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  • Nicolas Silva Hamed is September’s Kid of the Month


    Almost exactly one year ago, Veronica Hamed brought her 5 year old son, Nicolas, to Straight Blast Gym Buford to begin Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training. According to her, it was one of the best decisions she ever made.

    “I love it because you can see how it’s an effective martial art that actually works. My son loves sparring, and I enjoy watching him because I get to see him use the skills that he has learned.”

    Nicolas began Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in our Spidermonkey age group, which is comprised of 4 –6 year old kids. When Nicolas turned 6, Coach Sean decided that he was ready to move up to the next age group, despite being a year younger than most of the other kids.

    “He is such a great listener that he learns at an accelerated rate. He might be a little smaller than some of this peers, but he makes up for it with great technique and attention to detail. And besides, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is all about teaching these kids how to defeat a larger opponent anyways, so why not provide him with a challenge that he obviously is hungry for?”

    Coach Sean was correct as Nicolas soon-after was awarded with his grey and white belt, a representation of his improvement in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He also competed in the Gorilla Cup, SBG’s in house Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament, and placed 2nd! His coaches regularly praise the way he pays attention to detail, and carries himself with poise and confidence.

    Great job Nicolas! We are excited for your future with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Straight Blast Gym!

    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.