Developing a well rounded skill set is important in a sport like MMA or for confidence and self defence, known for having heavy hands Aaron Chalmers showed a more complete game at Bellator London. His opponent Fred Freeman came into the fight with 2 wins and 2 losses on his record with an awkward style exaggerated by his southpaw stance. Chalmers showed a maturity in his fight developed in the gym through fight simulation rounds with the likes of Cage Warriors stand out Adam Proctor, Pro MMA fighter and amateur champions Davie Mclaughlin & Mitch Dobbins alongside amateur prospect Will Brown. During the contest much of it fought against the cage and with Aaron in top position, “The Joker” showed an understanding of wrestling and control that he’d not demonstrated during his previous fights with many in attendance including UFC and Bellator MMA veterans and coaches saying he looked a much improved fighter.
Prior to the fight Chalmers asked Coach Alex Enlund what if I sub him, to which he was told he could have his first stripe on his BJJ White Belt. A promise that will have to be kept as it was shared post fight by Aaron live on Channel 5
14 year old Alex Williams heads to Rome in August to compete at the Cadets European MMA Championships held by IMMAF. Alex qualified by fighting for his place on the England team, he heads to Rome on April 3rd for a two day tournament! Traveling to compete is normal to Alex who’s fought around the globe in Jiu Jitsu competitions including California & Abu Dhabi picking up multiple World Championships. The Middlesbrough teenager with the help of his Dad (Anthony) travels an hour each day to train at SBG in South Shields.
After picking up his first career loss at Bellator Newcastle in front of his home town crowd Chalmers needed a change, rather than commute to Birmingham weekly to train at the Renegade gym in Birmingham the former reality TV star wanted to train closer to his native Newcastle and made SBG South Shields his home. Only weeks away from Bellator London, Chalmers is more than settled in and making huge progress. Training with the likes of 10-1 professional Welterweight stand out Adam Proctor, BJJ Purple Belt and professional fighter Davie Mclaughlin and amateur fighter Will Brown who heads to Rome in June to compete at the IMMAF Euros. The 4-1 Pro has great training partners around his weight class to help him get back to winning ways.
SBG South Shields is based in South Shields town centre less than 25 minutes from Newcastle City Centre via car or public transport. The gym offers aone week free trial to anyone looking to try out the classes or join the team!