The winning giants

2019-03-19 06:00
Straight Blast Gym International members pose with their medals after an admirable win.

Straight Blast Gym International members pose with their medals after an admirable win.

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Straight Blast Gym International (SBG) in Sunnydale is officially the second best gym in Africa when it comes to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

The first spot went to Renzo Academy

The gym competed at the UAE Jiu Jitsu Federation Africa Continent Pro Championships held at the Shed, in Stellenbosch, on the weekend of Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March. They finished second in the competition. Some of their members have qualified for next month’s Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship tournament, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), from Saturday 20 April to Friday 26 April.

Run by local Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Art (MMA) Coach Steve Bazzea the organisation did admirably well, being placed second overall in the African continent pro championships.

Bazzea says he still can’t believe it.

“I knew they would do well because of their diligence and training. But I was quite surprised that they were placed second. We were training daily from December for this competition. We were up against the best teams and we did so well,” he says.

The organisation has been in the Fish Hoek Valley for more than 25 years and they have several programmes for adults and children which include mixed martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing, MoveFit Wellness among many others.

Utilising the I-method of coaching (Introduction – Isolation – Integration) and the P-method (Posture - Pressure - Possibilities), new students are taught a solid foundation allowing critical thinking as the material is applied without wasting years on rehearsing meaningless techniques.

This provides each student the freedom to develop his/her own style, that is optimum for their body, mind, and temperament.With a lot of things happening, Bazzea has no doubt that what they practice can help and save a life in their day-to-day activities.

“Life is hard. We have a lot of challenges. We face traffic every day, people are stressed and frustrated all the time. But with what we do we always teach calmness and how to react in a certain situation and how to make the best decision even under pressure,” he says.Part of what they teach is to help people spot danger from afar and and be prepared to respond in an optimum manner should you be under attack. “We teach awareness skills and with all the dangers of modern society; this is something that every child and adult should be taught, especially Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as it is a martial art for all body types and both sexes. This includes the weaker person or women and child – literally all can practice the art and be efficient due to its system of bio-mechanics and leverage,’’ he says.


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