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  • Maverick Kim is Straight Blast Gym Buford’s Kid of the Month for August 2021


    Maverick and his family moved to Buford in 2020, and once the COVID-environment settled down he found his way to Straight Blast Gym.

    Maverick took his first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class at Straight Blast Gym Buford this past April as a part of our Growing Gorillas squad. His introduction to BJJ wasn’t without a little bit of trepidation from his mother.

     “I have to admit that when Rob asked my thoughts about enrolling Mav into Jiu Jitsu, as a mom I was hesitant. But today I am 1000% so glad we did.”

    It’s not uncommon for parents to have some worries about their child beginning a contact sport. After wathcing her son interact and grapple with his new teammates, Gloria knew that Maverick was going to be a-oay. On his end, Maverick fit into SBG’s Growing Gorillas program seemlessly, picking up on the techniques quickly.

    Maverick’s mom, Gloria, told us more about her son and his experience at SBG Buford:

    Maverick is our oldest and he’s an amazing boy. He’s a natural-born athlete with a sensitive heart. He loves animals and all things nature. Like many kids his age, he also struggles with anxiety and low self-esteem. With a little bit of encouragement and push we had him try BJJ and after only 2 months of learning and training, the difference we see in him is awesome! Mav walks away from every class full of confidence, focus and self-esteem.

    Coach Byron gave us some insight as to why he was selected as SBG Buford’s Kid of the Month:

    “Maverick was an easy choice to be our Student of the Month. He has consistent attendance, he is always very well behaved, and he learns quickly. It’s hard to keep the attention of a 7-year-old, but when Coach Randy and I are showing the kids the technique of the day you can see that Maverick is always dialed in and digesting the information we’re showing him.”

    Despite his short time in Straight Blast Gym Buford’s Kids Jiu Jitsu program, Maverick has made fantastic strides in his skill and technique. Not only does he lead by example with his training regimen, but with his good behavior. Under the leadership of Maverick and other well-polished BJJ students, the entire class has earned a Pizza Pajama Party in the upcoming weeks!

    Congratulations on being named Straight Blast Gym’s Kid of the Month for August 2021, Maverick!!

    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.