Professor David Ruiz is a 4th Degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. David is the founder of Colorado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy and was the first to bring authentic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to Colorado when he opened the original Colorado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in 1997. David started his training in Los Angeles, California, under Rorion, Royce, and Helio Gracie. This is where he was specifically taught how to teach the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, by putting in, literally, thousands of hours of time on the mat. David was one of the few Americans who was equipped with the fighting aspect of Gracie Jiu Jitsu by being prepared extensively for the “Gracie Challenge” no rules challenge matches which occurred at the Gracie Academy in the early days of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the United States. During this time, David was fortunate to take many private classes with Helio Gracie.
David has taught Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to Law Enforcement and Military personnel from around the U.S., including the L.A.P.D., Special Forces Army Rangers (receiving the honorary Ranger Coin), Delta Force, Navy SEALs, D.E.A., FBI, Arapahoe County Sheriffs and other government agencies.
In addition to training with the Gracies, David studied under such great BJJ Professors and coaches as the Machado brothers, and received his Black Belt from Rigan Machado. It is with the Machados, being some of the finest technical fighters and coaches that Gracie Barra ever produced, that David furthered his teaching and Jiu Jitsu skills and won the 2001 IBJJF Pan-American Jiu Jitsu Championships Gold Medal.
2004 Grapplers Quest Gold Medalist
2001 IBJJF Pan-American Jiu Jitsu Championship Gold Medalist
American International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship Gold Medalist
5 Time Gracie Jiu Jits Academy Tournament Gold Medalist
Maeda, Mitsuyo –> Gracie Sr., Carlos –> Gracie Jr., Carlos –> Machado, Rigan –> Ruiz, David