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africa Africa

Affiliated Training Groups:

SBG Cape Town – Alive Wellness and Martial Arts
Sun Valley – Cape Town – South Africa
Contact: Steve Bazzea
Tel: 083 760 1183 / 021-785 4216
Web: /

– Regional Director: Rich Beaupit

SBGi Gyms:

Straight Blast Gym Niagara
Contact: Rich Beaupit
50 Niagara St.
St. Catherines, ON, Canada
Tel: (905) 329-5425

Real Self-defense Center
Contact: Calen Paine
14712 – 115 ave.
Edmonton, AB., T5M 3B9
Tel: (780) 974 – 1338

Affiliated Training Groups

Turning Point Training Methods
Contact: Jason Lancucki
70 Kimbourne Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, M4J 4J4
Tel: (416) 406-6665

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Affiliated Training Groups:

CrossFit Santiago
Contact: Pável Sáenz
San Francisco 602, Santiago Centro
Santiago, Chile
Tel: (568) 236-5778


Our Regional Director for SBG Estonia is Priit Mihkelson. You can reach Priit via Facebook


– Regional Director: John Kavanagh

john Like many, I took up BJJ and MMA training after watching an early UFC, which forced me to “wake up from the matrix.” In 2001 I opened up a full time BJJ/MMA gym. I have been mainly self taught, learning from the odd seminar / instructional video here and there. My best teachers have always been my students and I’ve them to thank for any ability that I have. Matt was the first person to assess my game and just gave me a purple belt in 2002. It was at that time that I renamed our gym to SBG Ireland. I’ve had a couple of MMA / Sub. Wrestling competitions: won some, lost some but enjoyed them all!

SBGi Gyms:

SBG Ireland – & Fight Hounds MMA Club of the Year 2010
111 Longmile Road
Drimnagh, Dublin12
Mobile Tel: +353876768911
Email –

Affiliated Training Groups

K2C MArtial Arts and Fitness Center
Contact: Liam-Og Griffin
Unit 2, Northpoint Business Park
New Mallow Road, Cork
Tel: 353-21-430-9693

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– Regional Director: John Frankl

franklpicJohn began his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training in Los Angeles under the legendary Rickson Gracie. Rickson’s patient, methodical style as a fighter and attention to detail as a teacher are both evident in John’s approach to Jiu Jitsu. Following a year with Rickson, under whom he received his blue belt, John moved from Los Angeles to Boston to pursue his doctoral studies at Harvard University.

In Boston, John trained another eight years with Roberto Maia, founder of Boston Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a black belt under Carlos Gracie, Jr., and the cousin of Renzo Gracie and the Machado Brothers. Under Roberto, John received his purple, brown, and black belts. John was also fortunate to have the opportunity to train extensively with Claudio Franca whenever he visited his hometown of Santa Cruz, CA. After nine years of continuous and dedicated study, John is among the elite group of Americans black belts.

John’s academic and martial arts careers have long overlapped. His travels allowed him to train and fight not only all over the U.S., but also in Brazil, Thailand, the Philippines, and Japan. John also founded Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Korea, where he has often lived for extended periods of study and research. His academy, Seoul Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, has now grown into the nationwide organization, Korea Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

SBGi Gyms:

Contact: John Frankl
41-303 Hanyang Apartments
Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea
Tel: 011-82-10-6233-4752, (From Korea, it’s 010-6233-4752)

Note: The above address is not the gym. Please call or email
John for directions to the gym.


SBGi Gyms:

Straight Blast Gym Sweden
070 716 10 59

– Regional Director: Karl Tanswell

karl With over 20 years in the martial arts, Karl has trained with some of the world’s top instructors. Over the years Karl has qualified as a Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do instructor, a Filipino martial arts instructor, a Muay Thai instructor and an instructor in Panantukan (Filipino boxing), this latter qualification is with Rick Faye’s Minnesota Kali group. Karl has a blue belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu under Royce, a dan grade in Wado Ryu and a 4th dan senior instructor in Choshinkai run by my old friend and training partner Steve Powell. Believe me when I say that anyone who has grown up under Steve will end up better than just good. Karl has worked as a professional bodyguard for 3 years traveling throughout Europe and the States and has worked the doors in Manchester.

SBGi Gyms:

Straight Blast Gym UK
Contact: Karl Tanswell
12 Sheffield St.
Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2ND

Affiliated Training Groups:

One Tribe,
Contact: Billy Schoolar
Gladiators Gym, Regent Street, Long Eaton, Nottingham
Phone: 07828242083

Aberdeen BJJ Academy
Banks O Dee Sports Centre
Aberdeen, Scotland
Contact: John Reid

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