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Philosophical Roots of SBG: Matt Thornton and the Message of Aliveness Article by Zero Xero Matt featured in the Art of Living Blog. –Feb 2015

Best Ass-Kicking Pioneer In case you missed it, the Willamette Week listed Matt Thornton as one of the Best of Portland. Specifically…. Willamette Week Best of Portland Article – 2013

Self-Defense and the Law A Round table Interview Matt on the subject of self defense on Sam Harris’ blog. –Aug 2013

Losing Faith: an Interview with Peter Boghossian and Matt Thornton – May 2012

Matt Thornton in Portland monthly -Dec 2012

Interview with Matt covering his beginnings and overall entries into martial arts and his philosophies. May 2009

Matt Thornton “Still flying the Aliveness Banner. Sept. 2008

Fighters Only Magazine: September 2005 Page 1 Page 2

A record of magazine articles and prints covering Matt Thornton from an assortment of martial art magazines covering 2004 and 2005.Sept. 2004 MAI Illustrated and June 2005 MAI Illustrated

Matt Thornton has spent the last decade bringing the message of Alive training to the martial arts world. Recently his travels took him to Reykjavik, Iceland. MMA.IS caught up with him, attended his seminar and (barely)lived to tell the tale. Riding the bus on my way to the seminar it started to hit home. This was it. My first class under a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. Aug. 2004

Mini Interview with Matt Thornton following his recent UK visit (2003) by Carl Fisher CF: So you’ve just completed another successful tour of the UK, you must be getting to like it over here by now? MT: I always enjoy visiting the UK. CF: How did you get involved in the UK scene initially?Spring 2003

Matt Thornton article from FIGHTMAG magazine. The first thing I noticed when I met Matt Thornton was his height – all 6′ 9″. He strides from one end of the gym to the other in only a few steps. Coming into the room, the slightest reflex-like dip allows him to pass through the doorway with the ease and comfort of a man half his size. Dec. 2002

Interview with Straight Blast Gym pioneer MATT THORNTON Submitted by: Carl Fisher, Posted On 10/13/2002 September 30th 2002, Pontefract, UK. Back in the UK again Matt, how are you liking it?Sept. 2002

Interview conducted by Luis Gutierrez Lately you have answered much of the debate on BJJ’s part in the SBG curriculum using the term’s vehicle and delivery system. Care to elaborate on them? The debates stemmed from you stating that BJJ was indeed the best existing platform from which to develop a complete ground game. Dec. 2001

The following interview has been compiled from magazine interviews, seminar questions, and responses to e-mail. It was organized and put into a Q&A format along with interview questions given by Derrick Cox on 5/15/01 specifically for this website. May 2001

Matt answers email questions and prints forum debates. Q & A 2000 Part 1 2000 Part 2

The following interview with Matt Thornton was conducted September 8th 1999 by Derrick Cox for use in an upcoming video series. –Sept. 1999 (I.)