David is a British Born Martial arts expert of Nigerian heritage based in North London Trained by the best to be the best, apart from being a World Class competitor, he is widely regarded as one of the best teachers around. Having started his martial arts journey in 1979 his experience as a teacher, student, fighter & coach is hard to rival.
David’s unique ability to impart his knowledge and train his students to be the best they can be is perhaps in part due to the fact that he has been a successful Lawyer for over 2 decades. David’s students are from all walks of life ranging from military officers, police officers, traders, accountants as well as other men, women and children training for all sorts of reasons. He has had a number of Celebrities as students as well as stuntmen.
As a teacher of teachers, many of David’s students have gone on to become great students,teachers and champions in their own right.
An eternal student, David started his martial arts training in 1979 being taught Hapkido and kickboxing by his older brother.
In 1983 he started Wing Chun (whilst still practicing Kickboxing) and practised that style continuously into the early 2000s.
He took up the study of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do and Filipino martial arts at the World famous Bob Breen Academy in Hoxton in 1996, later becoming the first FULL INSTRUCTOR under Guro Bob Breen in 2008 as well as an Instructor under Guro Terry Barnett of Integrated arts in 1998. In 1998, He was accepted on to the Instructorship program of Guro/Sifu Dan Inosanto who was of course Bruce Lee’s top student.
Following the principles of JKD, ‘absorbing what is useful’, David went on to study and become qualified in the system of MAPHILINDO SILAT created by Guro Dan Inosanto and was awarded the title of ‘Guro’ in 2005 becoming only one of a handful at that time.
Responding to the need to further his knowledge and skills, David trained Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW/MMA) with 2 X World light Heavyweight shooto champion, Sensei Erik Paulson, and after completing the earlier coach levels, he was awarded the level of ‘Representative Instructor ‘ in 2004.
In 1998, David started his formal practice of Brazilian jiujitsu receiving his Blue belt in 1999 and his Black Belt in 2010. He is currently a 2nd Degree Black Belt under Mestre Ricardo De La Riva – BJJ Legend & 7th Degree Black Belt.
As an Instructor, David has coached students to British, European and World titles in various disciplines and is a coach to many ordinary and extra ordinary people, all taught with equal passion.
Founder & Head Instructor of Combined Fighting Systems (CFS)
- Full Instructor under Guro Bob Breen – JKD/Kali International (The first of only 2) – 2008
- 3rd Degree Black belt under Guro Bob Breen – 2008
- Senior Associate Instructor in Jun Fan Gung Fu/JKD Concepts under Sifu Dan Inosanto
- Senior Associate Instructor in the Filipino Martial arts under Guro Dan Inosanto
- Instructor in Integrated Arts under Guro Terry Barnett
- Wing Chun Instructor – Sources: Sifus Martin Ruiz; Eddie Yeoh & Digoh Michael Louison
- Representative Instructor in Combat submission Wrestling (CSW) – under Sensei Erik Paulson – 2004
- Guro in Maphilindo Silat under Guro Dan Inosanto
- 5th Degree Black belt – CFS Arts Kickboxing program
- Black Belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ) – under Professor Ricardo Vieira (9x World champion) – 2010
- 2nd Degree Black Belt in BJJ & UK Representative of Mestre Ricardo De La Riva (6th Degree Black Belt)
- IBJJF Referee & IBJJF certified Black belt (International Brazilian Jiujitsu Federation)
- Referee for POLARIS – Professional submission grappling
- 7 x IBJJF European Brazilian Jiujitsu Champion (2008,2009,2010,2013,2014,2016,2018)
- IBJJF European Championships – Bronze Medallist (2017)
- IBJJF European Brazilian Jiujitsu Silver Medallist (2015)
- IBJJF British National champion (2015)
- IBJJF London Open Absolute champion (2016)
- IBJJF Rome open champion (2013)
- IBJJF World Masters Bronze medallist (2013)
- Former IBJJF #1 Ranked fighter (Black Belt )
- 2 x IBJJF European No-gi Bronze Medallist (2012,2013)
- IBJJF World No gi Silver medallist (2016)
- IBJJF World no gi Absolute Div Bronze (2016)
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