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Sparta Academy
4.9
from 73 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
Todd R.
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JJ and I have started an intense workout regimen that quite frankly is kicking my a@%... but is exactly what I need to get back into shape both in muscle tone and cardiovascular stamina. He is at once approachable and friendly, he doesn't shout but will hold you to pushing yourself as far as you can go, and then a little more. If you are committed to getting into shape, I HIGHLY recommend meeting up with JJ. He is also extremely knowledgeable regarding nutrition and will literally answer any nutrition questions I have as often as I have them throughout the day via text in a very quick manner. I also really love the variety of workouts he has led me through: weigh training, intense cardio, interval training, boxing/martial arts... I'm pretty convinced he can do anything. Three things you should know: 1. You will sweat... a lot! 2. You will be sore... really sore. 3. You will have a good time through it.

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Titan MMA Fitness
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
khoa d.
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Most amazing guy to work with. Very friendly, patient and focus on the details. Love the teaching pace that he has for us. We also have him teaches four of our daughters. It been around 10 appointments so far and never once he was late. Very punctual and professional. So excited and can't wait to get to the real stuff. Gonna snap a photo with you next time to put it on here :) Kenneth & Sheila

Kickboxing and Self Defense
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Angelina A.
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The self defense lessons were great! I have been taking them for a few years and I have learned so much. Martin is a great teacher and very knowledgeable in his trade. I would recommend his classes to everyone.

Granger Fitness and Defense
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Dan B.
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Good guy, knows what he's talking about. Really good first lesson.

Jorge Merlos
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires 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!

Systems Training Center
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Stephanie G.
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Marcus has been my trainer for almost 4 yrs. My initial goal with him was to learn kickboxing as a beginner. During this journey, Marcus has taken me beyond any goals or aspirations I had imagined. He has expanded my learning from just kickboxing techniques to cardio and strength training. I am not a fighter; I take kickboxing lessons to learn something new. Marcus challanges me both physically and mentally. It is not just a physical workout, he also teaches me to strive to accomplish things I never knew I could do. Marcus has both the education and experience to be a great trainer. He knows how to customize learning techniques to each individuals needs. You will not just get a great workout, but you will achieve a sense of accomplishment.

Miguel Angel
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Bishoy S.
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Miguel is a cool guy to get to know, and he is also a very proficient JKD instructor. He works with you and tailors lessons to your interests, but also in a structured way to ensure continuous progress. He is keen to also not give you too much at one time, and to ensure that you have proper forms/techniques down. While the progress can be exponential, it is this personal attention that ensures you don’t build ineffective techniques/forms early on. He will hold you accountable to practice, but is also helpful and responsive with communicating and recommending proper resources/videos. One on one instruction is the best, and Miguel is tops.

Martial Arts Fitness Center
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 31 years in business
Ali R.
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Sensei Ali Jafari is an excellent martial art trainer. He has been my martial art instructor for the past twenty years during which not only I have learned karate techniques and instructions, I have also learned many life lessons from him. His patience, enthusiasm, and willing to teach are among many positive qualities that he demonstrates on a consistent basis. He is exceptionally patient with children and individuals who may not learn as quickly as other student. Sensei Jafai is is extremely knowledgeable in Shotkan Karate, Taekwondo, and using “weapons” in martial art. Sensei Jafari always brings energy and positive attitude to the class. He often finds a balance between paying attention individually to the highest ranked students as well as the lowest rank person. Sensei Jafari is very observant and cares about every individual’s progress. He is well informed about what specific and detail areas a student needs to work on in order to be successful in Karate and other areas of life.

American Kenpo Karate
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 23 years in business
Melissa H.
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We've been taking karate at American Kenpo Karate in both group and private class for two years. As an educator who works with both kids and young adults, I appreciate their care and professionalism. I know my daughter is safe with her instructors. She has thrived under their study and has earned her belts through hard work and well executed katas. In addition Kenpo is the best form of self defense for karate. The classes teach discipline, excellent form and responsibility. I would look here before considering anywhere else. They are a step above the rest!

  • 48 years in business
Krystele M.
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My children have been under the instruction of Reginald Venson for years and I couldn't be happier with our experience. He disciplines all the children but with a certain level of compassion and encouragement. He has helped my boys perfect their karate skills and also makes sure they are successful in school. Its been a pleasure working with him.

Algernon Lanier
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Matthew A.
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    I can't say enough great things about Al!!!!! I have been taking lessons from Al several times per week for over three years. I always enjoy training with him because he is very patient and helps me learn new techniques and concepts while giving me an a great workout.

    Personal Boxing Lesson
    4.5
    from 2 reviews
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Vel K.
    Verified review

    Minju is very knowledgeable and passionate about boxing. That's definitely what you want in a teacher/trainer. That's exactly what I got. Very happy with my experience.

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    I have 10 years of experience with a shotokan karate black belt. Protect yourself from the increasing dangers and homicides being conducted in this era.

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    Intended for beginners and intermediates, my lessons will show you the fundamentals of the martial art of muay thai. The art of the eight limbs consists of kicks, punches, elbows and knees that get that killer shape you always wanted. Whether you're looking to learn self-defense, experience an intense workout or just have fun while getting your fit on, my muay thai lessons may be exactly what you need.

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    Music lessons from Grammy nominated teacher John Linnon Ellis are offered in Music MBA LLC. John teaches saxophone, flute, clarinet, recorder, guitar, piano, business, theory and improvisation.

    • 19 years in business
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    I create a very healing yoga experience for my clients utilizing therapeutic spiritual music, ecstatic dance and guided visualizations. Clients leave my classes feeling uplifted and rejuvenated.

    • 4 years in business
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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.

    • 8 years in business
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    I personalize your lesson to what is best for you and I make it fun..

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    I was an amateur and professional boxer with over 100 fights. I'm looking to start showing people how to box.

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    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.

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