Boxing Classes In Athens GA

Boxing Classes In Athens GA

Boxing Classes In Athens, Georgia

When it comes to stand up fighting and “throwing hands”, boxing classes in Athens, GA is by far one of the best martial arts on planet Earth. Champions like Mike Tyson, Vasiliy Lomachenko, Floyd Mayweather, Muhammed Ali, and Tyson Fury are devastating punchers sure to knock out most any human being with his fists. Additionally, you are sure to get a great workout while bouncing around hitting mitts and the heavy bag.

Did you know that Coaches Adam and Rory Singer were two of the earliest students of famed Athens boxing Coach, Donald “Doc” Keppner. Coach Rory holds both a Novice Golden Gloves and Georgia State title to his name. The brothers began training with Doc Keppner soon after Rory won the 3rd Annual 40 Watt Toughman Boxing Tournament (1997). He did so by winning three fights in one night (2 of them by KO). Some would later call it Rory’s own Diggstown. For over 20 years, both Adam and Rory have honed their boxing and coaching skills and have even coached professional boxers to victory in the ring.

You likely landed on this page because you were looking for boxing classes in Athens, GA. You may be interested in the fitness aspects and/or the self-defense aspects provided by training the “Sweet Science”. Those are two very solid reasons for wanting to box, but they are short sighted, so we respectfully request you continue reading to learn more.

It is important to state that SBG Athens relies heavily on boxing when it comes to teaching self-defense and mixed martial arts in Athens, GA. There is no better way to hit another person with your fists than with a solid jab-cross combination. At the highest levels boxing footwork is a beautiful thing to behold. Here are a few important questions for you, the reader, to answer:

  • What happens when you are no longer able to stay at range and dance around your opponent?
  • What happens when you get caught in a wrestling clinch and your punches are nullified?
  • What happens when you end up fighting off your back on the ground?

SBG Athens has an answer to all of those questions. It’s called MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Training in all ranges of fighting: standup, clinch, and the ground is something for which we are experts (over 20 years teaching in Athens, GA). Learning how to wrestle and defend yourself on the ground, in addition to having lethal hands, is the best recipe for self-defense when your life is on the line. Not only will you have the tools to defend yourself in a multitude of self-defense scenarios, but you will also get in the best shape of your life.

Why would you limit your abilities when your life is at stake? Boxing has its place in a well round self-defense curriculum, but without wrestling and BJJ you are taking too huge a risk. If you would like to learn more about how you could begin training boxing, wrestling, MMA, and/or BJJ in Athens, GA please click the link below.

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Krav Maga Classes In Athens GA

Krav Maga Classes in Athens GA

Krav Maga Classes In Athens, Ga

When it comes to self-defense, one of the biggest crazes today is Krav Maga classes in Athens, Ga. Taught to Israeli Special Forces (allegedly) and people the world over, Krav Maga has steadily gained popularity as the go to martial art for self-defense because of its no rules style and “anything goes” mystique. Who wouldn’t want to be able to viciously end a fight in mere seconds or take on multiple opponents and walk away unscathed?

You likely happened upon this page looking for Krav Maga training in Athens, Ga. Please allow us a few minutes to explain why we believe you are heading down a dangerous path.

The biggest problem with Krav Maga is the lack of training using Aliveness. Aliveness is one of the core principles utilized by all SBGs worldwide to effectively prepare their students for violence. Aliveness, as defined by Coach Matt Thornton is training that has: Timing, Energy, and Motion. It’s the opposite of scripted and choreographed routines that are easy to find by doing a simple search of Krav Maga videos on YouTube. When you watch the video demonstrations always keep your eye on the person acting as the attacker (known as the Uke). You will quickly see the Uke easily subdued, forward rolling out of the attack, and standing back up to continue with the next contrived attack.

Another thing you often hear when people talk about Krav Maga (or other Reality Base Self-Defense classes in Athens, GA) is, “They train for sport. Our training is for real self-defense on the streets.” Another favorite is, “Our techniques are too dangerous to use against one another.” On the surface it would seem like those are good reasons to train Krav Maga. If we look a little deeper though you realize you are being sold a lie.

