About the Carlson Gracie Jiu Jitsu gym

We are proud to be associated with the Carlson Gracie Federation of Jiu Jitsu. David Verster and Marcus SoaresThe Carlson Gracie Jiu Jitsu system is recognised world wide as one of the most effective forms of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Our main focus is on introducing new students to the art of Jiu-Jitsu through a well structured syllabus.

As a martial arts gym we also offer all combat training for mixed martial arts (MMA). Our students are trained in boxing, american grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We pride ourselves on teaching discipline, dedication and determination.

David Verster believes that the best form of self defence for anyone, including women and children is to learn Jiu-Jitsu. It is a non-aggressive martial art that seeks to restrain the aggressor. It has been specifically developed to enable smaller lighter people to protect themselves easily against larger more aggressive opponents.




Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructors

David Verster
David Verster

David Verster is the head coach and owner of Lion’s Den South Africa. He has spent his life in the martial arts. Prior to falling in love with the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu he had a highly decorated career as an amateur and professional boxer. David has had 188 amateur and 5 professional boxing matches and was the KZN Junior champion for 3 years in a row.

In 1988 was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and he has been a passionate student and teacher of the art ever since. His switch to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu was prompted by the realisation that it was the one martial art where your opponent was completely helpless without it’s knowledge. As a life long martial artist it was a natural to choose the best and most effective martial art. In the 16 years that David has been practising Brazilian Jiu-jitsu this choice has not been challenged by any other martial art.

David started his Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training under Luiz Claudio from Brazil team LCCT, which is affiliated to Rickson Gracie. From this beginning David has travelled extensively to improve his knowledge. He has studied at the Gracie University in Torrance, California and under Marcus Soares team Carlson Gracie in Canada. He has competed overseas and has won the first Africa Cup Jiu-jitsu tournament. He has won the South African Grappling Championships two years in a row. Currently Carlson Gracie Durban South Africa is affiliated to Carlson Gracie Federation. Although there are many schools of Jiu-Jitsu David has chosen this school for it’s simple but effective techniques. This school has produced some of the best Jiu-Jitsu competitors in the world.

David believes that Brazilian Jiu-jitsu builds confidence in his students. Students are not just team mates but friends. The club has a family atmosphere where all students are required to assist in building the skills of all students. David loves teaching Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and seeing students continually improving over time. There is no end to learning in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and the art is continuously evolving and improving.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is the best form of self defence as it was designed specifically for the weaker person. For people who are normally the smaller weaker person, normally woman and children, it provides fighting chance to overcome your adversary over any other martial art.

David’s favourite quote that he passes onto his students is ’Train Smart, Fight Easy’. The traditional saying is ’train hard, fight easy’ but David believes that smart effective training delivers the best results.

For new students to the club the first impression is David’s passion for Jiu-jitsu and teaching and how much fun the class is.