Revolution Tournament Victories Mark Growth Of SBG In Montana

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Tacoma, WA, November, 4th & 5th, 2017 – Revolution XXXV Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament

As SBG celebrates the opening of new locations in Bigfork and Missoula, they sent twenty competitors to the Revolution Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament in Tacoma, WA. This marked a special event for SBG’s teams in Montana as athletes from all four locations came together to compete and support each other in the event.

Head Coach Travis Davison opened the first location in Kalispell in 2008, and in that time he has opened other Montana locations and lead athletes to tournaments throughout the West.

Davison said of the tournament:

“SBG opened its first location in Montana 9 years ago this December. We are now in 4 different cities including Kalispell, Whitefish, Bigfork, and Missoula. This past weekend all 4 of our locations were represented at the Revolution Tournament in Tacoma, WA and had athletes earning Gold medals. In total we sent 20 competitors from Montana and earned 11 Gold medals, 7 Silver, and 4 Bronze!”

SBG Bigfork Head Coach Cody Bessette was one of the 20 competitors from Montana to take home 22 medals. Bessette, a blue belt, won Gold in the Master’s division, Gold in the Men’s Intermediate No-Gi, and Bronze in the Absolute Division.

Bessette trained at SBG Montana before opening the location in Bigfork. He praised his tribe’s admirable performance at the tournament.

“Our Tribe doesn’t just build top notch competitors. We build well-rounded, respectful people who are willing to step out of their comfort zone to better themselves through adversity. The competition was strong in Tacoma and I am looking forward to going back to represent SBG in the future.”

Coach Daniel DiStefano from SBG North in Whitefish prepared his students for the tournament, while training to compete himself. DiStefano shared of his experience:

“SBG consistently shows that our small-town Montana team builds elite competitors. I had been chomping at the bit to compete, and knowing that I prepare with such a talented team made it much easier to step on the mats and perform to my potential. It was fun to grab the gold, and I look forward to the next challenge.”

Team Results:

Paul Downing – Men’s White Belt – SBG North

Erik Lorona – Masters White Belt Gold & Beginner No-Gi Silver – SBG North

Daniel DiStefano – Masters Brown Belt Gold – SBG North

Owen Dodrill – Kids Grey Belt & Beginner No-Gi -SBG North

Tanner Downing – Beginner No-Gi Gold – SBG North

Bella Downing – Kids Yellow Belt & Intermediate No-Gi – SBG North

Hayden Knaurer – Kids Yellow Belt Gold & Intermediate No-Gi Gold – SBG North

Patrick Brooks – Men’s White Belt & Beginner No-Gi – SBG Montana

Sierra Benjamin – Women’s Blue Belt Silver – SBG Montana

Ricky Davison – Men’s Blue Belt & Men’s Intermediate No-Gi Gold – SBG Montana

Bryn Andersen – Kids Grey Belt & Beginner No-Gi Silver – SBG Montana

Angela Wieczorek – Women’s White Belt Silver & Women’s Beginner No-Gi Gold – SBG Missoula

Colton Wieczorek – Kids Yellow Belt & Intermediate Silver No-Gi – SBG Missoula

Lakoda Wieczorek – Kids Yellow Belt Gold & Intermediate No-Gi Gold – SBG Missoula

Cayden Wieczorek – Kids Yellow Belt Bronze & Intermediate No-Gi Silver – SBG Missoula

Kalijah Wieczorek – Kids Yellow Belt Bronze & Intermediate No-Gi Silver – SBG Missoula

Keara Wieczorek – Kids grey belt Bronze & Beginner No Gi – SBG Missoula

Cody Bessette – Masters Blue Belt Gold, Men’s Absolute Blue Belt Bronze, & Men’s Intermediate No-Gi Gold – SBG Bigfork

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PRESS RELEASE: SBG Athletes Conquer Submission Underground 5

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PORTLAND, OR, OCTOBER, 1, 2017 – Submission Underground 5

Athletes from SBG Montana and SBG Portland stormed Submission Underground 5. The matches, which were a super fight, took place at the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon.

A super fight is one long match in which no points are awarded. The match either ends in submission or goes into three overtime rounds.

Competing for SBG were: Ricky Davison in no gi teen match, Stella Davison in no gi teen match, and Amanda Diggins on the Main Card event.

