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  • 9 years in business
  • San Diego, CA

Brandon Q.

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I was looking for a place to learn self defense. I am glad I found Full Potential Martial Arts. The instructor (Brian) and extremely knowledgeable and patient. The other students are welcoming and helpful as well. I was also pleasantly surprised by the very reasonable and all-inclusive price -- just $100 a month for unlimited training. If you are looking to learn martial arts this is your place!

Janeane B.

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I have been taking martial arts lessons at Full Potential Martial Arts for several months now. I love the practical self defense that is being taught. It is something that I can use right away! The instructor, Brian, is extremely knowledgeable, and goes out of his way to help everyone learn. Class normally starts with conditioning exercises, and it is a great workout. I highly recommend!

Mike R.

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Full Potential Martial Arts is an excellent place to learn martial arts and self defense. The instructor, Brian, is very patient. He explains everything in detail, and works with me until I get it right. the other students are really supportive too!

  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Tony L.

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Looking for an experienced, family friendly, and highly supportive personal trainer that specializes in MMA? Look no further. I randomly found EJ while walking through my community (and coincidentally on thumbtack..small world!) and I saw him training a mother and daughter. After exchanging info and then researching him more on thumbtack and the web, I decided to start training with him. The rest is history. I've since focused on boxing and Muay Thai mainly for self-defense and the cardio, and it's been working out really well. My power, speed, and stamina has improved significantly. I'm even thinking about getting my daughter to sign up with him to train. Great coach and trainer. I couldn't ask for anything more.

Pamela M.

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We took women's self defense classes with Ernest. He was professional and fun. After the class I feel I am Much more comfortable about my ability to defend myself. Also my guy friends no longer think it's fun to sneak up and hug me from behind. They only do it once! Haha

Tran D.

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My friend and I learned a lot from Ernest about self-defense. He was very patient and attentive. It was educational and fun at the same time! Definitely a combination I need for learning!




  • 3 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 29 min

Michael O.

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I worked with Margo over the course of about 5 months and had a great experience. I had already been exercising consistently for a while but Margo helped me bring my fitness to a whole new level. He created a personalized workout plan that incorporated the things I wanted to focus on: functional fitness and MMA. Throughout our time together we also modified and tweaked my workout to focus on my weaknesses. He was always available for questions and delivered on his promises. If I didn't have to move away I would still be training with Margo, and I highly recommend him to any of my friends who want to push themselves past their comfort zone.

Jennifer M.

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Margo is a great trainer and really caters to the results you want to see. He makes working out fun. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to learn self defense skills and wants healthy long lasting results.

Jonathan B.

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Margo is a great instructor. Highly recommend if you'd like to learn some new self defense skills.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Vista, CA

Rob K.

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I have had the honor and pleasure of training with Sifu Nick Wright for the better part of the last 10 years. He and I both have trained extensively in Choy Lay Fut Kung-Fu and given that background, I know him and the subject matter very well. It is with that in mind that I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend him as an instructor; so much so that I have brought him my own daughters to train with him. He has a both depth of understanding and the ever so rare and precious ability to verbally communicate that understanding in a way that is straightforward and easy to understand. Sifu Nick maintains a balanced blend of attention to detail while not getting bogged down in technicalities that would otherwise hinder growth, which I think is especially important when working with kids or adults.

Toan T.

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Training at Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu Academy has been extremely fun, challenging and fulfilling. Sifu Nick was able to take me through the basics to help me understand the principles of what I was doing, while progressively pushing me to build a solid foundation in Choy Lay Fut. If you are looking to learn Kung Fu and really be able to use what you are practicing for self defense, try a class with Sifu Nick at Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu Academy

Tyson V.

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I have been training here for about a month and I really enjoy it. I love how I get a good workout then rather than just going home and forgetting all the techniques sifu Nick takes the time to explain why we are learning this technique and what applications it can be used for. I would definitely recommend giving it a try if you are looking for a great way to get in shape and have fun while doing it.

  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 min

Kelly L.

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Brian was a patient and flexible instructor. As a beginner, it was refreshing to have an instructor that was willing to go slow and explain things more than once. My friend and I had a great time in his classes, and I left feeling like I had learned a ton of new skills (especially self defense!).

Austin P.

