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Sparta Academy
4.9
from 72 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Daniel F.
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I have been working with JJ for about 1 year and 5 months. Great working environment... JJ has helped me lose so much weight and I’ve learned proper workout techniques in this journey. I maxed out at 240 pounds, but today I weight 205 and still Iosing. I would highly recommend sparta academy for anyone looking to pursue a healthy lifestyle. My martial arts has improved tremendously too. JJ is a good trainer on both cross training and martial arts. JJ teaches Brazilian jiu jitsu, Krav Maga, and Muay Thai for martial arts. JJ would encourage you to come to class as many times you can to see results and improvements. If you ever need to lose weight or learn martial arts, then JJ is the man!

  • 35 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Marie A.
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Vinny was a godsend in my life...he helped me with my confidence footwork structure and I have been able to apply every technique that I learned ans apply it to my life so far! Not only is he a magnificent martial arts instructor he is a leader that lives by his own sound advice. I truly wish you were closer as my son Tyler says.... when ya think of vinny you wish there were more hours in the day because you can learn soo much about who you are when u hear the things that Vinny has shared with us.... I am a new person vinny in case u don't know who this is... it's Tyler Acosta ans my mom Marie lol Thank you to your whole family thumbtack and your student that we met. Blessings will surely come to those who seek out the right way to live think and yes even do what ever form of martial art that vinny can teach you....

Summit Fitness
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Monica P.
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I’ve been going to Summit Fitness and specifically training with Michelle since about March, 2015. She’s such an awesome trainer, I love and respect her approach to training in that she incorporates a variety approaches, activities, and exercises that range from the typical to the not so typical. For example, for strength training we of course use weights and resistance but she also routinely incorporates yoga and martial arts exercises into the mix which keeps it both interesting and at times dare I say fun! I would also describe her approach to training as being holistic in that she recognizes that it’s not just about building up one’s strength and cardio; flexibility, diet, deep stretching, etc., are as equally important and sometimes entire sessions are devoted to just that which as a long-time runner I know my legs desperately need. I really can’t say enough about her, other things that have been huge plusses for me are 1- she’s a female trainer and as such she has been able to provide a level of comfort I’m not sure I would be able to have with a male trainer especially when doing certain exercises or taking my body measurements and 2- how attentive she is to the needs and goals of all her clients. She genuinely cares about us and her actions prove that… just ask the clients who she has gone athletic shoe shopping with or has met at the track to jump start a running regiment.

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fitnfight
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Alex L.
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Margo has a lot of passion for martial arts and it comes out in his training sessions. After only a few sessions I saw improvement in my form and confidence. I would recommend this to anyone regardless of their experience level.

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Kickboxing and Self Defense
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
SequoiaRae Z.
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Martin provide individualized personal martial arts training that is focused, effective, and adaptable. My experience with Martin has been positive, and I recommend his services.

Self Defense & Fitness
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Marc J.
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I'm enjoying learning Johnny's combination of Krav Maga and other forms of martial arts. He's patient, great at explaining the mechanics behind moves, and offers me options when one move proves difficult. If you work with him one on one, he custom designs the training and pacing for your needs. I'm not looking to compete, just protect myself and family when I travel. So with Johnny, I got up and running quickly with basic moves on day one. You won't spend weeks learning ornate movements as you might in other martial arts. You'll learn how to end a conflict as quickly as possible, from day one. Highly recommended.

LoboCuāuhtli
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Leah K.
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Jorge is an exceptional trainer, teacher, coach, and motivator. He teaches me boxing and various forms of martial arts and each day that I work with him I learn so much -- about myself, about the craft, about Jorge's skills, and Jorge's abilities and patience as a teacher. I can feel myself making progress after every session with Jorge. His ability to break down movements and describe how they all fit together is incredible. He weaves in breath work, ancient wisdom, and practical skill application into every lesson. He positively challenges you to do your best each time, and his fabulous attitude and cheerfulness is contagious. I can't recommend him highly enough! You will not be disappointed if you choose to work with Jorge!

OC Practical Self Defense
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
James M.
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Just want to give a review on Sensei Brian Hall I've had the pleasure of working Sensei Brian over the last couple of years. Sensei Hall is a very patient knowledgeable instructor with fantastic skills His mastery of martial arts coupled with a thorough understanding of nerve structure coupled with commonsense body mechanics is second to none. He practices the proper amount of control yet thoroughly demonstrates techniques. I wish him the best of luck in his new venture in California He's definitely missed here in the Northeast Jim McMahon Nidan Black Belt Excel Martial arts Norwood Massachusetts

Alonzo Martial Arts
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Cheri V.
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Our daughter has been studying at Alonzo Martial Arts since she was 4. He is a patient and fun instructor. Excellent role model. He knowledge of martial arts is exceptional and is always bringing in new techniques to share. Highly recommended. The best deal on the west side.

Wei Tuo Academy
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lourdes A.
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Great teacher and Qi Gong scholar. Team taught with him at Pitzer College. Dr. Lourdes Arguelles, Professor Emerita of Education, Claremont Graduate University

Walking Tall Martial Arts
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Brad A.
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Joseph is an outstanding instructor. My kids love working with him, and he is very attentive to their needs. I could not recommend a better person! Thank you so much and I look forward to my kid's next lesson

  • New on Thumbtack
Terry G.
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I studied with Master Frank for about a year before moving out of Southern California. My experience could not have been better. He knows the martial arts extremely well and is an excellent instructor. He is particularly good with children, and his fees are very reasonable.

