Our original location in Snellville, GA - 2004
The Wrestling Academy was established as a way to give wrestlers a place to expand their wrestling skills from the youth level through high school.
In 2004, Dustin Kawa opened TWA with his childhood friend Francois McDaniel. The duo modeled TWA after Arturo Holmes' training facility in Atlanta, where they honed their wrestling skills as kids.
The Wrestling Academy's initial mission was simple — to make sure the wrestlers were successful right away. And they were, winning the youth state championship with 16 wrestlers in their first season. Since then, TWA has grown to be the most successful wrestling training facility in Georgia.
The original TWA location was in Snellville in a 3,500 square foot wrestling room in a multi sports complex at Sports Academy. More than 100 wrestlers trained at the first facility and TWA quickly grew as one of the premier places in Georgia to train. The growth of TWA prompted the move to a larger facility and easily accessible at its current location in Lawrenceville.
TWA now has approximately 500 wrestlers training at its new 12,000 square foot facility, ranging from ages 4 to 23. A large member base gives wrestlers a great place to find different levels of competition. In addition, training sessions are set up so that each wrestler receives the appropriate amount of coaching.