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Notes on Drilling

By |2019-02-22T01:34:11+00:00February 22nd, 2019|Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Coaching BJJ and MMA, MMA, SBG Philosophy|

Originally published in 2004: Some of the questions I get asked about the most are related to Alive drilling methods. So I decided I would devote this article to some details on that subject. As most of you who follow SBGi to some degree know, my main message is that of Aliveness. If [...]

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Beginning of SBG

By |2019-02-21T03:56:29+00:00February 21st, 2019|Straight Blast Gym|

SBG began officially in Portland Oregon, in 1992 – when its founder and head coach, Matt Thornton, had an epiphany regarding exactly what type of environment he himself wanted to train in. To quote Matt: “I wanted to learn how to really fight. If that meant an Asian martial art, I would do [...]

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Why Aliveness?. . . – Aliveness in Martial Arts

By |2019-01-30T22:47:45+00:00January 29th, 2019|Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, SBG Philosophy, Self Defense|

I have traveled, literally, all over the world over the last several years and it has been a great privilege for me to do so. The reason for my travels has been seminars, and regardless of where I am, I always start them the same way. I explain that my main [...]

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A conversation on Self-Defense, Violence, and Delusion

By |2019-01-28T13:31:00+00:00January 28th, 2019|Self Defense|

On Dec 3rd 2015, I had the pleasure of giving a talk at Wichita State University. The talk was hosted by Ben Holman, and the Wichita State atheists and agnostics group. Ben and I talked for about an hour, followed by a question and answer session. One of my goals is [...]

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Krav Maga Portland and Self Defense

By |2020-01-31T09:44:50+00:00January 26th, 2019|Self Defense|

The ONE Secret Most Martial Arts Instructors DON’T Want You To Know And The TRUTH About Military based Martial Arts, or Self Defense Programs  Like Krav Maga in Portland Finding a martial art for self defense can seem like a daunting task. There are hundreds of options available around us from [...]

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