SBG Idaho Pledges to #CHOKEOUTCANCER in October!!!

During the month of October, SBG International will be running their 2nd annual  #chokeoutcancer fundraiser. Beginning today, September 17, we will have pink belts available for $20. All of the money raised within the organization will go to non-profits that either benefit cancer research, or those directly affected by the disease. These belts will be worn throughout October in SBG gyms throughout the organization as a way to show our support and raise awareness. Striking students will also have the opportunity to join in on the fundraising, as all proceeds from pink hand wraps will go towards the cause through the month of October!

This year SBG Idaho will be donating all of our profits to Camp Rainbow Gold, Inc. Camp Rainbow Gold is an amazing local organization, dedicated to providing emotionally empowering experiences to Idaho’s children diagnosed with cancer, as well as their families. One of the first children’s oncology camps in the country, Camp Rainbow Gold was established in the mid 1980s. The camp originated in McCall, Idaho, and is now held in August, annually, at Cathedral Pines in Ketchum.

Camp Rainbow Gold provides nearly hundreds of cancer survivors with an escape from the rigors of their illness. Due to the generosity of so many Idaho residents, and major fundraising events orchestrated by wonderful volunteers, this unique camp is provided free of charge to campers and their families. Additionally, camp is attended by a full medical staff and a licensed social worker, in an effort to ensure the children are supported both medically and emotionally. Camp staff and volunteers are highly trained and aim to provide a fun, safe and caring community for the children. This is a wonderful organization that SBG coach Daniel Marin, members Guhn Chang and Jill Henggeler, and fighters Kyle Frost and Stephanie Hernandez, have graciously donated their time to in recent years!

If you already have a belt from last year’s fundraiser, which raised nearly $33,000 organization-wide, your $20 donation will get you a “Choke Out Cancer” Stripe to add to your belt. We will be working with Camp Rainbow Gold Program Manager Jason Hosick for an “End of Choketober” event that will hopefully see a mat full of pink belts!

A limited number of belts are available now at the SBG Idaho Pro Shop, but you can preorder your size today to make sure you join SBG in their pledge to #CHOKEOUTCANCER in October!


Back to School Buddy Week, September 17-21!!!

The school year is once again upon us, and what better time than our “Back to School Buddy Week” to introduce a friend to the fun, healthy, stress reliever of martial arts and fitness! We can’t wait to have the gym buzzing and our mats full of new faces September 17-21st! During Buddy Week, you are able to bring a friend or family member to the gym to train with you for FREE! For each buddy you bring, you will get a raffle ticket for a spin on the prize wheel and a free month of training for your buddy!

Be sure to arrive a little early to ensure your buddy is able to fill out a liability waiver, or you can even grab one from the front desk the day before to save some time! Consultants will be available after class for any buddies that are interested in continuing the fun after Buddy Week ends!

We’ll see you all on the mats September 17th-21st!


Burgess Picks Up IBJJF Gold in Las Vegas!!!

SBG Idaho teen grappling ace, Cash Burgess, picked up another IBJJF gold at the 2018 Kids International Open, August 25, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Burgess recorded a submission victory in his first match, followed by a decision victory over fellow Idaho grappler, Ares Schofield of The Base/Checkmat. Bracket results are as follows-

Yellow / Teen 2 / Male / Middle

1 – Cash Burgess – SBG International (SBGI)

2 – Ares Joshua Schofield – CheckMat

3 – Dylan Molina – LEAD BJJ

3 – Viraj Pallekonda – LEAD BJJ

With the victory, Burgess earns his second IBJJF gold this year! Congrats on your victory Cash, we are incredibly proud of the effort you put forth to develop as an athlete and a young man! Special thanks to Coach Michael Ransom for making the trip to Vegas and always ensuring that Cash is supported at these events!!!

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Timmons Set for KOTC September 28!!!

SBG Idaho athlete, Riley Timmons, continues her busy year when she steps back into the cage at King of the Cage: Full Speed on Friday, September 28 at the Veijas Casino and Resort in Alpine, California.

One of the most dedicated athletes in the gym, Timmons (2-1 MMA, 0-0 KOTC) looks to show off the fruit of her labor when she locks horns with Ramona Esparza (1-1) in an amateur 150 lb catchweight bout. Timmons is coming off a second round TKO victory over Paige Andreasen back in June at Rumble at the Roseland 98. 

Tickets are available at and fights will be shown at a future date on AXS TV! Be sure to wish Riley good luck as we are excited to see her to bring another dominant victory home to Boise! For more information on the event, check out


Akers Returns to Rumble at the Roseland 99

SBG Idaho athlete David Akers (1-2 MMA, 0-1 FCFF) makes his return to the cage Saturday, September 8th at Rumble at the Roseland 99! The event takes place at the historic Roseland Theater in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon. Akers has been hard at work since his last appearance at Rumble 96 in January, improving in all areas of the fight as well as his strength and athleticism. Akers has been a huge part of the fight training for many of our athletes, and we are excited to watch him showcase his abilities. 
With the improvements made over the last 8 months, Akers is primed to return to his winning ways as he takes on Justin Branson (1-0 MMA, 1-0 FCFF) in an amateur straw weight (115 lb) bout. Akers joins SBG Portland Tribe Members Peter Lysenko, and Max Garrison, who are both competing for title belts in the night’s event. Tickets are available at Be sure to send your fighter words of encouragement when you see him in classes and we look forward watching him bring home the victory next month!

SBG Idaho Claims Team Gold at Grappling Industries Boise!!!


SBG Idaho grapplers had a fantastic showing earlier this month at Grappling Industries Boise, taking home the Best Overall Academy award, from a field of nearly 200 competitors from all across the Pacific Northwest. Coaches Brad Bentley and Freddy Arteaga even stepped up as the only Valley Black Belts to compete in the event, engaging in an exciting, competitive best-of-three series!
While we are very proud of the team result, we are even more proud of each and every one of our competitors who showed up ready to test their skills on the competition mats! Everyone, from the Growing Gorillas to our the Black Belts, led from the front and helped ensure the local grappling scene was well supported. Your dedication is appreciated not only by us, but all Idaho grapplers looking for local opportunities to compete. Everyone of our competitors showed great technical skill, determination, and a smart, thoughtful approach to their matches. We also want to thank our coaches for sacrificing a large part of their Saturday to support all of our competitors. Your dedication to our students is a testament to what separates SBG Idaho from the rest, and continues to make it the best martial arts gym in the Treasure Valley!
Are you looking for a competitive outlet? Maybe you’re looking for a great way to meet people and get in the best shape of your life! Click on the “Wanna Train” link at the top of our page and one of our schedulers will contact you shortly after to schedule a FREE introductory private lesson with one of our top-notch coaches! We look forward to meeting with you soon!!!