Rickson and have all his belts awarded to him by Rickson, blue belt through black belt. Dave Kama also #2 of the “Dirty Dozen”, a moniker given to the first 12 non-Brazilians to earn the coveted black belt.
Dave received the coveted Black Belt ranking from the “Master of Masters,” Rickson Gracie in 1995. Dave Kama grew to become Master Rickson’s best student (American or Brazilian), dispatching many challengers in place of Rickson himself. Dave also became Rickson’s most trusted understudy and took part in multiple Gracie Challenge matches. Master Rickson also trusts him and his mastery of Master Rickson’s Jiu-Jitsu so much, he still brings Dave along with him on his travels to help with his seminars, which regularly sport attendance numbers greater than 100 attendees.
In 1993, Master Rickson asked Dave to take over as head instructor at the Rickson Gracie Laguna Niguel location. Dave has been running this location ever since. In 2012, upon Master Rickson’s retirement, Dave officially changed the name of the school from Rickson Gracie Laguna Niguel to Kama Jiu-Jitsu, part of the Rickson Gracie Team of Academies.