"Teachers give us knowledge in hopes that we will pass it on."
Teachers:
Duncan Kingi (Second Dan Japanese Jiu Jitsu - Auckland Jiu Jitsu Association) Duncan taught Judo at Te Atatu Recreation Center in New Zealand. Duncan introduced Dave to the art of Judo, giving him his base knowledge for the art of grappling.
Under the Rickson Gracie Lineage, Pedro has become a pioneer of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu throughout the United States.  He is the teacher of many law inforcement & civilian organizations.  Pedro awarded David his 2 stripes on his purple belt.
Gustavo Dantas (3rd Degree Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) 2x World BJJ Champion, Founder of Nova Uniao GD Jiu Jitsu/Arizona Combat Sports, Black Belt Judo. Gustavo has produced many champions of BJJ and MMA. Gustavo also awarded David Suliafu his Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Some of his more noted accomplishments can be viewed through the link at the top of the (about CCS) page.
(1st Dan BJJ- Pedro Sauer, 1st Dan Bihonte - Dan Berry).  Eddie is the founder of Fusion Academy, Dave and Eddie were team mates as part of Pedro Sauer's original team.  Eddie has been a good friend to Dave for many years.   
Sakasem Kanthawong is a master muay thai instructor, he is a 3 x Muay Thai World Champion with over 250 pro fights, having never been knocked out. With a fighting history that spans 35 years. Sakasem is a well respected fighter and trainer both in Thailand and in the U.S. Feared by his opponents for his heavy punching power and devastating knee and elbow attacks, Sakasem aquired the nickname "The Punisher" by promoters and the fans alike throughout the world.
Influences:
Gary Gilliam, Founder of Comprehensive Combat Karate.  (4th Dan Comprehensive Combat Karate, 3rd Dan Chinese Kenpo Karate-Hanshi Hermansen and Shihan Cox (Kiai Kenpo Association) Gary has devoted a large part of his training to the study of various Karate styles and weapons arts. In addition to his main arts of Kenpo Karate and Hapkido he has trained in Shotokan,Shuri Ryu,Uechi Ryu,Wado Ryu,Freestyle Karate,and Taekwondo.  Click on Gary's picture above to visit http://Compcombatkarate.com/  
Grant R. Gilliam (Founder of ECS, Sambo Instructor, 3rd Dan Nihan Jiu Jitsu, 2nd Dan Judo/Jiu Jitsu, purple belt BJJ.)  Grant has trained and been trained by world class champions and fighters.  He has accomplished MMA, Judo, Jiu Jitsu and High School Wrestling competition records.  He was a student of Olympic judo instructor Walt Sweet former UFC competitor and Judo champion Christophe Leininger.  Some other noted instructors include Gustavo Dantas (BJJ) and Hawaiian Judo champ Wes Fukushima.  Click Grants Picture above to visit www.ecsmma.com!
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