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.

Karate Classes in Athens Georgia

Karate Classes In Athens

Many people searching for self-defense classes in Athens Georgia believe they will find them in a Karate Dojo. Please continue reading to learn why you would be doing yourself a disservice joining such a place.

The large majority of traditional martial arts academies that teach Karate are failing to teach their students actual self-defense. Self-defense isn’t found standing in lines, memorizing dance routines (called Kata) and two-step sparring (called Ippon), breaking dried out boards, and screaming at imaginary opponents.

One of the obstacles many Karate schools put up against learning self-defense is the lack of training against a resisting opponent. This is something we call, Aliveness, at SBG Athens. Without Aliveness you can’t truly learn how to defeat an opponent that is trying to win (whether on the mats or on the streets). One can truly only get better at fighting if they are training against someone who fights back.

The idea of training against a resisting opponent can be witnessed during any soccer, baseball, football, or hockey practice as well. It’s something that has long been understood when winning is a priority. And when it comes to your safety against a person trying to do you physical bodily harm, isn’t winning all that truly matters.

You may be surprised to learn that Coaches Adam and Rory Singer both trained in a very traditional, very hard style of Karate, known as Kanzen Goju-Ryu. They trained under the founder, Shihan Harry Rosenstein, for approximately two years. Harry Rosenstein could trace his lineage through Peter Urban, the founder of American Goju.

Around the time they began Karate classes, Rory was wrestling in high school (1990-1994), Adam had just finished up a couple of years in the Navy (where he continued to wrestle), and UFC 1 just debuted in November 1993. After only two years of training and quickly advancing, they were invited to attend sparring sessions with the high-level students and Black Belts.

This is where their disillusionment with Karate began. The Singer brothers started to question all the weird stances, defensive structures, lack of fighting in different ranges (there was a complete lack of fighting on the ground, no clinching, or wrestling), and stringent rules that required fighting in very specific ways which only resembled fighting another person doing karate. Their questions were never answered, and their frustrations grew.

The limits of Karate couldn’t be overcome. It became apparent that it didn’t truly represent what a fight looked like nor address many of their concerns about what happens when a fight enters the wrestling or ground range. Soon after, both Adam and Rory discontinued their training in search of truth in combat.

Don’t get caught up in all the fancy terminology, far east mysticism, and techniques too deadly for training. Let us show you how boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and Brazilian jiu jitsu not only provides health, fitness, focus, discipline, confidence, and self-esteem; but it also teaches you how to truly defend yourself when it counts the most.

Here at SBG Athens we teach the same styles taught to military, law enforcement, and special operators. We teach you in a safe, friendly, and family oriented environment. Not only will you have fun and get a great workout, but you will leave knowing you are more dangerous than when you came.

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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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?

You CAN make that change and TRANSFORM your life also!

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 for stability? Structure?

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This is the story of Josh Norris, SBG Athens athlete and assistant coach. Before coming to SBG, Josh felt literally lost.

From ages 18 to 24, Josh had lived in ten different places in five states. One of his parents had passed away, and the other disappeared from his life. “I had lost my family by blood, family by bond, the structure that was high school and my literal home,” Josh says. Lacking structure in his life, he says “chaos took its place.” He ended up in Athens by chance, just another stop on his journey.

Josh had always been interested in fitness and the martial arts, but he didn’t see a future in traditional martial arts. He was excited to get involved with Mixed Martial Arts (like the MMA program at SBG) since “Mixed Martial Arts are pressure-tested by their nature.” SBG gave him a chance to learn these pressure-tested skills, to get involved in something concrete and practical. He ended up finding that chance and more. In his words:

“At the time I thought SBG would get me a great workout, train me in martial arts that actually work, and would let me apply myself towards a goal. Well all of that did happen, however I found something so much more. I found the most positive and supportive group of human beings in my life. Each coach and member of the gym genuinely cared about me and wanted to help me not just in my goals within the walls of SBG but in my life outside the gym as well.”

He says that he found a passion in martial arts, but even more, a reason to stick around in one place for a while. “I didn’t know what would happen next in life, how I’d make enough money or survive, but I did and whether or not my “Tribe” at SBG knows it, I did it with their support.”

He now owns a home and enjoys a stable life. He feels like he’s regained a sense of family at SBG that was missing for a long time. Regularly attending classes at SBG has Josh feeling stronger at 185 lbs than he did weighing 205 lbs and working out in a traditional setting. He feels stronger, more patient, and has the confidence that goes with acquiring skills that he knows work. He has to test them in sparring on a regular basis. In so many ways, Josh is thankful that he found SBG.

Here’s more of Josh’s advice:

  1. I cannot tell you all of the benefits you will find at SBG but I can tell you that in one way or another, you’ll become an even better version of yourself.
  2. Everything you put into SBG, you will get back in some form. Whatever your goal, we can help you reach it. If you think you can’t do it, you can and you will. You will have fun, you will be safe, you will learn amazing skills and you will enrich your life.
  3. The only catch is you have to earn it, but each and every step of the way you will have a Tribe by your side, working together to become the best possible version of ourselves.

Do you struggle with some of the same things with which Josh struggled? You CAN make that change and TRANSFORM your life also! 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.

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!