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  • Anders Tweito is December’s Kid of the Month


    Anders Tweito joined Straight Blast Gym’s Spiker Monkey jiu jitsu team this past August.


    At four years old, Anders is beginning to encounter the usual issues that kids face at that age. Starting pre-school, meeting new kids, and of course the possibility of encountering bullies. His mother, Courtany, wanted to get him involved in something that was hands on and would teach him real-life self defense skills.


    Anders was just starting pre-k, and we wanted to get him involved in something that would not only teach him self defense, but something that would teach him social skills. It’s had a great impact on him learning respect, discipline, and dedication that he applies outside of the gym, as well.


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    What Courtany is referring to is Ander’s Life Skills homework and assignments. Not only do we want our kids martial arts students to learn to defend themselves, but want to create young men and women that will represent themselves, their parents, and Straight Blast Gym with honor and class. Anders has been a shining example for our kids jiu jitsu program, completing all of his homework assignments and leading by example, in regards to his behavior in class. Head Kids Jiu Jitsu Coach Sean Coleman had this to say about Anders:



    Anders has a fantastic attitude, especially for a four years old. He forever has a smile on his face. I made him student of the day, last Thursday, because of how awesome he did with our “confidence walk” and “handshake” lessons. This kid is going to be a great addition to our kids jiu jitsu team for a long time.

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    In addition to Anders being a part of our Spider Monkey Kids Jiu Jitsu program, his parents, Courtany and Andrew, train in our adult jiu jitsu program. Thanks for all of your hard work, Tweito family, and congratulations Anders!



    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.