Ricky “Ticky Time Bomb” Davison made an astonishing win against Sage Brown, submitting him with an ankle lock. SBG Missoula Coach Gus Nolte said of Davison’s performance, “Ricky did a fantastic job. He did exactly what we predicted, fought according to strategy, and had control the whole time.”

Davison has been training at SBG Montana since the age of 5. At age 15, he trains at the level of a blue belt and is taking his training to higher-level competitions.

Davison shared of the experience, “I put the time in for this fight, and it was great to see the hard work pay off. This was my first super fight, and it was exciting to compete in a popular event that I’ve been watching for a while. My tribe was a huge help. Because of them, I had the motivation to step in the cage with the mentality to win.”

Amanda Diggins, a black belt from SBG Portland, fought a stellar match against UFC bantamweight competitor Sarah Kaufman. Diggins submitted Kaufman by armbar in the 1st overtime round.

Stella “From Hella” Davison of SBG Montana also fought in the event against Grace Gundrum of 10th Planet. The match went into overtime, where Davison was submitted by rear naked choke.

PRESS RELEASE: For SBG Elite Athletes, IBJJF A Tournament Of Successful Firsts

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LAS VEGAS, NV, AUGUST, 26, 2017 – IBJJF Masters World Tournament

On the day he cornered UFC Fighter Conor McGregor in the biggest fight in sports history, SBG Ireland’s Coach John Kavanagh made the time for SBG athletes from around the world, who competed in the IBJJF Masters World Competition

Kavanagh, who is known for coaching McGregor in his successful fighting career, came out to support 27 of the international Brazilian Jiu Jitsu organization’s elite athletes on the world stage in Las Vegas from August 24th – August 26th.

Like Kavanagh several of the competitors are head coaches at their home gyms, balancing time between teaching and training.

And they made an impressive showing. Of those who competed, eleven medaled in their division, including Amanda Loewen of SBG Portland, who also took home bronze in the Absolute Weight Class Division.

The tournament was a momentous occasion for Straight Blast Gym, which celebrates its 25th anniversary since the founding of the international organization.

SBG Montana’s Coach Leah Taylor not only won gold in her division but also received a sponsorship from Fuji Sports.

Taylor said of the experience, “I won my first Masters black belt world championship and had two matches and finished both by submission. We were in Las Vegas the weekend that Conor McGregor of SBG Ireland made history by going 10 rounds with the best boxer in the world. It was an incredible experience and an epic weekend for our international teammates. Viva SBG!”

Many of the coaches have been training and growing with each other for several years and attribute their success to these trusted friendships.

SBG Elko Head Coach Chris Myers stated, “This was definitely the most successful day of competition ever for Straight Blast Gym International. Three new world champions were crowned. The support I felt from my team allowed me to relax and represent them and myself to the best of my ability. It does take a group effort to have success at these high levels and this group doesn’t plan on letting up any time soon.”

SBG Montana owner and mother of four, Kisa Davison, knows the challenges of training while raising a family and running a business. The purple belt regularly travels to tournaments to coach her students, but this time she attended the tournament to compete for herself, winning Bronze in her division.

Davison said of the experience, “I feel fortunate that there are women who are my age, weight, and belt level who also decided to take the plunge and for me to take the fight. It’s not easy for athletes with a full-time job and a family to care for to prioritize training, much less to travel to a competition on the international stage to test your skills, and I know personally what it takes to do that.”

GOLD

Amanda Loewen – Black / Master 1 / Female / Middle

Leah Roseanne Taylor – Black / Master 1 / Female / Medium-Heavy

Eryk Anders – Purple / Master 1 / Male / Super-Heavy

SILVER

Kasey Botelho – Purple / Master 2 / Female / Light

BRONZE

John Mark Frankl – Black / Master 4 / Male / Light

Amanda Loewen – Black / Master 1 / Female / Open Class

Anick Bernier – Brown / Master 1 / Female / Feather

Chris Myers – Brown / Master 2 / Male / Light

Kisa Marie Davison – Purple / Master 3 / Female / Feather

Jon Hobson – Purple / Master 6 / Male / Middle

Harry Eugene Bramel III – Purple / Master 5 / Male / Light

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

PRESS RELEASE: SBG’s Conor McGregor Makes History Again

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LAS VEGAS, NV, AUGUST, 26, 2017 – Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather

To fans of boxing, the historic match between MMA’s top fighter, Conor McGregor, and boxing legend, Floyd Mayweather, may look like a loss. Mayweather beat McGregor by TKO, when McGregor fatigued in the 10th round. But fans of MMA know that McGregor won a much bigger fight than a single boxing match.

