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Greg Nelson
Greg Nelson

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Last Name: Balaban
City: İstanbul
Country: Turkey
School: Balaban BJJ and MMA Team

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1. Submitted by ck on Thursday December 15, 2011 7:27 PM
he is the best!!

2. Submitted by Barbaros Ozturk on Thursday December 15, 2011 8:50 PM
Best instructor ever seen.Can show you a move hundred times until you learn properly without getting tired.

3. Submitted by Turker Sener on Friday December 16, 2011 1:56 AM
Ertan Balaban is the mma fighter and bjj trainer in Turkey, i also observed him that; compared last 1.5 year he got stronger, agile and have much more stamina...

4. Submitted by Barış POYRAZ on Friday December 16, 2011 3:00 AM
he is wonderfull fighter in my country

5. Submitted by Cetin ataman on Friday December 16, 2011 3:20 AM
Want to be a successful effort

6. Submitted by burak on Friday December 16, 2011 3:34 AM
he is a great instructor. He teachings are so detailed.

7. Submitted by Gokay İslamoğlu on Friday December 16, 2011 5:24 AM
Great teaching skills,patient and huge connections.Just trust him and see the differences day by day.

8. Submitted by Ayberk Durgun on Friday December 16, 2011 8:20 AM
Best instructor and great teaching skills, never gives up until you learn perfectly...

9. Submitted by Halil Erkazancı on Friday December 16, 2011 8:58 AM
He showded us that he focused all of his energy ,knowledge and soul to improve us in bjj. So we all thank our instructor who can be a teacher and a friend at the same time.

10. Submitted by MEHMET MEHMETOĞLU on Friday December 16, 2011 12:33 PM
Balaban is Fantastic

11. Submitted by Burak on Saturday December 17, 2011 12:37 PM
imkanlarin bu kadar az oldugu ulkede bu kadar basarili olabilen ender insanlardandir.

12. Submitted by Dogu Avsar on Sunday December 18, 2011 10:13 PM
Always with an enthusiastic smile on his face, Balaban is always very demanding to teach students BJJ. He will have an essential role to spread BJJ and MMA in Tukey for sure. Besides the only pro MMA fighter in Turkey so far, he s still spending hours to teach newbies the basics of BJJ, we re considering us lucky to train with him.

13. Submitted by Alican Oncul on Monday December 19, 2011 4:12 AM
he is a kind and humble person you can realise from the first moment you meet him. He is also very respectful for what he is doing and wants his students to be so. God is hidden in the details.He wants us to be careful about the details of techniques and belives that technique can over-come power. What can i say i am thankful to have him as my instructor.

14. Submitted by Mertcan Pekçay on Tuesday December 20, 2011 1:38 PM
Is both a true martial artist and an instructor. Definitely an honour to have him as a guide.

15. Submitted by Anonymous on Tuesday December 20, 2011 1:43 PM
selam ertan nasil gidiyor antremanlar!!!

16. Submitted by aykut sonmez on Tuesday December 20, 2011 1:44 PM
selam ertan nasil gidiyor antremanlar!!!

17. Submitted by Vidal on Thursday December 22, 2011 6:25 AM
One of the pioneers of BJJ in Turkey, fantastic instructor and great athlete ! 2 Thumbs up !

18. Submitted by John Wright on Monday December 26, 2011 7:42 PM
I've never been trained by Ertan, but trained WITH him enough while he was in the U.S. to know that he has the discipline, work ethics, heart, and drive to be the best.

19. Submitted by Mert Nomer on Tuesday December 27, 2011 10:38 AM
A martial art lover and a very well educated Instructor. Deserves high respect and the best students! Degree or color of belt does not matter! Probably the most talented and beloved BJJ instructor in Turkey.

20. Submitted by Sinan Ozcan on Friday December 30, 2011 3:51 PM
Quite succesful and patient, also very friendly and humble instructor!

21. Submitted by Umut Duygu on Sunday January 22, 2012 10:48 AM
Anyone can be an instructor but no one like him, Talented but humble - leader but friend he is the best !!!

22. Submitted by Erdal on Sunday January 22, 2012 6:14 PM
He is the best because he is my son!

23. Submitted by çılgın bedişteki oktay on Wednesday February 15, 2012 5:14 PM
ertan rica etti beğen diye , yoksa beğenmezdim. çünkü bjj çalışmadım hiç.

24. Submitted by ismet_34_m on Friday March 2, 2012 7:39 AM
valla hocayı tanımıyorum ama salonda indirim yapar belki diye bir ümit geldim oyumu veriyorum. inşallah indirim yapar.

25. Submitted by Fuad Shabanov on Wednesday March 21, 2012 9:54 PM
The one and only !! He is the best MMA Fighter in TURKEI I'd ever know!!!

