Rest in Peace David Jacobs
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.”
If you’re part of the DC-area BJJ scene, it appears David Jacobs, known affectionately as ‘The Rock’, has passed away.
He was a pillar of this community, an accomplished black belt, IBJJF ref, coach to countless students, husband and father. He will be greatly missed.
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) January 7, 2018
RIP David Jacobs, you will be sorely missed. You were always an inspiration to watch and compete against! You Lived life to the fullest.
— Keith Florian (@KeithFlorian) January 6, 2018
David Jacobs forever. ????
— missy estrada (@ILoveTortillas) January 7, 2018
Really sad to hear about my dear friend Dave “The Rock” Jacobs passing… American BJJ Pioneer… https://t.co/O3TyiWyxTX
— Alberto Crane (@AlbertoCrane) January 7, 2018
RIP David Jacobs. Long time member of @theUG who was admired by the BJJ community. Didn’t know him personally but by all accounts, was a tremendous person. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. #muchlove
— theMMAcommunity.com (@theMMAcommunity) January 7, 2018
Much love to Dave Jacobs. Sorry to hear about his passing. Last time with him we were driving through Harlem. Big loss to the BJJ community. pic.twitter.com/ato06cPWFZ
— Andy (@soupman39) January 7, 2018
— Jiu Jitsu World (@JitsuWorld) January 7, 2018
Rest in Peace David Jacobs.