What Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Brazilian ground fighting skill that got its roots from the Brazilian Gracie Brothers in 1920’s. It is a modified self defence system formulated from Ju Jitsu and Judo which originated from the ancient Japanese Samurai warriors who found themselves unarmed in the battlefields.

Jiu Jitsu is the fastest growing internationally recognized, reality-based self-defence martial arts form.  It teaches you how to defend yourselves against bigger stronger opponents utilizing wrist, arm, knee, ankle breaks as well as numerous submission chokes that leave your opponent unconscious.

You are taught to slip your opponents punches and kicks, clinch and take your opponent to the ground and submit them using Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

What is MMA?

Frequently billed as the World’s fastest growing sport, MMA combines wrestling and striking martial arts into one complete discipline, including techniques from Thai-boxing, judo, Brazilian jiu jitsu and boxing. Although contemporary MMA is only as old as the world’s first website and phenomenally proliferated with the growth of the internet, its roots can be traced as far back as Pankration in the ancient Olympic Games.

Contemporary MMA became best known globally through an American TV contest, The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which launched in 1993. The show pitted together elite martial artists from various, distinct disciplines in order to determine which style would prove most dominant. In 2001, Zuffa LLC took over the UFC and worked with state regulatory bodies to develop and implement the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, evolving MMA into a legitimate sport of its own.

MMA students today learn from combination of martial arts, such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Sambo, that proved most successful in the earlier mixed rules matches.

Kiddies Jiu Jitsu?

David Verster is a multi-disciplined Martial Artist, who has Black Belts in Ju Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is a family orientated man with Jiu Jitsu as his passion.

We have children’s classes for young kids starting from the age of 4 years old. Kid’s classes are on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and classes are only offered in Durban now.

There are 5 Jiu Jitsu Junior Belt Grades is from White, Grey, Yellow, Orange and Green. (at 16 a Green belt can be graded straight to Purple)

There are no Junior black belts given hence any practitioner with a blue belt or higher has spent many hours on the mat perfecting their skill level and guidance can be sought from them.


DURBAN: 14 Dirk Uys St, Umbilo, Berea, 4001
PINETOWN: 28 Anderson Street, Pinetown, Fields Hill, 3610
Monday: Durban (MMA 5:30pm to 7:00pm) – Pinetown (Jiu Jitsu 5:30pm to 7:30pm)
Tuesday: Durban (Jiu Jitsu Juniors from 4:00pm to 5:00pm and Seniors 5:30pm to 7:30pm)
Wednesday: Durban (MMA 5:30pm to 7:00pm) – Pinetown (Jiu Jitsu 5:30pm to 7:30pm)
Thursday: Durban (Jiu Jitsu Juniors from 4:00pm to 5:00pm and Seniors 5:30pm to 7:30pm)
Saturday: Durban (Jiu Jitsu Seniors 7:30am to 9:00ams, Bully Proof your Kid 09:00am to 10:00am and Juniors 10:00 to 11:00)