Kamiyakan Academy
5.0
from 1 review
  • 23 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Baltazar L.
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Sifu Walden is a skillful martial artist and a great instructor. He is masterful in the use of weapons with superior trapping skills. His teaching methods will bring the necessary attributes that will make you in to a competent fighter, capable of defending yourself. My favorite arts to practice are Panantukan and Pananjakmam (Filipino dirty boxing & kicking arts), Silat and Combat Sambo. My best experience at the Kamiya kan Academy was the day when I started Flowing from weapons to empty hand, from long range to trapping range to ground fighting, from art to art. Effortlessly like Bruce Lee said feeling not thinking ; becoming like water. I am sure you will enjoy every class the same way I do.

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Being in business since 1997, we have been rated as one of the best martial arts studios in LA. We offer a variety of services from martial arts, self defense for kids, women's self defense, Muay Thai kickboxing, traditional Kenpo and Royce Gracie Brazilian jiu jitsu to private personal fitness training and private self-defense combat ready training. We have a state-of-the-art fitness gym and a very clean martial arts training mat. Our instructors and trainers are all highly certified, and some are pro fighters and athletes. We are under the Royce Gracie network umbrella. Our kids' martial arts program has been raved as the best in LA because we teach our kids to be respectful, honorable, confident and to be bully ready. Our adult martial arts and fitness program promotes no gimmicks, just real results. We are the founder of the F.F.I.T. program (fighting and functional integrated training). Come check us out. Join our class, or take some private classes and maybe even some personal fitness training sessions. Who knows, you may be our next black belt!

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My job is helping my clients reach their fitness goals with years of experience in the fitness industry.

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World Martial Arts Center are martial arts schools in Yorba Linda and Anaheim, CA which serves the following cities: Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, Corona, Placentia, and Stanton. Learn about our martial arts studio, and our special emphasis in working with children and families with free two weeks trial.

  • 4 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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I am passionate about teaching and about the material I am teaching. I also have flexible hours and offer fairer prices than most other instructors as I put teaching and developing a positive group of students over profit.

  • New on Thumbtack
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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.

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World Martial Arts Center are martial arts schools in Yorba Linda and Anaheim, CA which serves the following cities: Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, Corona, Placentia, and Stanton. Learn about our martial arts studio, and our special emphasis in working with children and families with free two-week trial.

  • New on Thumbtack
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My goal is to help others reach their level of fitness, self defense or martial arts goals through techniques learned from my experience in Muay Thai, jiujitsu, Wing Chun, Eskrima, Shaolin Kung Fu and even dance/Wushu.

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The American Kenpo Jiu Jitsu Academy opened in 1990, and for over two decades, we have been serving the community, helping hundreds of children, teenagers and adults to develop confidence, respect, focus, concentration, physical fitness, and other unique benefits of a martial arts education. As instructors, we make a commitment to our community: We do whatever it takes to help each student become successful, not only in the martial arts, but also "achieving their black belt and beyond" in every area of life. In their own words (Feedback from our students and their families): "I love that the instructor are great with the smaller kids while maintaining a healthy and reasonable level of discipline and respect in class. "I have see my 4 year old participate in class and practice at home, but watching him during testing was a source of great pride; to see him put his best foot forward in front of peers and older, much older than himself, was priceless. "American Kenpo Jiu Jitsu Academy has been a great outlet not just for burning energy or keeping busy, but to learn discipline outside the parent-child realm." Lynn S. - Kids Program "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers, Mohamad and Jose, for my daughter, Reiko's amazing transformation! This is a very significant, before-and-after story. I encourage all parents, who raised their child to be a responsible, productive and polite citizen in this world, to consider enrolling their child. "Our daughter is a kind and gentle spirit raised with morals, integrity and principles any parent would be proud of; unfortunately, her kindness and good nature made her an easy target for those individuals who were not raised with similar values. "After a few months of training at the academy, she acquired the confidence and strength to be able to stand up for herself, for what is right and even to stand up for others who were not able to defend themselves! "Armed not with weapons, but with the confidence that springs from self-respect, loyalty, discipline and honor, she now has the tools to better face the challenges of this world. "Any parent who wants to invest in his or her child's future should consider investing in martial arts. This is not a trendy gift, but rather, one that transcends and is life altering!" Respectfully, Mary and Andrew K. - Juniors Program "I can't thank Mohamed and Jose for all they have taught me over the past few months. I have come to realize that within me, I have the inner power to change myself for the better. "Mohamed's teachings and techniques help a student to learn about their inner strengths and weakness, while continuing to build confidence in the art of American kenpo and jujitsu. Jose was not only patient, but very knowledgeable in his skills as well, always willing to stick by my side until I got the technique perfected. "I look forward to hearing more success stories of the new students and recurring students who have found their own inner power because of the great teachings of the American Kenpo and Jujitsu Academy in Woodland Hills. "All my best to future students, Jose and Mohamed. Thank you for all you have taught me!" Sincerely, Leslie R. - Adults Program "American Kenpo Jiu Jitsu is a great martial art form, and I enjoy the constant challenge and learning. Everyone at the academy helps one another, and we really have a great group of instructors and students that evolved over the years. "It is the best! "The instructors are great, the knowledge and understanding of kenpo and jiu-jitsu, the process of learning, the exercise, challenge, friendships, and great teachers make this the only place for me to train." Norm K. - Adults Program

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