SBG Idaho is committed to providing the most practical and functional martial arts training in Boise. We feel like this knowledge should be shared, not just with our students, but to the community as a whole! Saturday, December 1, as a service to the public we are offering two hours of real, practical methods of self defense from SBG Black Belt World Champion Leah Taylor, absolutely FREE! Coach Leah is one of the head coaches at SBG Montana in Kalispell, and has dedicated her life to teaching BJJ and self defense to everyone from kids to adults. In addition to this, Leah puts her practice to use at the highest level- recently winning the IBJJF Master’s World Championship at the Black Belt Level in 2017! Come learn real self defense methods that will protect you, and those you love, on December 1, from 2pm-4pm at SBG Idaho. We are located at 528 S Americana Blvd in the heart of downtown Boise. Space will be limited as our last event had nearly 100 women on the mats not only learning useful self-defense skills, but having fun while doing so!
SBG Idaho kickboxers, Santiago Moreno, Jake Posey, and Robbie Newman head down to Logan, Utah this Saturday, November 3rd for Mountain Force Kickboxing’s inaugural event. All three athletes, Moreno, Posey, and Newman, will be making their kickboxing debut when they take on Andrew Dean, Collin Teague, and Elliot McDaniel, respectively. All bouts will be contested under the (ABC) Association of Boxing Commission ruleset, and will consist of 3, 2 min rounds.
The event will take place at the Cache County Event Center in Logan, Utah. Doors open at 6pm, fights start at 7pm. These guys have been working hard, and are excited to perform! Shoot them a supportive message or wish them well when you see them around the gym!!!
Get ready to put the FUN in FUNdraising with SBG Idaho’s Second Annual Halloween Party/Dodgeball Tournament Fundraiser for the Gorilla Booster Club of Idaho! Teams of 5 will compete for the title of GBC Idaho Dodgeball Champion! $30 gets your team in on the fun and a chance to take home the highly coveted GBC Dodgeball Championship Trophy! We will have a potluck to accompany the tournament, and remember to dress up in your scariest costume! All funds will go to the Gorilla Booster Club, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals grow physically, mentally, and emotionally through competition.
Our athletes here at SBG Idaho travel far and wide to test themselves in BJJ, boxing, kickboxing, and MMA. Funds raised at this year’s event help cover costs such as hotels, gas/travel, and entry fees. We look forward to a spooky fun night of competition and bonding with our tribe. See you October 27!!!
October is here, and again, SBG International is raising funds and awareness for cancer research with their #ChokeOutCancer campaign! SBG mats across the world will be filled with pink belts that are available for $20, with 100% of the proceeds going to support organizations that promote cancer research and patient/family support. SBG Idaho is excited to once again be a part of this fantastic fundraiser that raised over $32,000 dollars in 2017! This year, our local campaign will be capped off with an All School Open Mat Fundraiser co-hosted with our fundraising partner, Camp Rainbow Gold. Camp Rainbow Gold is an incredible local organization, dedicated to providing emotionally empowering experiences to Idaho’s children diagnosed with cancer, as well as their families. In addition to pink belts, we will also have pink #ChokeOutCancer t-shirts for sale, so you can promote awareness even when you’re not on the mats!
Sunday, November 4 at 11am we will be hosting an open mat for a $10 suggested donation or $20 Pink Belt Donation. Pink Belts will be strongly encouraged and anyone that has made a donation for a belt, stripe, or t-shirt will automatically receive entry to the open mat. In addition to hours of great training and tribe-building that is open to any and all schools, we will be holding raffles that will include prizes from Suples, Camp Rainbow Gold, G-Sound Audio, and others, to make one last push to #ChokeOutCancer!
We look forward to the Treasure Valley Jiu Jitsu community coming together Sunday, November 4th, for what is sure to be an unforgettable open mat fundraiser!
SBG Idaho athlete, Riley Timmons, picked up the third victory of her young career with a first round TKO over Ramona Esparza, this past Friday, September 28, at King of the Cage: Full Speed. Timmons (3-1 MMA) quickly took the center and backed Esparza up to the cage behind a hard jab, cross. From there Timmons moved immediately to the clinch where she began landing strong knees to Esparza’s body. When Esparza began to defend her midsection, Timmons threw short uppercuts with her free hand before returning to the knees. Timmons briefly threatened a single leg before securing a body lock and bringing Esparza down in the center of the cage. Esparza was able to secure halfguard and Timmons postured up to throw strikes before passing to mount. More hard strikes followed and Esparza was forced to give up her back. Timmons hunted for a choke for a bit before turning Esparza back down to her belly. More hard punches followed and the referee was forced to step in.
Congratulations on a great performance Riley! We look forward to watching you continue to grow as a martial artist and athlete!!!
SBG MMA athletes were victorious in front of their hometown crowd on Friday, September 21, when Bellator 205 touched down at CenturyLink Arena. All four athletes on the card that night recorded submission victories, making it truly a night to remember!!!
