David Meyer was a 3rd-degree black belt in the Japanese style of Jiu Jitsu under Sensei Jack Seki when he heard about the Gracie style of Jiu Jitsu. After sparring with a person who gave David a pretty good fight, David asked him how long he had been training in the Gracie style. The guy replied, 3 months. That is when David knew he had to see what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu had to offer for himself.
David found his way to the gym of a cousin of the Gracies, Rigan Machado. Unfortunately, Rigan wasn't there that day, so David had to take a lesson from a Rigan purple belt, John Will. David said John tapped him out repeatedly that day and David knew he had to come back to see what Rigan could do.
To hear David's incredible journey from a 3rd-degree black belt to starting over as a bjj white belt, how he became the first American to medal at the IBJJF World Championships, and how he received his black belt under Rigan becoming one of the first non-Brazilians to achieve that honor, follow the link below to episode #143 of The RŌL Radio.
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