Welcome to the William & Deanna Davis family Homepage!
I would like to introduce you to Willy (myself), Deanna (the wife), Chad and Kirk (The Boys), and share some of our chronological history.
I (Willy) grew up in Central Ohio. I was born in Columbus and attended Woodcrest Elementary School. I went to Yorktown Jr. High for 7th grade, and then our family moved to Pickerington. I then attended Pickerington Jr. High and graduated from Pickerington High School in 1975. I attended Reynoldsburg Baptist Church.
I enjoyed fishing and reading in my childhood. I participated very little in sports. I was on the Church softball team for a couple seasons and was on the track team one year. I was far and away the slowest person on the track team. I joined the High School wrestling team, and did OK but quit after a few days because of schedule conflicts with my job at Big Bear (the grocery store).
I have 2 brothers, Larry and Garry. They are twins, and they are 4 years younger than me.
I got my first motorcycle the day after my 18th birthday. It was a Kawasaki 750 (3 cylinder 2 stroke). Later on I had a few dirt bikes. A couple of ambulance rides and hospital visits was not enough to keep me off them. Once our children were on the way, I stopped riding on the street, hoping to watch the boys grow up.
After High School, I joined the US Navy and went into the Nuclear Power program to become an Electronics Technician and Reactor Operator. I attended Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida, and learned to Scuba Dive while there. I attended College Park Baptist Church and loved the people I met. I went to other schools near Chicago and near Idaho Falls. I was in Idaho for the winter of 77/78 and picked up Skiing. I skied every winter for the 20 years to follow. I have been to about 35 mountains, mostly in the Western United States, and a couple in New Zealand and Australia.
I was assigned to a new 688 class Fast Attack Submarine, the USS Omaha (SSN 692) which I boarded in Groton CT. A month after I stepped aboard, we brought the USS Omaha to it's home port, Pearl Harbor via the Panama Canal.
I met Deanna Goodrick on 16 Sep '78 in Hawaii, the day after the USS Omaha pulled into port. Deanna grew up in Kansas City, and had just moved to Hawaii with her family. She was attending Bible College at the time we met. Later she enrolled in the Dental Hygiene program at the University of Hawaii. We were married on the cliffs between the Halona blowhole and Hanauma Bay on 11 Jul 81. We honeymooned in Fiji, both islands of New Zealand, and the East coast of Australia. We attended International Baptist Church, and sometimes Faith Baptist in Kailua. Deanna got her Scuba certification in Hanauma Bay. Deanna loves to sing and sings well. While in Hawaii I surfed as much as I could, and often went Scuba Diving. In Spring of '82 I got out of the Navy, and Deanna Graduated from U of H
During my Navy days and several years following, a big hobby of mine was Photography. I had a Nikon 35 mm and an underwater 35mm camera. I printed my pictures at home that were taken mostly on Kodachrome and some on color negatives. In the mid-90's I sold my fancy lenses and gave away my darkroom stuff. Today my photography just documents events with friends and family with a phone camera.
In 1982 we moved to Arroyo Grande, California. I was hired by Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in the Operations Dept, and eventually became a Reactor Operator, licensed in 1988 by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In 2001 I gave up my license, and was given a management position in the Nuclear Quality Services Dept. I worked in the Quality Dept. as an Auditor and later as a Cause Analyst.
Deanna worked as a Dental Hygienist in San Luis Obispo County.
Chad was born on 15 Jan 83, and Kirk was born on 2 Jul 84.
Two weeks after Kirk was born I had a Radial Keratotomy done to correct my very nearsighted vision. My good vision lasted until 2001.
We attended Grace Bible Church in Arroyo Grande for several years and in 1995 switched to the New Life Church of the Nazarene in Pismo Beach. We are Bible believing Christians, and enjoy doing active things.
In 1998 we moved to Pismo Beach California, and moved back to Arroyo Grande in August of 2001, and then back to Pismo Beach in 2002..
In California, I participated in Judo / Jiu-Jitsu, Volleyball, Surfing, Frisbee Football and Skiing on a regular basis. I like Scuba, a little windsurfing, and anything active. I have very little experience in Baseball, Basketball, and Football, but I'll have fun in about any sport or game.
I started in 5 Cities Judo Club in November of '94, and I received my Judo Brown Belt in November of '97 from Mario Rubio.
Chad and I were given the rank of Blue belt, and Kirk was made Orange Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Rickson Gracie in 1999.
On 5 Aug 2000, Kirk received his Blue Belt from Rickson's association. I competed several times per year until 2004.
Willy received his purple belt from Ricardo (Franjinha) Miller in May 2009.
