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Sparta Academy
from 73 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
Jillian P.
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I am an athlete at heart and I found myself completely unhappy with my body and health about a year ago. After trying to work on my self esteem first, I decided in September it was time to get back into fitness like I had been my whole life. I came on thumbtack and scheduled meetings with five different trainers. I met with JJ first and cancelled the rest before I even had a workout with him. Honestly I hired him only based off of his personality and game plan for for getting me back into shape. He literally is one of the funniest people I have met. However he doesn't mess around when it's time to work. And each workout I find that he can push me to limits I didn't know I had. I have lost 24 pounds so far but have become so much stronger and healthier. We weight lift, do cardio, and he has taught me personal defense. I was skeptical paying money to get fit but I'm investing in my health and it truly makes me happy. (He is going to make fun of me for getting sappy on this but whatever he deserves it)

  • 35 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
Madeline S.
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You know you have a good trainer when you leave your first (free) session feeling a confidence and a preparedness that you never knew you should have. Vinny is the type of teacher who makes sure you get the most value out of every lesson by teaching you how to "flow" with your movements so that it becomes innate and personal to you and whatever situation may arise. Every time I leave I feel stronger, sharper, smarter and more confident in not just physical self defense but your overall attitude. Not only is Vinny obviously experienced and a great teacher who makes you understand but he is a really good person too. I highly recommend him.

Top Pro
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Victoria H.
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Definitely looking forward to working with coach Margo for the long run. I was looking for someone to help me in both conditioning as well as self defense. This would be my first time having a personal trainer outside of my family. I was a bit nervous as I had just done research online and had not actually attended anywhere. Coach Margo was the first to respond to my request which was awesome. I was wanting something immediate as well. He was ready to start right away. Coach Margo was extremely professional and my Fiancee actually ended up wanting to train with him as well. I am excited to continue training with coach Margo in learning Muay Thai.

Kickboxing and Self Defense
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Angelina A.
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The self defense lessons were great! I have been taking them for a few years and I have learned so much. Martin is a great teacher and very knowledgeable in his trade. I would recommend his classes to everyone.

Fit by Rose
from 14 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa E.
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i have been working with Rose for close to year. when i submitted my quote request, she was the only individual of the 5 responders that actually took the time to read the request and respond specifically. all of the others submitted automatic responses. i have fibromyalgia and, 3 months after i began working with Rose, was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. the fibro is a nightmare & the bc surgery & treatment has made it 10 times worse. if not for Rose's work, i truly believe i would have lost my livelihood and gone underwater in my life. she has not only strengthened my body, but is well-versed in nutrition and has guided me towards major changes in my diet that enable me to cope with my illnesses. friends, she saved my life. if you're seeking a non-self-absorbed personal trainer who knows her stuff and is deeply serious about health, she's the one for you.

Reality Combat System
from 9 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Adriana D.
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If your looking for a great place to learn self defense techniques with professional instructors this is a great place to attend. Carlos and Omar work with you step by step until you understand the method they are teaching. They make you feel comfortable during training and put you in real life situations. The coaches pay attention to detail and correct you. This place is AWESOME..I would recommend RCS to anyone!

Jorge Merlos
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Roberto M.
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I take a self-defense/kickboxing class with Jorge twice a week. He's an amazing instructor, able to teach practical self-defense and kickboxing concepts while giving me a great workout! The power, speed, and technique of my kicks and punches have improved drastically since training with him. Jorge, thanks so much for your guidance and knowledge. Let's hit those mitts again soon! You rock!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Mark K.
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Great martial arts and fitness gym for any age or experience. From the athletes who want to push themselves further and compete in mixed martial arts, to the ones who just want to set a health goal and smash it, and for those who just want to learn some self defense. Great coaches and friendly environment with other members.

Personal Defense Associates
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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We had a great experience with Personal Defense Associates. Robert was timely, professional, friendly, and overall did a fantastic job! We will definitely be calling Personal Defense Associates for any of our other needs. Thank you again! ​

Absolute Self Defense
from 6 reviews
  • 50 years in business
Michael M.
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Master Robert Bombalier of Absolute Self Defense is a representation of unbridled professionalism in every sense of the word. While other schools of martial arts may focus on basics, sparring, or endurance testing, Master Bob's versatile knowledge of varying styles combines to create a more extensive and practical understanding of modern self-defense, as well as a better method of learning and practicing the martial arts. With an extensive knowledge of kinesiology, Master Bombalier has the unparalleled ability to fine tune your self defense training to a personal level. Robert Bombalier's teaching style instills lessons of respect, discipline, and beneficial personal development through all aspects of life. For me, starting off with martial arts as a young child, and continuing to study the ways of self defense into young adulthood, I can certainly say that Master Bombalier's influence and guidance in my training remains impeccably beneficial. For example, an extensive amount of my training went into dealing with anxiety, controlling fear, and handling my day to day struggles with asthma, of which all I have been given the chance to manage thanks to his service. In my time with Master Bob, I have watched as people from all walks of life come together to learn how to strengthen themselves in the realms of self defense, prepare themselves in case of emergency, and most importantly better themselves in the process under the guidance and instruction of this professional martial artist. Martial arts requires key, inherent characteristics of those in participation including effort, etiquette, character, sincerity, and self-control, and no-one I have ever studied under embodies these beneficial qualities more than Master Robert Bombalier of Absolute Self Defense.

