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Granger Fitness and Defense
from 18 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Scott A.
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John is simply the best! I have been searching for a "home" of the martial arts for years. As i searched for the right style or method to train, it seemed that the latest trend here in Ventura was either Brazilian JiuJitsu or TKD. I am 50yrs old so neither of these styles would be practical for me or for practical self-defense on the street. I have been with John for close to a year now and found a place to learn a style that is custom fitted to my age, body type, and budget. There is NO PRESSURE here, only only patience and well planned instruction for ME. In my opinion, John's style and systems of martial arts are very beautiful in use and make common sense...simple and direct. His lineage from Bruce Lee is documented. Its always fun to hear all the true stories about Bruce Lee. The Granger system of total health is "Simply The Best"!

  • 22 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Anne F.
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I had a wonderful experience training with Suzuki Sensei. Because I knew I was in good hands, I felt confident despite my absolute lack of martial art skills. Suzuki Sensei and her students, who were all patient and understanding, taught me well.

  • 13 years in business
Matt R.
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Amazing leaders!

Dara C.
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I have 2 girls (ages 3 & 6) and they absolutely love their martial arts classes! My kids are getting more coordinated, they're listening better at home, and the oldest is always being praised at school for her great attitude. I give all the credit to the programs at MAFF. You need to check it out if you have kids! Also, they have wonderful fitness classes as well!!

Nicole M.
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I came to Thumbtack looking for an affordable personal trainer to get myself into shape. Travis was the first response I got and he has been amazing! I have been on a weekly schedule since 01/2015 and he continually challenges me with new exercises. Although, his nutrition information is probably worth the per appointment charge itself. He will get you feeling better both inside and out!!!!! Highly recommended!!


Martial Arts Family Fitness is a family-owned and -operated business, voted "Best of" in Santa Barbara for over 10 years in a row. We offer karate for kids and adults, fitness programs for those wanting to lose weight and gain muscle, as well as birthday parties and summer camps for kids in Montecito, Santa Barbara, Goleta and beyond.

  • 26 years in business

Simply put, Martial Arts training builds physical strength and strength of character. Martial Arts is for everyone, regardless of age or body type. And since it encourages a lifestyle of total well-being, Martial Arts training is a lifelong journey rather than a destination.


WOTO Martial Arts has been serving Ventura County for the past 30 years, offering quality instruction in the traditional Korean martial arts of Hapkido and Taekwondo, for ages 4 and up. We offer practical self-defense classes and seminars, as well as our "CoreStrike" cardio/core conditioning classes, for those looking for a great workout without the traditional martial arts curriculum. All instructors are certified by the Kukkiwon and have vast experience in teaching all levels. Come see us and ask about our introductory special!

  • 18 years in business

Selena offers kickboxing, private and group yoga instruction, circuit training, yoga therapy, massage therapy, corporate chair massage, dance classes, fitness instruction and performance for parties. Selena draws from her many years of experience in the movement and healing arts to create unique flow of classes, performance, and bodywork to assist you in your process of expansion.


We teach traditional ninjutsu, practical self-defense and elite martial arts training. The first class is always free for students to try out our unique training.


I cater the lessons to my clients' specific needs and fitness levels. Clients learn a foundation from me that will enable them to use natural body movement to deliver explosive power. These building blocks make it easy to pick up all other sports or fighting movements. My qualifications are as follows: * 3rd degree black belt in traditional Northern style kung fu (internal, preying mantis, and shaolin) * 17 years of experience; training since 1998 * 11 years of teaching as an instructor for children and adults at all levels * international and national medalist in forms and sparring * competitive amateur boxer, aspiring for a position in the USA Olympic team * knowledgeable of various styles (boxing, kickboxing, tae kwon do, aikido, muay thai, jiu-jitsu, and capoeira) * knowledgeable on how to adapt to different fighting styles (grappers vs. strikers. vs. kickers, etc.) The training offered are as follows: * Forms: barehand and/or weapons (swords, staff, etc.) * Practical applications: fighting, sparring, and self-defense in real-life situations; You will learn how to use leverage and technique to overcome stronger, faster or bigger opponents. * Advanced body coordination and awareness * Proper body mechanics that will allow you to quickly pick up other physical activities


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.


Rare, professional instructors with decades of experience. One of the rare schools authorized to teach Bruce Lee's authentic Jeet Kune Do.


I run our karate school, teaching discipline, fitness and self-defense. We group martial arts class for all ages and entry levels and also offer one-on-one lessons. One on one lessons include fitness training and self-defense and are tailor made to each client. Taking the discipline of martial arts and combining it with cardiovascular kickboxing, pad work and body exercises, we shape our students into healthy people who are also capable of defending themselves.


Applied Disruptive Kombatives is the driving force behind Bo-Jin-Tao (Way of Modern Kombat) not compliant drills. "Integration is the key, not accumulation". Training mind and body you will learn how to use all your limbs in the most fluent, practical and safe manner. Standing or on the ground for a reality-based no-nonsense self-protection/self-defense. Empty hand or with a weapon; applied kombatives, not by theory. For more info and reasonable fair rates please contact instructor Lee Lollio for private lessons and seminars by appointment. A Sunday group class is available by invite. Lee Lollio is a certified multi level black belt and former full-contact competitive fighter with multiple rankings in several martial arts and has been in international action feature films, magazines and books because of his unique 30 years of martial arts experience. If you are looking for a reality-based modern martial art with traditional values to equip you with the necessary personal protection tools to protect yourself and your loved ones, Bo-Jin-Tao will give you the concepts and skill set to confidently attain that and then some. Thank you for your time reading this and I look forward to hearing from you; please serious inquirers only.


I offer martial arts instruction for adults and kids. Private and semi-private classes are available, as well as group training. Develop your hand and foot skills while experiencing one of the toughest workouts in town. I have 23 years of teaching experience to help you reach your untapped potential. We utilize punches, strikes, judo, aikido, reverse joint techniques and wrestling in our very practical form of self-defense. Our kids' classes are designed to help develop confidence, leadership skills, self-esteem, coordination and respect. Our program enables kids to have a true sense of personal growth without the emphasis on competition.


Learn 3 styles of martial arts at one great price! We offer 3 styles of martial arts - jiujitsu, hapkido, taekwondo. Kickboxing. Boxing. Conditioning. Recommended minimum age is 6 years old. Free evaluation is available for younger children. Adult classes are available. We have instructors with more than 25 years of experience.

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