"I have had extensive opportunity to train with Professor Thabet! He is an excellent technician, wonderful teacher, and fantastic athlete! I have great respect for him and know that anyone who trains with him will benefit greatly!"
- Tim Sledd, 1st degree BJJ Black Belt
"I don't even know where to begin with this guy!!! From a jiu-jitsu perspective, Thabet Al Taher teaches in a way where one can understand the mechanics and concepts very easily. I have trained with him, and attended his seminars and workshops and have seen how he connects with people. He displays the utmost respect and patience for every individual and will not shy away from any question or challenge. From a personal training stand point, he also delivers whatever anyone seeks realistically. I am living proof of his work. He has helped me get into better shape for overall health, and jiu jitsu as well. There is no one that I trust more than this guy when it comes to jiu jitsu and health. This guy is the whole package!!!"
- Preston Zhang, White Belt
I can personally say Thabet has helped me immensely- I met him one day hungover on my friends couch late for work. Within a week he had me up every day at 4:30am (despite juggling 2 jobs) and training twice a day. I dropped from 185 lbs (at 5'7) to 142lbs 2.5 months after I started hanging out with him. He's definitely an incredible resource with lessons both applicable on and off the mat.
Good luck bro, sending my love from LA
- Sagar Pujara
In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, there is no better opportunity than training with a highly skilled black belt like Thabet Al Taher. As an instructor, Thabet helped me improve my guard game and take it to the next level. He has a way of breaking down technique that makes a highly detailed series easy to follow and replicate. Attending one of his seminars is a must for anyone who gets the opportunity. As a teammate, Thabet constantly pushes us to strive for our best whether it is on the mat or in the weight room and he always puts his team first. I have seen Thabet train three times in one day just to accommodate teammates who wanted to get in some extra mat time. As an athlete, Thabet competes every chance he gets--from the European Open to Worlds and everything in between. Watching Thabet compete and execute his game plan against some of the best athletes in the world gave me a new appreciation for him as an athlete, a teammate, and a mentor. Few people are as knowledgable and passionate about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as Thabet Al Taher and I am proud to call him Coach. Oss!
- Benjamin May, BJJ White Belt
"Our 5 year old son James has been working with coach Thabet in his children's self defense class for a year, over that time we have been amazed with coach Thabet's ability to quickly be able to grab the children's attention and adjust his teaching style to fit each child in a of class over a dozen. James is a bright, out-going young man who also happens to be on the spectrum, so me and my wife were super nervous putting him into a self defense class full of other children and expecting him to pay attention at all! No one ever wants their child to be a looked at as a burden but when you have a child with autism I feel it is a much greater fear since they can have special needs, but coach Thabet has always shown his genuine passion and love for the the challenge of each one of his students personality. Coach Thabet is a hard working individual who is always looking for a challenge, is an amazing coach and an even better person. Our family will always be thankful to coach for the opportunities he has given our son."
- Paul James Carrero, BJJ White Belt
I had the pleasure of meeting Thabet in 2012 and I was very impressed with applicable knowledge of jiu-jitsu and his willingness to help his teammates and coaches further develop their skills. Professor Al Taher is an amazing grappler with a deep understanding and knowledge of BJJ. He is able to explain and dissect various concepts in order to help others better understand techniques and apply them to their own game. Thabet is also an excellent leader and provides a prime example of how dedication and determination can pay off. I highly recommend training with Professor Thabet Al Taher!
-Mat Stratta, Black Belt
I've been lucky to be able to train at a huge number of academies, with well-kept secrets and with world champions. Thabet's energy and drive stands out. He goes beyond training with intensity or doing extra reps though. Thabet puts energy into his ability to be an effective instructor in secondary and tertiary ways as well. He speaks several languages expressly so he can communicate with as many people on the mat as possible, in whatever way makes them most comfortable. He studies competitors - who doesn't - but he also studies coaches. Most importantly, as a coach and as a competitor, he leads from the front. After 12 years of jiu jitsu, I can honestly say that Thabet is among my very favorite training partners.
- Evan Mannweiler, BJJ Black Belt