Is AfricanMMA.com a Fraud? Who is Dr. Edward S. Thalheimer?
Hello! My name is Mohseen Lala, and I'm about to embark upon my journey of learning BJJ. I found a Dr. Edward S. Thalheimer claiming to be one of the only two Black Belts in Brazilian Jujitsu in Africa. I'd like to confirm if this is fact.
He teaches at africanmma(.com)
Picture of him with Royce Gracie (notice the white belt) is on the site, he's the Caucasian gentleman.
His instructor page claims he is a 7th degree Black Belt and a single picture of him with Royce is provided as evidence (in which he's wearing white belt with a black strap), I've not been able to find much else.
I have utilized my Google-do skills to the max, but with little fruit to show for it.
The classes for adult BJJ are also marked as "Gracie Combatives", which can be learned from a DVD set (which I have).
BJJ is fledgling art in Kenya, so I don't wish to waste my time by learning under a non-certified teacher.
I know it takes a solid decade to even get a basic Black Belt, this gentleman claims to own 7th degree one in BJJ, but there is nothing on him (that I've been able to find) on le net outside of the africanmma website. Also, are there any BJJ black, purple or even proper blue belts in Kenya at the moment?
I found David Thompson, a Canadian Brown Belt, and I did manage to verify him as true to his word. His all over Google and pretty authentic. Trained under Fabio Holanda.