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Brian is very knowledgeable in the art of Self Defense. It's apparent from lesson #1 that he has a true passion and intellect for self defense and the teaching of! 5 Stars.

Anita S.

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Brian was GREAT!! He came to our office and taught us some very useful self defense techniques.

Ron T.

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Very straight forward, real world applications, which is exactly what we need - just get right down to it. We have tried other self defense courses which spend a lot of time on learning discipline and self control (which is great if that's what someone is looking for) but this jumps right in and we're learning real world techniques in the first minute. Highly recommend and looking forward to the next session.

Jan S.

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I am 73 years old and Ken you were so professional and I felt very proud to be able to do the things you showed me to self defend...I hope to be able to attend more. Cory and I were so pleased. We were discussing it on New Years Day and others found it so interesting I could do it....:-) thanks my friend.

Terti T.

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Very informative, high energy and fun. Learned a lot of effective techniques. Would definitely go back!

  • 17 years in business
  • Fontana, CA

Sal H.

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I love this dojo! its clean, fully equipped and matted. Not like some others schools in the area that just train on carpet and use hard flooring. Blisters on the feet from carpet burns are not fun. Duarte Shotokan teaches Real Karate from a traditional lineage and it is a safe place to train, especially for kids. All the instructors and assistants are very kind and caring too. I have been in class for a few weeks already and I love the intense workouts and practical self defense lessons that are taught. I would recommend Duarte Martial arts Academy to anyone looking for a fun, safe and caring dojo.

Aziza O.

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I appreciate the way Shihan Joseph makes time to discuss anything we are concerned about, and helps us address issues our kids may have outside of the dojo. Everyone gets personalized programs that meets the needs of their family, not a cookie cutter type of program. This is the best place to go not only to learn karate, but most importantly for personal growth including confidence!

Asem A.

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My little girl (Yara) loves to go to training, I love the way it keeps her disciplined.

  • 4 years in business
  • San Diego, CA

Margo F.

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Ari is an exceptional personal trainer. He was able to accommodate my busy schedule and train me in the comfort of my own home, which was very important as a busy working mom. He provided me with the tools and skills necessary for me to reach my post-baby weigh loss goals by implementing a personalized fitness plan. Ari is both pofessional and experienced I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for motivation to reach their fitness goals.

Rivkee K.

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After having my first child I was anxious to get my body back. I didn't ever think it would be possible to have a flat stomach. Ari would come meet me at my gym which made it easier for me. Ari was there for me every step of the way. He was determined and patient. He made my goals into a reality. I'm so thankful to him and I HIGHLY recommend Ari as a personal trainer!

Kattaree C.

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Ari was excellent at his job. He was passionate and worked great with clients.

  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Loma Linda, CA

David T.

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I've trained on and off with Alan for the past few years. He has an excellent base of knowledge in law enforcement tactics and procedures, as well as control and restraining holds and maneuvers. Not only does he explain things very well one-on-one, but has a unique ability to demonstrate WHY something works or doesn't work. He is always looking at new material that appears in martial arts and law enforcement circles, and determining whether or not it is effective. For anyone looking to do law enforcement or security work, I recommend him without reservation!

Kana W.

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Alan is an awesome teacher! He talks to children in their eye-level and always provide welcomed attomsophir to everyone. My sons alway enjoyed his class! And when they got home from his class they taught me how we can self defense! ;)

Alondra S.

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When being taught self defense by him, he went through everything step-by-step and always was had me go through the movement one step at time until I go the hang of it.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Wildomar, CA

Jeremy A.

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Ken and Erin are awesome! They have really changed the way my self and my wife approach fitness ! There knowledge and experience is very apparent from the first work out! I really appreciate how they custom fit each individual to there full potential ! For me and my wife it is equally important to work with someone that is easy going and personable! I can truly say that this dynamic duo is just that to sum it up knowledgeable, personable ,and very professional! I personally would recommend EFV to anyone that is interested in learning the proper ways to work out and build confidence in themselves

Steve B.

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Always great talking to Ken about physical health and strength. After 5 back surgeries at the age of 36, he has helped me re-gain muscle and get me back into doing things I love to do as an individual and with my wife and 3 kids. Thank you Ken!!

Ron M.

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Ken and Erin are great motivators and they are very knowledgeable about fitness.

