SBG Idaho Coach, Stephen Stirewalt, returns to the cage this Saturday, October 7, at King of the Cage: Future Legends 39, at the Cannery Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fresh off the most impressive performance of his career, a dominant first-round, rear naked choke finish of Jose Martinez at Front Street Fights 13 back in August; Stirewalt will take on Gracie Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt Alberto Romo of Hemet, California in a 3 round bantamweight bout. Coach Stephen has made huge strides in his game, as evidenced in his last bout and we look forward to seeing him finish the drill once again on Saturday!!!
Sunday, October 15th, SBG Idaho and Chipotle will be holding a fundraiser for the Gorilla Booster Club of Idaho!
The Gorilla Booster Club of Idaho is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, with the goal of helping individuals grow physically, mentally, and emotionally through competitive endeavors. Our athletes here at SBG Idaho travel far and wide to test themselves in BJJ, boxing, kickboxing, and MMA. Funds raised help cover costs such as hotels, gas/travel, and entry fees, which can add up and make competition a very real financial burden. By presenting a flyer or photo of the flyer in this post, between 4pm and 8pm, 50% of the proceeds from your meal will go to help raise funds for SBG Idaho adult and Growing Gorilla youth competitors. This is a great way to refuel after a weekend of knowledge and training at SBG’s Fall Camp here in Boise, and also support your Tribe!!!
We hope to see lots of hungry individuals on Sunday, October 15!!!
SBG Idaho Athlete and Coach, Shino VanHoose (6-5 MMA, 1-1 IFC), made her return to the Invicta FC Cage, Thursday, August 31st, and left with her first win with the promotion! VanHoose took on Alyse Anderson (3-1 MMA, 0-1 IFC) in an Atomweight (105 lb) bout. The fight begins with both women trading strikes, with VanHoose landing the cleaner, harder shots. Anderson clinches and presses VanHoose against the cage. VanHoose does a great job defending the takedown attempts with double underhooks. Anderson finally secures a takedown, but VanHoose is up immediately. Anderson shoots again and manages to secure another takedown, but is immediately snared in a VanHoose guillotine choke. Anderson frees herself from the choke, but makes no real attempt at offense from the guard and is stood up by the referee. The two women trade strikes again until Anderson takes Vanhoose down with a trip. Anderson looks to advance position, however VanHoose does a great job scrambling to her feet, and ends the round with a flurry of punches and knees that send Anderson reeling to the cage as the horn sounds!
Round 2 sees VanHoose opening up more with her striking, her right hand is connecting frequently to the head of Anderson. Anderson times a VanHoose knee and secures a trip takedown. VanHoose regains closed guard and starts landing elbows and palm strikes from her back, while neutralizing any offense from Anderson, who seems content to stay in closed guard without advancing. Strangely, the referee allows Anderson to spend the remainder of the round chest-to-chest, trapped in VanHoose’s closed guard, and making virtually no attempt to posture up to strike or pass guard.
VanHoose resumes her striking assault in round 3, causing Anderson to shoot immediately for another takedown, but VanHoose defends and beautifully reverses right to mount! Shino roughs her opponent up with punches and elbows from top, causing Anderson to give up her back. VanHoose attempts an armbar that fails and ends with her in closed guard. Shino does a great job defending and again Anderson makes no attempt to advance, prompting the referee to stand both women up. VanHoose picks apart the visibly tired Anderson with punches and kicks, causing Anderson to clinch VanHoose again. Vanhoose reverses the clinch but gives up an underhook allowing Anderson the opportunity to take VanHoose’s back. Vanhoose defends well and scrambles to top position, ending the round raining punches down in Anderson’s guard! It was an exciting back and forth contest with both women having their moments. In the end, Shino was awarded the split decision victory (28-29, 30-27, 29-28) by virtue of her superior striking and more aggressive grappling!
We’re incredibly proud of the work Shino has put in over the past few months and are excited to see that effort pay off with an exciting victory on the big stage! A huge thanks to all of Shino’s coaches, training partners, and every member of the SBG Idaho Tribe for their support!!!
Fuji has partnered up with Straight Blast Gym to help #ChokeOutCancer! For all of October, SBG coaches and students, from gyms across the world, will be wearing pink belts and handwraps (for the non-BJJ folks) to raise money and increase cancer awareness. 100% of the proceeds from these items sold will be donated to breast cancer research efforts!
Pink belts and handwraps will be available at the SBG Idaho Pro Shop soon, so be sure to pick yours up and use the hashtag #ChokeOutCancer to show your support and raise social awareness! This is just another way the SBG Tribe continues to lead from the front, not just in their own communities, but worldwide!!!
Verona, New York SBG Idaho Coach Veta Arteaga (3-2 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) dropped a close split decision in her Women’s Flyweight bout to Brazilian Bruna Ellen (4-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) at Bellator 182 on Friday, August 25. The contest was a very exciting, closely contested one that saw both ladies display great skill and strategy in the cage. Round 1 saw Arteaga come out aggressive, applying forward pressure with striking combinations. Ellen did well to circle away from danger and land a few hard counter punches. Arteaga was able to clinch the Brazilian, but Ellen reversed and pinned her against the cage, before separating behind some strong elbow strikes. This process repeated a few times, with Arteaga landing punches and kicks coming forward and Ellen looking to land counterstrikes while circling away. Near the end of the round, Ellen timed a double leg takedown as Arteaga came forward with punches, and maintained top position through the bell. Round two began with Arteaga continuing to pressure forward, but doing a better job of cutting the cage off to prevent Ellen from circling out of danger. Ellen again scored another takedown off a well-timed level change. The ensuing ground scramble saw Arteaga give up her back before quickly reversing to the top position. From there she went to work with strong ground and pound before passing guard and continuing to land hard punches and elbows to Ellen’s head and body through the end of the round. With the fight likely even at one round apiece, both ladies came out in the third with laser focus. Arteaga continued to apply forward pressure with punches and kicks, that appeared to stagger Ellen, before initiating the clinch and searching for a takedown of her own. Ellen reversed her to the cage where she kept her pinned for nearly a minute before separating. Arteaga pressed forward again but was taken down once more. Ellen stayed safe from top, keep her chest down and elbows close. Arteaga was finally able to create space and get back to her feet, where both women attacked until the final bell! In the end, it appeared the final takedown by Ellen was enough to sway the judges as they awarded her the split decision victory, (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). We are incredibly proud of Coach Veta, as she overcame tremendous adversity prior to entering the cage for this fight. She grew as an athlete, martial artist, and person, and we look forward to seeing an even better version next time out!!!