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  • Frank Skrobot is January’s Martial Artist of the Month!!


    When Frank first walked into Straight Blast Gym in April of 2017, he was tipping the scales at 301 pounds. He knew that he needed to make some changes.


    Like most people that come to Straight Blast Gym, Frank was looking for an alternative to his current workout plan that he had soured on. With his career at a big box gym coming to an end he began looking for alternative ways to get in incredible shape and feel better about himself. He reached out to Straight Blast Gym in Buford to learn more about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    “I’d briefly done Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the past and for a short time Coach Phillipe was my instructor. I remember that he made class fun, and made me want to keep coming back for more. I knew that I enjoyed Jiu Jitsu, but I remember that I always liked it best when he was coaching. When I saw that he’d opened his own gym, it was the first and only place I went to check out.”


    Despite Frank’s enthusiasm and resolve, his journey back into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu wasn’t without some obstacles. Not only had he not been active in the sport for several years, so his cardiovascular endurance wasn’t what it once was, but Frank had also had heart surgery in 2016. Frank was a little nervous at the prospect at getting back into moderate to vigorous exercise.



    Jiu Jitsu Buford GA

    “I had a little anxiety when I first walked into the gym, not only because of my heart surgery but because it was a new place, with new people, and I knew it wouldn’t be super easy. Well, it certainly isn’t super easy but the people and coaches make it fun


    As of January 1st, 2017, Frank has lost an incredible 49 pounds and 6 inches off of his waist! He is a regular in our 12pm weekday Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, routinely attending 3 classes per week when he is in town. Despite traveling for work and having a family, he makes time to allocate to Straight Blast Gym Buford and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu every week because of the way it makes him look and feel.


    BJJ Buford GA

    “I love that we aren’t a meat-head gym. It’s really hard to describe unless you have been in both situations. It’s almost like a secret club that we are members of. The higher level guys always give great advice and help make the group better as a whole.”


    Congratulations to you, Frank, on all of your fantastic results and keep up the great 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.