8 Kids From Flathead Valley Compete in Jiu Jitsu World Championship



ONTARIO, CA, AUGUST 20, 2016 – Nearly 800 competitors showed up for the Kids World Championships in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Citizens Business Bank Arena this past weekend. Representing Montana was a group of 8 kids from Straight Blast Gym in Kalispell and Whitefish.  Each competitor earned a medal and in some cases two.  The Gorilla Booster Club, or GBC, a nonprofit that assists competitors with travel expenses, helped send the team and coaches to California.

Head coach and owner of Straight Blast Gym in Kalispell, Travis Davison, said, “What an incredible opportunity for growth and learning for the coaches, athletes and parents of SBG. The sportsmanship displayed in both victory and defeat by our child athletes was admirable. I couldn’t be happier about the effort made by our competitors, the poise and support shown by our parents and the sacrifices made by our coaches. SBG once again made waves on Jiu Jitsu’s biggest stage. None of this would be possible without the support of the GBC and its volunteers and donors.”

Kristin Downing, one of the parents of the competitors, reflects on her trip: “Going to the Worlds Jiu Jitsu Tournament in California was a great experience for both my daughter and myself.  Walking into such a large arena with so many competitors can be a little overwhelming.  Luckily, we have very supportive fellow parents and knowledgeable coaches so the nervousness quickly subsided. Not only did these great coaches take time out of their lives to coach my daughter, they also assisted me with my uneasiness. All in all, we would not have had this opportunity if it weren’t for the help of the GBC”.

Team Results: Name: Medal in Gi and/or Nogi – Division

Joe Davison: 2nd place Gi – Orange Belt/Light Feather

Ricky Davison:  1st place Gi; 1st place Nogi – Orange Belt/Feather

Stella Davison:  2nd place Gi, 2nd place Nogi – Orange Belt/Feather

Isabella Downing: 2nd place in Gi – Grey Belt/Feather

Kalijah Wieczorek: 3rd place in Nogi, 2nd Place in Gi – Grey Belt/Feather

Cayden Wieczorek: 3rd place in Gi, 3rd place in Nogi – Grey Belt/Feather

Colton Wieczorek: 3rd place in Gi; 2nd Place in Nogi – Teen Grey Belt/Light Feather

Lakoda Wieczorek: 2nd place in Gi, 1st place in Nogi – Grey Belt/Light Feather

Picture above:

Back Row (left to right): Kisa Davison, Joe Davison, Ricky Davison, Travis Davison, Colton Wieczorek, Stella Davison, and Anthony Mead.

Front Row (left to right): Kalijah Wieczorek, Cayden Wieczorek, Isabella Downing, and Lakoda Wieczorek.

SBG Team Small But Powerful Performance at Seattle Open


EVERETT, WA, AUGUST 7, 2016 –   Four competitors from Straight Blast Gym in Kalispell competed and medaled at the IBJJF Seattle International Open this past weekend.  Cody Bessette won gold in his weight class.  Aaron Westphal took silver in his weight and bronze in the absolute.  Patrick Brooks won bronze in his very first tournament.  Leah Taylor had one tough match in the absolute division and finished with a silver medal for the day.

Travis Davison, head coach and owner of Straight Blast Gym in Montana, said, “This was an amazing tournament in so many ways. All four of our competitors from SBG Montana won medals.  We also had first time competitors sharing the mats with some of our most experienced. The results were great but the effort was greater and that is what is most important to me. We showed poise on the mat and sportsmanship on the sideline. I am proud of our team and thankful for our supporters”.

Leah Taylor, a coach for SBG and a student under Davison added, “With the support of the Gorilla Booster Club we were able to take a team of four athletes to the Open and met up with our teammates from Portland and Seattle.  All of the Montana team learned a great deal and came home with medals.  There were quite a few world champions on the mat, I would say that the level of competition has definitely increased over the past few years.  I hope that we can continue to bring a team to this tournament as it is becoming one of the biggest in the region.”

