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Max KO
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Max is great to work with and he has a very pragmatic approach to self defense / martial arts. He has a very diverse background in training and he seems to select the components that work best given a particular context. He is direct and wants you to empower you with good technique and a strong mental framework. My introductory session went great, and I signed up for another block of classes - so far so good!

James Terry Fitness Training
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Suzanne L.
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James "Intensity" Terry is an outstanding personal trainer, team leader, motivator and educator. James trained me using weights, proper CrossFit exercises, martial arts (under the leadership of my husband, and his Coach, CUNG LE), and his own brand of Intensity training! During my difficult pregnancy James inspired me to do whatever I could and had me back to sumo squats by my second trimester. James leads while jumping in and doing the exercises with you allowing you to go beyond what you have ever done before. Training is about pushing yourself but limiting exposure to injury. James Terry is one of my favorite trainers of all time. My husband, Cung Le, only allowed James to hold mitts for me, when he wasn't able to. That in itself speaks volumes!

  • 4 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Ajit P.
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I've been training with Josh for over a year and a half now. I first decided to train in mixed martial arts just as a new workout routine, and because I enjoyed the sport as a fan. I was essentially starting from scratch, and because of that I felt that getting personal training would be more effective than taking large group classes so that I would get the fundamentals down from the start. Josh was very patient in teaching me all the basics. He's a great teacher, and is able to break down some very complex techniques into simple instructions that can be applied. He also understands and focuses on what his students goals are and gears the training accordingly, so that you're always learning something specifically catered to helping you achieve them. Ive come a long way since I first started working with Josh and because I have gotten results faster than I originally expected, I now have a different set of goals from when I began. I have no doubt his teaching can help me get there. Josh definitely puts you through a tough workout, but its a lot of fun and I really look forward to it each week. He has accomplished a lot in this sport, so he can fit whatever experience level you are at. I consider him not just a coach but a friend and fully endorse anyone looking for a trainer to check him out.

  • 3 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Carolyn A.
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I attended Cynthia Jolicoeur’s “Intro to Personal Defense Readiness” course in the Boston area over Labor Day week-end last year (9/4/16). I had no specific expectations other than to learn some new ideas and techniques. (I am a 5th degree black belt in the Ed Parker American Kenpo style, so brought that experience and mindset into the training.) I was quite pleased to receive such a thorough presentation on how the Blauer PDR system differs from martial arts training, along with a wealth of other information that is not typically provided in self-defense training, in particular the psychological and emotional components that accompany the physical aspect. Cynthia was extremely knowledgeable and well-versed in this material and answered most participant questions without referring to notes. The physical component was ably demonstrated by Cynthia and her “bad guy,” Dave Rood. All the participants had multiple opportunities to practice on them and on each other. The outdoor scenarios were excellent and provided realistic “hands on” experience of what to do (or not do) in the event of an unexpected attack. Cynthia’s own black belt karate experience is invaluable for helping participants who come from a martial arts background remember how the PDR system is different. Not that the martial arts experience is wrong, but that there are cases when it’s ineffective and doesn’t really prepare the martial artist mentally to respond appropriately to a sudden, violent attack. I highly recommend Cynthia’s course.

FireFitness Training, Inc.
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Steph H.
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It's been two sessions now with Jeremy, and what I like most about J is that he listens while he's watching and executes without pushing too far or too little. Jeremy has an eye for form, super crucial for someone like myself with a lot of past injuries, and he respects what I as a client want to work on while adding in what he knows I need to excel as an "athlete" competing in daily life. Being able to work on the scaffolding required for challenging lifts with someone I trust has been vital to my personal development, and the bonus is he knows a variety of martial arts so I get some stress relief with basic (for now, bwahaha) boxing drills. I'm looking forward to more sessions with Jeremy and am excited to see what we can accomplish together!

Vince Vasquez
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
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.

WingChunICAA
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Shih-yu W.
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Victor was prompt in communication and did a wonderful job engaging a roomful of 5 year olds in martial arts. Thank you!

Evolve Training Center
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Jaimmie C.
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Motion Fitness & Martial Arts: is a great place for fitness. Martin is a GREAT instructor, he works with you to make sure you understand the workout and makes sure you are doing the exercise properly. He is very detail oriented and wants to make sure you reach your goal. If you are looking for someone to push you and reach your potential this is the place to go.

