In June 2012, CageworX first opened its doors on the east side of Port Angeles under the ownership and vision of Dave Holden. The program offered wrestling and boxing and further expanded its training to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA with the addition of Cody Houston to the gym’s staff. On December 12, 2012, CageworX Promotions presented the first Olympic Combat Challenge fight event at Vern Burton Community Center with a second event held on March 30, 2013.
In 2014, Dave decided to move on from the business and generously donated the mats and equipment to the new owner, Cody Houston. Once a new location was found at 508 W. 8th street the gym family contributed hours and hours of their valuable time and energy to turn the empty box of a space into the facility it is today.
Since re-opening on 8th Street, the gym has continued to grow. The youth/teen Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing programs expanded and we’ve hosted several seminars with renown instructors including BJJ legend Marcelo Alonso. In 2016 we also grew our fitness and striking classes with the help of Coach Phil Beatty and began offering Sambo and Judo with the arrival of Coach Grant Gilliam. In July of 2016 Cody and his wife Jenny were given the opportunity to purchase the building and adjoining buildings. So again the gym family came together to help prepare the rough space. After months of work, on October 3, 2016, Poser Yoga (Jenny’s studio) was moved from its former downtown Port Angeles location to the space adjoining the CageworX gym.
CageworX exists because of the dedication of our entire gym family. We are incredibly proud of all our members who work so hard to develop and improve themselves and do all they can to help one another as well as the larger community. Go CageworX!