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BizBeat: Jiu-jitsu shop opening

BizBeat: Jiu-jitsu shop opening

December 17th, 2017 by Philip Joens in Business

Janice Herron stands alongside her husband, Clay, on a mat in their new business, Herron BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), on Industrial Drive in Jefferson City on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. The building will be completed for their opening Jan. 2.

Photo by Emil Lippe /News Tribune.

A husband and wife will open a Brazilian jiu-jitsu shop in Jefferson City on Jan. 2.

A former boxer, Clay Herron began taking jiu-jitsu classes in Columbia at age 35. Over six years later now, Herron and his wife, Janice, who both work for the state of Missouri, teach jiu-jitsu to about 15 clients in their basement.

He said he began teaching classes in Jefferson City because he was tired of driving 40 minutes each way to Columbia.

Once Herron BJJ opens at 2634 Industrial Drive, Suite I, in early January, Herron hopes to one day get 50 students and teach jiu-jitsu full time.

Work on the space is progressing, with the painting done, half of the mats installed, and even small touches like patches with the business' name made.

Herron BJJ will teach judo and jiu-jitsu classes for children, teenagers and adults. Classes will run from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.

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