The World Champion from outside Brazil

David Meyer has competed for decades at the the surface of the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Through the years he’s won numerous international titles towards the top level and is recognised as a leader of the activity as one of many first non-Brazilians to reach black belt.  One of the very impressive reasons for having David is that into his 50s he competes against high class opponents within their 20s.

His competition achievements include two World Championship Gold medals, four American National Golds, an American Open Gold and two Pan American Golds, among others.  Many of these were achieved as a vegan.

David is pleased with his success in competition, although his black belts are valued too.  €œBeing awarded black belts in numerous styles is just a big deal.  Among the biggest was getting my black belt in Brazilian Jui Jitsu.  I was one of many first 10 people outside Brazil to acquire a black belt in BJJ and was called one of many €˜Dirty Dozen’   – the initial non Brazilians to acquire a black belt.  It is a very difficult to acquire a black belt from outside Brazil and it had been harder back then.€

€œAnother had been the initial American to win a medal in a Black belt competition in Brazil competition.  I’ve won various World Championships and every one of those are extremely proud moments for me personally, but really it’s only the culmination of plenty of hard work.€

Finding vegan

David includes a strong belief in the rights of animals which led him ultimately towards veganism.

€œI learned about vegetarianism at college and tried vegetarianism.  I began employed by animal advocacy and people stated the hypocrisy of employed by animals and eating animal products.  Someone called milk €˜liquid meat’and that actually got me thinking.€

€œI was vegetarian since 1985 and experimented eating mostly vegan, and have already been entirely vegan since 2000.  My motivation is entirely not to harm animals.  I have noticed that it’s an incredibly healthy way to consume, it offers me more energy, it’s better for the environment.  I’m morally committed not to harming animals.€

David can also be gluten-free, which he describes as unrelated to veganism but a thing that works for him as he feels better.    €œI never eat animal products when I’m travelling, and I travel a lot€ he explains.  This may signify he sometimes eats a non-ideal meal, why not a baked potato or salad when on the move.  When cooking for himself his diet is more varied and healthy.

€œI eat plenty of everything €“ a well rounded diet.  Plenty of quinoa, tofu, fresh vegetables, salads, fruits and grain.  Each morning I eat rolled oats with blueberries, walnuts, bananas, raisins, soy or almond milk.  I enjoy Thai and Ethiopian food.€

Adopt-a-pet.com

Outside his sport, David has been keen to aid animals further by starting Adopt-a-Pet.com.  That is now the planet largest non profit companion animal adoption website.  €œWe assist 15,000 animal shelters in North America to simply help obtain pets into good homes.  It’s only an outgrowth of my passion for all animals.€

He also started Fuel for the fighter.com, a web site highlighting fighters eating no or reduced levels of animal products.  €œI needed visitors to note that you is actually a tough fighter and eat less or no meat.  I try to offer good information and not tell people they need to be vegan but just that they’ll eat less animal products.€

BJJ – receptive to veganism

The entire world of BJJ is quite receptive to vegetarian and vegan diets and David doesn’t run into the prejudice that some sports people experience.  Lots of his training partners eat plant based diets, including some professional MMA fighters.  Element of this really is as a result of legacy of the founding father of BJJ.

€œBrazillian Jui Jitsu was started the Gracie family by Helio and Carlos Gracie€ David explained.  €œCarlos was a nutritionist and created the Gracie diet that was largely vegetarian so most BJJ black bets are knowledgeable about veganism and many black belts are vegan.€

Had this not been the case, David’s exceptional performance into his 50s would surely have endorsed his choices.  €œAmong the reasons I’ve got fairly good is that I’m able to teach longer and plenty of that I attribute to my vegan diet€ he explains.  And David isn’t seeking to decrease whenever you want soon.