We managed to catch up with our brother Thabet Al Taher this week.
Thabet, originally Palestinian was born and raised in Jordan is a Brazilian Jiujitsu Black Belt residing between USA and Dubai, and this is what he had to say about his BJJ Journey;
"When I was a little boy I used to draw pictures in my head all the time about where I would end up and what I would be doing with my life, but I never thought when I went to my first Jiu Jitsu class in September of 2003 that some 12 years later, I’d be a black belt competing at the highest level nationally, and internationally…
Aside from all the physical and health benefits that come with being a martial artist, over the years Jiu Jitsu has given me tons of confidence on and off the mats, it has changed the way I carry myself and interact with people, I’ve grown from the shy introverted kid that I was, to a very outspoken extroverted version of myself that I did not know existed!
In the words of the great Rickson Gracie: “I’m always in control of my possibilities and knowledge of my possibilities, emotionally, technically, and spiritually. That’s what Jiu Jitsu gave me.”
This is exactly how I feel, always.
My message for the Palestinian youth is that I can't even pretend to know what it's like to be in your shoes, or tell you I know what's gonna turn your life around. I am honored and proud to call myself Palestinian because of how strong you stand against the oppression and injustice to our land.
But I can tell you this, you will never regret training MMA. Nevermind the physical benefits behind it, being a martial artist has truly played a huge role in shaping my character, and I am a stronger, more confident, and disciplined individual because of that. Don't underestimate the effect that this can have on your life, it has the potential for great things..