26. Submitted by AES on Sunday April 8, 2012 6:16 AM
He is the most humble, sincere and indigenous martial arts instructer ive ever seen. Its a great pleasure and honor to be on the same mat, in the same team. He is not only the team leader but also the "eldest brother"!!

27. Submitted by Özdemir on Friday May 11, 2012 7:48 PM
Purple belt does not matter, we know that he wears a black belt in his heart! Best instructor ever.

28. Submitted by noyan kurc on Tuesday August 14, 2012 8:00 AM
Adamın dibi dibi!!!!! İstanbulda ve Türkiyede TEK!

29. Submitted by Tayfun Toksoylu on Wednesday October 10, 2012 5:02 AM
Ertan Balaban is a humble person who has left his ego behind and teachs consequences to be a family more than bjj techniques. Never says I know all, always open minded. Furthermore, he s a trueborn warrior who never gives up..

30. Submitted by Emre Erdem on Wednesday October 10, 2012 4:11 PM
Very accomplished instructor both in takedowns and ground game. He is constantly improving and competing in international tournaments. He is also a great person, always eager to answer any question that you may ask. Just come to his class and see for yourself!!

31. Submitted by Can Koyutürk on Friday October 12, 2012 6:02 PM
Beside being a great instructor, he has the ability to motivate his students better than anyone I've ever seen..You can't feel "down" when you are working with him..

32. Submitted by Gokhan Ozoguz on Friday October 12, 2012 7:19 PM
he is my second instructor. he gives by heart. that is enough for everything.

33. Submitted by Yasemin Kyra NADIRAN on Saturday October 13, 2012 5:49 AM
He is the coolest BJJ instructor I've ever met. I wish him all the best.

34. Submitted by Bugra Yanar on Saturday October 13, 2012 6:14 AM
He is the reason why i keep on coming back to BJJ. He depth is not only in the understanding of BJJ (the sport) but also the philosophy behind it. He is a true frontier of BJJ in Turkey and we are proud to be in his team !!

35. Submitted by Alper Erdiner on Saturday October 13, 2012 6:51 AM
o karate filmlerinde gördüğünüz hayranlık uyandırıcı hocalar vardır ya. hah işte o hocalar gerçekmiş. Bireysel bir spor ile bu kadar bağı bir takım oluşturabilen başka bir insan görmedim. Her şey için teşekkürler Ertan Hocam..

36. Submitted by Perihan on Saturday October 13, 2012 10:27 AM
He has very big heart.

37. Submitted by burak BUJIN on Saturday October 13, 2012 2:53 PM
His teachings and way of showing us the true BJJ and friendship is priceless. He is a good friend good instructor good fighter good boxer.Perfect personalty. ı am proud to be in his team. We gona ride and lead forever. BUJINfc

38. Submitted by Kaan Erçin on Monday April 1, 2013 5:23 AM
He is a great instructor and leader. I am proud to train under his name.

39. Submitted by Alper Keskin on Monday April 1, 2013 6:09 AM
he is the my man! great instructor , and proud to in his team.

40. Submitted by AK on Monday April 1, 2013 6:18 AM
He's a real nice guy who takes care of every single student individually. Not every good fighter is a good teacher he understands the steps we newbs have trouble on and takes care of us real good. Long story short he's probably one of the best instructors out there if not the best itself..

41. Submitted by Kaan on Monday April 1, 2013 8:34 AM
He is a good personality

42. Submitted by kaan on Monday April 1, 2013 2:36 PM
he is a good teacher and good personality

43. Submitted by arda on Tuesday April 2, 2013 11:53 AM
türkiyenin gururu !!

44. Submitted by ilkay on Tuesday April 2, 2013 2:46 PM
he has the most valuable instructor i have ever seen

45. Submitted by E.Alper on Tuesday April 2, 2013 4:35 PM
He is my man! he is my best friend! he is My Teacher and he can be ready for help the people about the bjj!

46. Submitted by savaş on Thursday February 13, 2014 9:11 AM
You're the best! Around! Nothing's gonna ever keep you down You're the Best! Around! Nothing's gonna ever keep you down You're the Best! Around! Nothing's gonna ever keep you dow-ow-ow-ow-own

47. Submitted by Arda on Thursday February 13, 2014 10:09 AM
He strives for greatness in every part of his life yet he does not accept being great and believes in continuous improvement.

48. Submitted by Mert Terzioglu on Thursday February 13, 2014 3:41 PM
Great teacher and friend - happy to be part of the team

49. Submitted by Utku on Monday June 8, 2015 3:33 AM
He is the sole reason the sports is becoming credited in Turkey. He is energetic, wise, honest and most importantly humble. He has created BJJ heavens on both sides of town (for those wo don't know, Istanbu has European and Anatolion sides, separated by Bospohorus) and any BJJ devotee in Istanbul should not look any further!

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