Become part of our community. By getting in on one of our exclusive offers that you can either use for yourself or gift to a family or friend, you help to extend our community beyond our school and deeper into the West Seattle neighborhoods. You will also be helping us provide a wonderful training experience for all current and new members. The other benefit is you can start to get healthy and fit right now even if you're on a budget.
Who we are///
We're not a non-profit. Nor are we a start-up. We are Straight Blast Gym a community-funded small business that is hoping to exchange some amazing perks so that we can fund our expansion in order to continue providing excellent service to our members. The unique benefit of this set up is that although we are asking for pledges, we are providing some excellent and valuable returns to our members and community. Zig Ziglar once said...
"You can have everything you want in life, if you will just help enough other people get what they want."
If you don't know us by now, allow us to introduce ourselves. Despite the fact that we have gym in our name, we have never been just that. We are a living, breathing ecosystem that supports individuals and families in any way that we can for the betterment of not only the local community, but the world.
We feel that we are close to being the change that needs to happen in this neighborhood, however, we are not quite there. Most gyms are just a place where you go to sweat, our goal is to become a community center where adults and children thrive through various programs and activities.
^Women's Self-Defense Seminar^
Our school has been completely built by "kids", a bunch of
20-somethings, individuals from a myriad of ethnicities and
backgrounds with big dreams and even bigger hearts. We took what used to
be an old boat
storage warehouse and converted it into a 5,800 square foot
facility that has become an anchor in its community and has the ability
to impact hundreds and influence thousands.
What makes us so different///
We believe it is our responsibility to create the type of world we want to live in. We do this by providing life skills to children as well as experiences beyond toys and video games. We take pride in teaching them to be responsible young people, both socially and academically. As far adults, you can see our work in teaching adults the benefits of mindful and consistent practice through fitness and martial arts. Not only does this create a safe training environment, but it leads to an improved quality of life and length of life.
^Team photo after a day of competition^
Why we need your help///
Running a martial arts and fitness
academy is expensive and not very financially rewarding. We don't do
it for the money, because the people we touch alone, allow us to live a very rich life. Business is great and we
are able to do far more than we did a year ago. Nonetheless, we need the
extra capacity your investment will provide to grow to the next level.
...we have reached a point where we can no longer do it alone.With that said, we've decided to raise money the old fashioned way - by asking family, friends, and followers for support and bartering with the skills and services we have gained over the years. In order to really produce the results we want; we have to consider what conditions are required to contribute to the sustainability of our business and well-being of our members and community. By reviewing our current needs and forecasting our future goals, we have targeted specific areas that need to be addressed.
Below is a list of immediate improvements we will make once we reach our goal. Majority of these improvements involve just an email or call, so the community will see a prompt turnaround on their donations. Should we raise additional funds beyond our goal we will immediately begin planning construction on the next round of renovations.
SPACE: $6,100 will go towards new mats from Zebra for our 16'x32' platform and the (not yet built) 6'x72' platform extension in the old mat room.
- New mats will allow us to deal with the increase in class sizes for BJJ, kids, and boxing and allow each program their own designated area.
- New mats will also allow us to expand our schedule for those programs by running multiple classes at the same time.
- Provide better visibility and a more professional outside appearance.
- Provide better insulation for heat during the winter months.
- People will not be confused as to whether or not we are open
EQUIPMENT: $5,840 will go towards program expansion by way of more equipment for boxing, Growing Gorillas (kids), and Warrior Woman.
- More equipment will allow the programs to grow. Warrior Woman allows for a max of 6 women per class. New equipment would allow 10+
- More equipment allows us to expand program offerings to general fitness classes, fitness classes for seniors, and foundation/CAP boxing classes.
- More equipment for Growing Gorillas allow us to grow our kids programs.