- Born: 1983
- Strengths: BJJ
- Nationality: British
- Height: 173cm
- Weight: 68kg
David is a 33 year old BBJ practitioner from Darlington, England. A lifelong boxing and pro wrestling fan his eyes were opened in the early 90’s when he witnessed the early Ultimate Fighting Championship events. Despite being a karate student at the time he was struck by the efficiency of a small Brazilian fighter named Royce Gracie as he effortlessly defeated much larger opponents. It was clear the grappling arts were the future and a martial arts revolution was taking place. Having only dabbled briefly in one grappling art in his younger days David came to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu relatively late when he began training six years ago having stumbled across a small local gym teaching this art.
Unhappy with his performance in early competitions he resolved to compete more often until he got good at it. He now trains up to six times a week and has won a Bronze Medal two years in a row at the British Open, a Silver medal at NAGA UK (Americas most prestigious grappling competition) and a gold medal at the respected Grapplenation competition.
He trains out of the Lab Darlington and regularly travels to other gyms to encounter other styles and be exposed to new techniques. This year he is targeting bigger competitions including at least one submission only competition followed the European Championships in early 2017.
He holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which, in terms of skill, is the equivalent of a black belt in most other martial arts.
His style of Jiu Jitsu is a good fit for the company as he seeks to use the maximium efficiency in ever area of grappling. That small local gym is going from strength to strength with fellow “Lab Rat” and ‘Team Energy” Ambassador Lanchanca Green currently competing on the The Ultimate Fighter TV Show.