SBG Judo’s Stella Davison Charges USA Junior Olympic Nationals

Standard

SPOKANE, WA – 2017 USA Junior Olympic National Championships

Straight Blast Gym of Montana’s Stella Davison competed in the 2017 USA Junior Olympic National Championships for the first time, displaying her skill and training at this highly competitive event.

Davison, age 15, spent three days rigorously competing in the competition’s events, which included: the USA Junior Olympic National Championships Cadets; the International Judo Federation World Team USA Trials, and the International Junior Olympics in both Cadet and Junior Divisions.

She won two bronze medals in the International IJF Junior and Cadet Olympics after a total of 13 matches over the course of 3 days. Her competitors were the country’s most experienced brown belts and ranked top in the Junior Black Belt divisions.

Head Judo Coach Sean Saadi said:

“It’s like a dream in some ways, especially for a coach. People should understand that Stella at 15 has only been training Judo since November 2014. Since her first tournament in May 2015 she has competed in close to 7 tournaments including this one. Her competitors have many years of training and tournaments under their belts. Now in addition to two silver medals at Senior Nationals in April, she’s a two-division bronze medalist at the Junior Olympics. I can’t wait to see what she’ll do in the next two years!”

Davison said of the experience:

“Over three days I competed in the USA Judo National & International Judo Olympics. I was in four divisions and had 13 matches! Overall, I’m happy with my performance.”

For more information about Martial Arts, Yoga, and Fitness, contact Kisa Davison at 406-752-7244, by email at info@sbgmontana.com, or by web at http://www.sbgmontana.com.

SBG Athletes Medal at IBJJF World Competition

Standard

WALTER PYRAMID, LONG BEACH, CA, JUNE 1ST-4TH, 2017 – International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation’s World Championship

Straight Blast Gym athletes and coaches traveled to Long Beach, CA to compete with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors from around the world in the IBJJF’s international tournament.

Leah Taylor took the bronze medal in Women’s Black Belt Medium Heavy Weight. Coach Travis Davison shared, “Coach Leah Taylor led from the front on Jiu Jitsu’s biggest stage. SBG Montana is lucky to have one of the world’s best female black belts as a coach. She placed 3rd in the world at her weight and lost to last year’s champion. I couldn’t be prouder of her performance.”

Ricky Davison competed in the Juvenile 1 Male Blue Belt Featherweight Division, and Stella Davison competed in the Juvenile 1 Female Blue Belt Lightweight Division, taking bronze. This was the first year competing in the tournament for the “wonder twins”, who have trained in SBG’s programs since it first opened in 2008.

Coach Davison said of the experience:

“This year marked the 10th in a row that I’ve attended the World Championships, either as a competitor or a coach. What makes this year unique is that two of my kids competed for the first time. Stella and Ricky Davison were 5 years old the first time I competed at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach. They are 17 years younger than I was and are a whole lot more skilled. They joined SBG competitors from all over the World this weekend.”

SBG Judo Team Competes in Inland Empire Tournament

Standard

SPOKANE, WA, MAY 27, 2017 – Inland Empire Judo Tournament

Straight Blast Gym Judo Team’s impressive skills were on display at Spokane’s Inland Empire Judo Tournament on Saturday, May 27th. This was the third year in a row that the team sent its most experienced athletes to the regional tournament with Ryan Asay and Stella Davison placed 2nd in the Novice brown/black belt divisions.

The team’s impressive performance reflects the continued growth of SBG’s growing Judo program. Coach Sean Saadi said of his athletes:

“This is the third year in a row SBG was represented at the Inland Empire Judo Tournament. There was definitely a buzz around the venue this time, with lots of nervous eyes on us before we even got started. Ryan Asay and Stella Davison did not disappoint, again fighting in two divisions. This competition was on another level. Everyone’s Judo was awesome, but our team was incredible. Both athletes displayed very technical Judo in very hard fought battles in all divisions.”

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 http://www.sbgmontana.com.

PRESS RELEASE: SBG Judo Competitors Make Impressive Wins At US Nationals

Standard

Salt Lake City, UT, April 29, 2017 – US Judo Nationals

Straight Blast Gym of Montana’s Judo Team competed at US Judo Nationals in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 29th with each of their competitors collecting medals for their divisions.

Keith Treece had two tough fights in a round robin against a 35-year black belt veteran of the sport, winning his second silver medal at his second US Nationals championships.

Ryan Asay won bronze at his first US Nationals in both the novice and brown belt divisions. All of his matches were tough battles with the added strain of competing in two divisions literally at the same time, running between two mats for the novice and brown belt brackets.
Stella Davison was the youngest competitor at her first Senior US Nationals championships. She competed in novice and brown belt divisions with outstanding performances in very tough matches taking home two silver medals. Davison said,

“I’m incredibly happy with my results at Nationals, it was my first senior level tournament. My performance was inspired by many high level athletes on the USA judo team, including Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison whom I also met on this trip. I was nervous, but I did my absolute best and am very proud to bring home 2 silver medals.”

