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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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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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Do You Struggle with Drinking and Lack of Motivation?

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This is the journey of Greg Galmin: PhD student, Future Physician, and Assistant Coach. 

Before joining SBG Athens, Greg struggled with binge drinking, lack of motivation, and an unsure future.

A former martial artist from his youth, Greg was afraid of getting taken down and not knowing what to do. He knew he couldn’t solely rely on his stand-up, Karate knowledge. Additionally, he needed a physical outlet for his struggles, and lifting weights wasn’t cutting it. Probably the largest driving force for reaching out to SBG was his alcoholism. He knew he had a void in his life and if he didn’t fill it with something, he would drink himself to death.

After only two weeks at SBG Athens Greg didn’t feel the desire to drink anymore. “Now I had people that legitimately cared about me close by and people I did not want to disappoint. I felt included and a part of something, and that was too valuable to me to screw up.” With the support of his tribe his confidence grew and Greg started making changes to secure his future.

Greg is now working to finish his PhD and go on to medical school to become a physician. Although it is something he has always wanted he was too unsure to fully commit himself. Physically he has gone from 175 pounds to his ideal body weight of 154 pounds. As he said, “I didn’t even intend to lose the weight but it just happened.” He can now also confidently defend himself on the ground. Something he says is an invaluable skill.

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

  1. Be a scientist. Implement what works and discard what doesn’t. So often we’re trapped in a cycle of repeating bad behaviors whether it be in combat or in life.
  2. Connection is key. Whether it be in jiu jitsu or in relationships, making a connection makes all the difference.
  3. Failure is healthy. Failure shows us our weaknesses and shortcomings. Failure is okay, but repeating the same mistake is unacceptable. If you don’t fail, you don’t learn. You either win or you learn.