Matt Thornton Seminar – October 24th and 25th

September 23, 2015 Posted by School of Thought

SBG Toronto presents…

A weekend seminar with SBGi President and Founder, Matt Thornton.

Matt Thornton is a 4th degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Chris Haueter. His style of coaching benefits both beginner and advanced athletes.

Don’t miss this opportunity as people travel around the globe to get a chance to train with him.


Saturday, October 24th  11am – 4pm
Sunday, October 25th 11am – 4pm


Straight Blast Gym Scarborough
489 Brimley Rd. Unit #19, Scarborough, Ontario
(Plenty of free parking)

By TTC: Go to Kennedy Station -> take the 116 or 198 bus to Brimley -> walk south to 489 Brimley Rd and along the right side of building to Unit #19


$150 USD

Payments can be made in person at SBG Toronto or SBG Scarborough, online through Paypal below (+$4 paypal fee) or cash at the door.

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John Frankl Seminar – July 11-12th, 2015

June 8, 2015 Posted by School of Thought


SBG Toronto presents…

A weekend seminar with the legend, John Frankl.

John Frankl is a 3rd degree Black Belt under Roberto Maia and the founder of BJJ in Korea. His style of coaching benefits both beginner and advanced athletes.

Don’t miss this opportunity to train with one of the best
Jiu-Jitsu practitioners inside or out of SBGi.


Saturday, July 11th 10-4pm
Sunday, July 12th 10-3pm


Straight Blast Gym Scarborough
489 Brimley Rd. Unit #19, Scarborough, Ontario
(Plenty of free parking)

By TTC: Go to Kennedy Station -> take the 116 or 198 bus to Brimley -> walk south to 489 Brimley Rd and along the right side of building to Unit #19


SBG Members $165 before June, $185 After
Non-members $185 before June, $200 After

Payments can be made in person at SBG Toronto or SBG Scarborough, online through Paypal below (+$5 paypal fee) or cash at the door.

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SBG Toronto @ Grappling Industries Toronto

September 8, 2013 Posted by School of Thought

SBG Toronto @ Grappling Industries Toronto: Sunshine Boulevard on September 7th, 2013

What a fantastic example of what a community TPTM is. Derek and Aaron went to battle it out at the event over the weekend at the round robin tournament. Accompanied by a solid line of teammates to support. Special thanks goes to Coach Jun, Geoff and Mark for coming out to lend their advice, moral and technical support for when our team mates were on and off the mats.

Both Derek and Aaron had some absolutely dominate rounds (text book bjj) both scoring rounds of 20-0 and 23-0, respectively. There were a couple of losses but both competitors immediately understood that these are the holes they need to fill and are looking forward to working some details in the next few weeks before the next tournament. The footage taken by Grappling Industries will be posted on their Facebook page.

These events make us stronger as individuals and as a community. Very proud to see our team mates put it all out on the mats, and to walk away without injury to train another day.

Honourable mention goes to Aaron’s first medal, he placed third even though he would have had 2nd if his opponent did not grab his rash guard to prevent a sweep. Chalk it up to experience, many more of these to come…. and I don’t mean medals… I mean good times.



Karl Tanswell @ SBG Toronto (Aug 2013)

August 23, 2013 Posted by School of Thought

Objects are easier than they appear

En route to their Las Vegas wedding, SBG Toronto was fortunate to have SBGi Mainline’s head coach and BJJ Black Belt, Karl Tanswell and his lovely wife to be,  Ella Yee stop over in Toronto to spend a few days at the gym with us.  Now, if you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing one Karl’s training sessions you are missing out on a game changing experience.  Not only is the information based on decades of experience, but his method of communication and the delivery of information makes him truly stand out as one of the best coaches in this world, and this weekend he proved no less.

I am not going to post a run down of things we worked on over the two days (hey, you should have been there for that ;) ), but instead, I would just like to comment on one of the many ideas that Karl planted in our minds to help us rethink our jiu-jitsu, which is the idea of ‘simplicity’.  In this day and age of Youtube, digital video and just more and more people doing BJJ, you can really get overloaded with information to the point where you get lost and frustrated in the vast web of positions, motions and techniques.  Unlike most BJJ instructors out there, Karl doesn’t just give you more techniques to add to the web of confusion.   Instead, he gave us the tools to help simplify it.  Helping us find the common denominator between techniques, chiseling away the unnecessary as opposed to adding more and allowing all participants to have a moment of Jiu-jitsu clarity by the end of the session.

