When I first came to Zen Jiu-Jitsu a year ago, I wanted to learn as well as improve my martial arts skills. I remember walking into that gym for the first time and coach being so welcoming. His teaching methods were something I wasn't used to. He taught me discipline and patience, but most importantly he taught me how to be optimistic. I always leave class with motivation to come back. My only regret is not sighing up sooner.  

                                                                                             Carlos Lopez

My daughter (student) & I love Zen Jiu-Jitsu. George ia an excellent coach/teacher who not only knows what he his doing, but cares about his students as well. My daughter has grown so much in her time in his classes I highly recommend to anyone who has a child interested in BJJ or to anyone just looking for some type of discipline for their child/children.


                                                                                        Willy & Willow Liles

I was going to sign up two of my sons and ended up signing myself up too. I enjoy Zen Jiu-jitsu because here you get to learn high level jiu-jitsu from a professional coach, also I get to know people with the same interest. On top of that me and my kids get into better physical shape by loosing weight and improving stamina. Zen Jiu-Jitsu is the perfect place to train for all ages and levels.

                                                                                        Valeriy Kostetskiy

Zen Jiu-Jitsu has been a positive force in our son’s life. He has learned so much-sportsmanship, teamwork, endurance, perseverance, and many other skills. A big thank you to the coach for the experience and knowledge he brings and takes personal interest in developing and growing each student’s potential. We are happy and proud to be part of the Zen Jiu-Jitsu family.


                                                                                        Nataliya Shishman

My daughter has been practicing with coach Tala for one year. In this time she has become more confident in herself and more foucused in her school work. Coach Tala spends alot of one on one time with all the students and you can see he tuely loves teaching the art of jiu-jitsu. He foucuses on the details and positive  side of jiu-jitsu. Not only can you come and get a great workout, you also become part of a family. Thank you coach Tala for all that you do!  

                                                                                                    ​Luis Calleja

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​    Since joining Zen Jiu-Jitsu, my son has gained more self-confidence and has developed a more disciplined aditude. George Tala is a fantastic instructor and has the ability to teach a very effective system that kids of all ages can understand. in addition to winning numerous tournaments under George's instruction, Tyler also is learning to defend himselfin the real world situations. I couldn't ask for a better team for my son to be part of. 

                                                                                                        Larry Deason

I looked around Charlotte & Monroe for several months trying to find a Jiu-Jitsu school that would afford me the opportunity to learn quality Jiu-Jitsu from a quality instructor, before I went to Zen Jiu-Jitsu. Training with George Tala at Zen Jiu-Jitsu has been a wonderful experience. I always get quality Black Belt Instruction during every single training session; even at the beginner level. While training at Zen Jiu-Jitsu, my physical conditioning has improved dramatically & I have gained technical skill in self-defense & sport Jiu-Jitsu. The training environment is great & the relaxed atmosphere is very conducive to learning. I would recommend Zen Jiu-Jitsu & Fitness to anyone interested in getting in shape & interested in becoming the best version of themselves they can be.

                                                                                                       Officer Kevin Jones CMPD







4612 W Hwy 74 Suite E

Monroe, NC 28111

I was Blessed to discover coach/Professor Tala in december of 2017. Not only is he a great instructor who can work with anyone, he goes above & beyond for his students. Before I stared training at Zen Jiu-Jitsu I battled self-confidence issues. No coach from Jr. High football to College Football ever believed in me like George does. He as instilled a level of humbleness & self belief in me to where I believe I can accomplish anything. I will forever be thankful to coach/professor Tala for investing in me. I love his family & Zen Jiu-JItsu family,l ike my own. 

                                                                                                Hayden Kaizen

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