The 5 month journey is coming to an end for our first group of competitors. Wimp 2 Warrior, in partnership with SBG Idaho, is excited to announce the first W2W Idaho Series Fight Night, coming to you from The Knitting Factory in Boise, Idaho on Friday, August 2nd! That night, 14 regular people, with no prior martial arts training, will be competing in their first amateur mixed martial arts fight. In preparation for this night, these warriors have trained before dawn, 5 days a week with the coaching staff at SBG Idaho. Friday, August 2 at Knitting Factory Boise, will be the culmination of all their hard work and sacrifice. Come join us in witnessing this life-changing event!
Tickets can be purchased from the athletes themselves or online at TicketWeb_W2W Idaho Fight Night.
The 2nd Annual SBG Idaho Gorilla Cup is set for Saturday, July 27! Throughout the SBG organization, Gorilla Cup events have been a time where the bonds of the Tribe are strengthened through the friendly competition of an in-house BJJ tournament! This year’s Gorilla Cup will be held at SBG Idaho, July 27th beginning at 10am. There will be divisions for kids of all levels, and adult white and blue belts. This year we will also be adding Absolute divisions for Purple, Brown, and Black Belt! This will be a great opportunity for everyone, from our seasoned competitors all the way to new students looking to try out competition for the first time in a low-stress, friendly environment. All funds raised will go to support the Gorilla Booster Club of Idaho, a non-profit designed to help SBG Idaho athletes of all ages and backgrounds enhance their martial arts journey through the experience of competition! Registration is open now at https://smoothcomp.com/en/event/2210. If you are interested in volunteering your time, we will need scorekeepers and other assorted jobs to be filled during the day. Please contact us at email@example.com or speak to one of your coaches at the gym today!
With school ending and the temperatures rising, there’s no better time than now to share SBG Idaho with a friend! Summer is a time to unwind from the grind of classes and enjoy some new things we may not have had time for during school. So help that friend of yours make the most of their summer, by bringing them to Buddy Week, June 10-14, and showing them what a fun and rewarding experience training at SBG can be! Not only can you win a free MONTH of training for your friend, but also a spin on our awesome prize wheel!!!
Members must attend class with their buddy, meaning CAP level students would be reinforcing their fundamentals in Foundations classes with their buddy. They will need to fill out a waiver sheet to attend class, so plan on arriving a little early to accommodate the paperwork! If you have any further questions be sure to find a coach or staff member at the gym and we look forward to a mat full of new friends next week!!!
April 19, 2019 – Boise, Idaho SBG Idaho MMA athletes made it a clean sweep at Front Street Fights 19: McKinney vs McIntyre. Stephen Stirewalt (3-1 MMA, 2-0 FSF) notched another professional victory with a 3rd round submission over Leon Taylor in the evening’s co-main event. On the amateur undercard, Noah Shultz (4-2 MMA, 3-1 FSF) made quick work of the previously undefeated Nacho Navarro, with a 30 second submission win, and Almir Talic (2-0 MMA, 3-0 FSF) recorded yet another first round finish, with a TKO stoppage over Tanner Chapman.
Fight breakdown as follows-
Noah Shultz (SBG Idaho) winner over Nacho Navarro via Submission (Guillotine Choke), 00:33 Round 1
Shultz opens the fight pressuring Navarro with feints before landing a low kick. Navarro quickly responds in kind. Shultz retreats momentarily into southpaw before firing off a headkick that lands clean on Navarro’s browline. Navarro is hurt and shoots in quickly. Shultz defends the shot and jumps guard into a tight guillotine choke. After a brief struggle, Navarro is forced to tap. Congrats Noah on a flawless performance, you continue to develop and impress with every fight!
