Muay Thai Kickboxing Classes In Athens GA

Were you searching for Muay Thai kickboxing classes in Athens, GA? If so, you came to the right place. Though not for the reasons you think. Head Coaches Adam and Rory Singer are fans of Muay Thai kickboxing and trained quite extensively in it over the years. Even though Muay Thai provides for a great set of self-defense tools and fitness benefits, we don’t have standalone Muay Thai classes at SBG Athens. Please continue to read in order to learn more about why we think you would be far better off taking MMA (which has aspects of Muay Thai striking) classes in Athens, GA.

Muay Thai boxing is great for striking and clinch work. It’s for those reasons that we incorporate Muay Thai techniques into our Mixed Martial Arts classes for those looking for self defense classes in Athens, GA along with those looking to venture into amateur/professional fighting. Our MMA classes utilize techniques from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Western Boxing, and Wrestling to provide you with the most complete self defense/fighting program in Athens, GA.

The aforementioned arts are fantastic when kept in their silos. For example, Muay Thai doesn’t address ground fighting; Boxing doesn’t address kicks, knees, or elbows; and wrestling doesn’t address submissions. MMA considers all the places (we often call these different places: ranges) one may find themselves in a fight. MMA provides answers for all the “What If” style questions posed by those aspects lacking in other arts.

One needs to determine their true motivation for wanting to train specifically and solely in Muay Thai kick boxing. If your purpose is to compete in Muay Thai, then you would be better off locating a Muay Thai gym in Athens, GA. If you are interested in the full breadth of self defense and fitness that can be found learning how to fight standup, in the clinch, and on the ground; then Mixed Martial Arts in Athens, GA at SBG Athens is the only thing you need. We look forward to meeting you when you schedule your free tour and consultation with one of our amazing coaches. See you soon!

Submission Wrestling, No-Gi Grappling, and 10th Planet in Athens, GA

William Shakespeare said it best, “To Gi or not to Gi (No-Gi), that is the question”

Type the following into Google: “gi vs no gi debate”, and you will immediately get back about 48M results. There are quite a few opinions on the matter. We are here to add one more (ha); although we don’t see it as a gi vs no gi.

Although SBG Athens is primarily a Gi based Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Athens, GA; we spend plenty of time learning how to fight in a No-Gi environment. We are not only one of the premier Mixed Martial Arts academies in Georgia but also the top gym for self-defense in Athens, GA.

One of the most important themes within SBG is, fundamentals over styles. This is what Coach Matt Thornton (founder of SBG International and 5th Degree BB) has to say on the topic:

Fundamentals are not defined as what’s most basic, but rather, what’s most important. With them you can learn to adapt and fight in any environment. Without them you’re vulnerable in every environment.

The collection of core fundamentals within a given range, stand up, clinch, and ground – is known as a ‘delivery system.’ And while circumstances dictate tactics, and plans change upon contact, the root skills you need to develop in the delivery systems remain the same.

Aliveness is the method, the epistemology. The core fundamentals of the delivery system are the material. And style is what evolves within you when you combine both. It will be as different as every individual, and it will be yours alone.

Fundamentals – Delivery Systems – and individual Style, that’s what Bruce Lee was after. That’s what JKD could have been. That’s what Mixed Martial Arts became. And that’s what SBG is.”

What does that have to do with training Gi or No-Gi? As stated earlier, there is room for both, because at SBG we don’t teach for one or the other. We teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and, if done properly, the individual can adapt it to the environment: Gi, No-Gi, MMA, or Self-Defense.

Where does 10th Planet (10P) fit into this equation? Let it first be said, Coach Adam and Coach Rory have spent time on the mats learning from Eddie Bravo. They both consider him a friend, and think he is a great guy. This article is not meant to disparage Eddie or his 10P BJJ organization. Nevertheless, Eddie is breaking one of the core principles on which SBG Athens was founded. He is teaching his personal style to all his students, and, it is specifically a No-Gi system.

As you see, we didn’t want to get into the Gi vs No-Gi debate. At SBG Athens we enjoy doing both. The principles we teach are easily adapted to any environment. The rules may change, and the stakes may increase (sport vs life and death), but the fundamentals are always what’s most important.

