Training Clips from May 25th 2017

A little clip I put together from a range of classes one random Thursday evening

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Hosting the Cork Open

On August 20th, SBG Cork will host the Cork Open MMA Championships.

This will be a tournament for MMA competitors from age 12 to adults ranging from raw beginners to advanced amateurs.

We’re pushing out a few new ideas during this competition, including the 3 experience categories (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced). The original MMA Leagues had Rookie and Year 2 categories but since that format ended, no head-shot comps have been just one experience division. With the popularity of these competitions on the rise, the number of entries and rising skill levels mean that the time is ripe for expanding the divisions. This will allow a fairer competition for the raw novices and more of a challenge for those more advanced.

The Advanced division will also allow ammy level fighters to get more matches between their main fights.

For more information, visit the event page on Facebook or the Tournament Registration Page.

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MMA Beginner Workshop Success

Today, wimagee had a beginner workshop on MMA for adults. It was a nice turn out and I was delighted with the effort everyone put in.

We covered a sample of the 3 major ranges of Mixed Martial Arts.

  1. Striking – use of range and footwork
  2. Clinching – entry to double leg takedown
  3. Grappling – transition from side to mount

We also finished with two tasty submissions from the mount (Ezekial choke and Americana Shoulder lock).

By the end of the 2 hour session, all participants did a shark tank drill that allowed them to really drill home the techniques they learned during the session.

For anyone who missed the workshop, don’t worry, you can still join our MMA classes. Book a Free New Member Consultation and we’ll get you started.

The next Beginner MMA workshop will take place in July. Stay tuned for more details.

Video’s from today’s workshop are posted on our facebook feed. Go check it out.


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July 30th – Battle Arena 40 – Travel of the Tribe

So July 30th, we hit the long road to Northampton in the UK midlands. Ryan ‘the Hulk’ Spillane is due to defend his Battle Arena European Heavyweight title. His training partner Kieran Pepper will make his long awaited amateur MMA debut in the flyweight division.

13517545_482592178606777_3450227051780929778_oHulk earned the European title back in March, when we travelled to Oxford on short notice to challenge for the strap. With a 10 second headkick KO, a new champ was crowned.

At this point in time, a new challenger has not presented himself but promoter – James Price – is confident he will have a great fight lined up.

Kieran will face a fellow debutant in Farid Achikzai from London Shootfighters. The gym has had a solid stable of fighters down through the years including James ‘Collosus’ Thompson, John Hathaway and Michael ‘Venom’ Page. Click here to see a list of their full fight team. 

I’ve trained with both Hulk and Pepsi now for long enough to have confidence in them regardless of the opponents they face. It really is a case of any fight, any time, any place with these guys.

So far, we have Derek ‘the Crusher’ Hickey joining us on the trip. He’ll be stepping in to gain ringside experience as a shadow judge for the promotion as well as whooping and hooting when our lads enter the arena.

If anyone else is up for making the trip across to Northampton to support the lads, get in touch asap and we’ll help organise flights and accomodation.

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Searching for Strength & Conditioning Knowledge

At SBG, we pride ourselves on smart training practices.

One of the most efficient ways to get better is to follow the correct advise as early as possible. Every where you look, there are armchair experts, keyboard gurus and barstool prophets. Too often, opinions from unqualified sources can have us chasing after results in the wrong direction.

David Galvin (Momentum Performance) is long time member of SBG Cork (and previously K2C). He’s an exercise physiologist with an extensive background in the fitness industry. I (Liam-Og Griffin) have had extensive conversations with him on Strength & Conditioning training practices for combat sports. I’ve always been blown away by the depth of knowledge he brings to the table. From the microbiology of chemical reactions at cellular level, up to energy systems used in different disciplines and everything in between.

tumblr_inline_mngebwQawp1qz4rgpConditioning training for MMA is worlds apart from Boxing, and Muay Thai is miles from BJJ. If you don’t know what the differences are, then you may well be spending hours of training time going in the wrong direction.

Join us at SBG Cork on July 2nd at 2pm for a 90 Practical Workshop on Combat Sports Performance. Learn more about how you can train more efficiently to advance your performance in your chosen sport

Cost: €15

Pre-booking Essential. Contact SBG Cork at 021 430 9693


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Train with purpose, not habit. – David Galvin (Momentum Performance)


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