Gracie JJGF Certified Academy
At SBG Bury, our coaches are here to ensure you are on the path you desire to be on. Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds, learn something new, or become the new Champion. Our coaches who are not only accomplished athletes but make training fun and engaging. Nobody will be more invested in your growth and improvement than an SBG coach.
2nd degree BJJ Black Belt
Glyn Powditch is a 2nd degree BJJ Black Belt (Sept 2013) under Karl Tanswell and certified MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Instructor at Straight Blast Gym Manchester. Glyn also holds a brown belt in Judo from his time training under Steve Pullen at Cheadle & Urmston Judo Club and has competed in BJJ and Judo at International and national competitions from Gracie Invitationals to the English Judo Open, winning the Absolute and middleweight divisions at the Revolution Submission Wrestling Tournament as well as medalling several tournaments such as SENI and Gracie Invitationals between 2003 and 2009. All classes follow the SBG I-method of Introduction, Isolation, and Integration with a specific focus on fundamentals. In 2017, Glyn has travelled all over the world to train, training at SBG Portland with Matt Thornton and attending the Rickson Gracie seminar, SBG Athens with the Singer Brothers, SBG Buford with Phillipe Gentry, 6th degree Black Belt Roberto Traven, and to South Korea with SBG affiliate World Jiu Jitsu in Pangyo.
A successful MMA competitor and BJJ Purple Belt, Jonny Ohikere joined SBG Bury after relocation. He previously competed in MMA representing both SBG Manchester HQ under Matt Inman and SBG South Shields where he worked under former Cage Warriors World Champion Alex Enlund. Described by Matt Inman as ‘the real deal’, Jonny coaches striking classes at SBG Bury using his expertise in Thai, Western Boxing and MMA clinch.
BJJ Purple Belt
One of Karl Tanswell’s first blue and purple belts earning the latter in 2007, Pete competed in a number of competitions including Sub League and SENI in the early 2000s, coaching many of the classes at the original SBG UK HQ in all ranges from striking to clinch and ground. Pete was promoted to black belt by Glyn Powditch in 2022.