Willy was presented his Brown Belt by Cindy Omatsu and Robert Arevalo in 2016 on behalf of Rigan Machado, and Cindy presented Willy his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on behalf of Rigan Machado on 6 Aug 2016.
Kirk was promoted to purple by Peter Lawson. www.renzograciebrooklyn.com.
We are proud to say that along with many of our Martial Arts friends, local law enforcement including Sheriffs, Police from Pismo and nearby cities, CHP, and local Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics Instructors came to sharpen their groundfighting skills with us on the mats in our garage.
In July of 2001 I started the Women's Jiu-Jitsu Academy. We had tremendous tournament success, as our girls have taken the gold at some of the women's opens at big tournaments. Katie won the women's Blue Belt World Championship in Rio, then the purple belt worlds, and was promoted to black belt in 2009. Blair became a Virginia state champion. We met on a regular basis since the summer of 2001, and ended in November 2008.
We loved to travel and visit with other Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, and Submission Grappling clubs wherever we are. We have trained with many of the Gracie Academies and submission wrestling schools and are thankful for the great contributions of time, patience and energy they have given to us. We have had great experiences with all of the clubs that we have visited.
Chad and Kirk have taken 1st place in California State Judo Championships, Kirk has also taken 1st in Freestyle Wrestling. They have taken 3rd and 2nd in Judo Nationals. They were both wrestling team captains and Chad was also Volleyball team captain.
Most of our time in the boys' High School years was devoted to Arroyo Grande High School Wrestling. Kirk ultimately took 2nd in California, and 7th in High School SR. Nationals. Deanna was in charge of the Stat girls. Many of our weekends were spent at wrestling tournaments.
Chad attended Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo for two years. Chad transferred to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo in 2003 and was working toward a degree in Aero Engineering. He passed the FAA exam for his private pilot's license in December 2003. Chad worked as a gymnastics instructor for Central Coast Gymnastics for five years.
Kirk was recruited to wrestle for Columbia University in New York City. He was their 184 and then 197 pound representative. His freshman season was cut a month short by appendicitis, but he was ranked in the twenties in Division 1! The rest of college wrestling years were plagued with injury. Kirk Graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. Kirk worked as a recruiter at JP Morgan & Chase.
My last day of work at the power plant was in June of 2004, quitting/retiring after almost 22 years, and made a living from Real Estate investments, and from trading Stocks and Options.
In May of 2010, Chad & I moved to Providenciales, Turks & Caicos looking for positions in a company. Chad was hired as manager of the Graceway Sports Centre.
21 June 2010, Kirk married Melanie Tolan on the Big Island of Hawaii at the Mauna Kea resort. They lived in Jersey City.
In 2011 Deanna, Chad and I moved to George Town, Grand Cayman, where I oversaw operation of a gold refinery and vaulting facility called Byzantium.
In September of 2011 Chad was hired as manager of the Cashwiz store in Cayman.
Chad moved to Nassau in 2012, and is country manager of the stores on New Providence and Grand Bahama islands.
In Cayman we rented a place on the water, and we had a small boat with a motor, and we fish, dive, snorkel, surf, b-board and kayak. I taught Jiu-Jitsu, and taught adults to swim.
On 15 July, 2015, Hudson Ryan Davis was born to Kirk and Melanie in Houston, TX.
On 4 Mar 2016, Declan Alan was born to Chad and Jaimie in Nassau, Bahamas.
24 Aug 2016 Deanna and I moved to Houston, TX. Deanna worked as a
dental hygienist. Willy drove for Uber, and also taught private
classes in Self-Defense, based on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. JiuJitsu2u.com
On 8 June 2017 Deanna and I moved to Centennial, Colorado, by Cherry Creek State Park, on the outskirts of Denver, as Kirk, Melanie, and Hudson moved there a few months before us.
In March 2018 Chad and Jamie moved to Marrietta, Georgia, where Chad was hired as regional manager for a chain of stores.
On 21 April, 2018, Kason James Davis was born to Chad and Jamie.
On 14 May, 2018, Brooklyn Jane Davis was born to Kirk and Melanie.
We have had 4 exchange students from Japan and one from Brasil. We love all the exchange students that we have had, and all of their friends. We love to travel and often go with large groups of friends, family and co-workers. One or more of us have traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Philipines, Hong Kong, Guam, Fiji, Japan, Hawaii, all over the USA, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Cayman Islands, Panama, The Bahamas, Jamaica, Brasil, Argentina, Bolivia, Haiti, Turks & Caicos Islands, Curacao, Antigua, Paraguay, Spain, England, France and Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Tanzania.