Thank you to Karl and Ella for visiting us and sharing your experience.  Thank you to Coach Jason for providing another great opportunity for growth.  This journey only gets better and better.


John Frankl Seminar @ SBG Toronto (Feb 2013)

February 6, 2013 Posted by School of Thought

After being exposed to Coach John Frankl’s seminar last year for a mere three hours and having him have a significant effect on the way I view jiujitsu (everything is a position), I was really excited to see how much of an effect ten hours with the man would have. During a short conversation, with him over a beer on Friday, he said “Let’s do it right.” Wow. We did it right that’s for sure!

Over the following weekend Coach Frankl broke down what is usually taught in a basic jiujitsu class on self defense. How to escape a headlock. However, he did not teach us how to escape, he gave us the tools and thought processes to start identifying what makes each jiujitsu move work..dropping more than a few knowledge bombs that resonated with all of the students regardless of their experience level …. from a student who had been with the gym for only one week, to multiple coaches from the SBG tribe who have been with the gym for over ten years. Everyone left with new tools in their belt.

The theme of the weekend’s seminar was “ space management”. Space Management is vital for achieving success in jiujitsu. John is a crossfit beast, however he is also smarter than your average bear and knows not to use muscles when a perfectly good bone structure (FRAMES) will use less energy and will work on a wide variety of opponents not just smaller white belts. ” You can’t rely on moving your opponent but you can always move yourself”. Leading directly to sweeps, “you must make a hole for them to fall into.” These were a few of the simple concepts that John drilled into us throughout the seminar.

Put simply, the man has a special skill with words. With nineteen years of experience he was able simplify jiujitsu concepts like no one I’ve ever seen. Most jiujitsu websites or dvds rarely touch base on the fundamentals of why moves work; they normally just show how the individual does the move. (left hand right sleeve, feed the other hand for a cross grip at the lapel, right foot on the hip… blah blah blah.) His uncomplicated style of teaching allowed all of us to really understand the basics of jiujitsu.

Coach Frankl left us with many knowledgeable lessons that we will be digesting until the next time he drops by the SBG Toronto gym…here are just a few of them:

1. The concept of repeatability. Much like science, the sweep, submission or tactic should work multiple times, on a variety of different opponents. If you can only do a sweep twice without burning out, it is not repeatable.

2. Believe in the technique, its going to take some time.

3. The art of being a good training partner, checking your opponent’s base and correcting his mistakes.

4. Slow and steady is vital for process. Don’t train too hard for six months, get injured and not training for six months. ([+6] + [-6] = 0)

Thank you John Frankl for answering all our questions and rolling with us and exposing us to your years of experience. Thanks to Coach Jason Lancucki for bringing down another legend of the game to help influence and inspire us to be better. The experience was definitely a game changer in the way I view jiujitsu.

Viva la SBGi!


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.


2012 Ontario Open Wrap Up

May 30, 2012 Posted by School of Thought

Just a quick THANK YOU! to the members of TPTM-SBG Toronto’s ADD Squad that put it on the line this past weekend at the Ontario Open BJJ Tournament.
David Wu,Derek Noonan, Pirashanth Pk Kesavan, and Sherman Thomas Patterson…. You make me proud to be your Coach!

Sherman brought home the bronze.(1st time competing)
PK placed 4th out of +40.
Derek won his 1st and 2nd matches.
David Wu took home the arms of his 1st and 2nd opponents.(1st time competing).

…and special mention goes out to Kier McManus and Candice McDonald for coming out to support the Squad!

Honoured and humbled to be a part of the process.

Viva SBGi!

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Matt Thornton Clinic @ SBG Toronto – April 30th, 2012

April 17, 2012 Posted by School of Thought


On the eve of Monday April 30th you will have the opportunity to train @ TPTM-SBG Toronto with none other than the man himself, the President and Founder of SBGi…..Matt Thornton!

This special 2 hr clinic (7PM to 9PM) will be something that you do not want to miss!!

investment: $65
Sign up today as space is limited!!!


Straight Blast Gym Toronto

  Tel: (416) 406-6665

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.