Meet the Coaches

Here are the amazing coaches at SBG Tullamore


BJJ Blackbelt under John Kavanagh Polaris Pro competitor Former professional MMA Fighter


Head Coach

Kieran Davern

I am the gym manager and events co-ordinator of the Midlands Throwdown, Evolution Fighting Championship and BJJ Outliers. I have an honours degree in Social Science and a masters degree in Child Protection and Welfare. I love my job and have found a love for CrossFit and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


Jamie Houlihan

– JIU JITSU: •Purple in Jiu Jitsu • 3wins 1 lost MMA •Bronze ADCC 2016 •Silver Naga 2016 •Silver Sub Only 2017 •2x Gold Midlands Open 2017 •Championship Belt Midlands Open 2017 •Gold Irish Submission Grappling League – CROSSFIT: •Rx Athlete •Competed in multiple competitions around Ireland •Koncept Fitwear Brand Ambassador

Crossfit Coach

Michael Davern


Began training in martial arts in 1990 4th Dan Black belt in karate competed all over the world winning various titles, began training in jiu jitsu in 2008 competed in multiple competitions, I coach the fundamentals programme here in the gym and have cornered on some of the biggest jiu jitsu shows in the world.

BJJ Fundamentals Coach

Sid Allen

Training 8 years from the very first class in Evolution MMA. Two years later, I became one of the original home grown blue belts 2 years after that I became a purple belt 

I’ve been a Coach at SBG Tullamore for 6 years now and love how rewarding it is.

BJJ Fundamentals Coach

Dean Molloy

Purple belt under Kieran Davern – Gold in midlands open blue belt NoGi – Gold in Irish open blue belt Gi • Gold in Irish open purple belt Gi • Gold in British Masters blue belt

I love coaching all aspects of bjj , but introducing beginners to bjj is what I love best.

BJJ Fundamentals Coach

John Nash


7 gold medals in blue belt jiu jitsu competitions, 3 K1/kickboxing wins, 3MMA wins. Head kickboxing coach at SBG Tullamore. I teach all levels of children’s jiu jitsu class. It is rewarding to see the children progress through their ranks and, facing challenges in the beginning, improve and be part of a team.

Growing Gorillas & Kickboxing Coach

Andrew Barrett

•Mammy •BJJ blue belt •Crossfit Coach •Sports Massage Therapist.   

Gold DCU, blue belt promotion, 1st female to be promoted to blue in the gym.
August 18: bronze dcu advanced
Sept 18 :naga gold, grapple kings competitor
Dec 18: awarded most improved female fighter
March 19: 1st tip on blue belt


Crossfit Coach

Marie Kennedy

Competition accolades: IBJJF Dublin Open Gold x3 (silver, bronze x2) IBJJF Irish Nationals Gold & Silver IBJJF Lisbon Open Gold x2 IBJJF Paris Open Gold & Silver IBJJF London Open Bronze x3 Irish Open Silver x3 NI Open Gold x2 (bronze x2) NAGA Dublin Gold x2 (silver x2) Grappling Industries Open Weight Gold (silver in weight)

BJJ Fundamentals Coach

Jack Dolan


Front of Desk & KidFit Coach