Donald Park is a long-time student and representative of Royler Gracie and David Adiv. Donald began his training in 1998 and has been fortunate to train with some of the best jiu-jitsu instructors in the world, including: Helio Gracie and many members of his family (Royler, Rickson, Relson, Royce, Robin, Rorion, Renzo, etc.), David Adiv, Saulo & Xande Ribeiro, Marcio Feitosa, Leo Vieira, Vitor 'Shaolin' Ribeiro, Fredson Alves, Daniel Moraes, Fredson Paixao, Marcelo Garcia, Dino Costeas, Vini Aieta and others.
An active competitor, Donald has competed for the RGDA association (www.rgda.org
) in numerous professional and amateur tournaments around the world. Donald was the 2006 Arnolds / Gracie Worlds Brown Belt Open Weight champion and has over 150 competition victories to his credit.
Donald continues to travel frequently to Brazil to further his understanding of Jiu-Jitsu and has traveled to Japan, Hawaii and other locales as part of Royler Gracie's NHB training team. As an RGDA instructor and representative, Donald founded the Evolution Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy (www.roylergracieohio.com
) in Cleveland, OH where he counted among his students two Mundials / World Championships medalists, a Pan-American and Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling Championships medalist, a UFC veteran and a former Olympian.
Donald remains dedicated as a student and teacher of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and as a recent addition to the Austin area, considers himself fortunate to be able to train alongside Phil Cardella and his highly regarded team.