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  • New Student Orientation at Straight Blast Gym Atlanta


    As we prepare to open our doors and begin our martial arts training, we’re going to offer the students of SBG Atlanta an opportunity to get a sneak peak of their new home away from home.

    February of 2022 will see Straight Blast Gym open up a brand new location in Atlanta, Georgia. Known as one of the largest and most revered martial arts organizations in the world, Straight Blast Gym has gained a reputation for high-level martial arts training and having a close-knit community of students and athletes that is unmatched by its piers.

    With locations on 5 different continents, Straight Blast Gym is truly a worldwide martial arts organization. Locally, Phil Gentry and Jim Sheppard have owned and operated Straight Blast Gym Buford since 2010, having won multiple awards and accolades for their training, customer service, and member satisfaction. In 2021 they signed a lease to open their second location in Atlanta, at the corner of Briarcliff Rd and Clifton Rd.

    Straight Blast Gym will offer Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Mixed Martial Arts to adults, as well as a separate Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program designed specifically for children. SBG Atlanta will also have a Fitness Kickboxing program for those wishing to engage in a stimulating and effective workout where they will learn actual martial arts offense without going “live” with their teammates.

    With an opening date of late February, Straight Blast Gym’s New Student Orientation will be held on Sunday, February 20th between 10am and 12pm.

    This New Student Orientation will provide an opportunity for SBG Atlanta students to see your new gym and go over things like where to put your gym bag, which classes will be on what mats, and where to leave your flip flops/sandals when you go on the mat for class. This will also provide an opportunity for our students to purchase a gi, boxing gloves, Muay Thai shinguards, and any other equipment that you need to participate in classes.

    The new student orientation will also give our students the chance to meet several of their new coaches, who will be on hand for the event. We also have a crew of students from our Buford location that will be coming down to SBG Atlanta for the New Student Orientation, so you can meet some of your teammates from up north.

    On top of all of that, Straight Blast Gym has arranged to have Drastic Aztec Food Truck on-site for this event. Come hungry, as these guys make some amazing tacos!

    We can’t wait to get classes started and look forward to seeing & meeting a bunch of our new martial arts and fitness students at SBG Atlanta’s New Student Orientation on Sunday, February 20th!

    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.