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Sparta Academy
4.9
from 73 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel F.
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I have been working with JJ for about 1 year and 5 months. Great working environment... JJ has helped me lose so much weight and I’ve learned proper workout techniques in this journey. I maxed out at 240 pounds, but today I weight 205 and still Iosing. I would highly recommend sparta academy for anyone looking to pursue a healthy lifestyle. My martial arts has improved tremendously too. JJ is a good trainer on both cross training and martial arts. JJ teaches Brazilian jiu jitsu, Krav Maga, and Muay Thai for martial arts. JJ would encourage you to come to class as many times you can to see results and improvements. If you ever need to lose weight or learn martial arts, then JJ is the man!

  • 35 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
Marie A.
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Vinny was a godsend in my life...he helped me with my confidence footwork structure and I have been able to apply every technique that I learned ans apply it to my life so far! Not only is he a magnificent martial arts instructor he is a leader that lives by his own sound advice. I truly wish you were closer as my son Tyler says.... when ya think of vinny you wish there were more hours in the day because you can learn soo much about who you are when u hear the things that Vinny has shared with us.... I am a new person vinny in case u don't know who this is... it's Tyler Acosta ans my mom Marie lol Thank you to your whole family thumbtack and your student that we met. Blessings will surely come to those who seek out the right way to live think and yes even do what ever form of martial art that vinny can teach you....

Kickboxing and Self Defense
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
SequoiaRae Z.
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Martin provide individualized personal martial arts training that is focused, effective, and adaptable. My experience with Martin has been positive, and I recommend his services.

Granger Fitness and Defense
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 29 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"!

Systems Training Center
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Vince C.
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Marcus is a top notch personal trainer. He helped me get into the best shape of my life training for an MMA fight. He's got a wealth of knowledge in fitness, nutrition, self defense, and martial arts. He can do it all!! Highly recommended.

Jorge Merlos
5.0
from 9 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!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Mark K.
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Great martial arts and fitness gym for any age or experience. From the athletes who want to push themselves further and compete in mixed martial arts, to the ones who just want to set a health goal and smash it, and for those who just want to learn some self defense. Great coaches and friendly environment with other members.

Sparta Academy
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Betsy J.
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I have been a student of Sparta Academy for several months now (nearly a year) and could not be happier with my experience. I have attended their cross training classes consistently and have experienced remarkable results physically as I am constantly encouraged to push myself further than I thought myself capable while being held accountable for doing every move correctly and never putting myself in a position to sustain injury. Beyond this though, I cannot speak highly enough about my experience in their martial arts classes and in particular, through personal training with Kiara in Krav Maga. She is professional, encouraging, but also demands the best out of her students in every way. She has helped me to perfect my technique, improve on my skills, and gain a newfound confidence through a sport I was hesitant to even begin. I have been told I look taller, leaner, and carry a more pronounced confidence in myself through my experiences here. The community of students and instructors is highly encouraging and always challenging you to push your limits and give your best effort. I would highly recommend any of the classes and instructors/coaches at Sparta Academy.

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.

    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.

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    Practical experience, pure and simple. I have worked in every realm of personal protection. Over the last 23 years I have bounced in some of the toughest bars as well as been one of the most prominent celebrity bodyguards in the field. I have trained and taught all over the world and I know what works.

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    Being in business since 1997, we have been rated as one of the best martial arts studios in LA. We offer a variety of services from martial arts, self defense for kids, women's self defense, Muay Thai kickboxing, traditional Kenpo and Royce Gracie Brazilian jiu jitsu to private personal fitness training and private self-defense combat ready training. We have a state-of-the-art fitness gym and a very clean martial arts training mat. Our instructors and trainers are all highly certified, and some are pro fighters and athletes. We are under the Royce Gracie network umbrella. Our kids' martial arts program has been raved as the best in LA because we teach our kids to be respectful, honorable, confident and to be bully ready. Our adult martial arts and fitness program promotes no gimmicks, just real results. We are the founder of the F.F.I.T. program (fighting and functional integrated training). Come check us out. Join our class, or take some private classes and maybe even some personal fitness training sessions. Who knows, you may be our next black belt!