If you never train against a resisting person (read: a person trying to win) how would you expect your “too dangerous” techniques to work on someone trying to actually do you bodily harm on the street? We mentioned Aliveness earlier. Aliveness is that unscripted resistance. Neither person knows what the other is trying to do, and each person is trying to “win”. That can look like a lot of different things depending on what is being trained and what is the goal of said training. It gives two people the best and safest opportunity to learn what does and doesn’t work. It builds a confidence backed up by an actual ability for one to defend themselves. It doesn’t rely on mysticism, fear of the boogeyman, or techniques you have never even trained because they are “too dangerous”.

Let us use a quick football analogy (everyone loves football, right?). If the offense always knows the play the defense is running and vice versa, how does either side of the ball actually get better under real game conditions? To get good at football, you actually have to practice by playing under as close to real conditions as possible. The team will always keep safety at the forefront, but mistakes will be made, fixed, and then improved upon. This is what training Mixed Martial Arts at SBG Athens is all about.

We take the best techniques, forged on the best battlefields of combat, and train them in the safest way possible. This has allowed us to have men and women of all ages learn to defend themselves for over 20 years. Additionally, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) are used as the foundation of the Modern Army Combatives Program (Head Coaches Adam and Rory Singer trained with the founder and creator, Matt Larsen). If you were to find a video of two Krav Maga students sparring it looks like poorly trained MMA (easily found on YouTube). So why not actually train MMA and BJJ as it is properly taught to the students of SBG Athens? Additionally, these same techniques and methods are taught to US military, US special forces, law enforcement officers, and in SBGs around the globe.

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TKD Classes In Athens Georgia

TKD Classes in Athens Georgia

You likely came upon this article because you were searching for Tae Kwon Do classes for your child in Athens or the surrounding area (you might have even been searching for yourself). You want your son or daughter (or yourself) to gain focus, discipline, respect, and most importantly: confidence. Continue reading to learn why we don’t teach TKD classes in Athens, Georgia

TKD is a traditional martial art which primarily focuses on kicking. It also happens to be an Olympic sport; which is cool. As most martial arts do, TKD will teach them some very important life skills. So why don’t we teach TKD classes at SBG Athens? The most important reason is because it doesn’t prepare children for defending themselves against many different types of attacks.

As TKD is highly kicking oriented, practitioners don’t train how to throw or defend punches, how to wrestle and defend takedowns, and most importantly, it doesn’t teach how to defend oneself on the ground (which is why training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is so very important). Although there are many great benefits to training martial arts, we fell the most important should be learning how to defend one’s self against bullies. It is therefore necessary to learn how to fight in all ranges: standup, clinch, and ground.

You may be surprised to learn that Coaches Adam and Rory Singer both trained TKD when they lived in Marlboro, NJ. They were fortunate to train under coaches that were at the Olympic level. As Green belts, they both earned Gold Medals at the 14th Annual New Jersey TKD Championships.

They became disillusioned with their training when they began to out spar the more senior and Black Belt students (after only a brief period of training). Additionally, the limitations of TKD, including the forced stances, range, and absence of punching to the head, made them question the efficacy of the art. The lack of wrestling and ground fighting further cemented their belief that a lot was missing from Tae Kwon Do when it came to self-defense.

A proper martial arts education shouldn’t leave a you or your child with a false sense of confidence. Unfortunately, many traditional martial arts, such as Karate and TKD, don’t provide proper training to protect against violence. Think about the following. You or your child trains TKD for 5 years. At this point you or they may even have earned a Black Belt. One day another child (person), slightly bigger and more aggressive, takes you/them down and proceeds to assault you/them. All that kicking was made useless.

In the case of your child, they come home wondering why you had them learn something that didn’t work, and your relationship suffers. Ten years old, a Black Belt, and still has no idea how to defend themselves. It’s a heartbreaking story, but one that happens all over the country.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts may be new to you but that isn’t a reason to pass up the opportunity to have you or your child truly learn how to defend yourselves. Additionally, you/they will gain focus, discipline, and respect. Most importantly though, the confidence gained will be backed up by an actual ability to defend one’s self from bullies. This is SBG, you will be okay.

Looking to branch out?

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This is the story of SBG Athens tribe-member Ashley Healen.

Ashley found SBG while she was injured.

