Beginning in Martial Arts
David Alonso was born in San Diego California, and raised in Tijuana, Mexico. From the early years he showed interest in Martial Arts and ask his parents to enrolled him in a local Karate School, he instantly got obsessed with learning the art and showed the ability to learn fast, although he only trained for a period of 3 years due to the school moving to a different city, the knowledge and discipline he learned from Martial Arts will stayed with him for the rest of his life.
He didn’t continue practicing Martial Arts but always felt the passion for it. It was until completing the career in Architecture that he went back to training Martial Arts. He felt the interest of learning Aikido from watching Steven Segal movies (like a lot of people). He was very lucky to find one that practiced Korindo Aikido (style created by Minoru Hirai). He practiced under Andres Sasaki Haruyama direct student of Minoru Hirai. Again he got obsessed with the art and earned the rank of Shodan (Black Belt 1 Dan) in October 2006.
After earning his black belt in Korindo Aikido, he realized that Aikido teaches you to efficiently defend against an attacker while standing (like many other martial arts), he started looking for a brazilian jiu-jitsu school. He joined San Diego Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in January of 2007 and began studying under Master Paulo Fernando, he quickly adapted to the style by using his previous knowledge in Aikido that emphasizes in having a strong base and unbalancing your opponent to direct the attack. In August of 2013 he earned the prestigious black belt.
The Love of Teaching
Due to his personality and passion for martial arts and after acquiring the skills necessary to teach, he decided to give up his successful 12-year career as an Architect to open Strong Base Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, and pass the knowledge down to future generations.
Those who are skilled in combat do not become angered,
those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid.
Thus the wise win before the fight, while the ignorant fight to win.
– Zhuge Liang
To injure an opponent is to injure yourself,
To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.
– Morihei Ueshiba
David Alonso has never competed nor felt the need for it. He has spent his time and effort in understanding and mastering the martial arts.