Team Results:

Leah Taylor: Women’s black belt division

Gold Heavy weight

Silver Absolute (all weight classes)

Aaron Westphal: Men’s purple belt division

Silver middle heavy

Bronze Absolute

Cody Bessette: Men’s white belt division

Gold middle heavy

Patrick Brooks: Men’s white belt division

Bronze middle weight

SBG Competitor, Cody Bessette (center), earns a gold medal in the White Belt Master 2 Division at the Seattle Open this past weekend.  Jason Pessemeir (left) from Gracie Barra earned silver and Kevin Barrett (Alliance) and Raul Ochoa (Braga Fight Team) tied for bronze medal (right).CBessette


A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to the Gorilla Booster Club’s Car Wash & Bake Sale on Saturday, August 6th.  And THANK YOU to our sponsors, Jeff and April Wisher, owners of Able Body Shop in Evergreen. who made it all possible.
Whether you got your car washed or volunteered, the success is all thanks to the gym members and their friends and family, who came out in force. Thank you!
If you couldn’t make it, there are upcoming opportunities to support the GBC, check it out:
Wednesday, August 17th Community Tap Night at Tamarack Brewery in Lakeside from 6-9 PM .  75 cents of every pint purchased will go directly to the GBC. Grab a drink for a good cause!
Saturday, September 17th is our Bowling Fundraiser & Gym Social at Pin & Cue in Whitefish. Sign up a team of 5-8 people at the Front Desk in Whitefish or Kalispell. Tickets are only $12 until 8/31/16 and include bowling shoes, Thunder Ally, and good times (tix are $15 after 8/31).  There will be a Raffle too including great prizes like: FREE group private lesson, gift certificates for massage therapy, local restaurants and more.  We hope to see you there!

Taylor Places Third at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship



Hamiton Ash (left), Travis Davison (center) and Leah Taylor (right) celebrate after IBJJF World Championships in Long Beach, California this past weekend.

LONG BEACH, CA, JUNE 5, 2016 – Hamilton Ash and Leah Taylor, athletes who train under Black belt coach, Travis Davison at Straight Blast Gym of Montana, competed in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships this past weekend.  Ash, who competed in the Brown belt lightweight division, won his first match and lost the second. Leah earned Bronze in the Women’s Black belt medium-heavy division after 3 matches totaling 30 minutes.

Taylor said, “I still have a lot to learn!  It was amazing to have a match with a black belt I have watched since I started jiu jitsu. I gained a lot of experience in one day. Thank you to my coaches Travis Davison and Matt Thornton teaching me all I know about BJJ and being in my corner. Thank you to my teammates for helping me train. And thank you to my family and those that supported me from far away”.

Davison added, “It is an honor and privilege to provide assistance for those willing to take risks in life and do the hard work. Hamilton and Leah showed both grit and heart this weekend as they faced the best in the World. They did their best and gave 100% but their opponents were just better this time. We will make adjustments and be back next year to risk it all again!”

For more information about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Yoga, and Fitness call 406-752-7244, email at info@sbgmontana.com, or visit the website at www.sbgmontana.com.

Team Results:

Hamilton won one and lost one in the men’s brown belt light division.

Leah earned Bronze in the women’s black belt medium heavy division and had 3 matches totaling 30 minutes.

SBG Montana Dominates Largest Idaho Grappling Tournament


BOISE, ID, APRIL 23, 2016 – Competitors from four Straight Blast Gym locations and other grappling academies from the Northwest region turned out for Northwest Submission Challenge. The two-day event is the largest tournament in Idaho. Representing Montana was SBG Kalispell and SBG North in Whitefish with a total of 21 competitors of all ages.

There were over 550 competitors and 8 mats of competition in both Gi and No Gi divisions for adults and teens at Capital High School last Saturday.  The following day there was a free Kids Budo Cup held for youth competitors under the ages of 12. Overall, the SBG Montana teams brought home 16 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 3 bronze medals.  Tren Long, the tournament coordinator described SBG’s performance as, “the most dominant presence at the Northwest Submission Challenge ever”, noting that SBG had nearly twice as many points as the second place team.

