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    When you receive a belt promotion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu it is a big deal, and we want it to feel that way!

    Straight Blast Gyms all over the world use the Iron Man belt ceremony to celebrate the achievement of being promoted in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. While the individual is the person receiving the accolades and promotion, it truly takes a tribe to accomplish that feat. At SBG, we recognize all of the hard work that goes into a jiu jitsu belt promotion, but also the fact that it cannot be done without your child’s teammates. So, when it comes time to promote we want EVERYONE to be involved!

    When you receive a belt promotion during an Iron Man, you will do a ‘roll’ (live training session) with every single one of your teammates and coaches before receiving your belt. Not only does this practice provide a fun celebration, but also allows all of your teammates to be apart of their accomplishment.

    You will participate in many Iron Man belt promotions at Straight Blast Gym; some as a belt promotee and others as a participant. Both are equally important. While being on the receiving end of a belt promotion is cause for celebration, it is also important for you to be present when your teammates are being promoted. We are a team, and part of that means supporting each other.

    When it comes time for you to be promoted, we encourage you to bring the whole family out to be a part of the celebration. We will take plenty of pictures for you to have, and it is awesome for us to see you earn your new belt and immediately get to celebrate and soak in the moment with your friends and loved ones.

    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.