This was Coach Sean Saadi first showing at the nation’s biggest Judo tournament. “I was really nervous. I caught myself swaying and pacing several times. But the athletes made it easy for me and came through big. Yet again, I received many complements about our athletes and their performances, this time from coaches from all over the country. I’m a very proud coach. Can’t wait until next time!”

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.

PRESS RELEASE: SBG Teams From Across the Nation Dominate NW Submission Challenge

Standard

Boise, ID, April 29th & 30th, 2017 – NW Submission Challenge

SBG Montana joined teammates from across the country in Boise’s Northwest Submission Challenge jiu jitsu tournament on April 29th & 30th.

Of the six adult competitors who competed, four placed first in their division. In her first competition as a blue belt Marnic Mann placed 1st in Gi and 2nd in No Gi.

Black belt Gus Nolte won the black belt Absolute Division, took 3rd in the Advanced No Gi Absolute Division, and 2nd in his weight class in the Gi and No Gi.He said, “The Northwest Submission Challenge was phenomenal. SBG was closing out each bracket.” Nolte will be opening SBG Missoula in the summer, where he will be Head Coach in Montana’s third SBG location.

Head Coach Travis Davison said:
“SBG swept the Northwest Submission Challenge this past weekend. Winning the overall Team Championship, Gi Championship, No Gi Championship, and taking all the money in the Absolute divisions. The Tribe was represented by competitors from SBG Burien, SBG Portland, SBG Elko, SBG Idaho, SBG Montana and SBG North. The purple belt, brown belt, black belt and advanced No Gi Absolute divisions were all won by competitors from different SBGs. SBG’s training methods are producing predictable results with repeatability, regardless of where, in the world you train. The Revolution is in full swing and what Matt Thornton started over 25 years ago is getting bigger everyday! Viva SBG!”

 

Team Results:

ADULTS
Sierra Benjamin – 1st in Gi
Marnic Mann – 1st in Gi, 2nd in No Gi
Aaron Westphal – 1st in Gi
Matt Okonsky – 1st in Gi, 3rd in No Gi
Patrick Brooks – no placement
Gus Nolte – 1st in Absolute Gi, 3rd in Absolute No Gi, 2nd his division in Gi & No Gi

YOUTH
Isabella Downing – 3rd in Gi, 2nd in No Gi
Tanner Downing – 3rd in Gi, 2nd in No Gi
Owen Dodrill – 2nd in Gi, 3rd in No Gi
Bryson Rowell – 1st in Gi
Bryn Anderson – 2nd in Gi
Hayden Knauer – 1st in Gi
Kylin Pope – 3rd in Gi
Gage Acton – No Placement

For more information about Martial Arts, Yoga, and Fitness, contact Kisa Davison at 406-752-7244, by email at info@sbgmontana.com, or by web at www.sbgmontana.com.

PRESS RELEASE: SBG Athletes Compete In Fusion Fight League’s Ladies’ Night

Standard

Billings, MT – Saturday, April 1st

Three amateur fighters out of Kalispell’s SBG Montana competed in Fusion Fight League’s first all female fight card.

Leah Taylor went up against Jordan Branstetter of Billings, MT, defeating her by TKO in the first round.

Marnic Mann fought Lean Alford of South Dakota, winning in the first round with a rear-naked choke.

Jen Johnson fought Kelly Clayton of Yakima, WA. While Johnson endured a hard fight for three full rounds, Clayton ultimately won by unanimous decision.

For Taylor, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, this fight card was notable for being her first MMA fight and for being an all women’s fight card. Taylor said,

“This was my first MMA fight. It ended up being a last minute catch weight match so I didn’t really have time to get nervous. We both had 3 different opponents back out. It felt great to test the new skill set I have been training. It is a completely different sport than BJJ. It made it even more special to be on an all women’s card along side two of my teammates and friends.”

For more information about MMA, Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Yoga, and Fitness call (406)-752-7244, email at info@sbgmontana.com, or visit our website and click on Programs.

Photo Credit, Billings Gazette

Photo Credit, Billings Gazette

Thank you GBC Volunteers!

Standard

A huge thank you to all of the community support this past weekend at Brannigan’s Irish Tent Party. Despite postponing the Gorilla Grunt Run, GBC volunteers showed up 3 nights in a row to help out our friends at Brannigan’s Irish Pub. Some of them volunteered at the last minute when they weren’t planning on it, others showed up the morning after to help clean up. Thank you for all of your hard work and efforts, we couldn’t do it without you!