World Masters Champion, British Masters Champion and Welsh Closed Champion are a few of the many titles won by Dave in a Judo career spanning over three decades.
A British Judo Association (BJA) Black Belt 5th Dan, Dave has competed in hundreds of Judo events in Canada, America, and throughout Europe.
Dave has a Masters Degree in Sport and Exercise Science and a BA Honours Degree in Sport and Human Movement Studies from The University of Wales Institute Cardiff (now Cardiff Metropolitan University). He also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from The University of Wales Newport.
In a 14 year teaching career, Dave taught at further and higher education level, specialising in the delivery of Physical Education and Outdoor Activities.
Dave quit his teaching job in 2011 in order to concentrate on developing The Combat Academy.
Dave has refereed at all of the major BJJ events in the UK. He has attended the IBJJF referee course on nine occasions and in 2012 he passed the practical referee assessment under the IBJJF Head Referee Alvaro Mansor.
He refereed at the 2012 and 2013 IBJJF European Championships, the 2012 IBJJF European NoGi Championships and the 2012 IBJJF London Open.
Dave has also held national titles in other martial arts. He was the National Ju Jutsu Kumite Council British Champion in 2001 and 2002, and in 2002 he was the ECKA National semi-contact Masters Open Kyu Grade Champion.
Dave has twice been recognised by The Herefordshire Sports Council. In 1992 he won the 'Service to Sport' Award and in 1999 he received the 'Sportsman of the Year Award.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Dave is a 2nd degree Black Belt under World Champion Braulio Estima. He is Braulio's highest graded and longest serving student.
He has trained and competed in Brazil and America on may occasions, a list of some of his accomplishments in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be seen below.
Mixed Martial Arts
Dave had 17 amateur MMA fights on the Grapple & Strike and Combat Sports Open Trails shows.
He had a record of 9 Wins, 4 Draws and 4 Losses and in 2005 he was crowned The Welsh Grapple & Strike light-heavyweight Champion.