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  • Straight Blast Gym Founder & President Matt Thornton’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar


    One of America’s longest-tenured Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts will be coming to SBG Buford & SBG Atlanta at the end of February for a 2 day seminar.

    Matt Thornton is a part of Jiu Jitsu royalty. Not only has he held a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 20 years, but he is the founder of one of the world’s most acclaimed and accomplished martial arts organizations, Straight Blast Gym. On Saturday, February 25th, and Sunday, February 26th, Coach Matt will be conducting a pair of BJJ seminars at SBG Atlanta and SBG Buford.

    Matt Thornton is SBG Atlanta’s longest-running annual Jiu Jitsu seminar, and for good reason. Coach Matt’s knowledge of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is second-to-none and having direct access to his knowledge and acumen should not be missed.

    As a practitioner within a performance based martial art, I always appreciate a coach that uses their time to make their students better as opposed to trying to wow them with high level, very personal, techniques that only work within a very specific set of circumstances. Coach Matt focuses on what matters most in Jiu Jitsu, and with his teaching approach I’m able to absorb the information through an Alive training environment. I’ve been to a dozen or more seminars from my Coach, Matt Thornton and every one seems better than the last.

    SBG Atlanta & Buford Founder and Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Phil Gentry

    There aren’t many seminars in BJJ that you can leave with something to use immediately and it forever be baked into your game (not just something you’ll need to rely on memorizing the 10 steps to a move). Coach Matt helps you understand the concept of position or posture and uses the stacking of aliveness drills to reinforce the concept in a way that you walk away with an actual POV of your own, instead of trying to memorize someone else’s POV.”

    SBG Buford Head Jiu Jitsu Coach and Black Belt Sean Coleman

    Every Matt Thornton seminar I have attended has given me something I can implement into my Jiu Jitsu game. The ‘Aliveness’ portion of his seminars has a great progressive resistance training sequence that’ll test your anaerobic endurance and help you understand how to implement the correct posture and pressure the right way.

    SBG Buford General Manager & Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt Woo Ko

    For me personally, Coach Matt’s seminars always take the tiny Jiu Jitsu details and helps me hone them in; those small details that give me those ‘a-ha’ moments and I can implement into my game immediately. Coach Matt slows down a fast-paced martial art so much, which then helps it become super easy to digest the high-level information he’s providing. It’s always a pleasure to get taught by the guys who are a fountain of knowledge, and spend their time improving every small detail of the most important aspect of Jiu Jitsu.

    SBG Atlanta General Manager and Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt David Eads

    Day 1 of the Matt Thornton Jiu Jitsu seminar will be held at SBG Atlanta on Saturday, February 25th.

    Day 2 of the Matt Thornton Jiu Jitsu seminar will be held at SBG Buford on Sunday, February 26th.

    The cost of the Matt Thornton seminar is $250 for both days or $150 for one day.

    Secure your admission to Coach Matt Thornton’s Jiu Jitsu Seminar by February 4th and receive 25% off!!

    You do NOT want to miss this opportunity to learn under one of the top Jiu Jitsu minds in the world.

    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.