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    My goal is to help others reach their level of fitness, self defense or martial arts goals through techniques learned from my experience in Muay Thai, jiujitsu, Wing Chun, Eskrima, Shaolin Kung Fu and even dance/Wushu.

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    World Martial Arts Center are martial arts schools in Yorba Linda and Anaheim, CA which serves the following cities: Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills, Corona, Placentia, and Stanton. Learn about our martial arts studio, and our special emphasis in working with children and families with free two-week trial.

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    I'm a martial artist based out of brea, ca. I have been trained in boxing, muay Thai, jiu-jitsu, wing chun, kali escrima, wrestling, and jun fan gung fu. Teaching martial arts is my passion, and whether you're a beginner looking to develop basic self-defense or a martial artist looking to expand your arsenal, I will take your skills to the next level to achieve your goals.

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    We have been teaching Brazilian martial art for over 30 years. Our goal is to help people to have a healthier life.

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    I provide the following: - Private and group mixed martial arts training - Personal fitness training - Kickboxing - Jiu jitsu - Wrestling - Boxing I live in Los Feliz.

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    The American Kenpo Jiu Jitsu Academy opened in 1990, and for over two decades, we have been serving the community, helping hundreds of children, teenagers and adults to develop confidence, respect, focus, concentration, physical fitness, and other unique benefits of a martial arts education. As instructors, we make a commitment to our community: We do whatever it takes to help each student become successful, not only in the martial arts, but also "achieving their black belt and beyond" in every area of life. In their own words (Feedback from our students and their families): "I love that the instructor are great with the smaller kids while maintaining a healthy and reasonable level of discipline and respect in class. "I have see my 4 year old participate in class and practice at home, but watching him during testing was a source of great pride; to see him put his best foot forward in front of peers and older, much older than himself, was priceless. "American Kenpo Jiu Jitsu Academy has been a great outlet not just for burning energy or keeping busy, but to learn discipline outside the parent-child realm." Lynn S. - Kids Program "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers, Mohamad and Jose, for my daughter, Reiko's amazing transformation! This is a very significant, before-and-after story. I encourage all parents, who raised their child to be a responsible, productive and polite citizen in this world, to consider enrolling their child. "Our daughter is a kind and gentle spirit raised with morals, integrity and principles any parent would be proud of; unfortunately, her kindness and good nature made her an easy target for those individuals who were not raised with similar values. "After a few months of training at the academy, she acquired the confidence and strength to be able to stand up for herself, for what is right and even to stand up for others who were not able to defend themselves! "Armed not with weapons, but with the confidence that springs from self-respect, loyalty, discipline and honor, she now has the tools to better face the challenges of this world. "Any parent who wants to invest in his or her child's future should consider investing in martial arts. This is not a trendy gift, but rather, one that transcends and is life altering!" Respectfully, Mary and Andrew K. - Juniors Program "I can't thank Mohamed and Jose for all they have taught me over the past few months. I have come to realize that within me, I have the inner power to change myself for the better. "Mohamed's teachings and techniques help a student to learn about their inner strengths and weakness, while continuing to build confidence in the art of American kenpo and jujitsu. Jose was not only patient, but very knowledgeable in his skills as well, always willing to stick by my side until I got the technique perfected. "I look forward to hearing more success stories of the new students and recurring students who have found their own inner power because of the great teachings of the American Kenpo and Jujitsu Academy in Woodland Hills. "All my best to future students, Jose and Mohamed. Thank you for all you have taught me!" Sincerely, Leslie R. - Adults Program "American Kenpo Jiu Jitsu is a great martial art form, and I enjoy the constant challenge and learning. Everyone at the academy helps one another, and we really have a great group of instructors and students that evolved over the years. "It is the best! "The instructors are great, the knowledge and understanding of kenpo and jiu-jitsu, the process of learning, the exercise, challenge, friendships, and great teachers make this the only place for me to train." Norm K. - Adults Program

    • 4 years in business
    About

    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.

    • 5 years in business
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    If you are looking for Boxing Training, Muay Thai Training, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kids Martial Arts, Anti Bullying, or Women's Self Defense in the Monrovia Ca area, then this is the place for you. We are dedicated to ensuring we have the highest qualified trainers, a fun and high energy atmousphere, and a clean environment. Our dedication is obvious as soon as you walk through the door, and that is what makes us stand out from the rest.

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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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