Karl Tanswell has been involved in martial arts and Combat sports most of his life. He’s 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 along 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 mixed martial arts 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, an edged weapons defense system, The Essential Pad Man 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 some of the cream of the UK’s talent with Davey Grant, Saul Rogers, Matt Inman, Alex Enlund, Jordan Desborough and Martin Stapleton in his stable, as well as a whole host of other rising stars on the British MMA scene following in their footsteps.
In July 2007 Karl Tanswell became the third instructor to receive his BJJ black belt from Matt Thornton.
“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, 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 self-defense applications. He has helped coach multiple world champions, and UK SBG athletes who consistently dominate in both submission and MMA events. I am proud to add Karl to my list of black belts.” Matt Thornton, SBG Founder.
Karl’s methodology is innovative and often unique, but with an ever growing team of fighters with national and international success, it’s difficult to argue with the results.