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.

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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 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.”