On October 1st 1975, Santa Monica, Ca. you could feel the excitement in the air as the Coliseum slowly filled with people anxious to witness a never before seen spectacle. Muhammad Ali was to face his greatest rival in Joe Frazier, and for the first time in boxing history the bout was to be broadcast live from the Philippines.
The famed “Thrilla in Manila” made sports history that day but it was also the beginning of a great journey as the then 10 year old David Jansson and his father watched on in amazement.
At the young age of 12 years old David began his boxing training, still high on the spectacle he had witnessed just 2 years prior.
David, hailing from the old school era of Martial Arts, began his training at the famed Kali Academy in Torrance, California home to one of Martial Arts greatest icon’s Bruce Lee.
Under the watchful eye of Golden Gloves Champion & Olympic Boxing Coach Richard Bustillo and Guro Dan Inosanto both 1st generation Bruce Lee student’s David began boxing and training daily at the Kali Academy in FMA, Jeet Kune Do, Wing Chun, and of course muay thai.
As David grew as a Martial Artist and into an Adult his need to expand his knowledge grew and he began looking toward new horizons to continue his martial arts journey.
As luck would have it an opportunity presented itself that would ultimately change his life forever; to travel to Thailand and learn the then mysterious and deadly art of Muay Thai directly from the source.