Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Happy Easter from all at SBG! We just wanted to give you our best wishes and let you know about our opening hours for this bank holiday weekend.

Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th are all as normally scheduled.
On Monday Mario will open at 12pm for BJJ. - Suitable for foundation level and above.

There will be NO classes for kids/ teens on Bank holiday Monday. (You growing gorilla can attend on an alternative day!)

IMMAF Welcomes the Irish Amateur Pankration Association

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(London. April 2nd 2015) The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation is pleased to officially confirm the recent affiliation of the Republic of Ireland under the Irish Amateur Pankration Association (IAPA). The news was broken yesterday by Irish media outlet, Severe MMA , as revealed by UFC Senior Vice President and General Manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa, David Allen, during the UFC’s visit to Dublin to promote UFC 189: Aldo vs McGregor.

Ireland consists of two political regions, Northern Ireland, which forms part of the UK, and the Republic of Ireland in the south. The former Mixed Martial Arts Federation of Ireland (MMAFI) which aimed to oversee MMA in both regions, re-launched as the Ulster Amateur MMA Association in January of this year with its remit narrowed to the governance of Northern Ireland only.  While the MMAFI had maintained the support of the Northern Irish government, the MMA community in the southern Republic faced a different political landscape. For this reason it was concluded by MMA community leaders from both regions that the North and South of Ireland needed separate governance.

The Irish Amateur Pankration Association (IAPA) was formed in late 2014 with the stated purpose of “creating a framework where Irish Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and its associate clubs, coaches & fighters, would become recognised as a legitimate sport in Ireland…under the all-encompassing umbrella of the Irish Sporting Council (ISC).”

Its founders firstly worked to create of a National Body of Associated Clubs, and then a National Governing Body focused on the Amateur and recreational sides of the sport. The movement has won great support from gyms and coaches across the Republic of Ireland. This was well illustrated by the impressive turnout at January’s “Injury Prevention in MMA” event in Dublin, part organized by IAPA founder and president John Kavanagh. Kavanagh is best known as a world leading MMA coach at Ireland’s Straight Blast Gym, with names that include Conor McGregor, Gunnar Nelson and Aisling Daly among his roster.

The new organisation has taken its name from its association with the 60 year old Irish Amateur Wrestling Association (IAWA). The IAWA is Ireland’s National Governing Body for wrestling and associated grappling arts, including Pankration. It was through a positive working relationship with the IAWA that the Irish Amateur Pankration Association was enabled to form a MMA sub-committee.

IAPA spokesperson Deano Sullivan commented:

“The Irish Amateur Pankration Association is delighted to have officially become a member of the International MMA Federation. We hope to work closely with our international colleagues to promote and support the development of MMA during these very exciting times.”

IMMAF CEO Densign White said:

“We are happy to welcome the IAPA to IMMAF and very much look forward to seeing the Republic of Ireland represented at the IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA in Las Vegas this year.”

Kavanagh & Holohan are bringing Martial Arts to Tallaght!


So here's some huge news!

IRELAND’S MMA FIGHTERS have always been aiming to follow the path to the top.
The problem was that — up until a couple of years ago — they didn’t know where to find it. However, with eight Irish fighters now competing in the UFC, that’s no longer an obstacle. The cream of the Irish MMA crop have found their way to the summit and they’re beginning to turn their attentions towards showing the rest how to get there too.

It took a long time for Ireland to put itself on the map in mixed martial arts, but this country is now becoming a major player in the sport — led by Conor McGregor, a man who could be a UFC world champion in July, and his team, Straight Blast Gym (SBG).

Half of Ireland’s UFC representatives are SBG fighters, and the gym — based on the Naas Road — is about to be joined by a second state-of-the-art location in the heart of Tallaght, the home of SBG’s UFC flyweight Paddy Holohan....


Project Alpha - How to eat and train like a Boss

Hello all! I'm Paul Keely from the Irish Strength Institute and I'm going to be taking over this town, and of course by town I mean the ISI facility in SBG Concorde! We're putting together a program called 'Project Alpha' to help transform your fitness, nutrition and confidence in just 8 weeks. But trust me, it won't be what you think. Check out my video below to find out more from me and my video-bombing daughter!

If you're interested I'll be holding two talks about the course at SBG  Concorde. These talks are for the general public, not for fitness professionals, and there's no need to register so just rock on up. Hope to see you there.

Wednesday 11th March - 6.30pm
Saturday 14th Match - 1.30pm

National Pyjama Day for Irish Autism Action

On Friday 6th March 2015 over 50,000 children and 1500 early childhood educators will get sponsorship to wear their PJs into preschools & crèches in aid of Irish Autism Action.

As big supporters of Irish Autism Action here at SBG, we're getting in on the act and we'll be doing the same! All money raised on the day will go towards:

  • Developing an awareness raising campaign for Irish Autism Action
  • Developing training specifically tailored to meet the needs of the ECCE sector.
  • Evaluate the Step A Head Pilot Programme.

If you'd like to sponsor a PJ wearer you can do so at the Main desk in SBG Concorde. For more information on National Pyjama Day, you can find it HERE.