Who Are We?
SBG NorCal offers classes, training and coaching for all ages and levels in mixed martial arts (MMA), kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, functional fitness, kettlebell training, and conditioning. It’s been our lifelong dream to run a gym and we think of our students as an extension of our family.
SBG NorCal is a member of Straight Blast Gym International and was formed by Lily & Alan Pagle in 2002. Our philosophy is based on our firm conviction that learning and growth – both physical and mental – can take place at any age or from any starting point. All that is required is good coaching and a supportive environment where you can learn skills and enjoy training. That’s what we provide and that makes consistency on your part easy! We’re ready to help you reach your training goals.
Lily Pagle is SBG NorCal’s co-founder and Head Coach. A life-long athlete, Lily has over 25 years experience in martial arts. In 2010, SBG International founder Matt Thornton awarded Lily a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, making her the very first female in SBG history to do so. Lily enjoys traveling around the world, teaching students of all ages. She holds a 1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a 2nd degree black belt in Judo.
Alan Pagle has been training and teaching martial arts since 1973. While his background includes black belts in traditional martial arts his collegiate boxing and earning his 2nd degree black belt in judo are the biggest influences on his own training and coaching style. Alan recently earned a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Yes, he is a retired Berkeley police officer.
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.
Straight Blast Blog
In all functional martial arts there are no beginner or advanced techniques. There are only fundamentals and their variations. Some variations maybe more difficult or have a higher or lower probability of success. But I’m not writing about technique. What I’m going to share is a training method. Advanced rolling is a way to train […]
At SBG NorCal one of our proudest accomplishments is how we provide families with quality time. This is just a small sample from a Saturday morning at the gym. Parents working out doing Boxing BootCamp or MMA while their children hone their jiu jitsu skills; everyone smiling, sweating and learning.
In the spring of 2010, I walked in a Chinese New Year parade with a heavy backpack. At the end I felt tired but otherwise o.k. When I woke up the next morning it was a different story: my entire lower back was in excruciating pain. I got on BART and tried to find a […]