Dave Durenberger began Tae Kwon Do at the age of 11, receiving his 1st Degree Black Belt 5 years later. He then began to expand his martial arts horizons, coming to The Academy and earning his Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Professor Pedro Sauer in March of 2000. In the following 2 years, Coach Dave obtained his Apprentice Instructor credentials in Filipino Martial Arts and Jun Fan Gung-Fu under Guro Dan Inosanto, and passed his Beginning Diploma test for Muay Thai under Arjarn Chai Sirisute. A competitor in both Muay Thai and MMA style events, he is also a nationally certified personal trainer. Outside of the gym, Coach Dave works as a police officer for the City of Plymouth, and also co-authored “PPD Neck Restraint” – a MN P.O.S.T. certified course for law enforcement personnel – alongside Head Coach Greg Nelson. Coach Dave is a father and husband.