Miguel Angel
from 4 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Zhanna M.
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I completed the course Escape to Gain Safety with Miguel and I feel so good about it! I feel stronger and more confident that I can protect myself. Self defense isn’t just good for ladies, I saw many men in the classes that were strong but needed to know the proper techniques. Thanks Miguel!!!

  • 20 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Paco R.
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Working out with Adam help me get my self confidence back he's personalized service is above the competition if you looking to fight or just get in shape he's the man to train with

West Hills Karate Academy
from 3 reviews
  • 24 years in business
Meenakshi G.
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I am a great fan of Shihan Hojati, whose experience, knowledge and teaching skills are simply superb. I am greatly respectful towards his insights regarding Karate do. His approach towards his class is self defense and fitness oriented and his teaching methods encompass the traditional as well as the modified. All the kids as well as the adults benefit greatly in terms of fitness of body as well as that of the mind from his teaching. I have been training with him for more than a year now and hope to be here longer still as I enjoy every class with him!

Ron T.
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Very straight forward, real world applications, which is exactly what we need - just get right down to it. We have tried other self defense courses which spend a lot of time on learning discipline and self control (which is great if that's what someone is looking for) but this jumps right in and we're learning real world techniques in the first minute. Highly recommend and looking forward to the next session.

  • 11 years in business
Jason F.
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James was very professional. I really like his attention to detail and his passion for Jiu Jitsu.

Self Defense Fit Lab Inc.
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rochelle O.
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Wow! An hour goes so fast and I get a good workout plus learning Krav Maga. It is a friendly helpful environment that you are only in competition with yourself. Always encouraged to push yourself to do your very best. Lots of one on one because the instructors walk around the students when doing the drills/exercises and make suggestions and corrections as needed. (In Orange county I was charged $100.00 for 45 minutes for a one on one.) They have a wide range of people from children’s classes to adult classes with ages from teens to 70s. The common thread seems that everyone wants to learn Krav Maga, build self-confidence, get stronger and more fit while having fun. Can’t bet that!


I have years of experience and training in martial arts. My background is in Tang Soo Do (Korean harate), though I have cross-trained in multiple other styles and can offer beginning and intermediate students in karate, tae kwon do, hapkido, or any other traditional, strike-based martial art with valuable, hands-on training and coaching for better kicks, punches as well as basic throws and takedowns. I also offer clients the opportunity to learn simple, easy-to-perform exercises that require little or no equipment and are designed to improve strength, endurance, flexibility, and general technical skill for more rigorous training later on in their martial arts career.


Practical experience, pure and simple. I have worked in every realm of personal protection. Over the last 23 years I have bounced in some of the toughest bars as well as been one of the most prominent celebrity bodyguards in the field. I have trained and taught all over the world and I know what works.

  • 8 years in business

Body Elite Fitness strives to revolutionize fitness through the dynamic exercises and the extensively detailed nutrition. We aim to provide all our clients with the most knowledgeable personal trainers in the area who suit not only the goals of clients but also the bonding relationship that a client builds with the trainer. With dedication, aspiration, and motivation, anything is possible. We will give you the keys to success to achieve the physique you want. Please see the following for information about the founder: * Name: Albert Oganesian * National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) * Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) * 2010 NPC Pacific USA Body Building Championship (Teen Men), first place * GNC 2009 NPC Pacific USA Body Building Championship (Teen Men), first place * Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach 2009 (Teen Men), second place * Muscle Beach Championship 2009 (Teen Men), second place * GNC NPC National California 2010 (Teen Men), fifth place * Sponsored by Muscle Tech Athlete Albert Oganesian a two-time Teen USA Natural national champion who has been in the fitness industry for over five years. He's been in the limelight for quite a while now, coming into the bodybuilding scene and taking it by storm. Albert, being a multitalented athlete, is an expert in Muay Thai and kickboxing. He has been practicing the art of martial arts for 10 years. Coming into the football scene at the age of 15, he played for John Burroughs High for four years as a left guard and a defensive end. Being elusive, cunning, and quick, he got on the field and did his job beyond exception. At the age of 16, Albert started bodybuilding, never thinking he would be anything in the sport. Weighing 145 lbs., he went up to 216 lbs. His first show was the Muscle Beach Venice show. Never thinking how great he would do, he came in as the underdog with no expectations. He went on the stage, blowing the crowds' minds at the age of 16. Even though he took second, he became hungry and got the drive and perseverance to come to his next show and take the win. He never faltered and never quivered. He came to the Teen USA Natural Nationals, hungry for that first-place trophy. Nevertheless, he got what he was hoping and working so dearly for. Taking the first-place win was one of his biggest accomplishments. He went on to win the show again in August of 2010, being the last show he has competed in since. Now, Albert has specialized in bringing the best quality of training to every individual who needs it. Being one of the youngest in the sport, Albert teaches the art or Muay Thai, kickboxing and self-defense. Albert specializes in giving the best nutritional guidance to all athletes to achieve their goals, either to gain or lose weight or build muscle or strength. Utilizing both functional and improvised techniques to give the athlete the best quality of nutrition and training out there, Albert takes pride in the success of his clients and the results he provides. Albert always says that "With dedication, motivation, and aspirations, anything can be achieved, so what's stopping you? It's time to train!"


I specialize in teaching traditional and practical self-defense to kids and teens. I have a second-degree black belt in Kai Sho Do, and I have taught for MyGym and Dawn Barnes Karate Kids.


I have over 29 years experience in helping clients achieve their fitness and self-protection goals.

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