Working out at a different gym, Ashley had been exposed to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts as ways to stay fit. She quickly realized that she was more than casually interested in training martial arts, though. Recovering from an injury sustained in training, Ashley began to look for a gym that could offer her more in the way of BJJ and MMA instruction. At SBG, Ashley says, she found the right place.

Ashley now feels more confident standing up for herself. “I really doubted myself,” she says, no matter what she did. She was afraid to speak her mind, to be herself around other people. Classes at SBG have given her a space to work alongside a variety of people sharing similar goals to Ashley.

Everyone there wants to get a little bit better at something each time they come together, whether that be throwing better strikes, defending yourself better on the ground, or improving your numbers in the weight-room. Ashley now feels equally comfortable trading words with her training partners as well as punches.

Here are three pieces of advice that Ashley would like to share with anyone who might be interested in starting to train, or taking their training to the next evolution:

  1. Always keep an open mind. Don’t ever be afraid to try something.
  2. “Keep your friends close and your elbows closer” -Ryron Gracie
  3. Don’t beat yourself up, everyone makes mistakes. Just learn from them.

Do you struggle with some of the same things with which Ashley struggled?

You CAN make that change and TRANSFORM your life also!

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How Aliveness Makes Your Life Better

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If I told you I had the ability to increase your confidence, help you lose weight, help you get stronger, teach you to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations, and introduce you to some incredible people;  would you be interested?

What if I included improving your ability to defend yourself from a violent attacker? Are you now interested? Still not sure.

I’ll add to it by making you a better friend, father, husband, and person. Have I finally got your attention? Great!

I have just the thing to help you achieve things you never before thought possible. It’s actually pretty simple. The cure to all that ails you is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, also know as BJJ.

What is BJJ? Simply put, BJJ is a ground based self defense that helps one control an often times stronger and larger opponent by the application of leverage. What differentiates BJJ from the large majority of other martial arts is the application of Aliveness. Aliveness is best defined as non-choreographed  training against a resisting opponent.

This is where I like to pull out the following football analogy. I have witnessed many of the University of Georgia’s G-Day games. This is where the Offense plays the Defense in a live and refereed scrimmage. Both sides are trying to “win” by imposing their will on the other players. They all play for the same team so there is obviously a large consideration given to safety but pride is on the line; as well as a Steak and Lobster dinner.

This is as close to a real football game as you can get. It would look drastically different if both sides of the ball knew what plays the other was running. If the offense told the defense it was running play X, the defense would certainly know to run defense Y. At times that can be very useful and may even be important during the learning phase of the plays. Nevertheless, the way a football team gets better is by learning how to react when things go off script (on either side of the ball).

Football isn’t a paint by numbers game, and neither should be your martial arts training. In the vast majority of martial arts people stand in lines, do choreographed dance routines, and memorize one and two step sparring scenarios. I’m reminded of this sketch with Jim Carey on In Living Color.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu evolves, as most things do, because of competition. That competition can be done in the gym against training partners, against strangers in a tournament, or on the street against a violent attacker.

The meritocracy of BJJ provides all the benefits I mentioned at the beginning of this essay and then some. It creates mentally strong men, women, and children. When you find yourself stuck in a bad position you are forced to relax, problem solve, and find success (or be submitted). Just as important is the confidence created is backed up by an actual ability to defend oneself. It’s a win for everyone!

If you would like to learn more, fill out the form below and one of our coaches will call you back as soon as possible. This is SBG, you will be okay.

Looking to take your workout to another level?

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This is the story of SBG Athens coach Lee McMichael.

Lee felt like he was in a rut before joining SBG Athens.

A lifelong athlete active in several sports, Lee had always been in decent shape. After leaving school, however, he says that he never developed a satisfying routine. He would vacillate between being completely dedicated to a workout routine and doing the bare-minimum to stay in shape. “I was never able to find a reason to keep myself in shape,” he says, other than wanting to look good or avoid “being super-unhealthy.”

He says that he found SBG Athens due to being an MMA fan. He knew that the gym had spawned Forrest Griffin, and living nearby, he wanted to see what the gym had to offer. According to Lee, the gym has much more to offer than he would have anticipated.

