Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
David began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1992, and is one of the first Americans to reach Black Belt, receiving his rank in 1997. He is a student of Rigan and Jean Jacques Machado in Los Angeles, California.
He is one of the most successful American competitors in the sport, and is the coach and training partner for numerous no holds barred fighters in Los Angeles. He is the 2004 gold medallist for the Senior Black Belt division of the Pan Am games, was winner of the 1998 Korean Air Black Belt Challenge, and took the Bronze Medal in the 1998 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships, Black Belt Open Weight Class division, making him the first American to win a medal in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championships at the Black Belt level. He has been the winner of numerous “superfights” at regional and national Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions in both gi and no-gi competitions, and is well respected as both a competitor and instructor.
David began training Jujitsu in 1968 under Sensei Jack Seki. He received his 1st Dan in 1977. He trained White Lotus Kung Fu under Sifu Douglas Wong and taught Jujitsu at Steven Seagal's Tenshin Dojo from 1984-1987. He was head instructor of Jujitsu at UCLA from 1980-85. He received his 3rd Dan in Jujitsu under Sensei Jack Seki and holds a 4th Dan under Prof. Wally Jay. David is also a passionate advocate for animal welfare and a vegetarian since 1985.
He co-founded and runs 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com, a nonprofit organization promoting dog adoption and cat adoption by listing pets to rescue at animal shelters and humane societies around the country.