SBG’s Karl Tanswell & ‘Dynamic Quality’

One of my first black belts, the third I awarded, is Karl Tanswell. Karl is an icon in British Martial Arts. With a similar background as myself, in JKD Concepts and boxing, Karl and I immediately hit it off when we first met almost 16 years ago.streaming movie Hotel de Grote L


Since that time Karl has become one of the UK’s first home grown BJJ black belts, and one of its most successful MMA coaches. SBG Manchester, Karl’s main academy, is home to TUF finalist – Saul Rogers, world champion – Martin Stapleton, and many more phenomenal MMA and BJJ athletes.

He’s also given out five of his own BJJ black belts, Casey Jones, Glyn Powditch, Chris Coltrane, Matt Inman, and UFC fighter – Jason Tan.

Coach Karl just did a podcast, which can be found here:

Karl Tanswell Podcast Jan 2016

Karl’s section begins at the 29: minute mark.
Topics include:

– Gym swapping
– SBG training methods – the scientific process
– The Aliveness epistemology
– The SBG work ethic
– The importance of personal responsibility
– Creating the proper training dynamic
– The distinction between ‘sport’ & ‘martial arts’, and why SBG creates Martial Artists.
– The training between SBG Ireland and SBG UK
– SBG athlete Conor McGregor, and ‘dynamic quality’
– Karl’s plans for the next 12 months

We know that under Karl’s guidance, 2016 is going to be another amazing year for SBG UK. You can contact Karl at:

Karl’s Academy

And if you haven’t seen this video, check it out: