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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SBG Bigfork, Whitefish Athletes Medal At Regional Tournament

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Spokane, WA, January 6, 2018 – Northwest Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament

SBG Bigfork’s Will Allen and Head Coach Cody Bessette medaled in the Northwest Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament in Spokane, WA on Saturday, January 6th. This marks SBG Bigfork’s second tournament since opening its doors in September.

Allen won two gold medals in Masters 1 White Belt Gi and No Gi Novice. He shared of the experience:

“This moment in my journey is one that I will never forget. It is inspiring to be led by Coach Cody. Without a doubt all of the successes garnished this past weekend are a direct result of his mentoring, teaching and coaching.”

Competitors from SBG Whitefish also participated in the event: Paul Downing, Bella Downing, and Tanner Downing. Bessette took the opportunity to coach these competitors while at the event.

Head Coach Cody Bessette shared:

“It was an honor to coach such wonderful people. The humility our tribe displayed was world-class. To have SBG North (Whitefish) and SBG Bigfork come together and represent the organization truly exemplifies what tribe is all about. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this experience with each one of our competitors. This is SBG, you will be okay!”

For more information about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Yoga, and Fitness call (406) 420-2888, email at info@sbgbigfork.com, or visit the website at http://www.sbgmontana.com.

Team Results

  • Will Allen- Two gold medals – Masters 1 (30+) White Belt Gi, and No Gi Novice 186-205 lbs.
  • Cody Bessette – Two silver medals – Adult Purple Belt Gi and expert No Gi 186-205 lbs.
  • Paul Downing – Silver in No Gi – Masters 1 (30+) White Belt Gi, and No Gi novice 166-185 lbs.
  • Bella Downing – Two gold medals – Girls’ Grey Belt Gi and No Gi Intermediate 67-76 lbs.
  • Tanner Downing – Two bronze medals – Boys’ Grey Belt Gi and No Gi Beginner 67-76 lbs

PRESS RELEASE: SBG Montana Promotes New Black Belt To It’s Ranks

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KALISPELL, MT, December 29, 2017 –
SBG MONTANA BLACK BELT PROMOTION

Ryan Asay became SBG Montana’s newest black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu on Friday, December 29th. Approximately 50 members of the martial arts school attended this special event.

Asay’s promotion to black belt marked a particularly special milestone for the BJJ school. Asay was one of the gym’s very first students when it opened in 2008.

Head Coach Travis Davison shared Asay’s rise from the school’s first white belt student to 2nd homegrown black belt.

“Nine years ago when Kisa [Davison] and I were out of work and collecting unemployment we hatched a plan to start SBG Montana. I had been teaching a handful of guys Jiu Jitsu in my garage and at another person’s dojo and decided to pitch my idea to them at Moose’s Saloon. Ryan and Zach [Dickson] were there and opted to write checks for a year’s membership upfront. That money helped to open our first location and Ryan became a fixture on our mat.”

For Asay, that initial investment was “money well spent”. He shared:

“Little did I know that years later this small investment would improve my life exponentially and surround me with amazing men and women who push me and make me want to be better everyday.”

Asay’s journey is on of many stories of transformation that comes out of SBG Montana. For him, as well as many others, SBG is not only provides a physical activity but vastly improves his quality of life.

“Jiu Jitsu is powerful but without people it’s impossible, and the community at SBG deserves much of the credit for my accomplishments today and in the future. I cringe a little bit when I think of the path my life might have continued if I hadn’t made the right choice 9 years ago.”

Davison also shared the positive changes training made in Asay’s life, saying:

“He was a 19 year old kid when I met him and to say he was quiet and shy would be an understatement. I couldn’t be prouder of the man he has become or happier about his success and accomplishments.”

For belt promotions, SBG International celebrates with a tradition unique to the organization, which they call an “Ironman”. A student rolls with each and every teammate who attends the event, which can range anywhere from 40-50 people. The event culminates when the student rolls with their coach, who then awards them their new belt.

In addition to Coach Davison, Asay joins two other black belts from SBG Montana’s team: Coach Leah Taylor, who received her black belt from SBG President Matt Thornton and Coach Gus Nolte, SBG Montana’s first black belt. Nolte is now the Head Coach at SBG Missoula, which opened in November.

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 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 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.