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  • SBG President, Matt Thornton, Is Coming to Straight Blast Gym Buford!


    Matt Thornton is coming to Buford for the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu seminar of the year!

    Matt Thornton is the president and founder of Straight Blast Gym International. A pioneer of mixed martial arts, Matt was one of the first men to combine the elements of boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and other martial arts into one training session. In an era when it was “which martial art is best”, Matt didn’t believe that there was one art that reigned supremed, but rather that it was a combination of different styles that would be the most effective. This philosphy led to the opening of the first Straight Blast Gym in 1992 in Portland, Oregon.

    The creator of “aliveness” training, Matt and Straight Blast Gym did away with training sessions that only consisted of static and dead-pattern-drills, where the participants would simply practice moves. With aliveness, the athletes were able to put their training to the test in a more dynamic and live-action setting, against another athelte who offered resistence. Matt’s philosophies are now seen all over the world, as practitioners in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, and other martial arts utilize aliveness on a daily basis.

    On June 17th and 18th, Matt will be hosting a the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu seminar at Straight Blast Gym Buford. One of the first American born practitioners to receive a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Matt is one of the most revered and respected men to don a gi. His teaching and coaching styles have had huge infulences on the careers of fighters such as Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin, and Conor McGregor.

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    This is a two day Brazilian Jiu Jitsu seminar that will be held from 10am until  3pm on both Saturday and Sunday, with a one hour lunch break in the middle.

    Members and non-members are all welcome to come and learn from one of the most acclaimed and knowledgeable American-born jiujitsu coaches in the world. Kids enrolled in SBG’s Submission Samurai program are welcome to attend the seminar.

    Pricing is as follows for the 2 day Brazilian Jiu Jitsu seminar:

    $175 for non-members
    $150 for Foundations athletes
    $125 for Immersion and SAP athletes
    $100 for MAP, CAP and UAP athletes
    $75 for Legacy athletes


    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.