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Granger Fitness and Defense
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Alexandra K.
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Awesome personal trainer! Tell him what you want out of your work out and he'll go above and beyond. I initially reached out to John looking for a good boxing work out to get some serious cardio in during the week, but with his expertise, it's turned into learning the ins and outs of boxing as well as picking up extremely useful self-defense skills. You can tell he loves what he does by the effort and hard work he puts into making sure YOU are happy at the end of your work out. All in all, great guy. Go see him!

Studio Xander
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Mickey C.
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I've been taking Kung Fu lessons from Xander for the last 6 years. He takes the time to teach me the true Kung Fu. Unlike other Kung Fu teachers that just care about the money. He has taken me from not knowing how to fight at all and taught me how to fight very well. I have also taken music lesson from Xander. He is exceptionally knowledgeable on the subject. If you want a true teacher call Xander!

Chad W.
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My son and I have trained at Paragon for about 8 years now. It has given us more of a healthy life style and confidence. I would recommend Ricardo and team for any desired outcome (Weight loss, self-defense, MMA…). Paragon provides a great way to stay in shape and be healthy without having to run on the treadmill.

  • 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.

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!!

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!!

Michael K.
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This is very different from other traditional or martial arts schools because this style emphasizes on the reality of self-defense rather than how to defend yourself in a controlled idealistic situation. Every drill and every exercise that is taught by the school translates to real combat applications such as sparring, sticky hands free flow, and self defense reactions. On the first day I was blown away by Sifu Lin's demonstration of impluse power how he doesn't need muscle or body weight to release the energy from his hand to the opponent causing much discomfort and pain. Looking forward to more hours of intense training!

SERT Group International
5.0
from 1 review
    George L.
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    Mr Sheldon and his associates are a tremedous asset in the field of tactical solutions. Some schools train armchair marksman. With real world professionals, SERT Group grooms effective fighters, while keeping yourself and your teammates safe and ultimately, ALIVE. My recommendation to my colleagues is to always maintain quality, effective training. My yardstick for measuring quality? I get to come home and write about it!

    • 10 years in business
    Eve K.
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    Matt Sensei is a a great, supportive and masterful teacher. Young people are so fortunate to have him as their teacher and role model for creating a healthy, safe and cooperative world.

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

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      Learn how to fend off attackers through the personal defense classes of Antonio Castillo. Apart from self defence classes, this martial arts instructor also offers corporate workshops, demos and more.

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      Dave Hunsaker offers effective self defense classes, which include kickboxing and boxing lessons for beginners and intermediate students. He will show in the gym the real techniques that you can use.

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      This business provides professional self defense and non-lethal weapons training services to females and children. They do in-home training programs, seminars, and presentations.

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      If you're searching for effective speed, flexibility, grabbing and personal defense training, choose Kevin Kim. He also teaches kickboxing, throwing and striking to his students.

      • 19 years in business
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      USSD has been the pioneer in perfecting the teaching of martial arts for self defense on an instructor/student basis. The USSD Private Training program allows students to progress at their own pace and to focus on their needs and interests. USSD’s unique self-defense system allows the beginner and advanced student alike to adjust the techniques to fit their physical ability, strengths and limitations.

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      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!

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      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

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

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      Hello!!! My name is Dustin Casper and I make custome martial arts workouts tailoring whatever you want to do. From cardio kickboxing to professional MMA and self defense.

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      We offer self-defense for all ages including the following: * "Women Warrior," a program designed for women's self-protection (more proactive than a passive system). * A kid's self-defense program "Champion Youth" (emphasis on dealing with bullies, stressing self-confidence and building self-esteem). We also provide instructions in kenpo karate yellow belt to black belt for all ages and genders. We make karate a fun program.

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      We offer private individual or couple self-defense lessons. Curriculum includes Jeet Kune Do, boxing, and Wing Chun principles. You will learn how to defend yourself and your loved ones in a fast and no-nonsense manner. Progression will depend on your level of dedication and self-motivation. No experience or fitness level is necessary. You will receive personalized training from a professionally trained martial artist. The benefits of training will vary from person to person, but they most commonly include an enhanced sense of security and confidence, with amplified physical fitness through progressive and dedicated practice. We are open to anyone who has the willingness and motivation to learn, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or level of income. You must be 18 or older.

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      I teach functional strength training, fitness kickboxing and practical self-defense. The practical self-defense methods I teach are based primarily on military combatives, WWII to present day.

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      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.

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      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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      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.

      • 19 years in business
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      Check out Chico Burrell if you need the services of a professional instructor who provides basketball and boxing training for students of all ages and levels. He conducts selfdefense classes as well.

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