Biography and Medals

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David started martial arts at the age of nine with Judo and over the years has trained in Hapkido, Aikido, and Ninjitsu. He started training at Beijing Tai Chi and Kung Fu Academy in October of 2006 with Ba Gua and Yang Tai Chi. He soon began to participate in competitions which increased his focus and drive to learn more. David has since earned thirty-three medals and trophies.  In less than three years, David has also earned certificates in Tai Chi, Ba Gua, and Xing Yi, and a black sash in internal martial arts. He has always enjoyed the physical and mental aspects of martial arts for the workouts and as a way of personal expression.  As he likes to say: “When you think you have done all you can, you can still do a little more.”

David continues to practice the internal arts, but also trains in other disciplines such as San Da and ground fighting.

2009

17th Annual Berkeley Martial Arts Festival

gold 1st Place Xing Yi
gold 1st Place Wu Tai Chi
silver 2nd Place Sun Tai Chi
silver 2nd Place Ba Gua Deerhorn Knives

2008

Grand International Martial Arts Competition

gold 1st Place Yang Tai Chi
gold 1st Place Tai Chi Sword
gold 1st Place Tai Chi Sabre
gold 1st Place Wu Tai Chi
gold 1st Place Ba Gua Deerhorn Knives
silver 2nd Place Ba Gua Zhang

2008

Battle of LA

gold 1st Place Yang Tai Chi
gold 1st Place Ba Gua Deerhorn Knives
gold 1st Place Ba Gua Zhang
silver 2nd Place Tai Chi Sword
silver 2nd Place Wu Tai Chi

2008

16th Annual Berkeley Martial Arts Festival

gold 1st Place Ba Gua Deerhorn Knives
gold 1st Place Wu Tai Chi
gold 1st Place Tai Chi Sabre
gold 1st Place Ba Gua Zhang
silver 2nd Place Tai Chi Sword

2008

Disney Martial Arts Festival

gold 1st Place Ba Gua Deerhorn Knives
silver 2nd Place Tai Chi Sword
silver 2nd Place Tai Chi Sabre
bronze 3rd Place Tai Chi Sword

2007

Austin Martial Arts Festival

gold 1st Place Ba Gua Deerhorn Knives
gold 1st Place Push Hands (middle weight)
silver 2nd Place Ba Gua Zhang
silver 2nd Place Yang Tai Chi

2007

Battle of LA

gold 1st Place Traditional Short Weapon
gold 1st Place Push Hands (middle weight)
silver 2nd Place Yang Tai Chi
silver 2nd Place Ba Gua Zhang

2007

15th Annual Berkeley Chinese Martial Arts Festival

gold 1st Place Yang Tai Chi