McGregor proved that when it comes fighting MMA is a superior skill set to boxing.

Because the first UFC was so long ago, people forget that those experiments were already run. Back then, there were no weight classes, no gloves, and really no rules other than no biting, fish hooking, or eye gouging.

When the early UFC fighters did those experiments and tested different fighting skills in that environment, jiu jitsu came out as the dominant sport. It proved far more effective than all the others.

Boxing fans and critics believe that MMA fighters are somehow beneath them, because their striking prowess is somehow inferior to that of a trained boxer. McGregor proved that MMA fighters can hold up in a boxing fight.

It was easier for Mayweather to look composed and relaxed, because he was competing in something that he’s done since he was a child.

But McGregor competed outside his comfort zone. He went into his opponent’s domain and won the first four rounds. He became fatigued and tired but only after competing for longer than anyone expected him to.

The fight proved that MMA fighters can do a whole lot better in the boxing realm than boxers could do in the MMA realm.

Not only are MMA fighters more adept at transferring their skill set to boxing, but MMA is a lot closer to a real fight than boxing is.

Boxing is just one component of MMA. If the roles had been reversed, even the best boxer in the world couldn’t survive more than a few seconds in the MMA world. Nobody on the planet thinks or believes that Mayweather would last a round – let alone a minute – had he met McGregor on his turf.

He went ten rounds with arguably the best boxer of all time, and he still never took a knee or was dropped. Boxers don’t spend any time training the clinch. Hand fighting and the clinch gave Mayweather problems, because it wasn’t conventional.

If McGregor had been able to throw elbows, knees, or kicks – fighting skills that he had but wasn’t able to use – Mayweather wouldn’t have stood a chance. The minute the fight hits the ground, Mayweather is going to be completely out of his element.

McGregor helped both MMA and boxing. Mayweather’s last few fights have been flops, and nobody wanted to watch them anymore. It took an MMA fighter getting in the ring to bring the sport back to life. McGregor pushed him and made him a more exciting fighter.

Three years ago, nobody thought this fight would ever happen. The whole boxing community thought it was a farce, and nobody thought he stood a chance.

Boxing fans can no longer deny the science and complexity of MMA. McGregor continues to do the unexpected and prove people wrong, and that’s what fans will remember.

PRESS RELEASE: SBG Athlete Opening Bigfork’s First Martial Arts School

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Bigfork, MT, AUGUST 15, 2017

Bigfork is about to see it’s first ever martial arts school.

Town locals Cody and his wife Mya Bessette are opening up the newest facility of Straight Blast Gym, which specializes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for kids and adults.

For now, SBG Bigfork will only offer kids martial arts, but that is a major development for a town with limited options for after school programs for youth.

Cody and Mya are hoping this new martial arts school will make it easier for families who are already stretched to their limit commuting to Kalispell to keep their kids in sports and other extracurricular activities. Those who are unable to make the drive due to work schedules miss out on valuable opportunities for their kids.

The Bessettes would know those challenges facing Bigfork families. With two children of their own, Nevi (8) and Lex (6), Cody and Mya have spent a lot of time driving them into Kalispell to participate in SBG Montana’s Growing Gorillas program.

They decided to start SBG Bigfork after witnessing the profound growth that their children experienced in Kalispell’s Growing Gorillas program.

Cody discovered BJJ over three years ago, and it was a life-changing event for him. He joined SBG Montana, where he trained with Head Coach Travis Davison. He has since received a belt promotion, medaled in national tournaments, and received his coaching certification through SBG’s Coaches Course. Having personally experienced the transformative powers of BJJ, Cody was eager to get his children involved as well.

As a Montana native raised in the Flathead Valley, Cody wanted to pay it forward and extend those life-altering benefits to the Bigfork community.

Growing Gorillas is unique in that it is more than a martial arts program. Designed by Davison and his wife Kisa, the program’s primary objective is teaching children life skills that will help them be successful at school, in the home, and in relationships.

The curriculum combines drilling and play-based instruction to build motor skills and physical awareness. Students also complete monthly homework assignments to skills like courage, respect, perseverance, and kindness, which help them build strong relationships.

SBG Judo’s Stella Davison Charges USA Junior Olympic Nationals

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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

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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.”