David Tombleson (Brown belt BJJ, Head instructor Life Tactics Program)
David became interested in functional self-defense while working as a police officer in the late 1990’s. Though he had six years of wrestling experience and had finished first in his class in defensive tactics at the police academy, he felt ill prepared to face the realities of hand to hand combat in the street. He observed that he was not alone. Officers were often unable to effectively handle combative subjects using the least amount of force necessary. While he was still looking for ways to improve this situation, he left law enforcement due to a serious back problem.
David found himself functionally disabled and in need of a new career path. He attended Baylor Law School, but was not happy practicing law. David entered the security field, commanding high risk security teams, performing executive protection, and training security officers.
In order to try to get back in shape and fulfill his need for competition, in 2007 David started training MMA under Chris Standing and Trent Standing. David was quickly drawn to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and found that the more he rolled, the less pain he had in his back. He credit Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with restoring his quality of life. In 2009 while continuing his MMA training, David began training Gi BJJ under Professor Bill Bradley at Alive MMA. Professor Bradley awarded David his Blue belt in February 2011. In November 2012, David joined Team Pedro Sauer to – along with Jacob Tombleson and Tom Tegner – form Life Tactics/Cascadia Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. David was promoted to purple belt March 2014 by Master Pedro Sauer. David has developed programs to teach children how to deal with emergencies (Little Heroes), stand up to bullies (Life Tactics), and for people who deal with conflict on a professional level (TIC’D). TIC’D was David’s response to the need for additional training that he had noted in police officers years before and in security personnel since.
David’s unusual background in law enforcement, law, security, MMA, and coaching give David a unique perspective on teaching Gracie Jiu-Jitsu that is effective for both competition and self-defense. In addition, David is an expert in Verbal De-escalation techniques and legal issues surrounding the use of self-defense.
Six years’ experience in Wrestling
Over 10 years’ experience as coach including Wrestling, Track and Field, and Jiu-Jitsu
Over 20 years’ experience as an instructor, including serving as a member of the Command Training Team while serving in the U.S. Navy, serving as a DPSST instructor, and teaching numerous CPR, First Aid, and other classes.
Experienced competitor, having earned 14 medals in local and regional BJJ competitions.
2008 Submission Wrestling BJJ League Season Championship: Novice no-gi Gold Medal
2010 Submission Wrestling BJJ League Season Championship: Intermediate no-gi Silver Medal
2011 Oregon Open BJJ: Blue belt Silver medal
2013 Oregon Open BJJ: Blue belt Gold medal
2013 Oregon Open BJJ: Advanced no-gi Silver Medal