David competed at the Australian Martial Arts Championships (AMAC) on Sunday 4th May 2014. He competed in 2 divisions; freestyle sparring and full contact sparring. David placed 3rd in both categories, showing excellent technique, control, power and fighting spirit! He was moved up a division from Middleweight to Heavyweight and fought competitors much taller and bigger than himself. A great experience and result for his first time competing at AMAC!
"The Man in the Arena
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ― Theodore Roosevelt