David A. Schmitt, was born and raised in Minnesota. David originally joined Shotokan Karate in 1978 while studying at B.Y.U. under senior members Tom and Fred House. After twenty years of absence he returned to practice in 2006 joining the Minneapolis Shotokan Karate Dojo. In 2009 David earned his Shodan (1st degree) rank and requested permission from Tsutomu Ohshima to lead the Minneapolis Shotokan Karate Dojo.