Lee has found an outlet to channel his competitive drive in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Learning BJJ at the gym, Lee has found a sport that will allow him to compete for decades. “Aside from some flag football and things like that in college I think too many of us just put that kind of thing aside after high school.  However, something like jiu-jitsu gives you something that you are always working on and working toward.  Even if you don’t compete in jiu-jitsu you still are competing against yourself or just trying to get a little better each day.”

Not only is Lee excited to have a good reason to work out, he says that in SBG Athens, he has found a deeper sense of community. “I was a pretty aimless 25 year-old when I started my journey here at SBG,” he says. Training martial arts, and training with other martial artists has “both directly and indirectly have helped me a great deal in providing some direction and sense of purpose.” He has coached both kids and adults at SBG, becoming a staple at the gym. At SBG he has plenty of training partners, students, and teachers, but he has also made valuable personal connections. He says that the community of the SBG tribe has benefitted him greatly: “I have met many amazing people and I am luckily to call quite a few of them “friend!”

Here are three tips that Lee wants to share to potential tribemates:

  1. Don’t quit!  Even if you can’t make it to as many classes or do as much as you want.  Just keep coming back!
  2. Don’t take it too seriously, especially early on.  Make this something you enjoy doing, not a chore that you must do!
  3. Talk to people!  Early on I did not do a good job of putting myself out there and making connections at the gym.  We are a welcoming place but the gym and its’ people can only do so much.

Do you struggle with some of the same things with which Lee struggled?

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Want to challenge the limitations you set for yourself?

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This is the journey of Dr. Ben Fuqua: PhD, Professor of Literature, and martial arts student at SBG Athens. Before joining SBG Athens, Ben struggled with anxiety and lacked healthy outlets.

Ben was convinced that people were meant to choose a path and never deviate from that path. He found success in the classroom, earning several advanced degrees and teaching college courses before the age of 30. Something was missing, however. He was drawn to the idea of being more active—a youth-athlete and lifelong sports fan—but resisted dedicating himself to becoming more active. “I thought that training [martial arts] was for other people,” he says. “I thought that you already had to be athletic to learn to do something athletic.” Afraid to leave his comfort zone, Ben ignored the itch to train for years.

Ben became aware of SBG Athens (then called The HardCore Gym) during the rise of MMA fighters like Forrest Griffin, Brian Bowles, and (co-proprietor) Rory Singer. He was sure that he couldn’t belong there. “I looked at the gym as this institution in sports. They have world champions…I was happy just living in the same town where these guys trained.” Growing more and more interested in finding a way to round out his life, Ben started researching local martial arts programs. He discovered that SBG Athens offered a whole arrangement of beginner classes, even encouraging beginners.

In the middle of writing his PhD dissertation, Ben says he finally became exhausted with “spending all of [his] time obsessing” over work. He walked in off the street without letting anyone know he was coming. He ended up having a private workout with one of the coaches just days after walking through the door, and he felt welcome. Ben has been attending Brazillian Jiu Jitsu classes at SBG ever since.

“I think that just walking through SBG’s doors has been the biggest obstacle I’ve had to overcome,” he says. “I was in my own way…Grappling gives me a chance to express myself in ways that I can’t get anywhere else. I get to exercise while practicing an art; I think that the gym gives me a balance that had been missing from my life for a long time.”

Here are a few tips that Ben has found helpful:

  1. Just train. Forget whatever your reservations are for a minute and give it a try. To paraphrase SBG’s motto, “You’ll be okay.”
  2. Don’t worry about being a tough guy. People that last in martial arts are the people that learn to love it for their own reasons, people that are willing to put in a lot of time and effort, and people that are willing to risk failure.
  3. Remember to tuck in your elbows. (This one will make more sense when you start grappling. It can never be emphasized enough, though).

Are You Lost in the Weight Room and/or Lacking Self Defense Skills?

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This is the journey of Lucas Federico: GM of SBG Athens, Kid’s Coach, and BJJ Brown Belt.  Before joining SBG he was lost in the weight room, unmotivated, and lacking self defense skills.

Lost in the weight room, Lucas went through the routines and motions, but without direction or understanding didn’t know how those things were helping him. Finding motivation to keep going and the subsequent lack thereof became the main reasons he couldn’t keep up with a routine.

