Dr. Edward Thalheimer
Martial Arts & Jiu-Jitsu
Based in Long Beach, California, Dr. Edward Thalheimer is the Founder of The Tutoring Center and a trusted figure in the realm of education.
From a very young age, he has possessed a natural talent for teaching others in ways that make sense for them, taking into account their strengths and areas of focus. Although he did not originally intend to take a career path into education, Dr. Thalheimer began teaching at a private school in South Central Los Angeles shortly after his tenure with the United States Navy ended in the mid-1980s. At that point in time, that section of Los Angeles was less than safe, what with the Rodney King riots unfurling and the city in a general state of disarray.
Although Dr. Edward Thalheimer lived in a small apartment directly above the private school, he opted to learn real self-defense tactics should he ever need them. So, he connected with the owner of a nearby martial arts studio and was redirected to a group that could truly help him develop this skill set: the Black Karate Federation. Despite some rough beginnings, Dr. Thalheimer quickly found his place amongst the members of the federation. He learned every foundational element of martial arts through their guidance and expertise and is still close friends with many of those members to this day.
In 1998, Dr. Edward Thalheimer followed his then-instructor to Kenya in order to continue his training and receive a promotion to a fifth-degree black belt. Little did Dr. Thalheimer know that he would make countless trips to Kenya in the years to come, not only to continue his martial arts training but to spread a specific form of karate around the nation and develop their own forms and degrees of black belts. Most recently, Dr. Thalheimer and his associates brought jiu-jitsu to Kenya and, through his funding, started the first martial arts studio in the area.
Martial arts have played an integral role in Dr. Edward Thalheimer’s life. During his time in South Central LA, Dr. Thalheimer met his wife at his local studio and actually helped her train in his specific niche. When their daughter was born, the Thalheimers knew martial arts would be a large element of her life as well, so they started her formal training with the Gracie family when she was just four years old. Although it took some time for her to adjust to the sport, Dr. Thalheimer’s daughter ultimately caught on and became one of the top children to ever train at her martial arts studio.
Overall, martial arts and wellness are major components of life for Dr. Edward Thalheimer and his family. He enjoys every opportunity he gets to train, bond, and enjoy the great outdoors with his wife and daughter — even if he doesn’t compete the way he used to.
If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Thalheimer and his love for martial arts and jiu-jitsu, be sure to visit his blog page.