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Max KO



  • 13 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Amy C.

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We weren't sure what to expect from a self-defense class, but Max offered me a good breakdown over email prior to the coming in to teach, and once here, he was good about demonstrating techniques and allowing the class to do as much or as little as they were comfortable with. I found Max's lessons to be practical for the common person, and his teaching style is to the point, but relaxed. He'll answer questions as you go along and help you to chain together the different things he teaches you. We've asked him back for every other week, so he's definitely doing the right things! We have a lot of fun, but also learn a lot from Max.


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I've sent my wife for a trial session and after first lesson she showed me couple of things that attracted my interest... Now we're both into engaging training that is way more fun than you can expect from routine repetition of the same moves in let's say kick-boxing

Megan L.

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Accommodating, driven, patient, and overall great instructor who helped me learn basic techniques to defend myself. Definitely worth your $ and time. He teaches you to be prepared for the expected and unexpected. Thanks so much Max!

  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 min

Harman K.

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James terry gave me awesome mma instruction and cardio training, very good trainer. He is very knowledgeable about fitness and it shows in his training methods. I felt his instruction comes from a solid backbone in experience competing mma and wrestling. He is very calm and collective also when he trains you so you dont feel any pressure or intimidation. All around cool guy to have as a trainer.

Faron M.

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If you are reading the reviews, it should be clear that James is a great trainer. I have taken private lessons all across the country and must say that James is excellent at teaching technique and giving realistic and understandable feedback. 5 stars!

Kevin S.

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Excellent coach and trainer. I learned helpful techniques for self defense and was able to get great conditioning work in as well. Highly recommend working with Coach Terry

  • San Pablo, CA

Alex B.

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I first came upon Mehran about 8 years ago when looking for a karate program for my daughter. I had visited a few dojos in the area, and was concerned that the rigid, almost militaristic atmosphere would not be a good fit with my daughter’s easy-going, easily distractible nature. The first time I visited Mehran’s Okinawa Karate Academy’s kids’ workout he was immediately open and engaging, inviting my daughter to join that day’s workout. I was struck by his great rapport with the kids while also encouraging them to do the exercises with the proper technique. I liked it so much that after watching a few classes I joined the dojo also, and have been happily having him encourage me to correct my techniques ever since :-) Mehran is an extremely skilled martial artist. His many years of experience and willingness to work with people of all levels make him a great asset to those of us fortunate enough to be able to work with him. I highly recommend to everyone interested in learning karate to visit Mehran’s Okinawa Karate Academy, and join us for a workout.

Seth R.

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Mehran is an excellent teacher, one of the best I have studied from in 20 years of learning Uechi-ryu Karate around the world. He has more than 30 years experience teaching in the Bay Area. He's patient with students of all ages, and he has a good sense of humor that helps keep students focused on learning.

David S.

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Sensei Mehran is a patient teacher and capable instructor. He keeps us fresh, allows for interaction, and has a welcoming disposition. This is a great place to learn karate.

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 9 min
  • Oakland, CA

Molly G.

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Vince is an incredible coach! I have been taking classes and private lessons from Vince for almost five years now, and it has changed my life! I've lost weight, learned many new skills, improved my balance, and most importantly I've gained confidence in myself! This is thanks to Vince's amazing ability as a teacher and coach. He pushes you without taking you too far, he gives you that vote of confidence you need to push through when it gets tough, and his attention to detail will ensure that you become the best athlete you can be. He has brought me from a person who has never thrown a kick to a confident martial artist, thanks largely in part to his level of personal attention - he makes time for all of his students to ensure that everyone grows and improves as much as they can. During private lessons, you get an amazing amount of personal attention and direct support - Vince does not teach a one size fits all program. My private lessons with Vince are an amazing chance to have him push me to work hard, improve my skills significantly, and gain confidence! Vince is patient, observant, and so supportive when he works with his students! I wouldn't be the athlete and martial artist I am today had it not been for Vince's teaching. I recommend him for anyone who is looking for a teacher and trainer to help them become their best!

Jasmine R.

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Before I began attending Vince's martial arts classes I was extremely shy and ashamed to go in because I was so over-weight. I would walk by his class and watch him and his experienced students and I so badly wanted to be there too. I finally decided to go in one day, despite of my hesitation, and that was the best decision I ever made. Since day one Vince has been extremely welcoming and tremendously patient and helpful. This last year I finally decided to take private training sessions with Vince and they are worth every penny. He's helped increased my cardiovascular and muscle fitness. The side effect of which has been weight loss. When I first started training in martial arts with Vince I was a complete newbie. I had no prior experience. After 2.5 years of training and an increase in private sessions I finally competed in my first fight. He has helped me every step of they way and has supported my growth as a fighter. Today we continue to train and are looking forward to new opportunities to compete. If you are looking for a trainer, Coach Vince will definitely help you reach higher levels of performance, speed, and strength.

Susan Y.

