Sunday, January 07, 2018

Pioneering Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and official Dave Jacobs has passed away. Although concrete details are sparse, there are persistent reports that the cause was a stroke. A beloved member of the UG since 2001 where he was know as The People’s Knee, the 3rd degree black belt ran David “The Rock” Jacobs Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, in Fairfax County, Virginia. While it is often said of the departed, Dave Jacobs actually was universally respected and liked.

Lamentations filled the social network in the combat sports space.

“It’s hard to take all this in,” wrote world champion Hillary Williams. “Dave, you were a pioneer for Americans in Jiu-Jitsu. You were a fiercely passionate instructor and father. The world lost a legend. You’ll by greatly missed my friend. My thoughts and condolences with your loved ones.”

Rest in Peace David Jacobs.