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John Kavanagh Shares His Success Story In Melbourne and Sydney This April

Friday 17 February 2017

John Kavanagh Shares His Success Story In Melbourne and Sydney This April

Be inspired as the author of best-selling book 'Win or Learn', and the head coach to world-famous UFC featherwright and lightweight champion Conor McGregor, John Kavanagh, chronicles his MMA success story on 'An Evening with John Kavanagh'.

John will be performing in Sydney and Melbourne along with Kacper Rosolowski and Denis Shkuratov of Submission Radio (Australia and New Zealand’s biggest weekly Mixed Martial Arts show).

He will impart knowledge about his inspirational approach to life and his take on being the man behind the most talked about fighter in combat sports. Guests will get a first hand look into the behind-the-scenes of the rise and triumphs of Conor McGregor plus John will be signing copies of his book, 'Win or Learn' which is out via Penguin.

“John has done so much for me and I will forever be repaying John. He put his faith in me when no else would put their faith in me!” - Conor McGregor

Running ‘Straight Blast Gym’ Ireland, John Kavanagh is one of the world's leading mixed martial arts coaches. He is Ireland’s first MMA fighter, first Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and first coach of a UFC Champion. He has trained in BJJ since 1996. The first person to really bring proper BJJ into Ireland, John has built a reputation as a competitor winning gold at the European Championships 2006 and is a world-class coach. As Ireland's first Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he was the first Irish MMA sportsman to compete in the Cage.

John has had a number of Dublin-based gyms in the last 8 years and each time he moves the gym, he gathers more members and more space! He has a varied martial arts background including Kick Boxing. He started with Karate when he was five years old, but Brazilian Jiu Jitsu caught his attention while watching UFC and his passion for the sport grew stronger as he trained.

In 2001, while fighting in Africa, he met Matt Thorton of SBGi and a firm friendship and business partnership began. The training ethos of SBG really amazed him and the message that athletes and non-athletes could train side by side, is one he continues to promote.

John says: "SBGi is about people, and our goal is to offer the cutting edge in self defense, combat athletics, fitness and personal growth, to every type of human body that walks through our door. Not just 22-year old athletes (although they will certainly find their niche here as well), but to professionals who have to work 45-hour weeks. To women of all ages. To older people, looking to get into shape, have fun, and learn self defense. To children of all ages who can learn the arts in a positive atmosphere of friendship and fun. SBGi is for everybody."

John has coached, cornered and trained with many great names of MMA and BJJ like Chris ‘The Killing’ Fields, Cathal ‘The Punisher’ Pendred, Clive ‘The Badman’ Staunton, Arni Isaksson, Gunnar Nelson, Tom Maguire, Alan Duffy, Philip Mulpeter, Conor McGregor, Tom King, Arek Sternalski, Nerigus, Macek, Joey Breslin and more.

Many MMA greats have passed through the doors of SBG including BJ Penn, Shaolin, Chris Brennan, Ryan Hall, Minotauro, Saulo Riberio, Xande Riberio, Rory Singer, Ed Herman, Jeff Monson, Ian Freeman, Leigh Remedios, Ian Butlin, Ricardo Liborio, Shane Rice and Thomas Egan to name a few!

Grab yopur tickets and prepare for what will be inspirational nights with John Kavanagh!