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  • Rickson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Certified Instructor in Decatur, Georgia


    We are delighted to announce that Straight Blast Gym Jiu Jitsu Coach Phil Genty has had his second degree black belt certified by Grand Master Rickson Gracie.

    In many martial arts circles, Rickson Gracie is considered the greatest Jiu Jitsu athlete of all time. The son of Helio Gracie, Rickson is also the uncle of Rener and Ryron Gracie, and he is also distantly related to Roger Gracie. What a martial arts lineage!! 

    At Straight Blast Gym, many of our leading Jiu Jitsu black belts such as Henry Akins (who spent 12 years leading Rickson’s very own academy), Matt Thornton, and John Frankl began their Gracie Jiu Jitsu journies with Rickson. Coach Phil has traveled all across North America to train with Henry, Matt, and John, as well as hosted those Jiu Jitsu icons here in our Buford and Atlanta gyms for the benefit of himself, his coaches, and his students.

    With the explosion of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, many martial arts academies are opening up with purple and blue belts as their head coaches. While there is certainly nothing wrong with training with lesser qualified instructors, given the choice, why would anyone put their child or themselves into a lower quality experience with less skilled and qualified Jiu Jitsu coaches? Coach Phil Gentry has been a Jiu Jitsu black belt longer than many of these head coaches have been studying Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

    If you live in the Decatur area and want to train with Rickson Gracie certified Jiu Jitsu black belt Phil Gentry, be sure to fill out the form on this page and schedule your visit to Straight Blast Gym Atlanta.

    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.