Almir Talic (SBG Idaho) winner over Tanner Chapman via TKO, 2:55 Round 1
Talic taker the center of the cage and backs Chapman up with a headkick from southpaw, and Chapman responds with a few punches. Talic continues to pressure with feints before landing a strong leg kick that knocks Chapman off balance. Talic goes back for another low kick, but Chapman catches it and hustles him to the ground. Talic attempts to close his guard, but his left foot in caught. Talic locks down rubber guard on his right side and goes to work with strikes from his back. Chapman stands and Talic goes for an armbar, but his trapped foot prevents it. Chapman lands a few hammer fists from top and attempts to pass before Talic is able to secure his closed guard. Talic climbs his legs high, preventing any attempts to posture by Chapman. Talic attempts a few armbars, but Chapman manages to slam his way out. Talic eventually finds the right angle however, sweeping Chapman directly into mount. Talic immediately begins raining down hard punches, forcing the referee, Rulon Day, to intervene seconds before the round ends! Beautiful work Almir, we are proud of the mental and physical growth shown in this fight!
Stephen Stirewalt (SBG Idaho) winner over Leon Taylor via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), 1:14 Round 3
Stirewalt immediately takes the center of the cage, backing Taylor up against the fence. A kick by Taylor is caught by Stirewalt, who fires off a few punches before clinching and lifting Taylor off the cage with a double leg. Stirewalt passes quickly to side control, where he fires off short elbows to the head of Taylor. Taylor eventually manages to get his guard back and Stirewalt postures and stands. Taylor is able to transition to the 50/50 leglock position, prompting Stirewalt to drop back for a heelhook. Taylor locks in a deep straight ankle lock of his own and sits back hard. Stirewalt remains calm and begins defending his leg, which allows Taylor to land some hammerfists and punches from bottom, bloodying the nose of Stirewalt. Stirewalt eventually frees his leg and begins landing hard punches of his own from top before the round ends.
Round 2 sees Stirewalt immediately back Taylor to the fence and follow a low kick into the clinch for another easy double leg takedown. Taylor secures half guard, but Stirewalt transitions to mount and starts landing hard punches and elbows. Taylor scrambles hard and manages to escape back to his feet, where they exchange knees in the clinch along the fence. Another double leg to mount is reversed by Taylor as he manages to catch the head and roll Stirewalt over into a headlock position. Stirewalt remains calm, escaping the headlock and taking the back of Taylor. Taylor stands against the cage and is scooped up by another Stirewalt double leg and deposited in the center of the cage. From Taylor’s halfguard, Stirewalt eventually passes to mount again, where the punches and elbows flow, opening up a nasty cut on Taylor’s forehead just before the round ends.
The final round again finds Stirewalt backing Taylor to the fence. A strong left hook from Stirewalt drops Taylor to his knees where he immediately shoots for a takedown. A brief scramble ensues before Stirewalt secures the back on Taylor, trapping an arm in the process. Stirewalt methodically snakes his arm under the neck of Taylor, forcing the tap! Great fight Stephen, you showed composure, technique, and grit in the face of a motivated, determined opponent. Well earned victory!!!
As always, thanks you to our athletes that represent themselves and the gym with courage and class. Thank you to all the coaches and training partners for the countless hours spent helping prepare everyone for battle. Finally, thank you to the SBG Tribe here in Idaho and around the world for all the great support! One Tribe, One Vibe!!!
SBG Idaho MMA athlete, Stephanie Hernandez, will make her professional MMA debut at CES MMA 56, May 31 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT! Hernandez will meet Marisa Messer-Belenchia (2-0 MMA, 1-0 CES) in a professional atomweight bout! Classic Entertainment & Sports (CES) has been promoting mixed martial arts for nearly 10 years, and is considered the premier organization on the East Coast, with many of their athletes making the jump to the UFC and Bellator. CES MMA is also streamed live on UFC Fight Pass, providing invaluable exposure for younger athletes.
Hernandez was originally scheduled for one last amateur contest on May 25 for King of the Cage: Resurgence. But when the opportunity to make the transition to the professional ranks presented itself, she jumped on it. As one of the most active competitors at SBG Idaho, Hernandez is undoubtedly ready to take the next step in her career!