Straight Blast Gym of Montana’s Stella Davison is one step closer to making the USA Olympic Judo Team

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KENT, WA, FEBRUARY 17, 2018 – Washington State Judo Championships

Straight Blast Gym of Montana’s Stella Davison is one step closer to making the USA Olympic Judo Team.

Davison placed 1st in the International Judo Federation Junior Division at the Washington State Judo Championships.

The 16-year-old athlete and green belt in Judo is reaching for the USA Olympic Judo team. The tournament in Washington is one of many that Davison will compete in this year to rise to the level of Olympic athlete.

Davison said of the experience, “What a great way to start this year’s competitions, and this is only the beginning. I’m looking forward to many more successful tournaments. I will continue to train hard and make the improvements needed to be the best! As always, thank you so much to everyone who continues to support me and goals.”

Davison trains with SBG’s Coach Sean Saadi, a black belt in Judo. Saadi said of the results, “We’ve been preparing since July last year for the 2018 season. Becoming the WA State Champion was a good warm-up to the 7 national tournaments we have planned for 2018. Stella is poised to make Team USA and start climbing the international ranking ladder very soon.”

Davison will leave March 2nd for Pennsylvania, where she will try to earn a spot on the national team.

For more information about Martial Art, Kids Programs, Yoga, and Fitness call 406-752-7244, email at info@sbgmontana.com, or visit the website at http://www.sbgmontana.com.

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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 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.

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

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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

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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.