Travis Davison, head coach and owner of Straight Blast Gym in Kalispell, said, “SBG Elko, SBG Boise and SBG Montana competed and coached side by side for 2 days and shared in the glory. Big thank you to all the coaches, competitors, fans, refs and workers who made this tournament awesome!” 

Northwest Submission Challenge 2016 SBG Montana Results

                                                                       Gi                                No Gi

Chuck Jantzen                                      Bronze                           Absolute

Joe Davison                                            Silver                              Adv Gold

Rick Davison                                           Gold                               Adv Gold

Marnic Mann                                          Gold                                Beg Gold

Julia Seaward                                          Silver                              Beg Silver

Cody Bessette                                          Gold                                Beg Gold

Cole Gorton                                                                                       Beg Gold

Coen Dalton                                             Silver                               Int Silver

Rhoday Dalton                                         Gold                                    Gold

Makenzie Westphal                                Silver

Aaron Westphal                                        Gold                                    Silver

Bella Downing                                           Gold                                     Silver

Hayden Knauer                                          Gold                                     Silver

Kalijah Wieczorek                                    Gold                                      Bronze

Cayden Wieczorek                                   Silver                                      Gold

Lakoda Wieczorek                                    Gold                                        Gold

Gold: 16; Silver: 11; Bronze: 3 
Total: 30 medals


Photo attached: From left to right – Chris Myers (SBG Elko, NV), Travis Davison (SBG Montana), Tren Long (Event Coordinator NW Submission Challenge), Scott Thometz (SBG Boise, ID).

Gorilla Grunt Fun Run Results Now Available!


The Gorilla Booster Club hosted their 3rd Annual Gorilla Grunt Fun Run or Walk this past weekend at Woodland Park in Kalispell.  Over 150 runners came out dressed in their St. Patty’s Day Best for the Family Fun 1-mile Gorilla Chase or the 5K Lucky Loops Adventure Course.  The day included a Costume Contest, Warrior Warm ups with GBC President and Fitness Coach Kisa Davison, Cool Down Yoga with Jennie Williford, CIYT, music by Don Caverly of the New Wave Time Trippers, and a delicious, volunteer-led Bake Sale.  The weather was perfect for the day’s activities and we couldn’t be happier with the turn out.  Thank you to all the runners, sponsors, and volunteers for making it a huge success.  We will see you next year for the 2017 Gorilla Grunt!