Having worked in bars in a college town, Lucas was concerned that lifting weights wasn’t the way to learn how to defend himself and keep me from getting his a$$ kicked. He said, “That’s going to sound like the thoughts of a crazy person, but having worked in bars in a college town you find yourself surrounded by people looking to ‘beat their chests’ and going to the gym had it’s own sub culture of ‘tough guys.’” He got tired of being in the weight room surrounded by people thinking they were tough just because they had big arms.

It was in 2006 that Lucas began working with a bunch of college kids that were learning the fairly new sport of MMA. “It sounded pretty intense and had piqued my interest”, he said. They had all told him he would love it and would fit right in. After a few weeks of waiting for one of the guys to bring him by the gym he got in his car to drive over and check the place out.

He was greeted by one of the owners, TUF and UFC fighter, Rory Singer. He recalls his first class, “The first class was fun and different and I felt like a fish out of water, but it was just was I was looking for, the opportunity to learn how to fight, actually fight.”

Lucas has been at the gym ever since and it has transformed his life in every aspect possible, and all for the better. He is a more confident, relaxed, focused, and happy individual than ever before in his life. He is surrounded by some of his closest friends and family and benefits from being a part of one of the greatest social networks around. “I get to live the life others dream of because I wanted to learn how to defend myself. Learning MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been a long road, but one I wouldn’t change for anything,” he continues.

I have been at the gym since 2006 and my life has transformed in every aspect possible, and all for the better. I’m a more confident, relaxed, happy and focused individual than I have ever been in my entire life. I’m surrounded by some of my closest friends and family and have one of the greatest social networks because of this “gym”. I get to live the life others dream of because I wanted to learn how to defend myself. Learning MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been a long road, but one I wouldn’t change for anything.

To any and all new students Coach Lucas has the following three tips that helped him transform:

  1. Take baby steps and enjoy the journey. Any transformation worth a crap takes time and sacrifice, but if you focus too much on the destination you’re going to miss out on all the other great benefits a place like this has to offer. So many long lasting friendships have been forged inside the walls of this academy. I always hate seeing people miss out on that.
  2. Stay consistent in your training. Even on days when you are sore, come in and jump on the mats.
  3. Last piece of advice I’d like to offer, BE COOL!

Are You A Middle Aged Man Struggling With Stress, Weight Gain, And Lack Of Motivation

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This is the journey of Chris Riser: 50 year old lawyer and father of two teens.

 

Before coming to SBG Athens, Chris struggled with middle-age stress, weight gain, and the motivation to deal with them.

On the recommendation of his trainer at another gym, he reached out due to his love of fitness kickboxing. He wanted to learn about real kickboxing. After a few years of kickboxing classes Chris “learned how to punch, kick, and defend, had a lot of fun, and got in better shape.” At 44, he was in the best shape of his life and boxed competitively at the famed Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, New York. Although he lost that fight it didn’t stop him from getting his first victory a couple years later in an old high school gym in West Virginia.

“My family told me I was crazy, my doctor told me I was crazy, but nobody at the gym told me I was crazy.  My friends and trainers at the gym just helped me prepare for my boxing matches and feel confident.”

It was later that Chris was inspired by another gym member to get into powerlifting. He competed a couple of times and “put up numbers that made [him] happy.” Finally, after several years of watching everyone training BJJ, he finally “plunge[d] into full-on striking and BJJ training a little over a year ago.” His only regret is that he didn’t start sooner.

Since training at SBG Athens, Chris has accomplished quite a bit: he’s lost a “bunch of fat”, gained “a lot of muscle”, reduced his stress level, made friends, gone 1-1 in amateur boxing in his 40s, hit a 1000# powerlifting total at age 50, completed a Coaching Candidate Course, and traveled to three different SBG training camps all over North America. Confident that he will earn his BJJ blue belt in the next year or two, he proudly believes one day he could be, “SBG Athens’ oldest black belt.”

I leave you with the top three tips that helped Chris transform:

  1. Show up to train, even if you don’t want to. I’ve never regretted showing up. I’ve regretted not showing up a bunch of times.
  2. Believe in “This is SBG; you will be OK.” The instructors know what they’re doing. Your training partners are there to help you, not to beat you or hurt you.
  3. Prioritize protein and lift heavy weights.