Waverly Jui-Jitsu has a soft open today with a grand opening scheduled for July 18.  The studio is located at 122-1/2 North High Street.

Wethington brings Jui-Jitsu studio to Waverly


Southern Ohio Today

     When Matthew Wethington moved from Cincinnati to Waverly, he was looking to open a small training facility. Instead, his path led to the creation of Waverly Jiu-Jitsu which opens this month on North High Street.

     Wethington has a purple belt and said his new business started with the idea of doing something on a bigger scale.

     “I began expanding my expectations and wanted to make this for everyone. What started as a place to train, quickly picked up interest, and has now grown into a business,” he said. “I brought this school and was looking for a space to build positivity. I want to change lives and the community and (that happens) when people feel good about themselves and get in shape.”

     Jiu-Jitsu will have a soft opening today with a grand opening scheduled for July 18. Classes will, however, be limited to 10 students to satisfy COVID-19 precautions. As guests arrive, they will be welcomed by Wethington, sign a waiver, check with COVID safety precautions, and then watch or participate.

     “I think Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone, but not everyone thinks it’s for them. We want to build a foundation of positivity and light in this darkness,” Wethington said. “This studio is set apart because I am passionate about people and want to change things. We are a positive, motivating place.”

     Encouraging others to delve into what Jiu-Jitsu is, the art offers a better understanding of teamwork and camaraderie. Defined as much more than self-defense, Wethington believes that narrow definition doesn’t do Jiu-Jitsu justice.

     “It’s a way of life, and it changes people. I learned how to treat people and engage people,” Wethington said. “It’s hard to minimize Jiu-Jitsu down to one word because it will change your life. What you put in, you get out.”

     On Tuesdays and Thursdays in July, classes for beginners (6:30-7:30 p.m.) and advanced performers (7:45-8:45 p.m.) will be offered. Although the program will eventually expand to include children, the foundation of an adult program is their focus.

     For a flat rate of $55 a month, Wethington said he wants to make his rates affordable that it is accessible.

     “We are not out to make a profit. We are here to bring the positivity and light of Jiu-Jitsu to Waverly. I want to help people and have compassion and understanding for those who wish to participate,” Wethington said. “If I were joining a gym, I would want to know about the instructor and that they care. We don’t allow egos, racism, or negativity in the building.”

     For more information, visit Waverly Jiu-Jitsu on Facebook, call (740) 222-8722, or stop by 122½ North High Street next to CVS. Military and first responder discounts are also available.

     “The school is for Jiu-Jitsu and not the world,” Wethington said. “It’s a positive and respectful environment for everyone.”