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La Mesa Self Defense Instructors

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G. Tinoco Training
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Ulises L.
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I participated in Gilbert's kickboxing classes for several years. Based on the great experience I decided he would be a great addition to my clients workout program. I've never had a better training experience and my clients felt the same way. Gilbert worked every muscle in numerous different ways. In the time we worked together with clients he teaches kickboxing technique on a level that truly improved their self esteem and fitness levels. His routines are very well balanced. Some based primarily in cardio, some in strength, some in balance and core technique, some in flexibility and others that combined them all. The variety made the workouts interesting and challenging. Because Gilbert was monitoring cardio capacity, strength and flexibility client and myself could see the progress from all the work. This was a huge inspiration. During workouts, Gilbert was a source of knowledge on physical therapy, anatomy and workouts. A final note, when Gilbert is doing working out with clients, he stays focused on you. He's not busy chatting with others or looking around the gym. He's a real professional. I highly recommend him!

Full Potential Martial Arts
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Mark S.
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I really like the very practical self defense instruction that Full Potential Martial Arts offers. I also love being bale to work in a small group setting, with partners in different sizes and ability. It really helps hone my skills. The classes are a great workout too! I have gotten leaner and stronger, and definitely notice a difference in my body. Highly recommended!

Premier Fight & Fitness
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany C.
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I have been one of many of Zacs students that have followed him from UFC and other gyms he would train at. The reason being is that he is worth it! Both brothers Zac and Jeremy have the knowledge and patience to match each one of their students needs. Jeremy is also amazing with my kids in the youth classes and makes it fun for them as well as wears them out! If you are a hard working mother like myself and need some good stress relief or just want to learn REAL self defense or maybe a little of both and have fun while doing it, I highly recommend Zac and Premier! These brothers make you feel like family once you become a member!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Toan T.
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Training at Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu Academy has been extremely fun, challenging and fulfilling. Sifu Nick was able to take me through the basics to help me understand the principles of what I was doing, while progressively pushing me to build a solid foundation in Choy Lay Fut. If you are looking to learn Kung Fu and really be able to use what you are practicing for self defense, try a class with Sifu Nick at Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu Academy

  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Soraya R.
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Our youth nonprofit organization requested a self-defense class from Dawn and it was amazing! Dawn was extremely professional and she was able to teach an effective lesson to 25 middle and high school students. She had high expectations for everyone and taught everyone very useful techniques. She was extremely patient with the students and very hands-on. In fact, Dawn personalized her lesson, catered it to our youth, and sent it to me ahead of time. In fact, she came a week before the lesson to see the space and plan ahead. In short, we highly recommend her coaching session! We look forward to working with her again.

  • 4 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Margo F.
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Ari is an exceptional personal trainer. He was able to accommodate my busy schedule and train me in the comfort of my own home, which was very important as a busy working mom. He provided me with the tools and skills necessary for me to reach my post-baby weigh loss goals by implementing a personalized fitness plan. Ari is both pofessional and experienced I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for motivation to reach their fitness goals.

  • 12 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Luke E.
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I signed up to Mark's Dojo Americana after I moved my home & business to Oceanside. There were several locations I could have chosen as there are about 6 "fight clubs" along Coast Hwy. I checked out every single one of them. I wanted to know that I felt like I was in a comfortable environment for myself, and the many times I bring my daughter or nephew along. As I expected, several of the clubs were run by younger, brash, and stand offish characters. I won't name places, I'll just say that I'm really glad I stepped into Dojo Americana, and fortunately for me, Mark was there to greet me. I knew I was going to commit to his dojo within a minute of our conversation. Since then I've been part of 3 classes consistently. Mark trains a fitness class on Tuesday and Thursday I attend that incorporates fitness, self defense, some jiu jitsu, and kick boxing. Its great fun and all levels of students are welcome. I'm a huge boxing fan so I go to the boxing class also on tues/thurs in the evening. Again, all levels of experience and fitness. Javier, who teaches the class is very experienced and teaches you from square one. I've recently added another class on Mondays to try something new. Muay Thai with David. What fun that is! Its like taking Mark's fitness class, the boxing class, and using it all together, plus some new challenging training techniques. When I started at the Dojo I was an out of shape surfer that works every day, and didnt think I needed more than a surf a couple times a week. Once I hit my mid 30's I knew that had changed. I had gotten lazy and it showed on my body and mind. Now I'm 40 years old, more alert, work seems easier because my head is clearer, I'm surfing better than ever, and I've lost over 15 pounds just by showing up to a couple classes a week over an 8 weeks. I'd recommend Dojo Americana to anyone, male or female, any level of experience, in or out of shape, to use for their daily exercise routine. It has turned my life into easier, more energetic days, and very restful nights! Make the time for yourself, you'll be glad you did!

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Akaliana C.
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I've worked with other trainers before none were able to give me this kind of great device Jake helped me find my confidence. Accommodated to my goals helped rehabilitate past injuries and pushed me to get past all my hardships mentally and physically. He understands financial hardship and was willing to work though certain price points I wanted to stay in all the while Treating me like a high priority client. Still helping with my meal plans, work out routines and still training me though out the week with my busy schedule. Definitely would recommend to anyone who is looking for a trainer with amazing quality work and service!

  • 35 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lauren B.
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Joe was great to work with. He was good at communicating and flexible with time/location. My group learned some great self defense tips and we are all glad we attended!

