Thursday, 7 March 2019

SBG Aberdeen is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) team based in Aberdeen, Scotland. BJJ is a martial art and combat sport, where grapplers focus on fighting on the ground. Classes are held in our purpose-built room at Quay Fitness, Clarence Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5BH. The gym is a 15-minute walk from Union Square, Aberdeen Train Station and the Bus Station.

For more information about classes, e-mail coach Ross McTavish at:
Everyone should e-mail Ross ahead of their first session to receive instructions on how to gain access to the gym, otherwise they will find themselves unable to enter through the front door.

Our classes are suitable for those aged 16 and above. We have a diverse range of members, from competitive athletes to once-a-week hobbyists, young to not-so-young, male and female. We have 17 hours of BJJ training available per week, with sessions on every day.

The club is affiliated to Straight Blast Gym (SBG) under the guidance of SBG UK black belt Casey Jones. Classes are run by coaches who are brown belts under the late Karl Tanswell.

SBG Aberdeen is part of the United Kingdom Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association (UKBJJA).


Monday: 17.30 - 18.30 - No gi BJJ rolling/sparring rounds

18.30 - 19.30 - BJJ fundamentals (participants can wear no gi to this session)

Tuesday: 18.00 - 19.00 - Gi BJJ rolling/sparring rounds

19.00 - 20.00 - Gi BJJ technique

20.00 - 21.00 - BJJ fundamentals (participants can wear no gi to this session)

Wednesday: 18.30 - 19.45 - Wrestling (£5 per class for all, payable to coach Piotr Widz)

19.45 - 21.00 - Gi BJJ rolling/sparring rounds

Thursday: 18.00 - 19.00 - No gi BJJ rolling/sparring rounds

19.00 - 20.00 - No gi BJJ technique

20.00 - 21.00 - BJJ fundamentals (participants can wear no gi to this session)

Friday: 17.30 - 18.30 - Judo (this session focuses on takedowns while wearing the gi)

18.30 - 19.30 - Gi BJJ technique

Saturday: 9.30 - 11.00 No gi BJJ rolling/sparring rounds, followed by technique

Sunday: 9.00 - 10.00 - Wrestling (this session focuses on takedowns while wearing no gi)

10.00 - 11.00 - No gi BJJ positional rounds

11.00 - 12.00 - BJJ fundamentals (participants can wear no gi to this session)


Members can pay £50 per month to attend all classes. This should be paid by standing order. The club's bank details are available upon request.

Members can pay £70 per month to attend all classes and for full gym access. This allows them to use the grappling area and accompanying gym at any time.

Daily drop-in rates are: 1 class - £5, 2 classes - £7, 3 classes - £10

The Wednesday wrestling class costs £5 on the night for both members and non-members. This is to cover the cost of coach Piotr Widz taking the class. It is not an official SBG Aberdeen class, but it is open to all.


We recommend beginners start on a Monday evening at our fundamentals class (18.30 - 19.30). If a Monday is not suitable, beginners can start at any of our fundamentals classes. All that is required to train no gi is a t-shirt and shorts.


Fundamentals - The core components of BJJ explained. Ideal for beginners, or for seasoned grapplers to work on the most important parts of their games.

Technique - This session delves deeper into the core components of BJJ, adding extra options. It is best suited to someone with a solid understanding of fundamentals.

Positional rounds - Rolling/sparring in a specific position, against an opponent applying variable resistance. This session is suited to someone with a solid understanding of the core positions of BJJ.

Rolling/sparring - Performing BJJ in free movement rounds against an opponent. This session is ideal for someone with a good understanding of BJJ fundamentals.


SBG Aberdeen has an active BJJ competition team that competes under the banner of SBG UK. The gym is home to the current Scottish Grappling Square Go champions. The knockout Quintet-style tournament featured teams of five from Scotland and northern England. SBG Aberdeen grapplers are active in Scottish competitions, as well as further afield, taking part in competitions run by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and North American Grappling Association (NAGA).

The club previously competed in amateur mixed martial arts (MMA), with six athletes putting together a combined record of 15 wins, 3 defeats, 1 draw and 1 no contest.


For more information, including the latest on what is happening at SBG Aberdeen, visit:


SBG Aberdeen BJJ coach Ross McTavish has achieved the following:

- BJJ brown belt under Karl Tanswell.

- Officiated at numerous BJJ competitions, having qualified as a Level 3 UKBJJA referee in the IBJJF ruleset.

- Judged at a MMA show for Scotland's leading MMA promotion, On Top.

- Completed two coaching workshops with SBG President and black belt Matt Thornton.

- Attended an Injury Prevention In MMA Seminar organised by elite MMA coach John Kavanagh and the Irish MMA Federation.

- Hosted a two-day course focused on strength and condition, rest and recovery in BJJ with personal trainer Simon Mcevoy, who runs his own business (King of Kings) at SBG Ireland in Dublin.


SBG Aberdeen is committed to bringing elite coaches to the club.

Coaches who have delivered seminars at SBG Aberdeen include: Karl Tanswell, Casey Jones, Martin Aedma, Garry Christie, Christian Graugart, Ross Nicholls, Danny Williams, Mauricio Gomes, John and Amanda Diggins, and Simon Mcevoy.

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