Scene News: ‘Win or Learn’ – an evening with John Kavanagh


Join John Kavanagh, the Head Coach to world renowned UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor and Author of best-selling book ‘Win or Learn,’ on ‘An Evening with John Kavanagh’ – as he tells the amazing story of his long road to success in MMA.
John will be joined in conversation with Kacper Rosolowski and Denis Shkuratov of Submission Radio (Australia and New Zealand’s biggest weekly Mixed Martial Arts show).  Guests will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about John’s truly inspirational approach to life and his take on being the man behind the most talked about fighter in combat sports.  A first hand look into the behind-the-scenes of the rise and triumphs of Conor McGregor.  John will also be signing copies of his book: ‘Win or Learn’ (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
Arena Ent presents: An Evening with John Kavanagh Aus Tour Dates:

Friday 7th April – The Star – Event Centre, Sydney

Tuesday 18th April – Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne

Tickets ON SALE – Wednesday 15th February, 9am AEDT!

Meet & Greet Tickets: Meet & Greet tickets will include: First Two Rows – Reserve Ticket, signed copy of John’s book ‘WIN OR LEARN’ and a photo opportunity with John post show.

Buy the Book ‘Win or Learn’:

John Kavanagh
is Head Coach at ‘Straight Blast Gym,’ Coach to world renowned UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor and Author of the ‘Best Selling’ book: ‘Win or Learn.’ In the book, John tells his remarkable life story, which is at the heart of the story of the extraordinary explosion of MMA in Ireland and globally.  John runs ‘Straight Blast Gym’ Ireland and 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.  John has trained in BJJ since 1996.  The first person to really bring proper BJJ into Ireland, John has made a name for himself 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/premises in the past 8 years and each time he moves the gym, he gathers more members and more space! John has a varied martial arts background including Kick Boxing.  He started with Karate as a 5 year old, but Brazilian Jiu Jitsu caught his attention while watching UFC and his love of the sport grew as he trained.

In 2001, while fighting in Africa John met Matt Thorton of SBGi and a firm friendship and business partnership began.  The training ethos of SBG really impressed John 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 every-body.”

John has coached, cornered and trained with many great names of MMA and BJJ – the fight team under John right now, has had some really impressive results.  Chris ‘The Killing’ Fields, Cathal ‘The Punisher’ Pendred, Clive ‘The Badman’ Staunton, Arni Isaksson, Gunnar Nelson, Tom Maguire, Alan Duffy, Philip Mulpeter, Conor McGregor, Kieran Cooke, James Heelan, John Marrey, Luke Corcoran, Artem Lobov, Rowdy Owen Roddy, Liam Heffernon, Patrick The Hooligan Holohan, Keith Coady, Rob The Dog Quinn, Ais ‘The Bash’ Daly to name but a few.  In BJJ: Tom King, Arek Sternalski, Nerigus, Macek, Joey Breslin and a host of others.

Many greats of MMA have passed through the SBG doors 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, Thomas Egan to name a few!

“Anyone that has rolled with John knows that his own personal BJJ game is phenomenal.  He is a world-class BJJ athlete, and his skill at the fundamentals of each position in BJJ, are top notch.  In the dozen years or so I have had to Coach BJJ athletes I have yet to work with anyone that matched John’s level of technical finesse.” – Matt Thornton, SBGi President.

Coach of the Year
Team of the Year
Fighter of the Year
Fight of the Year
Submission of the Year

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