The Importance of Gi’s in BJJ Training

Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class in Athens, Georgia

The topic of Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Athens and No-Gi Submission Grappling in Athens is an important one to unpack for the uninitiated parent looking for BJJ in Athens for kids and teens. As the top BJJ school in Athens and one of the tops in the state of Georgia we hope you find this discussion informative and helpful when choosing BJJ training for your youth or teen.

Here at SBG Athens we run an international program called, Growing Gorillas Martial Arts and Youth Enrichment. Children range from 3 years old up to 14/15 years old. Growing Gorillas are broken into four different age groups that more specifically meet the learning needs of each child as they develop from toddlers to young adults. Far too many traditional martial arts programs, BJJ programs, and No Gi Submission grappling programs group all the children into one big class and expect that a 4-year-old can learn in the same way as a 12-year-old. If that were the case, children of all ages would attend the same classroom together to learn ELA, math, and science.

It’s also important to understand why SBG Athens is a proponent of Gi based BJJ as opposed to No-Gi Grappling. Training adults and children for over 20 years has led us to understand there are far more benefits gained from BJJ in a gi than no gi submission grappling. One of these benefits, although no less important than the others, is hygiene. Another important reason for gi training, in a similar vein as hygiene, is less body to body contact. This becomes more important for mixed classes as children age and become teenagers.

Other reasons include the ability to chart a student’s progress with belts while teaching the true art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as created by the Gracie family and passed on to the rest of us. To have goals, whether on the mats or in life, one must know from where they came, where they are presently, and where they are trying to go. Belts, which don’t exist in No-Gi submission grappling, are not only an intrinsic motivator for kids, but help a child to set goals and achieve them. In addition to belts, the uniform, known as a Kimono, helps a child to identify they are a training a martial art and not just wrestling around with their friends. It creates a better student/teacher relationship that is harder to do so with the more informal submission wrestling.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is also taught for self-defense, not just to go out a win gold medals at the local grappling tournament (although we have many of these medals on our walls). Since our children live in clothes, the Kimono helps us to create lessons that deal with such things as stranger danger and abduction. How will a child learn to defend someone from grabbing their jacket or pants if said child is only wearing a rash guard and board shorts? Lastly, if no-gi submission grappling is something a child wants to do (PS. SBG Athens does teach submission grappling to children that qualify), they will have far greater success training in a gi and then taking it off to train no-gi. All of Jiu Jitsu exists in the gi: throws, grip breaking, submissions, escapes, and more. One cannot train all these things No-Gi and therefore their own BJJ will be lacking. Why stifle your child’s growth from the very beginning when SBG Athens provides the best BJJ program for children?

We hope to meet your child soon and teach them a martial art they can train their entire lives. This is SBG, you will be okay.

SBG: A Multi-Generational Tribe

Youth Martial Arts Athens Ga

This is the story of Sam Tally as told by his father Dr. William Tally: licensed orthopedic surgeon, GA Regents Med-School Professor, and father of Sam, a young SBG Tribe member.

William found SBG while looking for an outlet for his sons.
His oldest son, Sam, had long struggled expressing himself and focusing on tasks. William discovered SBG through a friend’s recommendation.

“I first learned about SBG from my dearest friend, Pete,” William says.

Pete had taken private training sessions with Coach Rory Singer, SBG Co-Proprietor and Head Coach of the Growing Gorillas Martial Arts and Youth Enrichment Program. Pete enjoyed the sessions and persuaded William that his sons would enjoy mixed martial arts training more than “the usual karate experience.”

William took his sons to the gym and both enjoyed their classes and had fun with the staff there. However, Sam “really fell in love,” William says. SBG provided a fun, safe place for Sam to enjoy himself and grow. For William, the gym offered a wealth of positive role models for his son, an extension of the values of discipline and healthy self-expression that he preaches in the home.

“By training under Master Rory, Sam has grown both athletically and personally,” William tells us.  Not only has this gym—and it’s coaches—provided physical training and skills, they have provided role models (now even more import following William’s divorce).  Rory cares about these kids. He will push them, congratulate them, and scold them as necessary.  They strive to provide a complete martial arts training, not just fighting skills. For that, I am grateful.”

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