David Grostic Success Story
David Grostic Success Story
David Grostic is an athlete.
A short introduction to yourself?
I started getting into boxing when I was 17 and I started picking up all the martial arts soon after that. My first mixed martial arts competition was a jujitsu tournament (nags) and I had no idea what was going on. Couldn’t even do a basic armbar drill.
How did you develop your fondness for your sport and at what age did you start?
Moving to San Diego and joining Atos made me fall in love with the sport.
What is your style and what rank do you currently hold in?
In jujitsu, I am a blue belt and I am currently an amateur mixed martial arts fighter with a record of 1-0.
Are you a member of any sports team? if not have you ever been?
Atos BJJ is my team/affiliation.
Describe your major highlights and achievements in sports in the past.
The major highlight of my career so far is being one of Andre Galvao‘s students. I have earned a lot of respect from my training partners and understand the process of the journey that I am on. I’m very grateful for that.
Are there any short-term goals you’d like to accomplish in the next few months to a couple of years?
I want to be able to compete at the highest level in grappling, I want to win Nogi worlds and nogi pans and eventually qualify for ADCC. As well as turn professional in mixed martial arts and open an academy.
Do you take sports as a profession or is it just a hobby?
I look at this as my profession and treat myself as a professional athlete every single day, I do not take any days off this is my job and this is my life. Without the help of my sponsors, I would not be here. Specifically, the ones who have been with me since white belt, Skyline USA & el Tigre catering services.
What challenges have you faced in getting to where you are now? You can also share any injury story.
When I first broke my hand in one of my amateur boxing events I had a really hard time dealing with that because it was the first injury I suffered in all of my life. Having to take pain medication was something I wasn’t used to and the way it made me feel was not good and I am very glad I overcame all the problems that were affiliated with that. Not a lot of people make it out of the town I grew up in and leaving is something I am beyond grateful for.
What motivates you most about your profession as an athlete?
I don’t necessarily believe in motivation because that comes and goes, I believe in discipline. Discipline is your best friend.
Do you have anything you want everyone to learn?
I want everyone to learn how to look at life in more of a jiu-jitsu lens and realize that problems require step-by-step solutions.
What tournament or match you have won are you most proud of and why?
I had a match at jiu-jitsu con in November in which I was able to win against a person who had beaten me previously. He beat me on points and this time I was able to be decisive and submit him. Knowing that I will be seeing this guy for the next few years I was very keen on getting a victory, the fact that it came from submission was even better and more important to me.
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