Black Belt Instructor
David is a third degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He began his grappling career at 11 years old when he started wrestling and continued wrestling in junior high school, high school, and at the D1 level in college at Franklin and Marshall College. After college, David took up weightlifting, rock climbing, and kickboxing.
After watching Royce Gracie use Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to win the UFC, David was inspired to learn jiu jitsu and started in February of 1998. In May of 2005, he was awarded his black belt. David has been an avid jiu jitsu competitor and has competed in Brazil, Europe, and America winning numerous titles.
As an instructor, David is known for extensive knowledge, detailed teaching style and his ability to both support and challenge his students appropriately depending on their needs. David cares about the progress of each student and trains regularly with students of all levels. He is widely respected throughout the jiu jitsu community, giving and hosting seminars with other distinguished BJJ professors all over the world. Whether you are brand new to jiu jitsu or an experienced competitor, David takes pride in teaching everyone and promoting a positive training atmosphere.
David is one of only a handful of Americans who regularly work as a referee for the prestigious International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) at its highest level championships. Our students who compete have a unique opportunity to train with an experienced referee and competitor who can guide them on specific rules, common pitfalls and strategies.
Don’t miss David’s latest video instructional: “The Crucifix Building Blocks” available for on-demand download via Digitsu.com.
Highlights of David’s competition history at the black belt level:
- 2013 IBJJF New York Summer Open Silver Medalist – Black Belt Masters Featherweight
- 2013 IBJJF Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship Gold Medalist – Black Belt Senior Featherweight
- 2012 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship – Master and Seniors Bronze Medalist – Black Belt Featherweight
- 2012 IBJJF International Masters Seniors Gold Medalist – Black Belt Featherweight
- 2011 IBJJF No-Gi Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship Gold Medalist – Black Belt Featherweight
- 2011 IBJJF International Masters Seniors Gold Medalist – Black Belt Featherweight
- 2009 IBJJF International Masters Seniors Bronze Medalist – Black Belt Featherweight
- 2008 IBJJF No-Gi Pan Ams – Black Belt Adult Featherweight Bronze Medalist
- 2008 Grapplers Quest US Nationals – Advanced No-Gi Featherweight Champion
- 2007 IBJJF International Masters Seniors Silver Medalist – Black Belt Featherweight
- 2007 US Grappling Copa NOVA – Advanced No-Gi Featherweight Champion
- 2007 Copa Atlantica – Advanced No-Gi Featherweight Champion
- 2007 Grapplers Quest North American Championships – Advanced No-Gi Featherweight Champion
- 2007 Grapplers Quest North American Championships – Black Belt Featherweight Champion
- 2007 North American Combat Sports Championships – Advanced lightweight gold medalist
- 2005 IBJJF International Masters Seniors Bronze Medalist – Black Belt Featherweight