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Sparta Academy
from 73 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
Jillian P.
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I am an athlete at heart and I found myself completely unhappy with my body and health about a year ago. After trying to work on my self esteem first, I decided in September it was time to get back into fitness like I had been my whole life. I came on thumbtack and scheduled meetings with five different trainers. I met with JJ first and cancelled the rest before I even had a workout with him. Honestly I hired him only based off of his personality and game plan for for getting me back into shape. He literally is one of the funniest people I have met. However he doesn't mess around when it's time to work. And each workout I find that he can push me to limits I didn't know I had. I have lost 24 pounds so far but have become so much stronger and healthier. We weight lift, do cardio, and he has taught me personal defense. I was skeptical paying money to get fit but I'm investing in my health and it truly makes me happy. (He is going to make fun of me for getting sappy on this but whatever he deserves it)

  • 35 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
Kenia P.
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I signed up my daughter (she is heading for college next year) for Vinny's one on one personal self defense class after he called me and convinced me to try it for a session and then decide. I am glad I did. I take my daughter to his house on Saturdays. His family is always around, and his daughter assists him in training my daughter. I am extremely happy with his training style. He is patient, explains well, and demonstrates the techniques in such a way that is easily understood. One on one situation is the best environment for learning self defense. It is one of the strongest features of Vinny's system. Vinny trains my daughter in a variety of Marshall arts. I am convinced that by the time my daughter completes Vinny's 18 week program, she will be able to defend herself against any potential attack. If you have a child heading for college, invest in his or her safety with Vinny's program. You will be glad you did. I know I am.

Kickboxing and Self Defense
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Sonia V.
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I really appreciate Martin and his knowledge of self defense/martial arts. He saw where my strong points where at and tried to gear it to them. I definitely plan to continue just to keep my skills up

Fit by Rose
from 14 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa E.
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i have been working with Rose for close to year. when i submitted my quote request, she was the only individual of the 5 responders that actually took the time to read the request and respond specifically. all of the others submitted automatic responses. i have fibromyalgia and, 3 months after i began working with Rose, was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. the fibro is a nightmare & the bc surgery & treatment has made it 10 times worse. if not for Rose's work, i truly believe i would have lost my livelihood and gone underwater in my life. she has not only strengthened my body, but is well-versed in nutrition and has guided me towards major changes in my diet that enable me to cope with my illnesses. friends, she saved my life. if you're seeking a non-self-absorbed personal trainer who knows her stuff and is deeply serious about health, she's the one for you.

Fit 2 Fight
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Arky G.
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Dedicated and well studied at MMA and self defense

True Warrior Fitness MMA
from 10 reviews
  • 16 years in business
Rami U.
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True Warrior Fitness is the best!! I love MMA bootcamp in the mornings! I feel strong and focus whole day after class !

Reality Combat System
from 9 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey M.
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One of the best and most informative self defense courses I have ever taken. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn how to protect themselves as well as have a fun workout! :)

Jorge Merlos
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Roberto M.
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I take a self-defense/kickboxing class with Jorge twice a week. He's an amazing instructor, able to teach practical self-defense and kickboxing concepts while giving me a great workout! The power, speed, and technique of my kicks and punches have improved drastically since training with him. Jorge, thanks so much for your guidance and knowledge. Let's hit those mitts again soon! You rock!

Personal Defense Associates
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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We had a great experience with Personal Defense Associates. Robert was timely, professional, friendly, and overall did a fantastic job! We will definitely be calling Personal Defense Associates for any of our other needs. Thank you again! ​

Absolute Self Defense
from 6 reviews
  • 50 years in business
Michael M.
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Master Robert Bombalier of Absolute Self Defense is a representation of unbridled professionalism in every sense of the word. While other schools of martial arts may focus on basics, sparring, or endurance testing, Master Bob's versatile knowledge of varying styles combines to create a more extensive and practical understanding of modern self-defense, as well as a better method of learning and practicing the martial arts. With an extensive knowledge of kinesiology, Master Bombalier has the unparalleled ability to fine tune your self defense training to a personal level. Robert Bombalier's teaching style instills lessons of respect, discipline, and beneficial personal development through all aspects of life. For me, starting off with martial arts as a young child, and continuing to study the ways of self defense into young adulthood, I can certainly say that Master Bombalier's influence and guidance in my training remains impeccably beneficial. For example, an extensive amount of my training went into dealing with anxiety, controlling fear, and handling my day to day struggles with asthma, of which all I have been given the chance to manage thanks to his service. In my time with Master Bob, I have watched as people from all walks of life come together to learn how to strengthen themselves in the realms of self defense, prepare themselves in case of emergency, and most importantly better themselves in the process under the guidance and instruction of this professional martial artist. Martial arts requires key, inherent characteristics of those in participation including effort, etiquette, character, sincerity, and self-control, and no-one I have ever studied under embodies these beneficial qualities more than Master Robert Bombalier of Absolute Self Defense.

  • 20 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Paco R.
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Working out with Adam help me get my self confidence back he's personalized service is above the competition if you looking to fight or just get in shape he's the man to train with

Miguel Angel
from 4 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Zhanna M.
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I completed the course Escape to Gain Safety with Miguel and I feel so good about it! I feel stronger and more confident that I can protect myself. Self defense isn’t just good for ladies, I saw many men in the classes that were strong but needed to know the proper techniques. Thanks Miguel!!!

West Hills Karate Academy
from 3 reviews
  • 24 years in business
Meenakshi G.
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I am a great fan of Shihan Hojati, whose experience, knowledge and teaching skills are simply superb. I am greatly respectful towards his insights regarding Karate do. His approach towards his class is self defense and fitness oriented and his teaching methods encompass the traditional as well as the modified. All the kids as well as the adults benefit greatly in terms of fitness of body as well as that of the mind from his teaching. I have been training with him for more than a year now and hope to be here longer still as I enjoy every class with him!

  • 11 years in business
Jason F.
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James was very professional. I really like his attention to detail and his passion for Jiu Jitsu.

Wu Lin Dao
from 2 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jason A.
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Scott's classes really helped my son! We had just moved here and he was getting bullied by some kids at school. After two months my son was able to defend himself and I was surprised to see how much his self confidence grew too

Pa Kua Healing Arts
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.

    • 10 years in business
    Pedro M.
    Verified review

    I have known Marcus for over 20 years. He has trained my nephews in self defense and martial arts. Marcus's main attribute is the ability to support and encourage confidence in one's own ability. I would hire him again with total confidence.


    I've been involved with all martial arts since a young age. I have experience teaching. I'm currently involved in MMA and Jiu-Jitsu learning from high ranking and very experienced teachers from Brazil to California. I'll be able to relate to the clients in every way.


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


    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.


    I have over 29 years experience in helping clients achieve their fitness and self-protection goals.

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      I'm a petite young woman and I'm interested in learning how to defend myself, I have no experience whatsoever. My husband is deployed and I will be living alone with my 11 month old daughter so I want to build confidence and knowledge by being able to defend myself against an attacker if I ever need to.
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