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Ontario Provincial Championship 2012

November 25, 2012 Posted by School of Thought

2 members of SBG Toronto’s ADD squad went to represent @ the Provincial BJJ Championships today.

Derek Noonan, keep training…your time will come. You get better every time you step on the mat.

Noah Barlow, silver medal! Hard work is paying off.

Congrats to all members…they can’t do it with out you.

Humbled and honoured to be a part of the process.


Matt Thornton @ SBG Toronto (Sept 2012)

September 11, 2012 Posted by School of Thought

This past weekend President of SBGi, Matt Thornton, was at TPTM/SBG Toronto for a two day seminar. On day one the focus was on no gi and dealing with someone who is striking in our closed guards. Always a game changing experience, Mr. Thornton focused on the fundamentals at the core of each technique. The fundamentals, according to Matt, are what makes these techniques, not just sport specific, but are the same techniques that you would use in a real life self defense situation.

Day two was a continuation of the previous day, but added some stand up clinch into the mix. At the end of the day we did rounds of some competitive drilling. Matt Thornton at this time for the second time in his career, stopped a seminar for a belt promotion. Our very own Pirashanth Kesavan (Pk) after a stellar performance on the mat, is now a blue belt. After asking Coach Lancucki if there were “any more white belts like that”, Sherman Patterson and Mark Garcia tested successfully for their blue belts.

With three more blue belts and everyone having an amazing weekend of growth it is needless to say that this was an amazing weekend at TPTM-SBG Toronto. Special Thanks to Coach Lancucki for coordinating and hosting another amazing Thornton seminar.


Comp Team Montreal Road Trip

March 28, 2012 Posted by School of Thought

The SBG Toronto Competition Team participated in the 1st Montreal Grappling Experience last weekend, hosted by grappling phenom David Aguzzi. The crew left before sunrise Friday morning, in order to complete the long drive early and have a relaxing evening to prepare for the grueling, double event round robin the following day.

A beautiful, warm, sunny day welcomed the team as they enjoyed a late afternoon bistro lunch, caught some fly dub-step at the McGill campus, and took in the sites from Mt. Royal.

The team made great use of the hotel fitness area, stretching out in the gym, having a quick swim in the pool, and a very relaxing steam room. All were in peak physical & mental form and ready for battle – Pro Deal indeed!

Arriving at the event around 9am, our host guided us through the registration process where we all made weight (thanks steam room!). It was held in a small fencing gym, with a nice setup of 4 pro style rings. The tourney was very well run, and the reffing was outstanding. However, the standard game of waiting for your division to be called began that is the norm for all events like this, so we hunkered down to watch many great matches. By 4pm our 1st divisions began to be called.

PK lit up the tourney donning his now famous pink gi, making friends with everyone he came into contact with in his trademark style. With great posture, he had several close battles in Gi, but saved his aggression for the NoGi, denying one opponent anything from standup before a beautiful sprawl, back take to rear naked choke for the tap!

Derek, donning the Gi for the 1st time in competition, blasted through his opponents with relentless, dominating pressure, utilizing his newly sharpened ‘shoulder of justice’ to great success. During the last of his Gi matches, Derek tweaked his back and could not continue into the NoGi event.

Kier showed fighting tiger spirit in his first Gi match, bringing heavy pressure to a spider guard player. Down on points and short on time, he finally blasted through to land in half guard and immediately sunk in the sleeve choke, but ran out of time before getting the tap. Somewhere during the match he got his arm/shoulder wrenched and could not continue for the remainder of both events.

Candice, with energetic patience, stood by her crew with cheers, always on the ready to support our players during the grueling (increasingly smelly) 12hr event. Barely taking her eyes off the matches, it was obvious a new die-hard BJJ fan and future competitor was born.

After giving our thanks and goodbyes to our host (who didn’t take a break from reffing all day) we made our way back to the hotel to begin our recovery/debrief and celebrate a well fought day. After a return to the spa, a nice meal and a few drinks we turned in for the night to prepare for the ride home.

Such a great experience was had by all! Many things were learned and confirmed about how to properly prepare and manage a long day event such as this. All were happy with their performances, and were on track with aspects that each are currently working on with their individual games, yet all took away many new things to work on. The most important aspect of the trip was the team spirit that was leveraged which made us more than the sum of our parts. All have vowed to bring this newly kindled fire back home to infect the rest of the gym to take us all to the next level of competition performance.


John Frankl @ TPTM

March 17, 2012 Posted by School of Thought

We had the pleasure of having BJJ Blackbelt, John Frankl drop by TPTM all the way from Korea to teach this morning’s class.  We were pretty lucky to be exposed to some high-level BJJ and everyone went home with some quality, game-changing information.

Here’s some feedback from after the clinic:



Just a few of the adjectives that I overheard during John Frankl’s BJJ clinic this morning @ SBG Toronto….just saying.

Humbled and honoured to be part of process.


Spent the morning with bjj black belt John frankl. That was a game changing morning. Feeling pretty lucky.


Awesome seminar today at TPTM with John Frankl thanks Jay!


Thank you John.


SBG Toronto @ the BJJ Provincials

December 1, 2011 Posted by School of Thought

We had a few members of SBG Toronto’s ADD Squad competing last weekend at the Ontario Provincial BJJ Championship.Noah,PK, Kier and Derek all represented extremely well…along with some great support from Sherman ,Mark and Kevan who came out to cheer them on.

Kier won the Gold in the Masters Blue Belt division and the Bronze in the Adult no gi division.

Derek popped his tourney cherry and brought home the Silver in the Beginners No Gi division.

4 competitors,3 medals,2 days with 0 injuries made for 1 happy and hungover coach!

Huge THANK YOU to all the Coaches that have helped us over the years.

Honoured and humbled to be a part of the process.

Viva SBGi!!!

Photos from Matt Thornton’s Seminar

September 27, 2011 Posted by School of Thought

Photos from Travis Davison’s Seminar

February 28, 2011 Posted by School of Thought

Photos from Karl Tanswell’s Seminar

June 18, 2010 Posted by School of Thought

Photos from John Kavanagh’s Seminar

March 26, 2010 Posted by School of Thought

Matt Thornton @ SBG Toronto (Feb 5, 6 & 7)

February 8, 2010 Posted by School of Thought

What a great start to 2010 for TPTM/SBG Toronto!

Everyone had a solid workout, got in lots of rolling, and made immediate improvements to their game while Matt Thornton (SBGi President & BJJ Black Belt) led us through a packed weekend of BJJ focusing on positional posture. Friday night began with open rolling, a look at half guard postures followed by Q & A. More open rolling on Saturday, where we then worked proper posture and hand fighting from inside the closed guard, then on to the same for butterfly guard. Sunday kicked off with more open rolling, some crushing from cross-sides & 10/2 positions, followed by more rolling and Q & A.

Many thanks to all who could attend, especially those who made the drive from the St.Catharines & Kingston. Stay tuned for more info on future training opportunities again this year with Matt, BJJ Phenom John Kavanagh, as well as our good friends Mike & Rebecca Sweeney.