"David is like a cross between a mad scientist, and a rouge Shaolin monk."

James Thompson, 4th Degree Karate Black Belt

Educator

Martial Artist

Fitness Professional

Bio

I am an educator, martial artist, and fitness professional in Columbus, Ohio area. I have been in both formal and informal business training and education roles for over 15 years. For over 20 years, I have trained in a variety of martial arts and have been a martial arts instructor for over 11 years. I hold the rank of 3rd degree black belt from the Hebikido Martial Arts Association, am awaiting my 2nd degree black belt in American Freestyle Karate, and am a Level 1 instructor of Taijiquan. For 7 years, I have taught individual and group fitness classes to all ages and levels.

During my deployment to Iraq in 2009-2010, in the Army National Guard, I earned my fitness trainer certification (ISSA-CFT). Upon my return from my Iraq deployment, I earned my Specialist in Martial Arts Conditioning certification (ISSA-SMAC). I also earned my self-defense instructor certification (ASFA-SDI). I received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University. My major was exercise science, with a specialization in exercise programming and a concentration in psychology and sociology. After earning my degree, also received my personal trainer certification (ACE-CPT).

I am a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and IDEA Health & Fitness Association. I am an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Integrated Martial Arts.

In addition to the above, I am a father 2 wonderful children. I am also a non-conforming polymath with a generous love for sushi, beer, and wine. I was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio and lived all over Northwest Ohio. While I currently live in the Columbus, Ohio area, I work with people all over the world. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, I’d love to show you my favorite local ice cream shop!

 

David is like a cross between a mad scientist, and a rouge Shaolin monk.

James Thompson

4th Degree Karate Black Belt

David provides well thought out, informative seminars and classes. He organizes his classes in such a way that allows for the participants to be fully involved in the presentations and discussions. David is very open to questions and discussions on the topics he presents. He provides value to the people that he teaches. His seminar was a very nice addition to our employee wellness program.

Dee Junkans, MS

Assistant Director, Memorial Hospital Wellness Center

David is one of those martial artists that instructors both love and hate. We love him because he listens and deeply considers what he’s been taught. We hate him because he listens and deeply considered what he’s been taught. All joking aside, David doesn’t take things at their face value. He takes them apart, analyses them, and contemplates the core essence of the subject. He very much embodies Bruce Lee’s famous quote: “Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own.”

Blake Evans

5th Degree Jujutsu Black Belt

David cares about his clients and students. He provides a wide variety of workshops, seminars, and mentorship opportunities. David’s focus on the educational psychology and deep learning pedagogy demonstrates his commitment to the success of his clients and students.

Adam Hestler

Author, Motivational Speaker

Some may call David’s style of martial arts practice as “mixed martial arts.” Anyone that knows him, knows that what he practices is an integrated, “kaizen” martial art style. That is, he is continuously improving his martial philosophy, practices, and personal efficiency. While a minority may dismiss his practice, the majority of us recognize the brilliance of the way that he honors the past, embraces the present, and builds the future.

Rob Mullen

3rd Degree Judo Black Belt

David is very confident and comfortable in the fitness leadership role and does great speaking one-on-one or in a group setting.. He alway put a lot of time and effort into everything he worked on. I received positive feedback from the Tai Chi and fitness classes that he instructed for BGSU faculty/staff and Student Recreation Center participants. One of David’s strengths is his ability to communicate information and ideas effectively. I was very confident having him conduct faculty/staff WellAware fitness coaching sessions.

I admire David’s passion for fitness/wellness and his eagerness to help others. He always has a positive attitude and willingness to take on new tasks. He always welcomed feedback and was appreciative when receiving suggestions. I appreciated David’s work ethic and attention to detail. He did great conducting fitness coaching sessions, instructing classes, and assisting with the WellAware fitness program.

Karyn Smith, MPH

Health Educator - Wellness Connection, Bowling Green State University Department of Recreation and Wellness

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