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  • Our Kids of the Month are Zach and Jacob!


    Zach and Jacob came to Straight Blast Gym earlier this year to be a part of our Growing Gorillas Kids Jiu Jitsu program.

    Jacob is 13 years old, and Zach is 14. Both boys attend school during the day, and are in the gym crushing it on the Kids Jiu Jitsu mats in the evenings. After trying out a free Kids Jiu Jitsu class with Coach Sean Coleman, the boys liked what they were learning and that it could be used in a real-life scenario, if need be. They began attending classes on the regular, and it was only a matter of time before it was obvious that they’d found their new home away from home.
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    Kids Jiu Jitsu Head Coach Sean Coleman had this to say when submitting (pun intended) Jacob and Zach as our Kids of the Month:

    Both Stall brothers are equally awesome contributions to our tribe. They have awesome attitudes, they make friends with everyone, they know how to train smart, and they’re super coachable. I really enjoy having those two in class. For being some of the newer kids, they have taken to our tribe like naturals! It’s not often I give these kind of accolades to kids who have only been with us for a few months.

    Their father, Stuart, tells us about why he got his boys first got involved in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

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    As a parent, whats not to like about the gym? Zachary and Jacob were hooked from the free session with Coach Sean. Straight Blast Gym has created an environment where my boys feel cared about, respected, and challenged! They come away from every class having gained something that they didnt have before… new technique, a better understanding of themselves, or a determination to improve.


    The coaches are skilled practitioners who provide detailed instruction, demonstration, and application thru sparring and drilling. I could not be more impressed with the environment and instruction.

    Thanks for the high praise Stuart! We love having Jacob and Zach in our Growing Gorillas Kids Jiu Jitsu program and are incredibly excited to continue seeing their growth in the sport!


    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.