Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes for Adults

Are you ready for the Ultimate Workout and the best self-defense skills for any situation? Then you’ve come to the right place.
Led by Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Phillipe Gentry
8 Week Foundations Program for Beginners
Ego-Free, Family-Friendly Environment
"Best of Gwinnett" for 5 Years in a Row

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the most effective martial arts for self-defense and fitness.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at SBG Atlanta

Say Goodbye to Stale Workouts. It's Time to Get in Shape, Learn Legit Self Defense, & Have an Absolute Blast While Doing It. 

This incredible ground-based martial arts discipline from Brazil has grown in the last few decades from niche competition communities to a world-renowned self-defense system and fitness activity embraced by all ages, sizes, and demographics.

Thanks in large part to the exploding popularity of the UFC, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA gyms are popping up at a pretty quick rate. But, not all schools are made the same. SBG Atlanta gives you access to the highest quality Black Belt Jiu Jitsu instruction available, led by SBG Black Belt Phillipe Gentry.

If you're looking for real-world self defense, an extraordinary workout, a tribe that treats you like family, and a hobby that's just flat out fun, it's time to try Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes Are Led by BJJ Black Belt Phillipe Gentry

Founder of Straight Blast Gym Atlanta
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt
Loves Eating Mangos Before Training

Coach Phillipe is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and accomplished Mixed Martial Artist. Nothing gets Coach more fired up than hearing an 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 medalists 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 digestible pieces. By doing this Coach Phillipe is able to make complex movements easy to absorb and use in a practical way.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu staff

Meet the Rest of Our BJJ Coaches

Buford Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor Sean Coleman

Sean Coleman

Kids Jiu Jitsu Head Coach / BJJ Coach
Black Belt
With SBG Since 2014
Buford Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor Woo Ko

Woo Ko

General Manager / BJJ Coach
Brown Belt
With SBG Since 2014
Buford Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor Greg Carson

Greg Carson

BJJ Foundations Coach / Kids BJJ Coach
Purple Belt
With SBG Since 2015
Buford Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor Edward Shin

Edward Shin

BJJ Coach
Brown Belt
With SBG Since 2011
Buford Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor Pat Messner

Pat Messner

BJJ Coach
Brown Belt
With SBG Since 2017

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Feel Intimidated? Our 8-Week Foundations Program Let's You Learn the Fundamentals With Other Beginners Like You

Unlike other Jiu Jitsu schools who often thrust students into a full martial arts class (which feels super intimidating), all our new Jiu Jitsu athletes start in our 8-week Foundations program. In Foundations, we teach the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu in a smaller, more controlled, and non-intimidating environment.

In addition to learning the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu, you'll get in "Jiu Jitsu shape" at a more comfortable and sustainable pace. Most BJJ practitioners will tell you that getting in shape for Jiu Jitsu can only be done by actually doing Jiu Jitsu. 

Because of the way we've structured Foundations, we've had a tremendous success rate of people enjoying their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training and cultivating a safe and friendly environment, which is our #1 priority.

Rules & Protocols
Fundamental Movements
Basic Strategy
Safe Training Principles
Controlled Practice
Basic Techniques
Progress Tracking
Beginners Only

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What's a Brazilian Jiu JItsu Class at SBG Atlanta Like?

While the format of our Brazilian JIu Jitsu classes follows this basic outline, each class feels unique due to the wide range of training concepts we use.
Basic Warm-Up (10 min)
BJJ Concepts & Drills (30-40 min)
"Aliveness Training" (10-20 min)
Mat Chat (5-10 Min)
Optional Open Mat Sparring (30 min)
"When I step on the mat i know there's no place I'd rather be."
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My daughter and I have been at this gym for almost a year. We drive over an hour to get there and it's worth every mile. The coaches and staff are amazingly friendly and supportive. If I could drag this gym closer to home we would be there more than three times a week!
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I found out really quickly that the "One Tribe One Vibe" moto is not a gimmick. It's their real way of life. I am a near 40 husband and father of four and having people who really want to see you achieve your goals makes it easy to show up consistently. This gym is amazing and I love it there!
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Have Questions About Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes at Straight Blast Gym?

