To celebrate David Rangi competing this year at the 2015 Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship we thought we’d share some info on David and how he got there.
I started Boxing at 8yrs old, and held multiple NZ National junior titles before relocating to Australia. I have always had an interest in Martial arts, and have studied multiple different styles including, Judo, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, MMA & of course Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I was instantly drawn to the technicality & physicality of BJJ, but struggled with the realisation that the size and strength that I had felt I needed in all the other sports I participated in, no longer gave me the upper hand. I spent the first 3-4months being dominated, not by the big tough looking guys, but by the smaller quiet students. I knew I had to make the decision to either stay in my comfort zone and continue Muay Thai & MMA, or step out and test myself in BJJ. Jiu Jitsu represented all the qualities that I strived for; No Ego, Respect and a positive atmosphere where I would feel safe having my family be involved in. 12months later, I have been blessed enough to now be ranked #1 Overall Nationally in my age bracket and have 3 x State, 3 x National & 3 x Asia/Pan Pacific Championship Titles. I fight in the 79kg-85kg weight division & also the Absolute (Open Weight) divisions. I am now preparing for the 2015 IFBJJ Worlds Championships to be held in Long Beach, CA USA.
Primarily focused on Strength & Conditioning to benefit my BJJ, as I fight in the 79kg-85kg divisions, building mass is not the focus maintaining my 83kg build while building Strength is my goal. Because I fight in the Absolute Divisions also, it is important that I train to increase my overall strength, while maintaining my explosiveness and speed. When you are facing an opponent 40kgs-50kgs heavier than you, it’s a good idea to be able to not only match their strength but to also have a speed advantage. This consists of Compound/Olympic only weight routines 2-3 times per week, Flexibility & Core training 4-5 times per week, HIIT Conditioning 2-3 times per week & 4 x BJJ 2-3hr Sparring Sessions per week. All up I train 6 days a week consistently, and 4 of those days I do AM & PM sessions.