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  • Lael Coleman is February’s Kid Martial Arts Member of the Month


    Lael Coleman has been training at Straight Blast Gym as long as any other kid in SBG’s Growing Gorillas martial arts program.

    The daughter of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach Sean Coleman, Lael has been donning the jiu jitsu gi since she was in pre-school. Coach Sean has three daughters, of which Lael is the youngest. While she maybe the smallest of the Coleman crew, she is arguably the most fierce.

    Lael is no stranger to competing in martial arts competitions. She is a veteran of many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions, and a regular in our kids martial arts classes. Because of her tenacious attitude, Lael has earned her way on to the Submission Samurai competition team; an invitation that is only invited to the most active and dedicated martial arts competitors at SBG.

    Kids Martial Arts Coach Julie Choi said this about Lael:

    “She takes on a lot of responsibility for her age, and she does really well leading classes and helping other kids. Also, she’s a beast on the mats! Watching her beat kids bigger than her truly shows the effectiveness of bjj also an inspiration to other girls and even women.”

    As one of our smaller kids, Lael’s efforts and actions truly are motivating and encouraging. She does a fantastic job of using technique to neutralize and defeat larger kids during sparring sessions.

    Great job, and congratulations Lael!

    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.