It is every wrestler's dream to come out to an ovation. To get there, you have to start small.
Jason Ferrier is local pro wrestler who knows that so he helped start a school, called in “In the Biz Pro Wrestling Academy,” in Stuarts Draft to help wrestlers dreams come true.
“They say, 'Is wrestling fake?' The physicalities are real,” said Jason (J-Sin) Ferrier, founder and head trainer at In the Biz Pro Wrestling Academy. “When it really breaks down to it, there is show. There is theatrics but it's not two guys out there play fighting because that's not what it is.”
That is why you have to learn the right way.
Ferrier opened In the Biz Pro Wrestling Academy in January. It is the first of its kind in the Valley and one of only a few in the state.
“It's something exciting for the community. And for myself. I feel like I'm needed now. Waking up is a lot better. Work out here every day. It's just something new.”
The trainees come from all different backgrounds, sizes and ages. It is their love for wrestling that unites them in what they call a brotherhood.
“Everybody here has been awesome,” said Allen Campbell, a trainee at the school. “It's really made me, I can't say it without crying, but I really am so blessed to be here and be able to do this.”
Another trainee said that he feels like a part of a family.
“Every time you walk in, you're like family. You know, like you're part of it. And they welcome you,” said Joseph Stevens, another trainee.
In addition to teaching, the academy also puts together local shows. Brian Aldhizer is Ferrier's tag team partner and he said it keeps the local fans and wrestlers in the Valley.
“People have full time jobs and they can't drive two hours, three hours to Richmond or Virginia Beach,” said Aldhizer. “Gas prices are going up. So it's good that it's something down home, in the community, and easy to get to.”
The academy also brings people to the Valley, such as WHSV Reporter Tim Wronka and he decided to get in the ring to try out some moves.
He started by learning how to fall on his back, which took a few times. Then he locked up and even got on the top rope. Tim did not do too well in his first match but he is alright, although a bit sore.
The academy is opened 24 hours a day, seven days a week and continues to enroll new wrestlers.
You can seem them in action. They are putting on one of their first shows June 15th at Staunton Harley Davidson.
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