Detroit Combat Sambo

Combat Sambo | Combatives | Self Defense

Training Harder by Training Smarter

​David Dempsey - Head Instructor


​David has been involved with martial arts in one form or another for the past 20+ years, and studying different grappling styles since 2001 when he was exposed to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  He is a veteran of the United States Army where he served as an Intelligence Analyst (MOS 35G) and unit level Modern Army Combatives (MACP) instructor.  Following his military enlistment he spent an additional decade working as a defense contractor as a tactical Intelligence Specialist and has worked for multiple DoD and Federal Agencies along the way.  In the course of his work he has spent significant time in the Middle East/Central Asia and South America supporting national security and defense interests.


David first began learning Sambo in 2002 while training in BJJ and Judo through various seminars, and later got involved with the United States Combat Sambo Association (USCSA) under Michael Galperin.  He is a Combat Sambo instructor under Michael Galperin, though these days he mainly trains under the guidance of Andrei Popandopaulo of Sambo 7 and Sambo Tactical School.  His friend and mentor BJJ Black Belt and Modern Army Combatives Instructor, BJ Bradley awarded him a Purple Belt in Jiu Jitsu in 2011.


He first got involved with the Pramek System in 2006 when he hosted Matt Powell for a seminar with his Army unit (204th MI BN) at Fort Bliss, Texas  His introduction to Matt's Pramek System was a paradigm shift in his approach to martial arts training, causing him to view his own training and teaching through a conceptual framework instead of as a collection of techniques.  He continues to work with Matt and is currently one of a small number of certified Pramek Instructors and holds the position of Director of Martial Arts Training for Pramek Global