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Sparta Academy
4.9
from 73 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro 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)

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!

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Kickboxing and Self Defense
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

Fit 2 Fight
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Arky G.
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Dedicated and well studied at MMA and self defense

Jorge Merlos
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire 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!

  • 2 years in business
Nicole M.
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I learned new concepts in Silat and Kali, and how to apply to my own artistic practis as a dancer! Michael is a highly knowledgeable, patient, kind and effective instructor.

West Hills Karate Academy
5.0
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.

  • 10 years in business
Pedro M.
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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.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kaight L.
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Everything was great! I learned a lot and feel confident in my ability to handle a gun properly in front of camera for filming. The added self defense was a huge bonus! I recommend this instructor. Very knowledgeable and helpful!

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.

    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!

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      Personal Training & Nutrition Programs Customized specifically to every client needs. Practical Self Defense lessons.

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

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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.

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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 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 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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      Our students improve their confidence, strength, focus, and health while having fun learning skills that could be used to defend yourself against any attack. We offer personalized martial arts instruction to men, women, and children and customize our training to fit your needs. Our schedules are flexible and we are available 7 days a week. We train beginners, advanced martial artists, families, and everything in between.

      • 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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      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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