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  • Congrats to our Kid of the Month, Vaughn Clayton!!


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    In October, Vaughn Clayton was awarded with his grey and black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!


    Vaughn has been training at Straight Blast Gym Buford since May of 2015. At the time he was 11. His father Ian, wanted to get him into jiu jitsu because he needed a hands on martial art to boost his confidence and get him active.


    “I liked the idea of getting him into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because it was a functional martial art that he could apply to real life. I’m a big proponent of kid’s facing and over-coming adversity. Jiu Jitsu makes Vaughn do just that; overcome adversity from others and use his jiu jitsu to deal with the situation.”


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    Vaughn’s progress on the mats couldn’t be denied. Things really started to click as his technique and focus hit new highs. His parents arranged for him to do some private one-on-one sessions with Kids Coach Sean Coleman, where he could really focus on techniques and movement that would compliment his body-type and skill set. Eventually Vaughn was invited to our Leadership team, and then our Submission Samurai competition team. Coach Sean said this about Vaughn:


    “He has truly grown since joining the Leadership program, as he has taken the bull by the horns with leading the newer students on simple things like lining up and warm ups, and also assisting with techniques and sparring when needed. He exemplifies the type of leadership and maturity that we aim for in the Submission Samurai and Leadership programs”


    Vaughn has shown tremendous improvement in his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and his leadership skills. Keep up the awesome work Vaughn!

    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.