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  • Matt Thornton Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar

    Matt Thornton Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar


    Straight Blast Gym President Matt Thornton will be coming to Straight Blast Gym Buford in September!
    Matt is strongly revered and respected in the martial arts community for his creation of the concept “aliveness” during martial arts training, as well as for being one of the first gyms to feature cross training in boxing, JKD, and in the 1990s. He is truly a pioneer of mixed martial arts and was among the first American-born practitioners to receive a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. On September 7th and 8th, Matt Thornton will be teaching an incredible Brazilian Jiu Jitsu seminar at Straight Blast Gym Buford! Each year, Straight Blast Gym brings Matt Thornton to ....

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  • Lauren Cohee: Kids Martial Arts Member of the Month

    Lauren Cohee: Kids Martial Arts Member of the Month

    Like a lot of father’s, David Cohee wants his daughter to develop a real sense of confidence; not only in her actions, but when it comes to protecting herself.
    A martial arts enthusiast since childhood, David knew that he wanted his daughter, Lauren, to practice martial arts. While David practied karate, he wanted something different for his daughter. : “Lauren began showing an interest in martial arts and was begging me to study karate. After much consideration I decided on jiu jitsu, basically due to the fact that most real life situations end up on the ground.”
    It’s a common tale. Because most of today’s adults grew up in an era ....

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  • Natalie Pulley is August's Martial Arts Member of the Month

    Natalie Pulley is August's Martial Arts Member of the Month


    Straight Blast Gym Buford athlete Natalie Pulley just received her blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!
    Natalie is one of three Pulley family members that trains at Straight Blast Gym Buford. Along with her husband Brian, and two sons, the Pulley family can be found at SBG Buford just about every day. Natalie has become a staple in our quickly-growing group of female jiu jitsu athletes, including hosting a group of them at her house, recently, for a night of jiu jitsu and laughter. Before coming to Straight Blast Gym, Natalie was an active fitness physique competitor. She eventually wanted a new challenge and discovered martial arts. Along with her husband Brian, they began training ....

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  • Tisha Poe is SBG Buford's Fitness Member of the Month

    Tisha Poe is SBG Buford's Fitness Member of the Month

    Tisha Poe is a regular in our Fitness Kickboxing classes, and is now getting down in our martial arts programs too!!
    Tisha came to SBG Buford in April, joining our Fitness Kickboxing program. It was evident from the start that she possessed an amazing attitude and infectious energy. She loved learning the combinations and striking movements, so she began doing one-on-one kickboxing lessons with Coach Tyler Trump. She loved the striking that she was learning in her private lessons, so she added Muay Thai to her training schedule. Coach Jim said this about Tisha: “She is an awesome addition to our Muay Thai program. Because of her time in Fitness Kickboxing and the ....

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  • Buddy Day at Straight Blast Gym is August 17th

    Buddy Day at Straight Blast Gym is August 17th


    Saturday, August 17th, will be Straight Blast Gym’s next Buddy Day! SBG Buford will have a petting zoo, bouncy octagon, free martial arts and fitness classes, and more!!
    Buddy Day is an opportunity for the martial arts and fitness athletes of Straight Blast Gym to bring their friends to the gym with them, and participate in one of our group classes together. Buddy Day is one of our favorite events of the year, as it offers our athletes a chance to share their experience at Straight Blast Gym with a friend, family member, co-worker, or neighbor, free of charge. No gimmicks, no catch, no games...just a morning of fun and fitness! ..... Often times, the ....

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  • SBG Buford Prepares for Local Martial Arts Tournament

    SBG Buford Prepares for Local Martial Arts Tournament


    The New Breed Martial Arts Tournament will be held on Saturday, August 3rd, in Suwanee, GA.
    Straight Blast Gym Buford will have Jiu Jitsu coaches on-site to coach and assist any and all martial arts athletes that participate in this event. The absolute latest that you can register for the New Breed martial arts tournament is July 30th!!
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    NEWBREED ULTIMATE CHALLENGE SBG Buford has a track record of performing very well at New Breed competitions. At the last Brazilian Jiu Jitsu event held in Suwanee, SBG Buford took home 3rd place overall for the adult division, despite having far less competitors than other martial arts schools. We’re looking to ....

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  • SBG Buford Jiu Jitsu Promotion List for July 2019

    SBG Buford Jiu Jitsu Promotion List for July 2019

    On July 29th and July 30th, we will be celebrating a new batch of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belt promotions.
    The schedule for July’s Iron Man martial arts belt promotions is as follows: Monday, July 29th: Jr. Gorillas at 5pm and Adults at 7:30pm Tuesday, July 30th: Spidermonkeys at 4:15pm and Chimpanzees at 5pm The following martial arts athletes are set to receive a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belt promotion: Jr. Gorillas: Monday, July 29th at 5:00pm Adiah Schlott: Grey/White Gabriel Schlott: Grey/White Christian Romero: Grey/White Lauren Cohee: Grey/White Christian Sanchez: Grey/White Daniel O'Riley: Grey David Perez: Grey David Dodita: Grey/Black Adults: ....

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  • Jonah Lee is our Kids Martial Arts Member of the Month for July

    Jonah Lee is our Kids Martial Arts Member of the Month for July


    “I enrolled my son in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu so that he could learn to deal with bullies. My husband and I wanted a martial art that would build his skills to deal with older, bigger kids at school.”
    It’s a familiar introduction of the martial art known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, whether it be to a young boy or girl. As the popularity and awareness of BJJ spreads throughout the martial arts world, parents are becoming more and more familiar with the most practical and useful self-defense known to man. It was this feature of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that brought Jonah and his family to Straight Blast Gym Buford way back in 2015. At the time, Jonah was 6 years old. He began training ....

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  • Linden Stewart is July's Fitness Member of the Month

    Linden Stewart is July's Fitness Member of the Month


    “Linden likes having supportive and knowledgeable coaches that always push her to work hard in class.”
    These are the words of her boyfriend, James Morton, who is also the Head Fitness Instructor at Straight Blast Gym Buford. Linden Stewart just recently hit her 3 year anniversary with SBG Buford, over which time she has achieved some RIDICULOUS results! Linden has played sports all of her life, and enjoys taking on new challenges. It was this mindset that led her to Straight Blast Gym. What started off as a fascination with weight lifting turned into a full-fledged health blitzkrieg, as she began attending Fitness Performance classes on the regular. Between the weight ....

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  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Belt Promotions for July 2019

    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Belt Promotions for July 2019

    It’s time for our Brazilian Jiu JitsuIron Man Belt Promotions! One of the things that makes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu different from other martial arts in America, is the amount of time it takes to earn a new belt. Like other traditional martial arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu uses colored belts to show the progression of its athletes. Unlike other martial arts, achieving a new belt in jiu jitsu is not easy and it doesn’t happen very often. When it does….it is meant for celebration. At Straight Blast Gym’s all over the world, we do an Iron Man to celebrate and welcome a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athlete to their new belt. An Iron Man allows all of our jiu jitsu athletes to ....

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