Rapid Fire Combat
5.0
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Len H.
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Niko Skuljan and I met nearly three years ago (come this June) I posted an Ad on Craigslist for a private one on one Martial Arts instructor (I moved up from San Francisco to Sonoma full time 3 years ago) and decided to give up my Martial Arts trainer in the city, and Niko responded. We agreed to meet, go over in great detail, what my background in training was, what was important for me in my training, and his philosophy on Combat training, in other words....a very comprehensive consultation. The followoing week we began our training. I have been involved in one form of Martial Arts for years, whether it be Judo, A little Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing and now, with Niko, traditional Boxing, Muay Thai (or Thai kickboxing) as well as Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee's form of Martial Artistry) as well as a little Wing Chun. Niko Skuljan is very adverse in ALL of these forms of combat training! He is passionate, very patient, always reliable and extremely knowledgeable! And has an eye like a hawk! Nothing gets by Niko! Never fails to correct your form or stance, but also demonstrates it for you, so you have a visual to go by. We film our sessions, and He and I agree, that is a great way to see whatever might need correcting or what is being executed precisely! He and I have developed a friendship as well (as he is a highly intelligent individual and someone you feel an immediate connection or bond with) Even if Niko is delayed with traffic (as he lives in a different town then Sonoma) he is always fair and we always make up the time on another day of training. I would highly recommend Niko Skuljan to anyone that is considering taking their Martail Arts training to a much higher level! He certainly has mine! Len H. Sonoma, CA

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rosetta T.
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Learned the how to hit with my palm and how to ward off a potential attacker while on the ground. Added bonus is it is a good workout for the glutes and general fitness.

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I am an RN but also love to do therapeutic massage that is tailored to clients who are in pain or have injuries. I teach self-defense and jujitsu for adults, kids, and women. I have been doing massage and martial arts for over 20 years.

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I teach one-on-one martial arts and personal fitness training sessions. About Battle Training The Battle Training program is for you if you have goals in personal protection, physical achievement or building a strong character. This is a program for personal combat training, which is designed to give you results through sophisticated and highly evolved training methods. You will improve your mental, physical and emotional skills through the Battle Training program, whether your interests lie in trying the program for the first time or are already an accomplished instructor or student. Note: In true battle training, there are no shortcuts. You have to rain hard and be committed!

  • 10 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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World-Wide Jiu-jitsu & Karate-Do with over three decades of teaching experience focuses-on and develops Mindfulness, Self-Awareness, and Self-Discipline. As a result, the training and attitude of the individual becomes stronger in mind, body, and spirit. This martial system is built to cultivate inner strength through practical and effective self-defense techniques.

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We teach in a safe, friendly and fun environmemt where each student is given one on one training. We are passionate about our students and martial arts. And our multi-discipline based self-defense program, for adults, is both effective, efficient and practical. Regardless of goals or motivation, all students find our program offers the ability to enhance their lives in a disciplined and fun manner. All instructors are certified to teach and are also CPR/First Aid Certified. We're not about marketing and making money, we're about enriching the lives of our students.

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We don't just do traditional martial arts! We offer Filipino martial arts, showing how to use everyday items as tools for self-defense. We offer locks, takedowns, empty hands and more! Check out our clips on our website, and you will be amazed.

  • 8 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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Cyclone is the largest martial arts facility in the Tri Valley area with classes on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, wrestling, boxing, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, MMA and self defense. We also teach conditioning classes, weight training and also provide nutritional consultation.

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TriValley ATA Martial Arts is more than just a martial arts school. We are a life changers! TriValley ATA Martial Arts and Karate for Kids is located in San Ramon, California. We are dedicated to each student's personal development. We help our students achieve personal goals, i.e. self-confidence, focus, discipline, fitness and self-defense. Taekwondo is a powerful and exciting martial art known for its dynamic hand and kicking techniques. Despite the fact that these martial art techniques are centuries old, we make sure that our programs are always evolving to keep pace with the rapidly changing world. Our instructors take their responsibility seriously, acting as role models for younger students and teaching them the importance of leadership, strong character, good values and respect.

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I teach a Filipino martial art called Balintawak Arnis, sticks and open-hand. I incorporate physical training as a part of the class. I am a fitness expert with over nine years in the health field and "practice what I preach." In my classes, you will not only get fit physically but also mentally and spiritually. You will get to know the limits of your body better than you could've ever imagined. Plus, learn an ancient martial art and self-defense techniques. I can also do personal one-on-one training based on your specific fitness and health goals.

  • 8 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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Our goal at Contra Costa Budokan Martial Arts Academy is to create and deliver tools that empower you to achieve your full potential by breaking through self-limiting beliefs. We provide martial arts training in Concord, CA. We are focused on helping you build a higher level of self-confidence, self-esteem and self-defense.

  • New on Thumbtack
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I'm not a "fighter" but motivator in bringing real training principles from my travels and experience domestically and overseas in building a better mind, body and spirit. Honesty and being straight forward is what I bring to you.

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