From a young age, David was raised on a healthy diet of 80’s martial arts action hero movies starring the likes of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. It was only after many years of begging and pleading and withstanding a hard time from his three older brothers that he was allowed to begin martial arts training at age 10. This would mark the beginning of a long and successful career spanning over 25 years to date.
David’s first martial art was karate – becoming a school boy karate champion. He then moved onto Wing Chun, kickboxing and then eventually BJJ. Throughout his training, David has competed successfully as both an amateur and professional at many state, national and international competitions.
David discovered his passion for teaching whilst training BJJ. As a teacher, David has a very hands on and holistic approach in his teaching style, having a very analytical and technical approach to help individuals exceed their goals, whether they may be fitness, self-defence or competition success.
Achievements & Qualifications
2014 Pan Pacific Jiu Jitsu Championships (No gi) – 2nd
2014 Pan Pacific Jiu Jitsu Championships – 3rd
2014 Australian Grappling Championships (No gi) – 1st
2014 Australian Grappling Championships – 3rd
2013 NSW Boxing State Titles – semi finalist
2013 Australian Institute of Sport – Combat Sports Scholarship Winner (Judo &Boxing)
2012 World Pankration Championships – 3rd
2012 World Professional Jiu Jitsu Championships Australian Qualifiers – 2nd
2012 UFC – The Ultimate Fighter Smashes Series – shortlist
2011 Pan Pacific Jiu Jitsu Championships – 2x bronze
2011 Australian Grappling Championships – 2nd
2010 NSW BJJ Spring Cup – 1st
2009 BJJ State Championships – 2nd
2008 BJJ State Championships – 2nd
2007-8 Professional MMA record – 2:1
2006 NSW BJJ Championships – 3rd
2005 Pan Pacific Jiu Jitsu Championships – 3rd
1995 – 2000 Regional, State and National Karate champion