Daniel started learning the art at the young age of thirteen spending most of his time in the academy, Jiu Jitsu became an every day part of his life, with his competitive nature he quickly moved towards competitive Jiu Jitsu and at age 15 he thought he would try his ability against other opponents fighting in as many competitions as possible some times fighting much lager fighters out side his age and weight divisions.
At age sixteen Daniel became the youngest blue belt in Australia and in 1998 was awarded most outstanding fighter for winning the Victorian and Australian titles as the youngest competitor in Australia. Daniel would also travel to Brazil in 2000 as a blue belt to compete in the world Jiu Jitsu championships (Rio De Janeiro). Daniel placed third over all, beating his first three opponents by submission. In the semi final he faced Roger Gracie and lost on points but became the first Australian to win a medal in Brazil showing the rest of the country it could be done.
After his trip to Brazil Daniel was graded to purple belt where he begin to develop his own style of Jiu Jitsu and delve deeper into the principles of the great art. He also competed as a purple belt in Australia and in one Pan Pacific championships defeating Elvis Sinosic, Anthony Perosh and David Kristic all on the same day, in this particular competition Daniel weighed in at around 85kg and fought in the open division with no one else weighting in under 100kg he had his work cut out for him.
After a long seven year absence form competitive Jiu Jitsu Daniel decided to make a return and competed as a brown belt at the Australian Titles where he placed first in his weight and open weight divisions for GI and NO GI taking home four gold medals and the most technical fighter award stamping himself once more as a force to be record with in the Australian competition scene. On the 27-11-2008 Daniel was awarded his black belt, Since then Daniel has become the Victorian champion twice placed second in the Australian Cup and placed 2 in the Pan Pacific championships also Daniel flew to Japan and for filled a life long dream of competing in the country were Jiu Jitsu was born, He placed 1st in his weight division and 3rd in the open division. Daniel continues to train and compete at local and International level and sees himself doing so for some time to come.