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  • Our Martial Artist of the Month is Voytek Tarnowski


    July’s Martial Artist of the month is our newest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, Voytek Tarnowski.


    In late June, Voytek, along with his training partner Charles Kil, received his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt from Straight Blast Gym Buford‘s head coach Phillipe Gentry. It’s been a 10+ year journey for Voytek; a journey that hasn’t been with complications and hurdles. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Head Coach 

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    Phillipe Gentry spoke about Voytek’s path to his black belt:

    “Even when life gets in the way and he can’t train for a month or so, he’ll always come back. There have been periods when his school and job schedule are so full that I won’t see him on the mats for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for weeks at a time. A lot of people would just quit when faced with some adversity, but Voytek always comes back. He understads the value of what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu adds to his life.”

    Like most people, Voytek keeps a busy schedule. His determination to keep his training going during chaotic periods of life is one of the reasons he has reached such a high level in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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    When he is at the gym, Voytek is one of the most selfless people on the mats. While not a regular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or MMA competitor, he is always willing, and offering, to go out of his way to help others prepare for tournaments and competitions. It is not at all uncommon to see Voytek come in during open-mat times so that he can drill and practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with someone preparing for a competition. This willingness to help the team and made him one of the most appreciated and popular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team members at Straight Blast Gym Buford. Coach Phillipe added this about Voytek:

    “Voytek has been training with me for the last decade. He’s the guy, that if I was going off to war and needed someone to watch over my family and the gym, he’d be the guy that I would call. He has strong character that I know he’d do everything he could to help me and my family out. He carries the same attitude in the gym, and is one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training partners that you could ask for.”

    Congratulations on your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belt promotion Voytek, and thank you for everything!


    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.