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Karl Tanswell

Karl Tanswell SBG

"I Chose REVGEAR; the best Quality Stuff I've ever used and over the years I've used it all"

Basic Information

Karl Tanswell has been one of the UK’s foremost MMA Coaches for many years and involved in MMA since before it even started in the United Kingdom and continues to innovate and evolve his coaching methods.  Receiving a 3rd Degree Black Belt from Matt Thornton of Straight Blast Gym he has been described correctly by his peers as a “World Class Coach”


SBG Manchester
Unit 12, Sheffield St,
M1 2ND


Mixed Martial Arts, BJJ Black Belt. Specialized Striking Coach

Specialist Areas Taught

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Submission Grappling, Muay Thai Boxing, Western Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Coaching ,Padwork .

Notable Fighters

Matt Inman
Davey Grant
Saul Rogers
Martin Stapleton

Karl Tanswell has been involved in Martial Arts and Combat sports most of his life . He  is currently the Head Coach and Director of Sbg UK and the SBG Manchester Fight Team.

As a Mixed Martial Arts Coach he has developed Athletes who regularly compete on all the major promotions amassing many Titles on the way.

Known for his deep thinking about the MMA game Karl chose REVGEAR as a brand that has similar roots of innovation and quality which are true to his own values in the sport. Now as part of Team Revgear he looks to bring his experience and expertise to the brand.

He is known as an innovator within MMA and has been involved from the early roots of the sports evolution. During that time he has researched and combined many concepts and is the developer of The STAB Program ( a  edged weapons defence system) , The Essential Padman Seminar and online learning tool for Striking Coaches ,  Aretas Training and Management Company and SBG Manchester Gym.

The amount of top class athletes Karl has coached over the years constitutes a long list but currently he works with Davey Grant, Saul Rogers, Matt Inman, Jordan Desborough and Martin Stapleton.

In July 2007 Karl Tanswell became the third Instructor to receive his BJJ black belt from Matt Thornton. Here is a note from Matt regarding this promotion,

“I have known Karl for about Fifteen Years now, and those of you that have worked with Karl already know he is a world class Coach. Whether you have seen his work on or had the pleasure of attending one of his workshops recently to see the innovative MMA curriculum he has developed, there is no doubt Karl is one of the top MMA Coaches in the world at the moment.

What you may not know is Karl is equally skilled with a gi. He can teach the entire Art of BJJ, gi, no-gi, MMA, and the self defense applications. He has helped Coach multiple world Champions, and the UK SBG athletes consistently dominate in both submission and MMA events. And I am proud to add Karl to my list of black belts.”