Daniel has been training since February of 2011 and was awarded his black belt by Lachlan Giles in March of 2021. He’s an active competitor and coach at Precision MMA out of Melbourne Australia.
After watching UFC when he was younger Daniel took on training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the idea of being able to win a fight without actually having to hurt someone was an intriguing idea that drove him to start BJJ and immediately became hooked on the sport. For the first few years Daniel focused on primarily grappling competitions but gradually moved towards an MMA career, turning Pro at 19 and amassing a professional record of 3-1. When Daniel realized, he could likely have a successful career in BJJ and seeing the rise of the sport, he shifted his attention away from MMA and focused much more heavily on BJJ. Daniel as a late purple belt moved his training across to Absolute MMA St Kilda where he worked extensively with Craig Jones and Lachlan Giles to pursue an elite level in grappling.
Daniel has competed nationally and internationally, winning many State, National and Pan Pacific titles, medaled at the No Gi World Championships and silver medaling at ADCC trials twice. Daniel has also competed on a number of superfight shows throughout his local circuit taking home plenty of big wins and bringing entertaining walk outs and stage presence to a technical and often dominant performance on the mats! Recently, Daniel has traveled to US where he was invited to train at Roka under the tutelage of John Danaher, sharing the mats with the top team in the world!
‘I try when competing to display precise and entertaining jiu-jitsu. When I compete, I focus on being present minded and trusting that as long as I live in the moment my training will always help me find the way to win. As best I can I try to use this approach for the rest of life as well!’ he said.
- AIGA Kazakhstan, first round submission victories;
- ADCC Oceania and Asia Trials 2019 / 2022 – Double Silver;
- World Championships, No Gi brown belt 2019 – Bronze;
- ADCC Australian Open 100kg Pro Division Champion;
- 3X AFBJJ Vic State Championships Black Belt (No Gi Weight and open class) – Double Gold;
- BJJF Pan Pacific Black Belt Ultra Heavyweight Champion;
- AFBJJ National Champion (Weight and open class) – Gold;
- Boa Super 8 Superfight – Gold.