ATLANTA, GA, AUGUST 28TH, 2015—Straight Blast Gym of Montana sent Coach Leah Taylor to compete at the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation’s (IBJJF) Atlanta Open in Georgia. Leah recently moved back to Kalispell to coach at SBG and pursue her dream of becoming a world champion is the only female Jiu Jitsu black belt in the state of Montana.
The Atlanta Open was her first tournament as a black belt, but no one would have known that from her stellar performance. Not only did she earn gold in her weight class, she also competed in the absolute division—where there are no weight restrictions—and took home another gold medal.
What made her performance even more impressive was the way which she won. She forced all her opponents to tap out via submission holds. The Atlanta Open was the first of many tournaments that Leah will compete in as she prepares for the IBJJF World Championship in June 2016.
Head Coach Travis Davison had this to say about Leah Taylor’s performance, “I believe in all of my students and have confidence in all of them, so I am very proud of Leah but not surprised by the results. I told her when she moved back that I would do whatever I can to help her reach her goals. It’s pretty cool when people can move to Kalispell, MT to pursue their Jiu Jitsu dream.