David Whitehead

Personal History


Born in Calgary Alberta, and currently residing in British Columbia Canada, David is a full time Martial Arts instructor and entrepreneur, a passionate and dedicated coach in the holistic health and wellness field, and conducts professional seminars and workshops locally and around the world. 

With a lifetime of study and interest in the esoteric aspects of martial art philosophy, David gives in-depth presentations on his unique perspective on the warrior archetype, and shares his ideas on the many modern day applications of this ancient warrior philosophy for individual and societal empowerment.


He also speaks on his passion for comparative religion and mythology, as well as ancient and modern mysteries. He has been interviewed on numerous radio shows and podcasts, and has recently been featured on season 9 of History Channel’s Ancient Aliens Series.

​He is an avid adventurer and independent researcher, and runs his own podcast show called ‘Truth Warrior’ which is centred around his own personal quest to seek out the answers to many of the interesting and challenging questions of our time.


David’s interests include many different topics that range from philosophy, health sciences, and consciousness studies; to geo-politics, the environment, ancient civilizations, the paranormal, and more. He has a YouTube channel with a variety of artistic and informative videos, video blogs, and many interviews with various researchers and alternative thinkers from around the world.

The basis of David’s work is founded on a sincere pursuit of truth wherever it might lead, with an emphasis on facing and conquering the fear and self imposed limitation that often get in the way of our peak physical, mental and spiritual development.


David is a husband and father and is completely devoted to empowering his children to becoming fully realized and passionate adults.

Martial Arts Career


Sensei Dave, as he is often referred to,  is a student of martial arts in all styles.  His current rank is 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kanzenbudo Ryu Jiu-Jitsu, a Black Belt in Kanzenbudo Kickboxing, as well as a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate.  Aside from these amazing accomplishments during the course of his early life, Sensei Dave has remained a true student of the arts, allowing room for growth and open-mindedness to learning all styles.  His roots started in Shotokan Karate as a child, a discipline requiring the utmost focus, which catapulted David into a sincere pursuit of learning all styles.  He found himself learning from various teachers, including ninjutsu and boxing, both of which gave him newer perspectives of movement.  His professional career started however with the introduction to Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing in Ottawa Canada, where he found a home under a 7th Degree Master Shihan Bill Gatchell and founder of Kanzenbudo.
In 2008, David opened his own school under his team’s name, but later founded Warrior Arts Academy (see projects) in 2013 with his wife, Monica Whitehead, to pursue his own vision and path.  Combining many methods of training, they have honoured their years of training and learning in the arts by passing down knowledge to their students that will help inspire the inner warrior that so many people seek.
A deep thinker, Sensei Dave avidly studies both the ancient and modern philosophies of martial arts, and uses them practically on the mat and in everyday life.  He is always there to promote inner growth of the individual to gain personal empowerment and awareness.

The next 10 years was devoted to competition, representing his team at various events, martial arts performances and demonstrations, as well as mentoring and coaching both adults and children.  It was discovered that David had a rapport with children, specifically troubled youth, which started a strong following of young kids that were seeking help.  

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