  • Huntington Beach, CA


I teach basic and advanced self-defense and intermediate close combat, focusing on easy-to-learn techniques.


I am a black belter in taekwondo and a retired army ranger. I can also offer counseling to victims who have been bullied as I also have a degree in psychology.


Learn self defense at home. We offer a mobile service. We will come to you and train you in the most effective form of self defense. This is not sport fighting or MMA. It is straightforward, using leverage, timing and distance, kicks , punches, joint locks and the fighting mentality . You learn how to use sticks and knives, as you learn the hand-to-hand techniques. We will need a small room or carpeted area to train in. Private lessons will run about 45 per hr. Similar to krav maga and many other arts as Kung fu San Soo is one of the oldest martial arts in the world. Now contracted to teach class at the community center at 1st st. in yucaipa. It is better if we are training 2 persons at a time. We will train large groups if needed. Price is per person. My experience in self defense is (verifiable).

  • San Bernardino, CA


I train people in basic self-defense, exercise, diet (gain or lose weight), and stretching, and I also give massages to decrease stress and increase flexibility.


I train people in self-defense and condition mind and body for those stressful situations. My training includes striking and grappling techniques.

  • Mentone, CA


To put it bluntly, I train people to defend themselves, but to make that happen, I need the utmost dedication. It will not be easy. It is hard work; it will be painful. However, you will see results after some time. The satisfaction after you see yourself improve is all you need to continue and keep coming back.


Services offered: * Karate classes for ages 5 to adult * Cardio kickboxing/fitness classes for ages 13 to adult * Brazilian jiu jitsu for ages 13 to adult * Personal training - private, buddy, or class sessions * Women's self-defense workshops Real life self-defense applications are taught in all classes by certified instructors. We have a friendly family atmosphere; we are all here to teach and learn from one another. We offer technical training with no attitude! There's something at MAI for the whole family.


United Studios of Self Defense offers the best in personal martial arts instruction for men, women, and children. We realize that everyone has different goals, so we offer private lessons as a regular part of our program to allow us to work with each individual to help reach his or her goals. We also have fun and high energy group classes that each student can attend at no additional cost. Come be a part of our family and experience how the magic of the martial arts can change your life! United Studios of Self Defense - "America's self defense leader!"


Our services include: - Kodokan Judo - Zen Budokai Aiki Jujitsu - Aikido - Shotokan Karate - Rape Defense - Weapons Defense All are taught in a traditional style. We have 44 years of martial arts experience. We have 6th dan jujitsu, 2nd dan judo, and 3rd kyu aikido ranks. Our classes occur at the Drayson Center Gymnasium of Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA. We provide adult classes (12 years and up).

  • Anaheim, CA


Do you need self-defense skills? Take action now! I offer private self-defense training for individuals and/or groups. Class instruction will provide basic skill training in "hand-to-hand" combat, to eliminate physical threats to you, your family, or friends. Having these skills to protect yourself will make sure you are not a victim to someone wishing to cause harm to you. It will build confidence in every aspect of your life, both professionally and, most important, personally. Take action now! Be prepared!


We offer martial arts in Menifee, California. Welcome to USIMA-Menifee Tae Kwon-Do, United States Institute of Martial Arts. USIMA-Menifee Tae Kwon Do offers a variety of martial arts programs that will fit your family needs. Our moms and dads are getting into one of the best shapes of their lives, while having a great time learning valuable and practical self-defense. Kids ages 3 years and older are taught life skills that will give them a great start in life. Tae kwon do and karate are the two most common martial arts practiced in the Inland Empire. Here at USIMA, US Institute of Martial Arts, we teach tae kwon do, a traditional martial arts; some people may mistake tae kwon do for karate. These two martial art techniques are completely different from each other. Tae kwon do is a martial art from Korea, while karate comes from Japan. Tae kwon do is very popular around the world, and is probably the most widely practiced of the martial arts. In USIMA-Menifee, US Institute of Martial Arts in Menifee, we help you to improve self-discipline, self-confidence, mental alertness, and goal-setting skills. These are some of the positive results of a dedicated tae kwon do student. The US Institute of Martial Arts-Menifee is located in the beautiful Menifee Valley, California. Our goal is to develop strong minds, body and spirit through the practice of taekwondo.

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