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Sparta Academy
4.9
from 73 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 122 hires 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
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
Leslie T.
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We started with Vinny a little over 2 weeks ago at our home in Sylmar. We have a 14 year old son that was bullied at his high school. He has had other self defense under his belt, however nothing compares to the skill & quality that Vinny brings to the table! Our son has already shown an inner self confidence that we have not seen before! Looking forward to the new changes in our son as he progresses in his training. We highly recommend him to teach anyone it doesn't matter the age!

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fitnfight
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Victoria H.
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Definitely looking forward to working with coach Margo for the long run. I was looking for someone to help me in both conditioning as well as self defense. This would be my first time having a personal trainer outside of my family. I was a bit nervous as I had just done research online and had not actually attended anywhere. Coach Margo was the first to respond to my request which was awesome. I was wanting something immediate as well. He was ready to start right away. Coach Margo was extremely professional and my Fiancee actually ended up wanting to train with him as well. I am excited to continue training with coach Margo in learning Muay Thai.

Kickboxing and Self Defense
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Gianina W.
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I enrolled my 12yr old son with Marty to help him stay focused, learn the basics of self-defense and Marty's unique technique of Lima Lama. Marty worked around my schedule and was extremely patient with my son. My son was always eager to go to Marty's classes. Learned so much from him. Thank you Marty!

Fit by Rose
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa E.
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i have been working with Rose for close to year. when i submitted my quote request, she was the only individual of the 5 responders that actually took the time to read the request and respond specifically. all of the others submitted automatic responses. i have fibromyalgia and, 3 months after i began working with Rose, was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. the fibro is a nightmare & the bc surgery & treatment has made it 10 times worse. if not for Rose's work, i truly believe i would have lost my livelihood and gone underwater in my life. she has not only strengthened my body, but is well-versed in nutrition and has guided me towards major changes in my diet that enable me to cope with my illnesses. friends, she saved my life. if you're seeking a non-self-absorbed personal trainer who knows her stuff and is deeply serious about health, she's the one for you.

Jorge Merlos
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Roberto M.
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I take a self-defense/kickboxing class with Jorge twice a week. He's an amazing instructor, able to teach practical self-defense and kickboxing concepts while giving me a great workout! The power, speed, and technique of my kicks and punches have improved drastically since training with him. Jorge, thanks so much for your guidance and knowledge. Let's hit those mitts again soon! You rock!

Reality Combat System
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey M.
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One of the best and most informative self defense courses I have ever taken. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn how to protect themselves as well as have a fun workout! :)

  • 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 4 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Zhanna M.
Verified review

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!!!

  • 20 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Paco R.
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Working out with Adam help me get my self confidence back he's personalized service is above the competition if you looking to fight or just get in shape he's the man to train with

Ron T.
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Very straight forward, real world applications, which is exactly what we need - just get right down to it. We have tried other self defense courses which spend a lot of time on learning discipline and self control (which is great if that's what someone is looking for) but this jumps right in and we're learning real world techniques in the first minute. Highly recommend and looking forward to the next session.

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

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

  • 11 years in business
Jason F.
Verified review

James was very professional. I really like his attention to detail and his passion for Jiu Jitsu.

Pa Kua Healing Arts
5.0
from 1 review
    Marina R.
    Verified review

    Bella is an excellent teacher. She trains instructors and beginners with enthusiasm and love. Very knowledgeable in Reflexology, Tai Chi, Yoga, Self Defense and Archery. Bella is at the heart of her Studio, attracting everyone with her gentle technique like a magnet.

    Self Defense Fit Lab Inc.
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Rochelle O.
    Verified review

    Wow! An hour goes so fast and I get a good workout plus learning Krav Maga. It is a friendly helpful environment that you are only in competition with yourself. Always encouraged to push yourself to do your very best. Lots of one on one because the instructors walk around the students when doing the drills/exercises and make suggestions and corrections as needed. (In Orange county I was charged $100.00 for 45 minutes for a one on one.) They have a wide range of people from children’s classes to adult classes with ages from teens to 70s. The common thread seems that everyone wants to learn Krav Maga, build self-confidence, get stronger and more fit while having fun. Can’t bet that!

    About

    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.

    About

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

    About

    Our students improve their confidence, strength, focus, and health while having fun learning skills that could be used to defend yourself against any attack. We offer personalized martial arts instruction to men, women, and children and customize our training to fit your needs. Our schedules are flexible and we are available 7 days a week. We train beginners, advanced martial artists, families, and everything in between.

    About

    I have years of experience and training in martial arts. My background is in Tang Soo Do (Korean harate), though I have cross-trained in multiple other styles and can offer beginning and intermediate students in karate, tae kwon do, hapkido, or any other traditional, strike-based martial art with valuable, hands-on training and coaching for better kicks, punches as well as basic throws and takedowns. I also offer clients the opportunity to learn simple, easy-to-perform exercises that require little or no equipment and are designed to improve strength, endurance, flexibility, and general technical skill for more rigorous training later on in their martial arts career.

    About

    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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    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    • Discipline
      Assault prevention (basic self defense)
    • Age
      Adult
    • Skill level
      No experience
    • Details
      I have had a traumatic experience and want to be able to defend myself if necessary.
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