Do I need any Jiu Jitsu experience to start?

Absolutely not. The vast majority of the new students that enroll in our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program have zero experience. All new students will begin their BJJ journey in our Foundations program, learning the most fundamental (and most important) aspects of the sport. In addition to learning the basic elements of jiu jitsu with other beginners, Foundations classes are taught at a moderate pace so that you can gradually improve your conditioning as you go. If you feel like you’re out-of-shape and are intimidated about the thought of exercising in front of others, don’t you worry; we’ve got you covered and aren’t trying to make you get sick during class.

But what if I do want to compete in martial arts? Do you have programs for that?

Oh yes. Make no mistake, we are a legit martial arts gym and we produce legit martial artists. SBG Buford has a rich history of competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and you’ll have ample opportunities to do so if that interests you. Every year there are at least half-a-dozen BJJ events and tournaments in the metro-Atlanta area that our tribe participates in. Not only will we help you prepare for your competition, but we’ll walk you through the entire process of how to register, make weight, etc.

Do I have to sign a contract?

Every member of Straight Blast Gym is on an active membership agreement, but the length of your agreement is entirely up to you. We offer membership agreements that range from multiple-years, to month-to-month. As long as you’re excited about training with us and ready to make some awesome changes in your life, we can craft your membership agreement to suit your individual needs.

Do I have to fight or compete to participate in the martial arts programs?

That would be a big NO. Roughly 5% of our BJJ students actively compete in martial arts competitions. You are much more likely to find a 35 year old father of three, who wants to lose 20 pounds and have fun while learning jiu jitsu, than you are an 18 year old who wants to be the next Ultimate Fighter. At SBG, you will never be expected or pressured to compete in martial arts.

I've been burned in the past by gyms that trapped me into long contracts. Can I just take it one class at a time?

If we had a nickel for every time we’ve heard this 😔. We get it; big box gyms make their money by signing you up to a long-term agreement and hoping that you never come back. It’s sad, and it makes people very skeptical of joining a new gym. Well, allow us to make this very clear….that is the exact opposite of how we operate our business!

Entering our Foundations program, the longest agreement you’ll even be allowed to start on is 6 months. This is done for your protection and peach of mind. SBG is more than just a gym, we’re a TEAM. Because of this, we ask that new students coming into our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program can give us at least 6 months, but we also realize that this is a new sport and a new environment for you, so we’re not going to ask you to make some ridiculous 2 year commitment before you’ve even stepped on the mats.

Can I get hurt doing Jiu Jitsu?

Of course. Like any sport or physical activity there’s always a chance to get banged up or injured. At SBG, we have a saying that perfectly sums up our training methodology; Upgrade the software without damaging the hardware. In other words, training hard is great, but training rough is just stupid. We pride ourselves on having an extremely low injury rate. In fact, the majority of our students that miss time because of an injury get hurt playing sports OUTSIDE of the gym! Basketball, skateboarding, jumping into the pool after enjoying a few cocktails….that’s where most of our students get banged up. We take every precaution to make sure our students leave class feeling AWESOME, not hurt.

You want to know the biggest determinant in staying healthy and preventing injuries? That would be YOU. If you come into class with the mindset of training smooth and getting better, and not just winning every minute of every practice, you’ll do just fine.

What kind of attire do I need to wear to BJJ class?

The majority of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes, and all of our Foundations classes, are conducted in the gi (the two-piece uniform you typically see BJJ athletes wearing). Other classes will be conducted as “no-gi”, where you’ll want to wear a rash guard (very tight shirt) and a pair of board shorts that doesn’t have pockets. BJJ and BJJ: No Gi classes will be clearly marked so that you’ll know what attire to wear to class.
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