Hours of operation

Mon & Friday 5:15pm - 8:00pm

Sat 1115am - 1:15pm

Sun Closed

Contact Us

CALL 704-218-8322

​4612 W Hwy 74 Suite E 
Monroe, NC 28111

Email - zentalajiujitsu@gmail.com 

CALL US TODAY   704-218-8322 
4612 West Hwy 74, Suite E, Monroe, NC   
Email - zentalajiujitsu@gmail.com  


Head instructor George E. Smith-Tala is Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt with over 26 years of training.  Instructor Tala brings old school Jiu-Jitsu knowledge to North Carolina. George started training in the mid 1990's when jiu-jitsu was just beginning in South Florida. Instructor Tala is one of the only Old School instructors around in North Carolina, transplanted from one of the epic centers of jiu-jitsu in the 90's, Miami! Born in St. Louis, MO. George moved to Miami in 1980. His Last name, Tala, meaning stalking wolf, originates from a his Native American heritage.  Professor Tala trained and taught at Zen Jiu-Jitsu Miami. Professor Tala also coached at South Florida Jiu-Jitsu Academy where he trained with Josh Manso. He has also taught at Alliance Miami and Free Style Fighting Academy.

As a trained professional boxing coach, George spent several years at Warriors Boxing gym in Hollywood, FL, along side champion fighters such has heavy weight champs Michael Moorer and Oliver McCall.

George's ability to teach all types of learning styles has set him apart from other instructors. He skillfully customizes training programs to benefit each student.