Tidewater Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy is a new martial arts school specializing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Chesapeake, Virginia. We offer Kids BJJ, Adult Gi BJJ and No-Gi BJJ classes 6 days a week, along with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). We are led by Black belt instructor Jonathan Wertz, along with assistant instructors Jim Howard (Brown belt), Vincent Borden (Brown belt) and Daniel Gleaton (Purple belt).

Jonathan Wertz received his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in November of 2004, after 6 years. He is student of Gustavo Machado, a 2nd degree Black Belt under Roberto ‘Gordo” Correa, first student in the United States. Jonathan is a 2002 Pan-American Silver Medalist, 2000 Pro-Am Silver Medalist and a 2002 VABJJF Gold Medalist.


  • Keith Feltner says:

    I have been training at Tidewater BJJ for a year and a half now and really enjoy it. I have trained at a few other gyms in Hampton Roads and this is the best one that I have been a part of. The instructors are great, they really know their stuff, and they are good at teaching.
    BJJ classes are M-F for adults, and open mat on Saturdays. Muay Thai M, W, F.

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