"Sensei George is one of my very first BJJ black belts I was honored and proud to promote! He has been training and teaching for two decades! Besides his Jiu-Jitsu experience he holds superior knowledge in strength and conditioning, fitness and many other things! It's awesome that now sensei George will be opening his own academy and continue the great work he has been doing for so many years!"
- Efrian "El Lobo" Ruiz
BJJ & MMA Instructor at Twin Dragons
3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt
"I've been training with George E.Smith-Tala now for over 13 years. Throughout that time we've become like family. He's helped me and my students develop and improve many aspects of their Jiu-Jitsu game. Not only will you receive top level instruction, but you'll be learning from a great person in an ego free environment. I consider him my Jiu-Jitsu big brother and mentor. He has a vast wealth of knowledge and an excellent ability to pass his instruction on. Anybody would benefit greatly from Training with George!"
- Enrico Cocco
Zen Jiu-Jitsu Head Instructor Miami, FL
3 Time ADCC North American Trials Champion
Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu Black Belt
"I met and started training with George E. Smith-Tala from 2010-2013, quickly George and I hit if off with his vast knowledge in Mixed Martial Arts and in my case Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. George was able to see my flaws and adjust my game based on my already established technique, as a family man I can appreciate the fact that he himself has well behaved children and he understands how to deal with the youth. If I where to be close to his Academy my family and I would be training with him."
- Jon Pineiro
BJJ Brown Belt Carlson Gracie Miami
7x World GI & NO-Gi Champion. 2x Panamerican Champion
4612 W Hwy 74 Suite E
Monroe, NC 28111
"For any potential new students that don't know who Tala is.....
Tala is a GREAT teacher and a incredible grappler! I first trained with him around 2006. We were at the same gym for awhile and with his ability he could roll with me like I was a baby for my whole first 1 + year/s. Fast forward about 6 years....
I had been training hard, had my own skill set, gained a lot of size and strength, and gave a lot of brown and black belts a hard time on the mats. I hadn't rolled with Tala in years.... To my surprise, he still played with me like I was a baby and it was my first day on the mats, haha!! He is as legit as they come and a great cerebral teacher on top of that. You guys are super lucky to have him in NC, so take full advantage of it!! 👍👍 👍"
- Randall Tipton
BJJ Blue Belt
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Mon-Friday 5pm - 9:15pm
Sat 11am - 2pm