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.

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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 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.”

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

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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

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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