More IBJJF Medals for SBG

More IBJJF Medals for SBG


SBG Athletes Reach The Podium At 2016 IBJJF European Championships

Last week four athletes from SBG’s HQ in Portland, OR travelled all the way to Lisbon, Portugal (with a brief stop in Dublin), to compete at the 2016 IBJJF European Championships. SBG Portland coaches Amanda and John Diggins, and students Mario Shonkwiler and Katie Tomic all took part in one of the world’s biggest and most competitive BJJ tournaments, and brought home medals and a huge amount of great competition experience with them.

After spending the end of last year travelling up and down the West Coast securing multiple medals, it was Europe’s turn to experience the Diggins’ as once again they both found themselves picking up hardware, in weight class and open divisions. John Diggins picked up a bronze medal in the Master 2 Heavy division, before going on to win silver in the Open Class. Following on from No-Gi Worlds silver, and gold medals at the IBJJF Seattle and Santa Cruz Opens, Amanda Diggins secured a silver in Adult Middle in a close-fought final.

Following up on the success of her first BJJ tournament at IBJJF Seattle last year, where she won silver, Katie Tomic competed at white belt, while Mario Shonkwiler entered at blue belt having received his belt promotion barely a week prior to the European Championships.

Prior to the European Championships, all the SBG team members spent time in Dublin, where they were able to train with John Kavanagh’s SBG Ireland academy. The global network of elite SBG facilities played a vital role in the team’s success, allowing the Portland athletes a spot to acclimate to the time difference, rest from the travel, and still enjoy the chance to train with some of the best BJJ practitioners in the world today.

Congratulations to all four SBG Portland athletes for their impressive displays and tremendous learning experiences! We look forward to having you all back in the gym as soon as possible to share all your stories.