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SBG NorCal

1450 San Pablo Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94702

510 540 8283

About SBG NorCal


SBG NorCal offers classes, training and coaching for all ages and levels in mixed martial arts (MMA), kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, functional fitness, Boxing BootCamp, and conditioning. It’s been our lifelong dream to run a gym and we think of our students as an extension of our family. Ready to join our tribe? Click here to get started.


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. Click here to start your journey.

Lily Pagle

Head Coach

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

Head Coach

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.