Over at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, U.S.A, a group of judoka are trying to get together a club. A lot of us are coming from bjj, wrestling, or previous competitive martial art backgrounds. We are used to competition and prestige, and we want to be able to compete and rank up in a legitimate judo environment. However, there are no actual black belts or above that are able to instruct. This leaves us with no real way of legitimizing our club with one of the three U.S. governing bodies of judo. Our university will allow us to start the club without being legitimate, but at that point we would be a judo enthusiast club. For now, we have been able to manage by having some competition hardened brown belts teach us the basics, but we can only go so far with that.
I personally come from a legitimate club back home, so I have some experience with judo and the USJF association. I have contacted the USJF, and they told me that a black belt must be present at all mat sessions in order to be legitimate under the USJF umbrella. They gave me some advice. Told me to get in contact with some of the yudanshakais in my area. The Northwest Yudanshakai is the closest one to me. However, the http://judonw.org/ for Northwest Yudanshakai is nonexistent. And other than my sensei back at home, I pretty much don't have a clue as to where I am supposed to be going with this. I really want to start the club, and everyone else really wants me to get it going.
So I suppose what I am asking is for any additional advice that I wasn't already given. Or maybe any tips on local black belts in the Pullman, WA area? And how would I go about starting this club with the intention of registering under a different association (USJA or USA Judo)?