It’s been a long time since my last post on this blog (I feel like every blog post starts off that way). And since my last post, quite a few things have changed in my jiu jitsu life. Most notably, my head instructor (and still great friend) came to the realization that he simply had too much on his plate to continue running the branch where I train.
Rather than closing though, he “turned the reigns” over to a few of his students (myself included), in the hopes that we would keep jiu jitsu alive in our area. We’re still an affiliate of the main West Side Academy, but have since relocated and reopened.
After some discussion of potential names for the club, we decided to go with a fairly generic one: Cache Valley Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The hope is that interested students in the Logan area (Cache Valley, Utah) will easily find us. With Mark’s blessing, we continued to use his amazing logo for West Side Jiu Jitsu (affectionately named the “Skulltopus”). And after an ungodly amount of time spent clumsily trying to learn to use Photoshop, I finally put together a banner for the website and Facebook page:
I’m quickly finding that opening and running a club is much more work than I anticipated. But I’m excited. And anxious. And hopeful. I’m also learning a ton of new skills in the process (including website design, Photoshop, curriculum development, and the importance of organization). I’m confident that with hard work, dedication, and passion for jiu jitsu, we’ll be able to keep the spirit of West Side alive and well in Logan.
Check out the website at www.cachevalleyBJJ.com
Also visit us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cachevalleyBJJ