Just in case you spent the last month under a rock, amazing news came from Ireland! SBG Ireland’s John Kavanagh made world history at the UFC Fight Night, Coaching 4 out of his 4 SBG fighters to wins, ALL OF THEM by submission or K.O!
For any coach having an athlete compete in the UFC and win by a K.O. or submission is quite the accomplishment, to do that with four athletes all in one night is unheard of!
Has any other coach in history done this? Check out the Vice article for more……
NEW WEBSITE FOR SBGI CAMPS IS UP
The tribe’s bi-annual Spring and Fall camps have become the stuff of legend within the SBGi community. Our last two camps held at SBG Niagara and SBG Montana, have certainly raised the bar to new heights.
Now, after nearly five years the camp is coming home! The 2014 camp is sure to be one of the most momentous
camps to date. Having camp come back to the Mecca of SBG -The Portland Gym – Home of head coach Matt Thornton and the genesis of SBGi.
Space will be limited though so be sure to register ASAP. The Portland academy can only accommodate so many at once so there will be a cap on how many can attend. With the majority of home members in attendance and Travis Davison rallying a troop of gorillas from Montana, slots will fill up quickly. So register while you still
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New Academies And Affiliates Join The Tribe
SBGi hasn’t stopped growing since it first opened over 23 years ago. The amazing thing about it is that every year the amount of newly opened gyms and academies joining SBGi seems to increase. SBG Ireland finished their move into their new facility and have already tripled
membership. Similarly, as of 2014 the membership at SBG Portland has doubled. This growth has created a new demand for space, and a whole slew of new up and coming athletes. With the success from both the coaches and athletes the word about SBG continues to spread faster every day. It seems like the combination of top-notch coaches and authentic training is doing the trick, and Straight Blast Gyms are
popping up everywhere. From our newest SBGi’s like Elko Nevada, Whitefish Montana, and even across the pond in Cork Ireland, SBGi remains a continual and ever-growing name in martial arts. Even entire preexisting gyms are making the joint decision to join the tribe like our newest Tribe members in Seattle and now Idaho.There doesn’t seem to be any sign that the growth is going to slow down. SBGi is only
picking up the pace and the word about what it means to be SBG is spreading faster every day. Keep an eye open for the new academies near you.
SBGi V.P. Travis Davison in action
SBG Portland’s Amanda Loewen Wins Silver at Worlds
SBG Portland’s very own Amanda Loewen came within a hair of winning gold at worlds this year. She lost by a narrow point advantage to Andre Galvao’s wife Melissa Galvao, who then got her black belt on the podium. This hasn’t made Amanda slow down though. Loewen is a true
inspiration walking away from such a close victory with the right frame of mind and ready to go back again even stronger then before.Like a true SBG Athlete Amanda had this to say-“I was not first today. I will not be last next time time. Thank you to my coaches, teammates and students for believing in me. I will be more efficient in the future. SBG.”
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For just about a month Matt traveled throughout the SBGi’s in Ireland going over his Instructor Training Program II and most recent Jiu Jitsu curriculum.
The tour turned out to be quite the event. The seminar at the Ireland SBGi HQ had a fantastic turn out. While Matt
was there the Ireland HQ’s very own Aisling Daly received her brown belt, just in time for her to head out to The Ultimate Fighter T.V show.
Breakfast with an owl in Ireland
A few people from the Ireland HQ showed up to Matt’s seminar.
Head Coach Matt going over the ITP 2 curriculum in Ireland
Aisling gets her brown belt before heading off to compete in The Ultimate Fighter
PORTLAND BLACK BELT BEATS OPPONENT FLOWN IN FROM BRAZIL
Portland’s own John Diggins wins first place against a Brazilian flown in for the first ever 5 Tournament that was held in Oregon. In fact, Three Brazilian competitors were flown in to compete at the Oregon Five tournament. The Results? Three Oregon athletes go home with gold medals and the flown in Brazilians go home empty handed.
“Scared, ignorant, & powerless boys confuse fear for respect. It’s the job of mature males to teach them otherwise – to teach them to be men.” – Matt Thornton
What makes SBG training methods so different?
Matt Thornton on the evolution of improving training methods.
SEE AMANDA LOEWEN IN ACTION
Click to see Amanda Loewen in her No-Gi finals match
CANE PREVOST ON EVALUATING A GYM
FINISHES TOUR OF THE U.S.A
“Sometimes being a bit shocking, being a bit blunt, is needed – in order to help people to see a truth that may be, for them, shocking.”
– Matt Thornton
Priit finished his Spring Tour of North America. He spent his time spreading some of the most ground breaking concepts to come out of SBG over the last few years. His concept of “Zero Points” and his work on the the “Grilled Chicken Guard” has been game changing for everyone that
he’s come in contact with.He will be missed and we are all looking forward to having him back in America again. Priit truly is a Jiu Jitsu scientist.To contact Priit or schedule him for a seminar check out his site.
GRAND FATHER OF SBGi JIU JITSU REFEREES AT METAMORIS
Keep your eye open when you watch the next Metamoris to see Matt Thornton’s coach Chris Haueter refereeing the matches.
CASEY JONES TALKS ABOUT GIVING BACK
Casey goes over what Jiu Jitsu means to him, what he means by giving back, what it means to give back, and why it’s important.
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SBG TO COMPETE IN NEW ORGANIZATION
Word about Rickson’s new organization surfaces and SBGi is interested. The new rules look to be less subjective and look like they are trying to bring the competitive aspects of Jiu Jitsu, the
“sport” back to the roots of Jiu Jitsu “the self defense system”.Matt Thornton has always pushed to insure that SBG Jiu Jitsu is based on what he calls “The Delivery System”. The goal being to teach a Jiu Jitsu that is a complete game. This is to insure that each student can develop in a way that allows them to react with a similar “game” despite the circumstance.From Gi to No-Gi, MMA to Self Defense, imparting a a complete game is the goal of an SBGi
coach. This is what makes the idea behind what Rickson is trying to develop with his new rule set is right up SBG’s ally.We are all interested to see what will come of it.
SBG U.K.’s Matt Innman gets his own Highlight Reel
www.SplitDecisionMMAUk.com article covers Matt Innman (MMA Fighter out of SBG Manchester). They feature an awesome Highlight reel showcasing some of his fights and training. Keep an eye on this fighter, just like the other athletes of SBGi Matt Innman is on his way up to the
If all the top athletes came from one SBGi we would know that it’s just “that gym” or “that coach” but it seems that SBGi has top world class athletes are popping up all over the globe!The competition better look out- SBG is coming.http://splitdecisionmmauk.com/2014/07/10/sbg-mainlines-matt-inman-highlight-video/
“We can never forget that our moral indignation at certain acts of violence – is never protection from it.” – Matt Thornton
Nobody ever says, “let me find out” – until after they’ve admitted, “I don’t know.” – Matt Thornton
“I eat like a hunter gatherer who hunts a biscuit tin.” -Karl Tanswell
John Frankl Competes In The Bay
Friend & SBGi South Korea Coach, longtime BJJ black belt, John Frankl (the Godfather of BJJ in Korea) showcased some beautiful grappling at the 2014 All Star Tournament. Who said Harvard PhDs can’t roll. If you took one of John’s 2014 seminars, you’ll recognize
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