West Side Jiu-Jitsu (Ogden, Logan, and Layton)

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West Side Jiu Jitsu


West Side Jiu -Jitsu began officially in 2004, at least that’s when we started running our school like a business. The truth is West Side was initially called The Youth Enlightenment Project. I know, a pretty heady name, and there is no way anyone would know that it involved any kind of martial art, but nonetheless, that’s what we used.

I started teaching kids Jiu-Jitsu in 2000. I’ve been teaching high school English since 1995 and I thought some of my high school students could benefit from learning a little Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I wanted them to grow as young people, to become enlightened in a sense through jiu-jitsu. I teach English and communications in an inner-city school where sometimes the environment can be a little rough. I started teaching some of my students and they really enjoyed the class and since I was only teaching high school kids at the time, we changed the name from the Youth Enlightenment Project to High School Jiu-Jitsu.

With a little training under our belts I took five kids and our new name to Grapplers Quest in Las Vegas and out of the five kids I took, five of them placed in the teen division.

In 2005 I started getting a lot of adults that wanted to take the class, so we changed our name again To West Side Jiu-Jitsu. I spent months trying to come up with a name and one of my high school students suggested West Side as a joke because of my love for tattoos, pit bulls, and old English script. The name stuck and we’ve been West Side Jiu-Jitsu Academy ever since.

Currently West Side has seven part time instructors and we teach Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, boxing, MMA, wrestling and fighter conditioning classes.

Our goal is what it’s always been, and that is to help people find themselves, to find enlightenment so to speak through martial arts. West Side!


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