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  • Madison Kelley is Straight Blast Gym Buford’s Fitness Athlete of the Month for March 2023


    Madison is making the most of her time at SBG Buford, participating in Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, Fitness Kickboxing, and Fitness Performance.

    One of the things that makes Straight Blast Gym unique is the wide variety of programs that are offered. Most of our students participate in one, maybe two programs. Madison makes time to participate in all of them.

    When she first came to Straight Blast Gym Buford at the beginning of 2021, Madison was looking to test herself with a new, more structured workout program. In her words, “I want something that will force me to push myself.”

    Madison wasted no time starting her new fitness regimen, attending 28 fitness classes in her first month with her new tribe!

    Madison maintained a similar pace throughout all of 2021, attending either Fitness Kickboxing or Fitness Performance classes nearly every day. Some days she would take back-to-back classes!

    At the end of 2021, Madison took her first Jiu Jitsu class. She dedicated herself to BJJ in the same manner that she did our fitness classes, attending multiple classes every week and also doing some private lessons with Coach Woo.

    Throughout 2022, Madison continued to attend several Fitness Performance classes every week while also becoming a great addition to our Women’s Jiu Jitsu crew.

    In addition to being a regular attendee in class, Madison actively competed in several local Jiu Jitsu competitions, such as NewBreed and the Gorilla Cup.

    Madison’s hard work and dedication to her training led to her receiving her blue belt in Jiu Jitsu in March of 2023.

    Her quick ascension up the Jiu Jitsu ranks is undoubtedly helped by her continued dedication to her strength and conditioning training. While technique is king in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, being a fast and explosive athlete is a huge advantage in grappling, fighting, and martial arts in general.

    As if Madison’s dedication to Fitness Kickboxing, Fitness Performance, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu isn’t enough, she has recently begun taking Muay Thai classes at SBG Buford.

    Congratulations to March’s Fitness Athlete of the Month, Madison Kelley!

    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.