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WHO WE ARE

What makes a Coach great?  We think a great Coach has a combination of expertise and enthusiasm, that inspires others to do more and be more.  At SBG Buford, we take coaching seriously.  It’s easy to do when you’re as passionate about it as we are.  Our mission is to guide you into being a stronger, healthier and more confident version of yourself.  We accomplish that by being the best we can be.  At a minimum, all Straight Blast Gym Buford coaches must have practiced and competed in martial arts and/or having Fitness experience for three years, completed the SBG Level 1 Coaches Course and interned under SBG Atlanta’s head coach prior to teaching their first class.   This intense training process ensures that our Coaches deliver the best possible training experience for you and the Buford Martial Arts and Fitness community.

ONE TRIBE. ONE VIBE.

PHILLIPE GENTRY

Owner/BJJ Head Coach/MMA Head Coach/Submission Samurai

The founder of Straight Blast Gym Buford, Coach Phillipe is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and accomplished Mixed Martial Artist. Nothing gets Coach more fired up than hearing a SBG members success story, and over the years he’s been fortunate enough to hear plenty. In addition to helping people gain confidence, stand up for themselves, lose weight and gain strength, Coach Phillipe has helped build two MMA state Champions, numerous Jiu Jitsu gold medalist and a tribe of incredible coaches. What makes Phillipe’s coaching unique is his ability to dissect martial arts techniques and teach them in easily digestable pieces. By doing this Coach Phillipe is able to make complex movements easy to absorb and use in a practical way. 

INTERESTING FACTS :

  • Is legally blind (without his contacts)
  • Used to be a flair bartender
  • LOVES eating mangos before training

FAVORITE QUOTE

“LUCK IS WHEN PREPARATION MEETS OPPORTUNITY.” -SENECA

PAT BARGER

Muay Thai Head Coach/MMA

If you ever find yourself in a fight – to finish that last rep, or even competing – you need Coach Pat in your corner! With over 100 fights as a corner man and coach, Pat has been instrumental in bringing home 6 championship belts to SBG-Buford! He started training and competing in the 90’s with Kickboxing, Muay Thai & MMA. As a coach, Pat has helped build the MMA team from the ground-up. He is always encouraged by tracking every students’ progress & see the skills being passed on to younger athletes – some who have gone on to fight!

INTERESTING FACTS :

  • He was in a Music Video featuring one of our other fighters
  • He has a great collection of art that he buys/sells
  • At one time was a smoker of 10 years – got healthy at the age of 26, quit and never looked back

FAVORITE QUOTE

“COMMON SENSE IS NOT SO COMMON”

SEAN COLEMAN

Kids Jiu Jitsu Head Coach/BJJ

A Jiu Jitsu brown belt, Coach Sean is the embodiment of motivation. Coach Sean has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2007 and is the head coach of our Growing Gorillas kids martial arts program. In addition to working with the kids, Coach Sean teaches Jiu JitsuFoundations and Advanced Jiu Jitsu classes. In addition to Jiu Jitsu, Sean enjoys Performance Fitness, MMA and swimming. Two of his three daughters also train, often taking their father’s Growing Gorillas classes. Sean’s passion for absorbing knowledge and sharing it with his students makes him one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors in Georgia.

INTERESTING FACTS :

  • Sleeps less than five hours a night most nights
  • Has taught BJJ in Ethiopia
  • Is an Excel expert that spends his days working as a Financial Analyst

FAVORITE QUOTE

“REMEMBERING THAT YOU ARE GOING TO DIE IS THE BEST WAY I KNOW TO AVOID THE TRAP OF THINKING YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO LOSE.” –STEVE JOBS

SEAN BLAIR

Fitness Performance/Barbell Club/Personal Training

As an Olympic, USA Weightlifting & CrossFit Certified trainer, Coach Sean has has established himself as one of Buford’s top coaches and personal trainers.  Coach Sean has logged THOUSANDS of hours working with people from ages 10 to 70, helping them to meet and exceed their goals for weight loss, strength enhancement, and athletic peformance.  It is his passion for seeing improvement in his athletes that separates him from coaches and trainers that you’ll find at a big-box gym.   Coach Sean has hundreds of of raving reviews from people in the Buford community who have experienced numerous positive lifestyle changes from working with Sean.

INTERESTING FACTS :

  • Loves working in his wood shop, building different things for training & recreation
  • He is a competitive weight lifter
  • Will do most anything…for brownies!

FAVORITE QUOTE

“THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO SUCCESS; IT’S CALLED HARD WORK.”

CHRISTOPHER CROWDER

Fitness Performance Head Coach/Barbell Club

Coach Crowder is a 40 year old phenomn!   Since being born with a heart condition that kept him from doing any sports until his 20’s, he has defied expectations – competing in fitness and weightlifting competitions locally and nationally. Through his long tenure in coaching he has witnessed it done the wrong way and seen many people walk out of a gym because of a bad experience – so, he sees it as his personal obligation to help people move and feel better! When Coach Crowder is not in the gym, you can find him spending time with his wife, Sarah and daughter, Freya.

