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Max KO
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 36 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!

WingChunICAA
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Li C.
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I took a group self-defense class with Victor. He's incredibly knowledgeable about techniques to use in various situations and patiently explained things to us. Would definitely recommend.

CH Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
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!

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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 are more family base school and we show that we care for our students and families

Evolve Training Center
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
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!

Deb Arana Movement
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Jeannette T.
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Not only is Debra a very knowledgeable instructor, she has gained my respect by demonstrating healthy dance/movement/training practices. At every class; she applies and provides injury prevention education with a mindfulness to each student's level. Most importantly she is engaging with a personality that inspires and encourages individual self-expression that can spark a fire of personal growth.

  • 4 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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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!

  • 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.

  • 15 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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All styles have their strengths and weaknesses. Our WingChun places your goals and results first. Meaning, it should work for anyone to build confidence, develop skills and defend themselves. We're proud that this is achieved through our clear, engaging and enjoyable curriculum.

  • 20 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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Having lived in Japan for 8 years does not make me a better instructor, in and of itself. Nor does having been a tournament champion. 35+ years doing Karate and several years doing other martial arts helps my level of understanding. Having a deeper technical knowledge than almost anyone else outside of Japan helps as well. But what really sets me apart is the passion that I have, not only for Karate-do as a way of life, but for teaching it in a way that helps students progress as quickly as they are capable of.

  • New on Thumbtack
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I am a Muay Thai instructor. I also have a black belt in karate, and I took many courses with SWAT units and bodyguard agencies. I am also a marathon runner and a triathlete. I want to see you accomplish more than you can on your own. It is difficult to find the time and motivation, so I will push you to accomplish your goals.

  • 23 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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"Women make some noise. Take charge of your life and defend yourself." United Studio of Self Defense, Foster City has an ongoing mission: to help the women in our community safeguard themselves against crime and assault, so they may enjoy a long, fulfilled and healthy lives. Our campaign is to help women to be well-informed, prepared with awareness, safety tips and basic defense maneuvers. Self-defense is for young girls, teens and women of all ages. We teach women in the workplace how to defend against using basic in-close kicks and strikes, using everyday keys, tools, writing instruments, self-defense weapons, e.g., kubotans (small metal or wooden stick). We teach to fend off realistic attacks such as two-hand grabs, single-wrist grabs, chokes, bear hugs, hair pulls and knife or club attacks. We work on strength and core training, which includes pad and bag work where women can really display their power and cardio endurance and fight back if they have to. Our program teaches the girls how to empower themselves mentally and physically, to know their surrounding and to prevent becoming a victim of kidnapping, assault, rape or murder. One out of 5 women are attacked in the US, which includes statistics even from our universities. Girls have a higher ratio of kidnappings compared to boys, just as women fall victim compared to men. In the US alone, not including worldwide statistics, 11,766 women were killed through domestic violence and 24 experienced intimate partner violence per minute. Our campaign is to reduce these stats. It's important to safeguard the women of our community, to fight for a safe place to live and work. The women in our program can customize the class schedule and include female family members or friends, a social club or work team. The sessions range from 1 hour to 2 hours and some will sign up for an ongoing program. We are available every day of the week, weekdays, Mondays through Fridays, from 12:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturdays, from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. and Sundays, from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. Many of the women who complete our training have a great time and learn a lot about themselves and their surroundings, feeling the empowerment from within, feeling fearless to impact their own lives. "Let's plan our first workout!" Ms. Regina Pinpin-McComb United Studios of Self Defense/Chief Instructor

  • New on Thumbtack
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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.

Okinawa Karate Academy
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Robert A.
Verified review

I've been training with Mehran since my early childhood, and would say this is one of the best things I could have done in life. With the discipline, conditioning, exercise, mental fortitude, and overall confidence to take on any obstacles that come my way. It's not just self-defense, its a tool that helps with the everyday challenges. Helping with coordination and mental strength. Mehran is one of the best instructors in the world. Training with him has taken me around the world and opened doors to many things life has to offer. Along with several Okinawan Karate Championships, I am still learning every-time I practice. If you want to train with one of the greatest, this is the place. - Robert Amacker

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