David Rivera Sr.
Grandmaster David Rivera began his Martial Art training in Brooklyn, New York in 1974 under Grandmaster Robert J. Cooper and his father; both of whom were taught by the late Supreme Grandmaster Florendo Vistacion. After many years of hard training, Grandmaster Cooper promoted Grandmaster Rivera in the arts of Vee Jitsu Ryu and Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do. Subsequently, Grandmaster Rivera was introduced and continued training under the late Supreme Grandmaster Florendo Visitacion (VJJ), the late Grandmaster Duk sung Son (TKD), and Grandmaster Jao Grande (capoeira Angola), all of whom influenced Grandmaster David Rivera’s Martial Arts career. As a result of the knowledge gained from these relationships and hard work, in 1995 Grandmaster Rivera was selected by J.H. Park to train on the U.S. Olympic Tae Kwon Do National Team—one of Grandmaster Rivera’s proudest moments. In 1989, Grandmaster David Rivera began teaching Vee Jitsu Ryu and Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do at St. Hyacinth College in Massachusetts. An affiliate to UMASS. Upon graduating and returning to Brooklyn, Grandmaster Rivera opened a Martial Art School; namely, Most Holy Trinity Martial Arts Club in Brooklyn, NY, under the direction of Grandmaster Robert J. Cooper. Grandmaster Rivera produced many quality Black Belts from the Most Holy Trinity Martial Arts Club and in 1997 was featured in Soke Michael Depasquale’s International Black Belt Karate Magazine.