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1 Mile Results

Bib Number Last Name First Name Group Total Elapsed Time
137 Davison Joe Kids 07:29.3
53 Wieczorek Colton Adult 07:30.9
128 Barela Olivia Kids 07:36.3
73 Dixon Mason Kids 07:56.4
74 Hobart Reyd Kids 08:15.7
84 Magone Hudson Kids 08:18.4
38 Ernsberger Laremy Kids 08:32.8
126 Dalton Coen Kids 08:35.5
40 Ernsberger Alaric Kids 08:36.5
152 Perkins Rowan Kids 08:47.7
59 Sorensen Avery Kids 08:55.1
34 Pate Dane Kids 09:07.3
36 Ernsberger Scott Adult 09:10.0
151 Perkins Charotte Kids 09:26.4
61 Delmonico Anthony Kids 09:32.2
41 Ernsberger Brennus Kids 09:34.0
37 Ernsberger Jocelyn Adult 09:42.8
58 Parker Jessica Adult 09:45.8
75 Hobart Finn Kids 09:46.8
76 Hobart Sawyer Kids 09:51.3
130 Michael Leah Adult 10:07.7
47 Niece Lucious Kids 10:25.5
48 Niece Lucas Kids 10:27.2
70 Hutchison Kyra Kids 10:45.8
72 Hutchison Trinity Kids 10:47.6
125 Dalton Rhoday Kids 11:06.2
153 Perkins Isla Kids 11:20.3
60 Delmonico Sonya Adult 11:36.0
117 Nagel Dezmind Kids 11:55.6
55 Wieczorek Cayden Kids 11:56.6
54 Wieczorek Lakoda Kids 11:59.8
42 Ernsberger Reagan Kids 12:09.0
121 Bell Adam Kids 12:23.8
71 Hutchison Amanda Kids 12:33.2
46 Niece Lennox Adult 12:34.5
112 Shaver Aiden Kids 12:36.2
119 Nagel Nick Adult 12:39.7
118 Nagel Saylah Kids 12:41.3
65 Nielsen Livia Kids 12:42.3
81 Stebbins-Han Keenan Kids 12:45.0
150 Anderson Bryn Kids 12:48.7
66 Nielsen Anna Kids 12:57.3
57 Wieczorek Keara Kids 12:59.5
78 Stebbins-Han Jen Adult 13:08.9
80 Stebbins-Han Jon Tae Kids 13:12.4
68 Hutchison Doug Adult 13:15.6
69 Hutchison Michelle Adult 13:17.1
122 Brents Charlotte Kids 13:34.0
30 Walter Izzy Kids 13:41.2
31 Walter Jeremy Adult 13:42.5
108 Blair Dathan Kids 14:00.2
64 Nielsen Susan Adult 17:16.5
107 Blair Devon Kids 17:27.3
127 Barela Odessa Kids 17:28.9
139 Bessette Lex Kids 17:50.9
113 Bessette Cody Adult 17:54.6
129 Whaley Carolyn Adult 18:28.2
138 Bessette Nevi Kids 19:52.2
120 Nagel Liz Adult 19:59.4
116 Nagel Draimond Kids 20:01.2
154 Pancoost Dixie Adult 20:02.8
50 Riggles Mike Adult 20:05.7
51 Riggles Kate Adult 20:08.3
33 Saunders Levi Kids 22:26.9
44 Niece John Adult 22:38.6
45 Niece Kira Adult 22:40.7
39 Ernsberger Abigail Kids DNS
49 Niece Liam Kids DNS
56 Wieczorek Kalijah Kids DNS
62 Johnson Jen Adult DNS
63 Scrader Prisilla Kids DNS
67 Nielsen Solveig Kids DNS
77 Hobart Jenna Adult DNS
79 Stebbins-Han Ella Kids DNS
106 Blair Dawson Kids DNS
114 Bessette Mya Adult DNS
115 Hobart Jeff Adult DNS
131 Johnson Kailee Adult DNS
146 Heller Chloe Kids DNS
147 Heller Cooper Kids DNS
148 Hall Krista Adult DNS
155 Ash Amara Kids DNS


Men’s 5K Results


Bib Number Last Name First Name Group Total Elapsed Time
145 Griepp Kaleb Men 21:01.0
136 Davison Ricky Men 23:12.8
16 Asay Ryan Men 23:17.5
132 Vardell Eric Men 24:53.6
159 Lee Sam Men 25:44.9
149 Heller Matthew Men 28:33.6
17 Davis Jesse Men 28:43.9
111 Shaver Adam Men 30:06.2
22 Sampson Gene Men 30:16.7
35 Saunders Pete Men 30:22.6
23 Downing Paul Men 30:24.9
110 Harrison Jay Men 30:39.5
109 Harrison Scott Men 31:05.6
97 Baker James Men 36:07.0
101 Isles Jayce Men 39:02.2
98 Isles Jeremy Men 39:02.9
100 Isles Jordan Men 42:52.9
87 Reddish Gabe Men 44:57.0
156 Degroot Duncan Men 49:15.5
157 Degroot Jake Men 49:17.1
91 Gordon Shawn Men 50:38.4
94 Gordon Gabriel Men 50:41.6
95 Gordon Ashton Men 50:44.6
88 Reddish Jacob Men 53:19.0
86 Reddish Ben Men 53:20.5
90 Gordon Larry Men 57:38.3
25 Downing Tanner Men DNS
52 Riggles Taylor Men DNS
102 Isles JR Men DNS
124 Davison Ted Men DNS
141 Michel Alex Men DNS


