David Lamagna – BJJ Assistant Instructor

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I have always been a very active person when it comes to sports. I played football and wrestled in high school. I was never very good at football, and wrestling came very natural to me. After high school I played Rugby in college but my true passion was still in the wrestling and grappling world. I always watched wrestling when I could and then started to watch MMA in College. There I always rooted for the grapplers in the UFC and in all of MMA.

After college in 2007 my wife and I moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. That is when I asked my wife if she would want to start training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She kind of looked at me funny and said sure. I asked around and found a great school. At the time I did not want an MMA gym just BJJ because I didn’t know much. My first Professor was Bill Hosken. He is a black belt under Rigan Machado of Machado BJJ. I started to compete as a white belt in Denver Colorado, sometimes winning and sometimes losing. To me the experience of competition was worth more to me than winning. Through my journey through the belt ranks I have been lucky to train with some of the best bjj practitioners in the world, including Rigan Machado, Ralek Gracie, Royce Gracie, Javier Vazquez, Mike Nickels, and Marcelo Garcia.

Now 6 years into training I have been training at Alliance Rochester for the last two years. Professor Eric Cady has not only taught me his ideas on the art of BJJ, but he has been a great mentor and friend. Eric has taught me that I must always think before I act and understand that every decision I make has consequences. I have always dedicated myself to the lifestyle of BJJ and understanding that it is not just a martial art but a way of life. It has taught me self discipline and self control on and off the mats. I believe that BJJ changes people down to the finest detail. It teaches you how to be good to one another and how to build trust and friendships with people. I aspire everyday to be the best training partner and instructor that I can because I want everyone to enjoy the art of Jiu-Jitsu as much as I do.

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