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Sparta Academy
4.9
from 67 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro 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
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea P.
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I had been exercising for about a year now by myself but decided to hire a trainer. I've been working out with Vinny for two months now and my body has changed more in the past two months than in the past year. Vinny has taught me from basics: how to breathe correctly during my exercises, proper posture, how to target and isolate certain muscles.. to kickboxing and self defense. Vinny is the type of trainer that will go the extra mile and help you achieve your goals. I def recommend him.

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Titan MMA Fitness
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Tony L.
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Looking for an experienced, family friendly, and highly supportive personal trainer that specializes in MMA? Look no further. I randomly found EJ while walking through my community (and coincidentally on thumbtack..small world!) and I saw him training a mother and daughter. After exchanging info and then researching him more on thumbtack and the web, I decided to start training with him. The rest is history. I've since focused on boxing and Muay Thai mainly for self-defense and the cardio, and it's been working out really well. My power, speed, and stamina has improved significantly. I'm even thinking about getting my daughter to sign up with him to train. Great coach and trainer. I couldn't ask for anything more.

Self Defense & Fitness
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Gilad M.
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Johnny is awesome! I hired him to train my wife in self defense. I've been doing martial arts for years and have never managed to convince my wife to do it with me. It always intimidated her. But within a few lessons with Johnny she is now hooked. Johnny is very experienced working with women and with people without any background in martial arts. Now, a month into her working with Johnny, she loves every minute of it. I can see her improvement, both physically and psychologically and I have never seen her so motivated to workout. I highly recommend Johnny.

MD Fitness
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Alexandra S.
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How many of yull hate to count calories, and still be hungry..I do...I can tell u that my experience with coach Michael Diaz had been wonderfull. .I can go on and on!! DON'T TAKE MY WORD 4 IT SEE 4 UR SELF..yull be thanking ur self later!!!!

American Kenpo Karate
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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!

OC Practical Self Defense
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Doug W.
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Mr Hall came into my studio to give a self defense demonstration to my students. The lesson was educational and very detailed. He did an excellent job explaining the concept of each applications. I walked away learning quite a bit in only 1 session.

West Hills Karate Academy
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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!

Reality Combat System
5.0
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!

Wu Lin Dao
5.0
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

  • 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!

Miguel Angel
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire 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!!!

  • 10 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Pedro M.
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I have known Marcus for over 20 years. He has trained my nephews in self defense and martial arts. Marcus's main attribute is the ability to support and encourage confidence in one's own ability. I would hire him again with total confidence.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kaight L.
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Everything was great! I learned a lot and feel confident in my ability to handle a gun properly in front of camera for filming. The added self defense was a huge bonus! I recommend this instructor. Very knowledgeable and helpful!

  • 8 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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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!"

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

  • New on Thumbtack
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I teach basic and advanced self-defense and intermediate close combat, focusing on easy-to-learn techniques.

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I teach self-defense. I work on firearms, weapons, and tactics. I'm Marine Corps trained. I've been in martial arts for about 30 yr. I've been rated number-one state champion in weapons for over 6 yr. I am 1990 international champion and rated top three in the nation. I teach krav mega, Kenpo and my other arts and weapons also.

  • 12 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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S5CBA is the leading source of authentic Five Family Style Kung Fu (Ng Ga Kuen). We offer a full traditional curriculum of health and self-defense which includes: *Forms training *Applications *18 weapons *Iron skills *Qigong *Dit da *TCM We also offer short-term tactical training and armed self-defense through our newly developed Southern 5 Tactical Training Unit (S5TTU).

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

  • New on Thumbtack
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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.

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