INTERESTING FACTS :

  • Cannot stand the taste of yogurt!
  • His 8 year old daughter hold a higher rank in Jiu Jitsu than him =)
  • He graduated high school weighing 130lbs.

FAVORITE QUOTE

“EVEN IF YOU’RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK, YOU’LL GET RUN OVER IF YOU JUST SIT THERE”

JARED GOODEN

Jiu Jitsu/Muay Thai/Cardio Kickboxing

As one of the top professional MMA fighters in Georgia, Coach Jared knows what it takes to reach high levels! He has been training in grappling and striking for over 5 years and is a Brazilian jiu jitsu brown belt. About 1 year into his training, he decided that he wanted to be a mixed martial artist. After 3 years of training and winning 2 amateur MMA titles, Jared became a professional MMA fighter, winning “Breakthrough Fighter Of The Year” in 2016.  He currently has a professional MMA record of 8-2.  As a coach, Jared loves the process of helping people progress and do better individually. As a coach, you will struggle someone with more energy and enthusiasm than Jared.

INTERESTING FACTS :

  • He plays both the Guitar and Piano
  • LOVES Mountain Dew!
  • He wears a size 13 shoe

FAVORITE QUOTE

“SOMEONE ONCE TOLD ME NOT TO BITE OFF MORE THAN I CAN CHEW. I TOLD THEM I’D RATHER CHOKE ON GREATNESS THAN NIBBLE ON MEDIOCRITY” –DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON.

JAMES MORTON

Fitness Performance/Personal Training

James has played sports his entire life, but ended up falling in love with wrestling and lifting weights in high school. He started wrestling at the end of his freshman year, which is when he was first introduced to strength training. James became obsessed with learning about the human body and how to improve athletic performance which led him to getting his CrossFit level 1 certification.  In addition to teaching our early morning Fitness Performance classes, Coach James spends several hours a week working with our Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA athletes, helping to make them stronger, more explosive, better conditioned athletes.

INTERESTING FACTS :

  • Can fall into a deep sleep in almost any environment
  • He loves learning and reading about outerspace
  • Doughnuts…they are his weakness

FAVORITE QUOTE

“AS YOU THINK, SO SHALL YOU BECOME”

-BRUCE LEE

KRISTEN RHODES

Fitness Performance

Coach Kristen exudes energy and it affects everyone she comes in contact with! The goal she always strives for, as an athlete & coach, is to be better than yesterday – everyday! With 5 years of Performance Fitness experience and competing every step of the way, she leads by example. Coach Kristen is both CrossFit Level One and USA Weightlifting Certified. Being physically fit is important and it’s her goal to achieve this for every person she trains through Performance Fitness & Weightlifting!

INTERESTING FACTS :

  • Went to School for 8 years to become a Nurse Practitioner
  • Loves to incorporate Yoga into training 1-2x per week
  • Currently Practicing Inpatient Cardiology for The Heart Center in Braselton, GA

FAVORITE QUOTE

“DANCE IN THE RAIN” (TOMORROW IS NOT GUARANTEED).

JIM SHEPPARD

Owner/Muay Thai/Cardio Kickboxing

Coach Jim brings unbridled energy and positivity into each class he teaches. He makes each class fun and exciting, as he believes physical exercise should be.  Having coached, fought, and just trained recreationally in Muay Thai and Kickboxing, Coach Jim receives consistant accolades for being able to teach and coach people of all different skill levels and motivators.  As co-owner of SBG Buford, Jim strongly believes in the positive changes that our athletes experience.  “It’s more than just being in shape, it’s a way of life.  It becomes an invaluable part of your everyday life.”

INTERESTING FACTS :

  • Will stop whatever he is doing if you want to talk to him about Game of Thrones
  • Afraid of sharks
  • Allergic to eggs 🙁

FAVORITE QUOTE

“THERE ARE BASICALLY TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE. PEOPLE WHO ACCOMPLISH THINGS, AND PEOPLE WHO CLAIM TO HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THINGS. THE FIRST GROUP IS LESS CROWDED.” -MARK TWAIN

JONAH MATTHES

Barbell Club

Jonah has been weightlifting for almost 8 years. He entered high school weighing over 230lbs and learned more and more about weight loss and proper nutrition while playing football, which then led him into weightlifting. Jonah instantly fell in love with weightlifting medaling in 4 national weightlifting championships, and receiving countless gold medals in state competitions. Jonah is USAW sports performance certified, and is one of the state’s top Olympic weightlifting competitors.

INTERESTING FACTS :

  • A+/Computer Hardware & Software Certified
  • Can solve a Rubik’s cube in under a minute
  • Studying to be a Networking Specialist

FAVORITE QUOTE

“A BRAVE MAN ACKNOWLEDGES THE STRENGTH OF OTHERS.” -VERONICA ROTH, DIVERGENT

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