David began training at Tracy’s Karate in St. Louis when he was nine years old. He has studied over the years under karate greats of Sid Gee, Steve Leventhal, Dave Hofer, and Joe Talbot.
Starting at the age of thirteen, he began studying an art of Battōjutsu that taught not just drawing the blade and cutting, but practical fighting with the katana (Japanese saber). He has taken this art, along with other sword arts he has learned over the years and combined it with the advanced principles of Kenpo taught at Tracy’s Karate in St. Louis to create a new sword fighting style.
David strives to understand his student’s needs and learning styles to help them achieve their personal goals in martial arts and in all they do. He is dedicated to his students knowing how to protect themselves in real life situations.
David teaches self-defense classes to community groups. He gives presentations about writing realistic fight scenes and is a published author in short stories, articles on writing and self-defense.
“I don’t know where I would be or if I would have found the confidence to do all I have accomplished without Tracy’s Karate. I want all of my students to know how to defend themselves in any given situation and to feel that same confidence when they are faced with the obstacles life puts in their way.”