Women’s 5K Results

133 Vardell Josephine Women 21:39.9
135 Davison Stella Women 22:46.1
32 Pate Mary Women 28:27.0
20 Kelly Lisa Women 30:45.5
18 Matic Katherine Women 31:09.3
105 Blair Rebecca Women 32:43.1
19 Mena Lindsay Women 35:35.0
123 Hellwig Michelle Women 35:42.5
99 Woodward Cherie Women 36:49.3
82 Bassett Caitlan Women 37:23.8
104 Blair Jessica Women 40:28.7
24 Downing Bella Women 47:02.8
158 Degroot Megan Women 49:18.9
85 Reddish Heather Women 51:17.1
93 Gordon Kiron Women 56:48.0
96 Gordon Abigail Women 56:50.9
89 Gordon Chryl Women 57:44.0
21 Kelly Morgan Women DNS
43 Fehlman Karen Women DNS
83 Tutvedt Linda Women DNS
92 Gordon Chloe Women DNS
103 Isles Vickey Women DNS
140 Lieber Jillian Women DNS
142 Kessler Brooke Women DNS
143 Michel Maddee Women DNS
144 Michel Kimberley Women DNS

SBG Grappling Team Sweeps Regional Tournament


TACOMA, WA, MARCH 7, 2016 – A team of 27 adult and youth competitors from SBG returned from The Revolution tournament in Tacoma, WA this weekend with a docket full of wins.

“When we can send a force of 27 athletes and nearly all of them step onto the podium, I know our training methods are solid and improving,” said Head Coach and owner, Travis Davison. “This weekend, our team was even stronger with athletes coming together under one banner from both the Whitefish and Kalispell gyms,” he added.

Youth Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Results (divisions by weight, rank, age)

Mackenzie Adams – 3rd
Amara Ash – 4th
Stella Davison – 1st
Ricky Davison – 1st
Joe Davison – 2nd
Gustavo DeSouza – 2nd
Bella Downing – 2nd
Sutton Keeler – 1st
Dylan Lindberg – 2nd
Luke Ryan – 4th
Colton Wieczorek – 3rd
Lakoda Wieczorek – 1st
Cayden Wieczorek – 1st
Kalijiah Wieczorek – 2nd

Youth No-Gi Grappling Results (divisions by weight, rank, age)

Stella Davison – 2nd
Ricky Davison – 2nd
Joe Davison – 2nd
Bella Downing – 2nd
Sutton Keeler – 2nd
Dylan Lindberg – 1st
Colton Wieczorek – 4th
Lakoda Wieczorek – 1st
Cayden Wieczorek – 2nd
Kalijiah Wieczorek – 4th
Cody Wehr – 3rd

Adult No-Gi Grappling (divisions by weight, rank)

Bekah Bell – 1st
Simon Doyle – 2nd
Amanda Estepp – 2nd
Rachel Sanders – 2nd
Aaron Westphal – 1st  

Adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (divisions by weight, rank)

Hamilton Ash – 1st
Bekah Bell – 3rd
Simon Doyle – 3rd
Amanda Estepp – 3rd
Rachel Sanders – 1st
Leah Taylor – 2nd
Aaron Westphal – 2ndRevolution

A Note From Coach Leah Taylor: “Those of you who know me and know what tournament weekends mean to me, look at this picture (below).

I am overwhelmed with happiness, pride, and awe with what we have created in Montana. The human beings on our team reflect the values that we train – persistence, loyalty, family, and good ol’ fashioned fun.

While the world was going about their business this weekend, this team of 27 competitors, with the unwavering support of their family and coaches, traveled 18 hours in two days, learned how to be better competitors, they forged deeper friendships with teammates, and they set goals for what’s next.

Viva SBG.”

Revolution Tourney


For more information about Martial Arts, Yoga, and Fitness, call 406-862-7244 in Whitefish or 406-752-7244 in Kalispell.