David is a 2nd generation Carlson Gracie black belt who has been training and competing all over the world for the past 16 years. David is the owner and head Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor at Zen Mixed Martial Arts in Ottawa, Canada. David continues to be trained by Master Marcus Soares. Master Marcus Soares (Black Belt, 8th Degree), was a direct student of Grand Master Carlson Gracie and part of the first generation of the Carlson Gracie team that was formed in the 1970’s. Marcus was also a Professor at the Carlson Gracie Academy at the famous Copacabana School in Rio de Janeiro in Brasil.