Straight Blast Gym United Kingdom
SBG Manchester is the Head Quarters for Straight Blast Gym United Kingdom, a division of Straight Blast Gym International headed by Mixed Martial Arts / Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Self Defence Coach Karl Tanswell. Karl runs his highly successful competition team and network of Affiliated Training Groups and Gyms from the Central Manchester location and over sees the running of groups around the country with the help of their home grown coaching staff and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belts.
With the rapid growth of Straight Blast Gym over recent years, this organisation has been put together in order to assist and ensure the smooth running of Training Centres across the United Kingdom.
All Gyms and Affiliated Groups follow a set of standards and must meet certain requirements with the training methods and curriculum set out by Straight Blast Gym UK.
Matt Thornton on what Straight Blast Gym is and is not:
“The SBGi (Straight Blast Gym International) is a group of individuals dedicated to, and held together by their common belief in training ALIVE. The SBGi is not any one particular Gym. It is not a group of buildings. It is not a club, or social Organization. The SBGi is people. It is made up of some of the most talented, intelligent, inspired, honest, and functional Martial Arts Coaches you will ever, or could ever wish to meet.
Although the SBGi does place a large emphasis on the beautiful, practical, and gentle Art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and most of the top Coaches for the SBGi hold Black or Brown belts in this magnificent Art; the SBGi is not just a BJJ school.
Although the SBGi does place a large emphasis on the grandfather of all stand up fighting Arts – Boxing, and most of the SBGi Coaches have a strong background in Boxing, Muay Thai, Savate, and other boxing based Arts; (including former golden gloves boxers, pro boxers, as well as Muay Thai Coaches and fighters who have competed in places like Thailand and Japan) the SBGi is not just a Boxing, or Kickboxing Gym.
Although the SBGi does place a large emphasis on the much neglected Art of fighting in the clinch, including strikes (elbows, knees, hands, headbutts, etc), takedowns and throws (as drawn from Greco Roman wrestling, freestyle, and BJJ), and positional domination (as drawn from Greco Roman, and Muay Thai), the SBGi is not a wrestling Gym, or MMA “fight club”.
The SBGi is about people and our goal is to offer the cutting-edge in self defense, combat athletics, fitness, and personal growth, to every type of human body that walks through our door. Not just 22 Year old athletes (although they will certainly find their niche here as well), but to professionals who have to work 45 hour weeks. To women of all ages. To older people, looking to get into shape, have fun, and learn self defense. To children of all ages who can learn the Arts in a positive atmosphere of friendship and fun.
SBG Manchester General Membership Information
SBG UK MMA Fight Team page.
Learning resource for SBG Coaching Staff
SBG UK Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team page.
Online Learning Resource for Focus Mitts, Thai Pads and Bag Work