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Like a lot of folks, I’ve been trying to balance a busy schedule and spend a lot of hours during the day sitting in front of a computer. I came to Vince looking for help with conditioning and was curious about martial arts. I was also feeling rather nervous and shy about training. My observations so far: Vince listens carefully and knows how to ask questions that get right to the heart of the matter. He’s a rare combination of technical expertise and emotional intelligence, and more importantly a down-to-earth personable coach. He has the ability to drive the big picture (reminding me of goals) while at the same time paying attention to an amazing amount of detail (proper technique training). I absolutely love pad training with him (it caught me off guard how quickly it gets my heart rate going) and he mixes in TRX and Boot Camp elements into our training sessions to keep me engaged. I couldn’t be more pleased with our sessions and look forward to continuing with him. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to feel empowered and experience the benefits of a seasoned coach.

  • 15 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Francisco, CA

Howard S.

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I have been training with Cindy Hom at Apex Wellness for five years. She is a terrific trainer! I'm a senior and she knows just how to deal with the difficulties associated with age. She's added many years to my life. It's no joke staying in good physical condition at my advanced age. She understands the human body and has consistently pushed me to do things I didn't think I could do. Working with her has allowed me to keep up with my great-granddaughter, which is not easy to do. Knowledgeable AND understanding is the way I would summarize Cindy's approach. You can't go wrong!

Brittany M.

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I've had one lesson with Cindy so far and loved it! She walked me through proper techniques and we did a variety of self-defense training so I was constantly challenged and learning. I can say that after one lesson I already feel much more prepared, but I'm looking forward to learning more and getting stronger in the process! I'd recommend Cindy to anyone who is looking for the perfect balance of self-defense lessons and working out!

Cyndi L.

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I love my workouts with Cindy. She is keen with my abilities. I'm an advance exerciser, Cindy's workouts were intense and challenges me. I love the fact that Cindy incorporates kickboxing into my training. I felt every single muscle in my body. 2 days of strength training and 2 days of kickboxing. I look forward to my sessions every day. I'm starting to feel a difference in my body.

  • 16 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Daly City, CA

Philippa A.

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So great! Martin taught a self-defense class at our office with his colleague, Angelo. The class was informative, fun, and gave us all a basic understanding of some moves we could use if we ever had to defend ourselves. Martin answered all of our questions about different scenarios and gave clear, useful instructions. We had a blast and really enjoyed ourselves. Highly recommend!

Karen P.

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Martin is fantastic. His self defense lessons made an immediate difference. He makes things fun and customizes to exactly what you are looking for. I highly recommend working with him.

Veronica R.

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Great! Motivational and not boring! Helped me feel and look better - would highly recommend!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 14 min
  • Union City, CA

Lauren D.

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I have worked with Michael for roughly two years in several different scenarios. I have taken both group and private lessons for swing dancing and physical fitness (boot camp and boxing). He is always incredibly professional and kindhearted in his classes. He will push his students to reach their physical limits and even go beyond them, but will never make anyone feel badly about not being able to do something. It is always enjoyable to see someone work so wholeheartedly in any field, but when that field revolves around making other people feel good about themselves and laugh while exercising, seeing someone so passionate about it is more inspiring.

Gurpreet S.

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Mike is very experienced in multiple fighting styles. The way Mike starts his classes and works with an individual and build upon their strengths is great. I am currently half way through my classes and feeling I have already got way more out of it. My weakness is footwork and stamina, and Mike has been working and developing my weaknesses to my stentghts. I highly recommend Mike for anyone wanting to learn boxing.

David G.

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Awesome dance instructor. He is a great dancer and a great teacher, with incredibly high energy. Mike makes learning to dance fun!

  • 27 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Jose, CA

Doug Z.

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My three children have been training with Jay since they were five years old. Now that they are becoming teenagers, they look to him for physical training but also as a life coach. Jay teaches self discipline and respect as he coaches. My wife and I have been training with Jay for the last one year. We have trained with Jay for fitness, self defense, kickbox, and jujitsu. Since we enjoy working with him, we have also scheduled our own private family classes with him. I learn something new each class and have fun at the same time. I have lost over 40 pounds in the last one year.

Sean B.

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I've been attending Allsport since I was five years old; that's almost thirteen years now. And there still isn't a class where I don't learn something new. Not to mention all the life lessons and self discipline Allsport has caused me to accumulate. Jay and Gina really do have an amazing program.And now we share an amazing gym with battle control, which makes everything even better. So over all I would definitely recommend you come train with us.

Gary D.

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Jay is not only a great martial arts instructor but more importantly to me - he helps kids understand important life lessons. He talks to his kids a lot about being responsible and holds them accountable. He is a rare find.

  • 7 years in business
  • Alameda, CA

Michael C.

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A great place to work out! I have known and trained with Jeremy for over 15 years, and I am excited that he has finally decided to open up a school. I have studied martial arts for over 20 years at various schools and styles ranging from Tae Kwon Do (with Jeremy) Capoeria, Muay Thai, Judo, and Wing Chun. Of all my instructors, and I have had some great ones, I can safely attest that Jeremy was the one that allowed me to grow the most. if you are a beginner, or advanced in martial arts I guarantee that if you spend six months training under Jeremy at IMA, you will see tremendous improvement with your technique and fitness goals.

