David Adiv joins the show to talk about transitioning from Judo to Jiu-Jitsu, the differences between BJJ and Judo newaza and self defense applications of sport BJJ. He also gives great insight on self defense and why he chose BJJ over Krav Maga. Click “read more” for show notes! 


  • Origins
  • Starting Judo
  • Finding his style in Judo
  • Discovering Jiu-Jitsu after the military
  • Befriending Rickson and Royler Gracie
  • How Judo helped him adapt to Jiu-Jitsu
  • The big differences between Judo’s newaza (ground fighting) and BJJ
  • Training in Brazil in the 90’s
  • Traveling to japan to corner Royler in his Vale Tudo debut
  • Leg locks and why he feels they had a negative stigma for so long
  • Jiu-Jitsu’s roots
  • Associating attacks and defense
  • Adding self defense to a sport curriculum
  • Sport Jiu-Jitsu on the street
  • Learning all aspects of Jiu-Jitsu
  • An instructor’s responsibility to offer diverse knowledge to students
  • The Pummel
  • Working with law enforcement and military
  • Military tactics that apply to martial arts
  • Why he chose Jiu-Jitsu over Krav Maga
  • Using energy efficiently while forcing your opponent to spend energy inefficiently
  • His future goals