I was offered and accepted a position at a college in Jacksonville, FL.
Those who were readers of my previous blog know that I am an assistant professor at a small rural college in Georgia. The college where I teach is in a town that has a population of 5000 residents. The college has 3400 students. In order to keep my sanity I live in a city about 33 miles away that has a population of 50,000. I train in another city at an academy that is 28 miles from where I live.
Well, Jacksonville has the largest land mass of any city in the United States and is 12th in population in the country. This means that there are a lot of people that practice BJJ, submission grappling and MMA. So far I have located five academies that offer BJJ with the gi and one that offers no-gi BJJ along with MMA. I also found a judo club that offers 4 sessions a week.
Further, not only does a majority of my family live there, Jacksonville also offers many cultural, social, professional and economic opportunities that I can take advantage of.
Now, I can send my BJJ training in to hyperdrive. I can finally train with the gi, train at a location closer to my home, train at earlier times and more times per week. I can also sneak in some Judo training….