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Conor McGregor
| UFC Legend, SBG Fighter

“Every gym I went to had their own way: Don’t do it that way, do it that way – you must stand that way, you must punch this way. But SBG wasn’t like that. They encouraged different movements. SBG is my team.”

Randy Couture
| UFC Legend

“The training at Straight Blast Gym has been instrumental in my preparation for reality fighting in the UFC. Matt’s expertise in stand-up and ground fighting techniques have helped me win the Ultimate Fighting Championships.”

Gunnar Nelson
| Famous UFC Fighter, Member of SBG

“I started training with SBG when I was 16 years old. It all started when Matt Thornton visited Iceland. He explained the fundamentals so well, everything else just came freely.”

John Kavanagh
| Famous UFC Coach, SBGi Member

“I run the most successful MMA competition team in Ireland. Matt’s coaching and the SBG philosophy helped me achieve that. Matt is unique in his incredible ability to instill a love for training in students. I’d never witnessed so many people so motivated to train for the sake of training, until I visited his Academy. If you get a chance to train with him, do so, you will not be disappointed.””

Dr. Peter Boghossian
| Professor of philosophy at PSU

“Once I realized the truth behind the Matt Thornton’s Aliveness Idea, it completely changed how I viewed Martial Arts. I also feel that the Aliveness principle has application in other fields of education, and particularly critical thinking skills. At the age of 45 I train actively at the Portland SBG. The training is fun, healthy, injury free, keeps me in shape, and has benefited me in many ways. I can’t recommend the facility enough.”

Rokas Leonavicius
| Famous Martial Arts YouTuber

“I flew half across the globe to train in SBG Portland and never regretted a day. It is an exceptional gym with the highest level of coaching and a welcoming atmosphere. I would recommend it with confidence to anyone who wants to learn functional martial arts.”

Sam Harris
| Author of numerous New York Times bestsellers

“Matt Thornton [founder of SBG] is one of the clearest BJJ instructors I have come across. He uses his considerable talents to teach the fundamentals!”

Chris Haueter
| BJJ Legend, one of the first American Black Belts

“My first black belt, Matt Thornton, is among the best coaches and innovative thinkers currently bound to earth.”

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