The night began with women’s flyweight contender Veta Arteaga (5-2 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) taking on Bellator Kickboxing Champion Denise Kielholtz (2-2 MMA, 2-1 BMMA). The action was face paced from the beginning, with Arteaga taking the center, pressuring forward with good head movement. An Arteaga combination moved her to the clinch where Kielholtz quickly attempted a throw, and Arteaga jumped on her back, securing one hook. Kielholtz managed to avoid the other hook and shucked Arteaga off and back to the ground, where she stepped away, allowing Arteaga to stand. Back on the feet, Arteaga was again the aggressor, measuring with her jab and feinting level changes. Kielholtz slid out of range, catching Arteaga with several clean punches as she stepped forward. This process repeated itself a few times before Arteaga hustled Kielholtz against the cage. Establishing head position and a strong underhook, Arteaga peppered Kielholtz with knees to the thigh before Kielholtz was able to circle away and exit with a left hook to the head. More pressure from Atreaga as Kielholtz looked to counter. Arteaga shot in clean on a double leg, but Kielholtz kept her base and circled Arteaga back to the cage before again exiting with a left hook. An Arteaga single leg attempt was defended by Kielholtz, who again stood up and disengaged from the ground fight. The final two minutes saw both take turns as the aggressor and landing solid shots.
Round two began with Arteaga again pressuring forward with head movement, footwork, and feints. Arteaga moved to the clinch several times, and pushed Kielholtz to the cage. Kielholtz defended well, but was beginning to slow down. A flurry from both fighters near the cage saw Arteaga drop low and secure a double leg, lifting Kielholtz in the air and bringing her down hard near the center. Arteaga postured up to break the closed guard of Kielholtz. Arteaga transitioned from side control, to north-south, then back to half guard, as Kielholtz kept moving on bottom. A bridge and roll attempt from Kielholtz turned into momentary back control for Arteaga, but she was unable to secure the hooks and Kielholtz returned to her feet. A few more exchanges occur before Kielholtz dropped levels and secured a double leg of her own, sitting Arteaga down at the base of the cage. Arteaga immediately stood with Kielholtz remaining pinned to her hips. Arteaga snuck her arm around the neck of Kielholtz, searching for the standing guillotine choke. Kielholtz was safe for the moment, but Arteaga used her hips against the cage to make space and adjust to a high-elbow grip, followed by a bicep grip. The lock was tight and Kielholtz was forced to tap as CenturyLink Arena erupted in cheers! Now on a two fight win streak against a former two-time title challenger in Emily Ducote, and now Bellator’s Kickboxing champion, Arteaga used her time on the mic, post-fight, to campaign for a shot at Bellator Women’s Flyweight Champion, Ilima-lei McFarlane. Congrats on another fantastic performance Veta, you deserve that title shot!!!
While the remaining three SBG athletes were moved to the post-lims (undercard bouts moved to the end due to television time constraints), their performances were certainly main-card worthy! Up first was Andrew Cruz (5-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) taking on Nathan Stolen (7-4 MMA, 0-1 BMMA). Both fighters came out aggressive, with Cruz landing the cleaner, stronger punches. A Stolen punch caught Cruz off balance, but he quickly recovered. More hard punches landed for Cruz, the lead right and left hook being his main weapons of choice. A Stolen combination is countered beautifully by a Cruz double leg. Stolen was able to sweep briefly, but Cruz immediately re-swept and settled into Stolen’s halfguard. Cruz landed hard punches, forcing Stolen to move to full guard. Cruz postured and stood, breaking the guard and passing to side control. From there Cruz moved to north-south and framed up a kimura grip, before falling back into an armbar. Stolen managed to defend the armbar briefly and lifted Cruz to slam him. Cruz countered the slam perfectly and swept Stolen to his back, before stretching out the trapped arm and forcing the tap! Congrats Andrew on a beautiful performance, easily your best one yet!!!
Up next was Kyle Frost (3-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) versus David Rangel (0-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA). Frost opened with a strong jab to the body followed by an overhand right against the cage that stunned Rangel. Frost immediately dropped to a double and hoisted Rangel in the air before slamming him down in side control. Rangel maintained control of Frost’s neck, so Frost stepped over into mount and postured up to rain down hard punches. Rangel was forced to give up his back and Frost quickly secured both hooks. From there it was just a matter of time. Rangel did well to protect his neck for quite awhile, but Frost remained patient, alternating between punches and choke attempts before eventually securing the fight-ending rear naked choke! Congrats on another dominant victory Kyle, the future is bright!!!
Our final athlete of the night was Stephen Stirewalt (2-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) toeing the line against Joe Aguirre (2-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA). Stirewalt came out aggressive, punching into the clinch and slamming Aguirre on his head with a beautiful back arch throw. Aguirre recovered well, however, using the momentum of the throw to return to standing. Stirewalt again clinched, but caught Aguirre with an inadvertent knee to the groin. After a brief rest, Aguirre was recovered and the fight resumed. Stirewalt moved into the clinch again behind strong punches. More knees followed before Stirewalt transitioned nicely to a single leg and side control. Smooth transitions to knee on belly, mount, and back control soon followed. Eating hard punches from behind, Aguirre rolled back into mount, then again into back control where Stirewalt caught the neck and drew the tap! Congrats Stephen on your best performance yet, we look forward to watching you continue your growth as a martial artist and athlete!!!
As always, we want to thank all the coaches, training partners, and Tribe members who support our athletes through everything! The fight game is a tough business, but having a superior support system can give you the extra edge over the competition. This was certainly a night to remember, and it took a complete team effort to accomplish! Viva SBG!!!