  • 4 years in business
  • Vallejo, CA


The techniques i teach are realistic, suitable for Men, Women, and Children. I am dedicated to giving my best. Martial Arts provide not only a reliable methond of Self-Defense, Its a way of dedication,honor, respect, and developing Indomitable Spirit (Never Give Up). In life or Martial Arts!

  • San Jose, CA


We will help you. We use a lot of things to build things and more. We help with a lot of stuff, and I am the only coach.

  • San Jose, CA


I am the lead guitarist and lead singer for Rocks Valentine and have been giving guitar lessons since 2006. My last student now performs at various coffee shops in San Mateo. I teach the basics, e.g., chords strumming, first position, and note reading. I guarantee that you will be able to play a song on your very first lesson.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • San Francisco, CA


"My name is Oliver Queen. For five years, I was stranded on an island with only one goal: survive.

  • 10 years in business
  • Oakland, CA


Iron Wave Jiu-jitsu is an integrated martial arts system which stands upon the principles of Jiu-Jitsu and Karate-Do. We emphasize on the importance of: Proper stance, Various conditioning, Calisthenics training, Roll outs, Defense strikes, Foot movement, Arm-blocks, Joint locks, and applying self-defense techniques both traditional and modern.

  • Hayward, CA


Aikido is Budo, a martial art. It is a refinement of traditional martial techniques and forges mind, body and energy. Aikido teaches us to respond freely to any contingency that may arise.

  • Mountain View, CA


We are affiliated with the Renshinkan Shorinji Ryu Karate Do organization (headquarters in Kagoshima, Japan). The chief instructor, Takamori Kaida, has over 25 years of experience in Japanese Karate in the bay area. Out lessons include traditional training as well as self-defense. Japanese karate is not for everyone, but it provides a healthy, structured method in training the mind and body. For any further questions and info, please reach out to us! Thank you for reading!

  • San Francisco, CA


We provide private martial arts and self-defense lessons and training. I am not a martial arts instructor who wants to be called master, sifu or some other honorific title; I'm just an easygoing coach with three legitimate, confirmable black belts that will work with you at whatever level you are. I won't force you to train like an Olympian unless you want to, and I don't teach how to dodge bullets or fly through the air. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, read on. I am committed to teaching critical self-protection skills to those who seek it. My form of self-defense teaches the social, emotional, mental as well as physical skills necessary to avoid most confrontations. Should an assailant escalate to the physical realm, my students are ready to respond accordingly with easy-to-master physical skills that are derived from jujitsu, hapkido, aikido, wing chun and NYC street defense that any body type can learn quickly and easily. I offer private lessons to both adults and children, as well as corporate team lessons. For those who may be interested, I am willing to help them achieve their black belt through Jujitsu America. I offer a free needs analysis/first lesson and after that, I charge for eight lessons at a time. I strongly believe that no one should be denied this education and as such, I have committed to teaching these skills to young people in the public schools free of charge; just ask. Additionally, I offer sliding scale to those who simply can't afford to pay my normal fees. I also offer coaching for competitive events. I am a first-level national coach (and a committee member) for Sport Jujitsu; I can help you succeed in any tournament. If you are interested in studying in either San Francisco or New York, or if you have any questions, please reach out to me at the number below or e-mail me. Please check out my website too. It's where you can check out my credentials and see my videos. Thanks for reading, and I hope to work with you soon.

  • Mill Valley, CA


Hi, my name is Josh, and I'm pursuing boxing as a profession. I've been a boxer for 3 years now. Boxing is a great way to get in shape, lose weight and stay sharp mentally and physically! I'm willing to travel to customers. Pricing varies depending on what your goals are. I'm more than welcome to help you set some up. If you,re interested, give me a call/text/email.

  • 11 years in business
  • Oakland, CA


Soja is a full-time traditional martial arts and yoga gym located in Northern Oakland. Peter, the founder and owner, works with a large variety of private clientele to help them develop their tool kits in stress release, mindfulness training and personal self-defense and awareness training.


Silver Dragon Kung Fu is a family-oriented martial arts school that teaches kung fu, kickboxing, jiujitsu and hyper pro martial arts to both adults and children (age three and up). Silver Dragon Kung Fu is dedicated to giving all students a safe, fun and positive learning environment in which to develop their fitness, confidence, discipline, focus and self-defense skills.

  • 20 years in business
  • Response time: 2 hours
  • Palo Alto, CA


We offer the highest-quality, authentic shotokan karate lessons. At Silicon Valley Shotokan Karate, we train hard, but we also train smart, focusing on the "hows and whys" of what we aim to accomplish. We use traditional techniques of shotokan karate, as practiced in Japan, but we are progressive in our teaching/training methodology to help students reach their goals faster and gain a better understanding along the way. Whether you are looking for self-defense skills, a great workout, or any of the other possible benefits offered, you owe it to yourself to see how we can help you in your journey to self-improvement.

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