PARK CITY, Utah — Park City Jui Jitsu owner Mike Diaz, himself a fourth degree Black Belt, awarded two new Black Belt recipients on Nov. 5, Keith Barnhart and Chris Wilson.
“We are very proud of these two new black belts,” Diaz told TownLift.
Barnhart started with PCJJ when it first opened, in 2010. “He has been very influential and supportive to the success of our studio,” said Diaz.
Barnhart has spent many accomplished years in the oil and gas industry, and has always had a passion for grappling, having wrestled at the University of Alabama, and then finding his way to jujitsu. He’s currently retired and spends his time skiing, mountain biking, or in the gym training. The 63-year-old has lived in ParkCity for 22 years, where he’s raised his family with his wife Connie.
“He’s an amazing mentor and instructor and has been an asset to our program in school,” Diaz said.
Christopher Wilson came to PCJJ in 2015. He had previously trained with a good friend of the community in Heber who had passed away. He works as a real estate appraiser who travels a lot but consistently spends time training. Wilson currently lives in Kamas where he has built a house with his wife and family.
“Chris’ first training partner in our Academy was Keith so it was really neat to see how their journey turned out together, and they got their black belts on the same day,” said Diaz.
Diaz has been training 26 years and has had his Black Belt for 17 years. His motto is “A black belt is just a white belt that never quits.”
Currently there are six Black Belts teaching at PCJJ.