David began the study of traditional Japanese Budo (martial arts) and philosophy in 1964 in South Africa, under the tutelage of the renowned Richard Salmon - the Doshu or Founder of Budokan.

David flourished under the direction of the Doshu - became one of his Uchideshi and trained under his direction until he left SA for the UK.

He competed in national and international karate tournaments, including, representing the province of Natal at the South African Games.

He founded Budokan in the UK in 1970.

He began the study of Traditional Aikido in 1974  and trained  under Senseis, the likes of Chiba Kazuo, Kanetsuka Minoru, Ueshiba Kisshomaru, Sekiya Masatake, Tamura Nobuyoshi, Saito Morihiro, Yamada Yoshimitsu and many other eminent Japanese and European teachers, across Europe, especially in France.

He was the Founder Secretary of the British Aikido Board in 1978.

Also in 1978, he began training in Iaido under Ishido Shizafumi and Hiroi Sensei – Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei, under the tutelage of Vic Cook within the British Kendo Federation and David Ansell Kyoshi.

He served as the Chairman of the UK Martial Arts Commission, within the UK Sports Council for two years.


He also teaches and practises Zazen – seated  meditation- in the Soto Sect of Zen Buddhism tradition with conscious breathing.

Today, he currently holds the title of Kyoshi with the Dai Nippon Butokukai in Kyoto, one of Japan's oldest traditional martial arts organisations, and holds the ranks of 6 Dan Karate, 6 Dan Aikido and 6 Dan Iaido with them.  He trained in all three disciplines at the Butokuden in Kyoto, Japan, in 1998, 2002 and 2008 and hopes to attend a Taikai there again in 2020.

He has attended and conducted many Budo seminars in the UK, France, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Bahrain and the US.

He trained in DaitoRyu AikiJujutsu, Iaido and Karatedo at the Butokuden in Kyoto, Japan, in 2002 and in 2008.  Masters at these two events were Adachi Manabu – Kyudan; Kuwahara Takamichi  - Judan; Hamada Tesshin- Hachidan; Takada Kanji - Kyudan; Takeda Yutaka – Hachidan;  Nakada Takeo – Kyudan;  Murata Nishi – Hachidan; Muira Takayuki – Kyudan; Masakatsu Tsujino, Hanshi, Judan and Shimabukuro Masayuki.

David was the Co-Host with David Ansell - 7 Dan Iaido - of the University of Derby Buxton Traditional Japanese Budo Open To All Seminar held there with 8 of the Classical and Traditional Japanese Budo Discipline.

On 27 November 2018 he was graded to 7 Dan Karate by the Founder of Budokan - Doshu Richard Salmon.


Professional background in the field of sports marketing and healthcare.

Set up and operated Healthways, the first UK executive medical health and fitness centre.

Launched The Spirit of Sport Ltd a company dedicated to raising funds for sport worldwide.

Successfully raised funds for major events, including SportAid in London in 1986.

Launched, managed and distributed SporTime magazine for the General Association of International Sports Federations in Monaco.

Launched an online video content platform for Gaming Ventures in London aimed at the International Sports Federations and their members worldwide.

Founded, launched and published Sport Business Magazine in London.