Justin Burkett, L.A.C.
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Laura C.
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I have been a patient of Justin's for around two years and I feel it is time for me to truly express my gratitude toward Justin and the healing has provided for me through his acupuncture. Let me start by saying that I am a Registered Nurse in an ICU that practices primarily Western Medicine. I first presented to Justin with a multitude of symptoms from plantar fasciitis, chronic stomach and bloating issues, back pain, hip pain, depression and anxiety from the process of divorce and overall feeling of being run down and just tired all the time. I had already seen GI specialists and podiatrists, Internal Medicine Specialists, allergists, neurologists, chiropractors and a therapist weekly. I was beyond frustrated and became hopeless that I would never find relief or answers to my ailments and began to think it was possibly all in my head...part of that is true. Justin does more than just provide the typical needle therapy. Over the years he has treated me with acupressure, cupping, auriculotherapy, healing touch/Reiki, and the other traditional eastern modalities that I don't even know how to pronounce. But one skill I am most grateful for is his ability to guide and teach while I'm receiving the treatment. For me it is like a meditation and it was/is this process that I feel helped me to truly start healing. Justin guided me to pay more attention and recognize my thought patterns and would shed light onto how these thoughts impact my body and daily activities. He teaches me about the channels and the Chi, about different types of beneficial herbs, teas and foods I can incorporate and if your lucky he will share one of his original jokes. I could tell you the exact treatment I received that I feel changed my life. It was the moment that I finally gave in and stopped getting in the way of my own healing. I let my guard down, I cried for almost an hour and I "let it go". Justin had asked me if I was holding onto identities that didn't serve me or if I was expressing my true self to the world. I faced my reality and gave permission to myself to become whole again and to be me. In our few years together this happened only three months ago. From that moment on I became aware that it really was a patient/provider relationship. Sure I would get relief every time I received a treatment, but now actually trying to focus on the needles and the energy flow, clearing my mind and inviting the healing to occur it is a completely different experience. I have had enormous relief from my pain, eczema went away, depression is gone and I've stopped seeing a therapist, my GI issues are under control, I sleep better and I feel like I am me and I am enough. I do still have my Western Medicine MD's that I see but I know that I would never have come this far in my journey of healing and self reflection were it not for Justin's wealth of knowledge, kindness, empathy, education and obvious desire to help his patients on their path to optimal health and self discovery. I will be forever grateful.

  • 58 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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Sensei Torres has devoted his life to sharing the same gift that was given to him from his Sensei. He has trained students of all levels and Karate has been the way to become a better person and his way to plant seeds in others in order to help them live their lives with justice, camaraderie, respect, and honorability. He is part of FEMEKA (Mexican Federation of Martial Arts and Karate, affiliated to the World Karate Federation) and since 2012 he has been part of International Seishinkai Karate Union (ISKU). He moved to San Diego in 2007 and opened a new dojo where he enthusiastically shares his knowledge of Karate with students of all ages. He also studied Iaido and Aikido with Sensei Koichi Nakamura whose family were of the samurai class.

  • 3 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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we are a disabled veteran owned small business and staffed with the best from our veterans of all branches of service utilizing the crafts we learned while in the military.

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I am an experienced self-defense instructor. I have taught for over five years in three studios. I am black belter in the shaolin kenpo system. I have taught all ages from four and up.

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I teach private lessons in taekwondo and Brazilian jiu jitsu to help my students reach their personal fitness, safety, and competition goals. I specialize in helping beginners learn the most simple and effective techniques, but I also enjoy working with high-level competitors. I am a 3-time national champion and I've been training in martial arts for more than 15 years. Let me help you reach your goals!

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Additionally, Justin sought outside instruction and spent years learning Krav Maga techniques to further his knowledge and effectiveness. Aegean Self Defense provides self-defense minded instruction in the following: * Preventing violent attacks * Repelling attackers * Hand to hand combat techniques * Prevention * Awareness Aegean firearms instruction include the following: * Weapon safety * Shooting fundamentals * Accuracy * Mechanics of firearms * Tactical instruction Firearms instruction through Aegean is expensive, but while anyone can teach tactics, few can teach accuracy. We guarantee that you will learn to shoot better than you ever have before.

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Mind Body Self Defense is a blend of martial arts and holistic awareness techniques designed to give you the ability and the confidence to handle yourself without fear in times of stress and confrontation. We offer classes for all ages at your home, school, and work.

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United Studios of Self Defense offers the best in personal martial arts instruction for men, women, and children. We realize that everyone has different goals, so we offer private lessons as a regular part of our program to allow us to work with each individual to help reach his or her goals. We also have fun and high energy group classes that each student can attend at no additional cost. Come be a part of our family and experience how the magic of the martial arts can change your life! United Studios of Self Defense - "America's self defense leader!"

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Extensive holistic knowledge and wide variety of experience

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I am a black belter in taekwondo and a retired army ranger. I can also offer counseling to victims who have been bullied as I also have a degree in psychology.

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I do freelance work ranging from art, self defense, cleaning or just about anything. Just ask and I can come to you, or you come to me. I mostly prefer providing self defense services.

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In view of our martial arts training, I am primarily concern on instilling the discipline expected from the practitioner of the art in the clients' minds. Second is physical fitness to be able to perform all the drills, execution and good personal performance. Third is self-defense as the major contributor on these process of learning on how to protect themselves from any human aggression. How to survive when you have no option to turn back and retreat does not exist on the situation? Know how to survive!

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