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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
Kenia P.
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I signed up my daughter (she is heading for college next year) for Vinny's one on one personal self defense class after he called me and convinced me to try it for a session and then decide. I am glad I did. I take my daughter to his house on Saturdays. His family is always around, and his daughter assists him in training my daughter. I am extremely happy with his training style. He is patient, explains well, and demonstrates the techniques in such a way that is easily understood. One on one situation is the best environment for learning self defense. It is one of the strongest features of Vinny's system. Vinny trains my daughter in a variety of Marshall arts. I am convinced that by the time my daughter completes Vinny's 18 week program, she will be able to defend herself against any potential attack. If you have a child heading for college, invest in his or her safety with Vinny's program. You will be glad you did. I know I am.

Top Pro
from 27 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer M.
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Margo is a great trainer and really caters to the results you want to see. He makes working out fun. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to learn self defense skills and wants healthy long lasting results.

  • 2 years in business
Jennifer Thomas
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This is a wonderful place to learn self defense. Come on over and try it out!

Systems Training Center
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Vince C.
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Marcus is a top notch personal trainer. He helped me get into the best shape of my life training for an MMA fight. He's got a wealth of knowledge in fitness, nutrition, self defense, and martial arts. He can do it all!! Highly recommended.

OC Fitness Coach
from 10 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Cade C.
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Good coaches, very well spoken about fitness and self defense! THEY will put you to work and walk you through every workout! Good jiu jitsu as well. They will help you reach your goals about losing weight.

Jorge Merlos
from 10 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!

True Warrior Fitness MMA
from 10 reviews
  • 16 years in business
Rami U.
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True Warrior Fitness is the best!! I love MMA bootcamp in the mornings! I feel strong and focus whole day after class !

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Mason H.
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You won't find a better place than Brood 9 to meet your martial arts, self-defense, or personal fitness goals. I started here 2 years ago to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/Muay Thai and improve my strength + conditioning, and before I knew it I am in the best shape of my life with a tournament gold medal around my neck. The coaches are all extremely knowledgeable, patient and talented while dedicated to making the classes a safe and fun environment. All the members are low-ego, high energy, great all-around people and whether you're looking to get back in shape or train for a title shot, Brood 9 is the best place in town. Stop by and you can try a full week for free!

Reality Combat System
from 9 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey M.
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One of the best and most informative self defense courses I have ever taken. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn how to protect themselves as well as have a fun workout! :)

Miguel Angel
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 5 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!!!

American Kenpo Karate
from 4 reviews
  • 23 years in business
Melissa H.
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We've been taking karate at American Kenpo Karate in both group and private class for two years. As an educator who works with both kids and young adults, I appreciate their care and professionalism. I know my daughter is safe with her instructors. She has thrived under their study and has earned her belts through hard work and well executed katas. In addition Kenpo is the best form of self defense for karate. The classes teach discipline, excellent form and responsibility. I would look here before considering anywhere else. They are a step above the rest!

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.

Wu Lin Dao
from 2 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jason A.
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Scott's classes really helped my son! We had just moved here and he was getting bullied by some kids at school. After two months my son was able to defend himself and I was surprised to see how much his self confidence grew too

SERT Group International
from 1 review
    George L.
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    Mr Sheldon and his associates are a tremedous asset in the field of tactical solutions. Some schools train armchair marksman. With real world professionals, SERT Group grooms effective fighters, while keeping yourself and your teammates safe and ultimately, ALIVE. My recommendation to my colleagues is to always maintain quality, effective training. My yardstick for measuring quality? I get to come home and write about it!


    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!"


    Talented and knowledgeable personal trainer and tae kwon do teacher available for an array of services.


    I've been involved with all martial arts since a young age. I have experience teaching. I'm currently involved in MMA and Jiu-Jitsu learning from high ranking and very experienced teachers from Brazil to California. I'll be able to relate to the clients in every way.

    • 11 years in business

    The Warrior's Club is a self-defense and fitness program whose mission is to empower individuals through the art of Brazilian jiujitsu and mixed martial arts, integrating the principles of both sports beyond the mat and into daily practices. Our program offers a wide range of instruction with an emphasis on competitive sport, health and self-defense. We cater to a wide range of clientele, including men and women of all ages, professional athletes, law enforcement and military.


    I train people in self-defense and condition mind and body for those stressful situations. My training includes striking and grappling techniques.

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    Need a Self Defense Instructor for a Couple

    Ontario, CA

    • Discipline
      Assault prevention (basic self defense)
    • Age
    • Skill level
      No experience
    • Details
      This would be for my wife and me
    • $125
      Average price
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