Dave started martial art training back in 1970, with Shotokan Karate and Jui-Jitsu while working in Germany and continued in England under Master Kanazawa and Master Hanoyda. Moving to Sarnia, Ontario, with no Shotokan to be found, he studied Kung fu with Sifu Jorge DeGuzman, Karate for a year in London, Ontario, with Master Gary Legacy, then back to Sarnia, and Kung Fu. It was at this time (1985) that Sifu DeGuzman convinced the Chinese community, lead by Dr. Tom Cheung, to come out and teach Tai Chi and QiGong. That was the start of his journey, as he fell in love with the intricacies of the art. Three years later Dr. Tom moved to London, and made him promise to keep the school going.
This he did for several years before moving to New Brunswick, where he studied Tae Kwon Do under Master Chung Won Kap, and Aikido with Master Maurice Lavigne, before one of the students insisted Dave teach him Tai Chi to help with his migraine headaches. He has been teaching Tai Chi and QiGong on the Miramichi River ever since, keeping his promise to Dr. Tom.