent refuses to work hard.” The core tenant, the heartbeat of Team Lloyd Irvin, but what happens when talent decides to work hard? June 2008, final match of the 118lb and below women’s division, the match featured the two heavy favorites, one a European sensation, the other from a gym making waves in the BJJ community. 7 minutes later one would be wrapped in the warm arms of victory and the other would intimately know the coldness of defeat. Feeling confident, the east coast phenom swept the Euro star only to be re-swept. The battle went back and forth for the duration of the fight coming to a dramatic and fitting end while the crowd counted down the seconds, 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1!!!! In a moment, something very special happened, with a hand raised in victory, a star was born; Team Lloyd Irvin’s first world champion was crowned. Described early on as “she’s going to be good one day” as she struggled to make it to the stand time after time, Nyjah Easton took the criticism and naysayers to the mat. No longer would she stand in the shadow of her internationally known sibling or the male dominated world of BJJ, Nyjah had created a place of her own planted firmly amongst the top of women’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. By the time she took the stand as world champion, she had already placed 3rd as a blue belt in Brazil, 2nd in the Worlds as a purple belt, dominating grappler’s quest after grappler’s quest and won the Pan American championship but she had a thirst that only becoming a world champion could quench.

Standing 5’3 and 114lbs, Nyjah isn’t what one would call physically intimidating, but believe that what she lacks in size, she makes up for in technique and drive. Possessing the heart of a champion and the will of a warrior, she fought her way to the stand that day.

In the spring of 2007 while participating in a routine training session, something happened that would permanately impact her life. Nyjah took a devastating blow to the head that left her unconscious. After several weeks of tests and observation, she was given the news that she had epilepsy and should never train again. She simply would not settle for this, so much to be done, so many things to accomplish. After consulting her team of specialists, coaches and parents, Nyjah burst onto the scene with more ferver and fire than she’d ever shown before. Understanding now how short life and opportunities are, as fate would have it, her time had arrived. Overcoming the mental and physical challenges facing her after being taken out of training for nearly a year after suffering a serious head injury, Nyjah has become an inspiration and role model for the both men and women who train with her.

“Be the change you want to see in the world”- Gandhi. Change within the TLI, change within the women’s BJJ community and change on the World BJJ stage. All carried confidently on the shoulders of a young woman poised for greatness. Fully aware of her potential and accomplishments, Nyjah is humble, gracious and has a unyeilding desire to give back. “In my classes with both the women and the kids, it was my deepest desire to provide a safe place to grow and develop, whether they compete or not, there’s something special about bearing witness to the moment when it all makes sense. I want to share that euphoric feeling of setting a goal, preparing to win, training hard and actually winning, it’s becoming my life’s work right now…….I love it.”

Monday, March 1, 2010

Subscribe to my new blog...

Hey everyone thank you so much for subscribing to my blog... I have recently switched to a new server that will allow me to put videos up much easier for your enjoyment. If you would click the link below and subscribe to the blog at wordpress I would greatly appreciate it!


p.s I just posted a new blog.....check it out on the wordpress blog!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Soup cans can give you Muscles...I swear!

Check out how my Bro teaches me how to use basic house essentials to get a sick workout!

Eastons BJJ Blizard Circuit...

Hey Everyone,

If you live in the DMV I'm sure you are sick of all this snow,and I'm sure most of you are sick of being indoors by now. Well if you are anything like my Big bro and I you cant wait to get a good sweat in. Here are a few workout ideas you can try while being in the house. These are some cardiovascular workouts using only your bodyweight and don't require a partner(for those snowed in alone). Also if you have any kids, this is a great way to get them moving and involved in a physical activity.
Hope you enjoy the video!


Monday, February 8, 2010

When you just dont feel like it...SUCK IT UP!

So I woke up this morning feeling tired and unenthusiastic,despite the fact I went to bed at 9:30pm. Every night I make a list of 10-15 things that I MUST get completed before the day is done.For example, I need to help my brother make a fan page, talk to the website guy for the gym,work on my presentation, blah blah blah blah. Ooh by the way... I'm also a full time student at Trinity University. This is my Senior year and I will be graduating this Spring, only after I take and pass a series of test know as the "Senior Comprehensive Exam"(Echos in the background)lol Clearly I have a busy schedule and that doesn't include my love of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which I make time for either mentally or physically everyday. But, there are days such as today that I "just don't feel like it". I have to mentally motivate myself by visualizing what my end goals are and what I truly desire. I was reading through a magazine one day and found an ad that said "Your competition is asleep at the Boarding gate, Leave them there". I was really motivated after reading that, because there are times that I don't feel like studying for school, researching information for the upcoming gym, or training, but I like to think of what my competitors are doing. It motivates me each time I feel like slacking or not giving it my all. I tell myself to "Suck it up..Get yourself together". What are some ways that you keep yourself motivated when you don't always feel like doing something?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Watch my video on #twitvid by @bjjqueen - TwitVid


Training in the Blizzard.....

So I woke up this morning, came down stairs and to my excitement I have new readers. And if any of you guys are into blogging you know the feeling of when you get your first set of readers. For all of those who live anywhere near the Washington,DC area you are covered in about 2 feet of snow currently and if you are active in any sports you are probably itching to work out soon. Luckily we ALL can.... all though the weather is not conducive to driving, our drive to train is still moving full steam. I have spent the last two days snowed in with my brother Mike "The Hulk" Easton and I have been watching and mimicking his daily workout routines. He uses some of the most basic house essentials to get an Incredible workout. Check out this quick video!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Message to my Mother...

I decided to entitle this post "Message to my Mother" because as of now she is the only person currently subscribing to my blogs.lol. This is officially my first blog. I am both very excited and nervous at the same time. To introduce my self to my future readers....My name is Nyjah Easton and I am a brown belt and international competitor under Master Lloyd Irvin. I have just begun the thrilling journey of opening an Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school with my brother. Oh, by the way did I mention who he was? My brother is the UWC Bantam Weight Champion of The World! He's a BJJ Black belt and best of all he's my number one training partner. Being able to have my brother help prepare me for some of the most important tournaments I have faced thus far in my career has been Awesome experience and has brought us even closer as siblings. Yet the love we share first began with the teachings of my mother. When we were kids my mom would tell us that it was our duty to take care of the other and make sure the other returned home safely. With those instructions my brother found himself in trouble numerous amounts of times for "taking up for his little sister". As a morphed from a child, to an adolescent, into a young women, I silently watched and learned patience, endurance, and humilty from my mother. I would sit back and watch her put the needs of others before he own and make connections with people who had never been reached out to. I knew in a lot of ways that I was just like my mother, but I had had not found my "thing" that I was good at. I didn't know how I was going to make a difference in this world, how I could leave a mark in society..... What better than to open up a martial arts academy. Im not sure where this journey is going to take me but I am ready for the ride!

Thanks Mom:-)