My inspirational sports person is John Kavanagh. He is the owner of Straight Blast Gym (SBG) and is also the coach of the world famous MMA star Conor Mcgregor.

Both himself and Conor stated their lives in Dublin city. John founded SBG in 2001 who at the time was self-taught in martial arts. He was awarded his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) purple belt in 2002. Three years later, Kavanagh won gold at the 2005 European BJJ Championship. In 2007, he was awarded his BJJ black belt, making Kavanagh Ireland’s first ever BJJ black belt in the process.




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