David Lang--Wallid Ismail BJJ BB?
Someone on the NHBGear board PM'd me about a David Lang of Lang MMA in Ithaca, New York, who claimed to be a black belt in BJJ under Wallid Ismail:
Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Under Wallid Ismail and Black Belt in Judo Jiu Jitsu Under Gilbert Pouillart . 8-1 in mma fights, 78-1 in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition and 8-0 tai kick boxing.
I started a thread on NHBGear asking if anyone was aware of any American black belts under Wallid Ismail, and no one could come up with a single one. For those who might not be familiar with Wallid Ismail, he's a BJJ BB under Carlson Gracie, Sr., and he is probably best known for his spectacular chokeout of Royce Gracie. I learned that Wallid Ismail was busy in Brazil with his "Jungle Fight" promotions, and I PM'd the MySpace for that organization directing the message to Mr. Ismail asking if he had a black belt under him named David Lang; so far no response.
David Lang also lists himself as a black belt in "Judo Jiu Jitsu" under Gilbert Pouillart, and the only reference I could find for a Gilbert Pouillart having anything to do with Judo was for the author of a beginner's Judo book. I had actually seen the book before, and if I remember correctly, it stated that the author lived in France. I had someone check for me on a Judo forum for contact information on Gilbert Pouillart but none was to be found.
Finally, David Lang makes a couple of references to a BJJ BB in Brazil named Rafael Lang, wishing him well in a competition and posting a link to a Rio BJJ Camp hosted by Rafael Lang. I sent an email to Rafael Lang asking if he had a relative named David Lang teaching BJJ in the US but have so far received no response.
I find it interesting that those who could vouch for David Lang are out of country and either do not have accessible contact information or are not particularly disposed to answering email from those they don't know.