About Me

My name is David Lieu and I started my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey June 12, 2010 and have been doing it ever since. I got both my blue and purple belts from Gracie Barra San Diego (GBSD):
  • Blue: Carlos Gracie, Sr - Nelson Monteiro Jr - Marcelo Pereira - Dominic Parker - Me
  • Purple: Carlos Gracie, Sr - Nelson Monteiro Jr - Marcelo Pereira - Dominic Parker - Alex Cone - Me

From 2010 - 2014, I trained at Gracie Barra San Diego (now closed) with the following:
  • Dominic Parker - Black Belt under Marcelo Pereira.
  • Steve Gable - Black Belt under Nelson Monteiro.
  • Alex Cone - As of 2017, training out of AOJ. Black Belt under Rafael Mendes.
  • Justin McDaniel - As of 2017, teaches at Gracie Barra Sorrento Valley with Marcelo Pereira. Black Belt under Marcelo Pereira.
  • Brian Leslie, Alby, Ryan, Luis, Wayne, Vince, David Yee, Tom, Sonny, Thuy, James, and many more.

In Nov 2014 to Nov 2016, I signed up to train at ATOS Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because GBSD closed down. The training here is advanced, modern, and intense! I'm working hard to stay competitive with these guys (and girls), but they're extremely good! You never know if you're gonna get your ass whooped by a 3 time world champ blue belt or a hobbyist purple belt, but I get my ass whooped and it keeps me coming back.

From Nov. 2014 to Nov. 2016, I train at ATOS HQ with the following:
  • Andre Galvao - Co-founder of ATOS.
  • JT Torres - As of 2017, Black Belt left to the East Coast to open up his own school. Would test some classes. Likes more pressure and smash passes.
  • Michael Liera Jr. - Was a brown belt when I join and would teach some night classes. Likes DLR guard.
  • Kristian Woodmansee - Was a brown belt when I join and taught more tight passes and leg locks. Now is Black Belt under Andre Galvao.
  • Rolando Samson - Was a purple belt when I join and taught very dynamic passes like long step passes. Now is a brown belt under Andre Galvao.
  • Jeremy Ferebee - Black Belt under Andre Galvao and always gave me insightful tips and helped me troubleshoot my game.
  • Dominique Bell - Was a purple belt when I join, went to on winning Worlds and is now a brown belt under Andre Galvao. Dom has easily kicked my butt on different open mat occasions.
  • Mike Perez - Brown belt under Andre Galvao would kick my ass all the time, not just open mat.
  • David Yee - My buddy from GBSD was a blue belt and now a purple belt under Andre. He has always motivated me and worked with me.
  • Other members from the old GBSD school include Luis, Wayne, and Vince.

Since I moved to North County San Diego in late 2015, it made more sense to me to train to a school closer to work and home. In March 2017, I started training at Gracie Barra Escondido:
  • Magid Hage Sr. - Head instructor at GBE.
  • Magid Hage Jr. - Famous for the Baseball Bat Choke.
On December 16, 2017, I received my brown belt from Magid Hage at Gracie Barra Escondido's Christmas Party.

Other interesting people I have met on my BJJ journey include:
  • Anderson Silva
  • Demian Maia
  • Renzo Gracie
  • AJ Agazarm
  • Budo Jake
  • Nelson Monteiro
  • Kayron Gracie
  • and many more (see my blog).
Anderson "The Spider" Silva, Me

Demian Maia, Me, Andre Galvao