David Meyer began training Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 1992, and is one of the first Americans to reach black belt, receiving his rank in 1996. He is a student of Rigan, Jean Jacques, Carlos, John and Roger Machado. He is one of the pioneer American competitors to become a world-class fighter in the sport, and is the coach and training partner for numerous MMA fighters in Los Angeles and San Francisco, currently training with the Cesar Gracie team, Jake Shields, Gilbert El Nino Melendez, and Eduardo Rocha in the San Francisco area. He authored the book Training for Competition: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappling, and co-authored The Triangle with Rigan Machado. His many titles include:
2014 Gold Medal American Cup Black Belt Master 5 Middle Weight Class
2013 Gold Medal American Cup Black Belt Senior 3 Middle Weight Class
2012 Silver Medal IBJJF Masters and Seniors World Championships, Black Belt Senior 3 Middle Weight Class
2012 Gold Medal American Cup Black Belt Senior 3 Middle Weight Class
2011 World Champion IBJJF No Gi BJJ Black Belt Senior 3 Medium Weight Class
2011 Gold Medal Pan Am Games BJJ Black Belt Senior 3 Medium Weight Class
2011 Silver Medal US Open BJJ Black Belt Senior 3 Medium Weight Class
2010 World Champion IBJJF No Gi BJJ Black Belt Senior 3 Medium and Open Weight Class Divisions
2010 Gold Medal US Open BJJ Black Belt Senior 2 Open Weight Class (unopposed)
2009 American National Champion BJJ Ã‚ Black Belt Senionr 3 Medium Weight Class
2009 World Champion IBJJF No Gi BJJ Black Belt Senior 3 Medium Heavy and Open Weight Class Divisions,
2004 Gold Medal Pan Am Games BJJ Black Belt Senior 2 Medium Heavy Weight Class
Winner of the 1998 Korean Air Black Belt Challenge.
He was the first American to win a medal at the black belt level at a BJJ World Championship, earning the Bronze Medal in Black Belt Open Weight Class division in Brazil in 1998. He also won what is believed to be the first ever BJJ competition held in the United States (a cross-school competition between the Tarzana and Redondo Beach Machado Brothers schools in 1994). 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 as a young child 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‚ 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 has been a vegetarian since 1985. He launched www.FuelForTheFighter.com to show how MMA and BJJ fighters can be vegan/vegetarian and have increases in their strength and endurance. He co-founded Adopt-a-Pet.com, the world's largest non-profit pet adoption website where you can adopt a pet, promoting dog adoption and cat adoption by listing pets to rescue at animal shelters and humane societies around the country.
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My Teachers Rigan Machado
My Teachers Wally Jay
Friend and Training Partner of John Will