His first experience with Martial Arts was the Jhon Rhee Self Defense Institute until he decided to train privately with several local black belts. When he was old enough he went on to fight as an amateur boxer for Fenley’s Boxing Gym in Northeast, DC where his father Mr. David McCrea was a well-known boxing coach. Soon his father sent him to train under HAM AC where he fought in The DC Golden Glove Tournament. DJ is a firm believer that in order to truly perfect your skills you must test them and continue to train to get better.
In the late 90s he decided to return to martial arts. He trained for several years in Hapikido and then went on to receive his black belt in Tae Kwon Do under Master Gerald Dawson. With a desire to train more adults he found Krav Maga, an Israeli self-defense system. He trained every day for several hours and within just a few years he became an expert level practitioner and the head instructor at The Krav Maga Institute in Washington, DC.
DJ recently had the honor of traveling to Israel to train with former IDF Commanders and instructors including Ran Nakash from the Discovery Channels Martial Arts Series FIGHT SCIENCE and is also currently studying Jujitsu.