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  • Emma Nutty is January’s Kid of the Month!!

    Emma is one tough 12 year old. She has been training with Straight Blast Gym for the past three months…and man, has she made a splash!


    A seventh grader who had tried other sports, Emma was still searching for a sport that would keep her attention and get her excited about exercising and playing sports. In September, Emma’s mom, Hana (who does Cardio Kickboxing at SBG), brought her to Straight Blast Gym to check out our Kids Jiu Jitsu program. Hana recalls bringing her daughter to Straight Blast Gym, and her experiences doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:


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    “She tried many different sports and nothing quite suited her till she tried jiu jitsu. The friendliness of the coaches at SBG and the ease of jumping in at any level keeps her eager to learn and striving to earn more stripes. She’s excited to see what the future holds for her!”


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    Only six weeks into her Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training, Emma signed up for the Gorilla Cup, an in-house charity event at Straight Blast Gym. Competing against the other kids in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program, Emma won a gold medal in both of her divisions! It was quite a statement, and Head Kids Jiu Jitsu coach Sean Coleman certainly took notice, giving her an invitation to join SBG’s Kids Jiu Jitsu Leadership Group! He had this to say about Emma:



    “Despite her reservations about doing a contact sport like jiu jitsu and being on the mats with kids that were much more experienced, she showed up to every one of her classes with the best positive and most coachable attitude a coach could ask for. To my knowledge, this is the fastest we’ve ever invited someone into Leadership Group; she earned it!”


    We are looking forward to an incredible 2018 with Emma on the mats, getting to see her develop and advance in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Great work Emma!

    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.