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  • August’s Kid of the Month is Sophia Cowgill!


    Sophia is the third member of the Cowgill family to become a member of Straight Blast Gym Buford!

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    For almost a year now, Matthew and Jennifer Cowgill have been doing the Fitness Performance, Cardio Kickboxing, and Fit Blitz Fitness Boot Camp classes at SBG. This summer, they decided to enroll their four-year-old daughter in our Kids Martial Arts program, the Growing Gorillas. Joining our 4 –6 year old class (the Spider Monkeys), Sophia took to jiu jitsu like a fish in water. Head Kids Coach Sean Coleman gives his thoughts on Sophia:

    “Sophia has such a great bubbly attitude. I figured with Matt and Jen as parents she would…and I was right. She immediately brought her contagious energy to the crew, and is constantly smiling and having fun with the drills. The Spidermonkey Kids Martial Arts crew is always a crazy, energetic 45 minutes for me and Coach Jolene, so having her there to lead by example with her good behavior is a huge plus.”

    Sophia’s parents are regulars in class, and some of the most vocal enthusiasts of what we do at Straight Blast Gym Buford. When the time was right, they knew that they wanted to get Sophia involved in the action. Jennifer tells us about why they decided to enroll Sophia in the Kids Martial Arts program:

    “We got Sophia started in kids jiu jitsu because she really wanted to do something to be a part of SBG. She watches mommy and daddy, every day, do the Performance class or Cardio Kickboxing and loves it. I wasn’t sure how she would like the class because it’s different than what she watches us do, and from anything she has ever done before. She did her first one on one with Coach Phillipe and has loved it ever since! We like that it will teach her self defense while having fun.


    She looks forward to going to class each week. She likes training with her kids martial arts class because the warm ups and games are fun. She likes Coach Sean and Jolene because they taught her about stranger danger last week. She loves the friends she has made in class and has really found a home with in jiu jitsu.”

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    In July, Sophia and the Spidermonkey Kids Martial Arts class earned enough all-star cards to earn a pizza pajama party. Decked out in their best pj’s, they took the day off of Kids Martial Arts and played jiu jitsu games throughout class, culminating in a pizza party at the end of class. It was a blast, and kept Sophia and the rest of the crew excited and engaged in the kids martial arts training. By the next class, they were ready to get back to business!

    Great job Sophia. Keep up the awesome work!

    Jim Sheppard

    is one of the co-owners of Straight Blast Gym Buford and Straight Blast Gym Atlanta. He has been training / coaching / competing in Muay Thai since 2013 and holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.