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    Professor Dave Derstine

    Black Belt

    Professor Dave discovered Jiu-Jitsu through the Modern Army Combatives Program while he was enlisted in the U.S. Army. He quickly became passionate and excited about grappling; “mastering the martial arts became my life goal from that point on”. Once he finished his contract, he almost immediately began studying at Gracie Barra in St. Louis under the teachings of Professor Mike Buckels. Now almost 9 years into his journey, He trains avidly to hone his craft. He has earned medals in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, and Wrestling.

    “I will continue to master my skills for as long as I am able. As a father of two my goal is to guide the next generation of individuals with my passion and knowledge; to anyone willing to accept the effort that it takes.” – Professor Dave