David has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2009 and is a Black Belt under Danny Alvarez.
David specializes in teaching adolescents and young adults having over 8 years of experience leading his local youth group. David spent most of his childhood overweight and insecure (weighing 220 lbs in the 7th grade); he was never very athletic and always felt like an outsider by those who were. David began to transform his life at the age of 17 lifting weights and watching his diet; after 2 years his workouts became stagnant and he needed a change.
David looked into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a new workout with possibly some self-defense aspects, little did he realize it would alter the trajectory of his life. Jiu-Jitsu leveled the playing field between athletes and non-athletes, he quickly realized it was a “thinking man’s game” rather than a “meathead’s game”; it required the ability to understand physics and leverage in addition to being physically fit.
After beginning Jiu-Jitsu, David’s instructor Danny suggested he register for a local tournament. Against his will David fought and lost, but it's sparked his journey as a competitor. Since then he has competed in over 20 tournaments bringing home over 13 medals.
David is a devoted husband and father who believes strongly in building confidence in others through the art of Jiu-Jitsu.
Arnold’s Classic Grappling Tournament 2011-2nd Place Blue Belt
Michigan Open BJJ Tournament 2011- 2nd Place Blue Belt
Buckeye Border Grappling Challenge 2012-2nd Place Blue Belt
NAGA Grappling Championship Detroit Gi 2014-1st Place Blue Belt
NAGA Grappling Championship Detroit NoGi 2014-2nd Place Blue Belt
Michigan Open BJJ Tournament 2017-3rd Place Purple Belt
Gladwin Open Submission Only Tournament Nogi 2017- 3rd Place Purple Belt
Grappling Industries Detroit 2017-2nd Place Purple Belt
Toledo BJJ Open 2018- 1st Place Purple Belt
NAGA Cincinatti Grappling Championship 2018-1st Place Purple Belt
Buckeye Border Grappling Challenge 2018-3rd Place Purple Belt
International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Chicago Spring Open 2018-3rd Place Purple Belt
International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Chicago Summer Open 2018-3rd Place Purple Belt
Michigan Open BJJ Tournament 2018-1st Place Brown Belt
Grappling Industries Detroit 2018 Gi Division 2nd Place Brown Belt
IBJJF Chicago Masters Division 2019 2nd Place Brown Belt
IBJJF Chicago Open Class 2019 3rd Place Brown Belt
IBJJF Dallas Summer Open 2019 2nd Place Gi Division Brown Belt
IBJJF Dallas Summer Open 2019 2nd Place Gi Open Division Brown Belt