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Sparta Academy
4.9
from 67 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 120 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)

  • 35 years in business
  • 83 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.

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fitnfight
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
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.

True Warrior Fitness MMA
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Michael P.
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Toby is one of the best trainers and people I've ever met. I've trained with him for the last seven years and it's been my great pleasure to be a part of True Warrior Fitness.

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Titan MMA Fitness
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lisa L.
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Today my daughters and i had an self defense with EJ and we enjoyed it. We have never attended a self defense class before and did not know what to expect. EJ was very patient and took the time to explain things to us. I highly recommend this class.

Self Defense & Fitness
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Julie K.
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Johnny is awesome! From the moment I met him I could tell he was a pro. He was so hyperaware of what was going on around us at all times. As far as self defense goes, he's the absolute best! I've been meeting with him weekly and my progress thus far is really exciting. I know that if in an unfortunate situation I wouldn't freeze and could fend for myself. We do everything from basic self defense (if being attacked with knife/gun/sexual assault) to cardio and boxing. I love training with Johnny and can't wait to get grow even more in my ability. I highly highly recommend him! He is also so so knowledgeable and sweet and so impressive. A living breathing better version of John Wicke but a total teddy bear on the inside.

OC Practical Self Defense
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Anita S.
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Brian was GREAT!! He came to our office and taught us some very useful self defense techniques.

West Hills Karate Academy
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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!

Reality Combat System
5.0
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! :)

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Mason H.
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You won't find a better place than Brood 9 to meet your martial arts, self-defense, or personal fitness goals. I started here 2 years ago to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/Muay Thai and improve my strength + conditioning, and before I knew it I am in the best shape of my life with a tournament gold medal around my neck. The coaches are all extremely knowledgeable, patient and talented while dedicated to making the classes a safe and fun environment. All the members are low-ego, high energy, great all-around people and whether you're looking to get back in shape or train for a title shot, Brood 9 is the best place in town. Stop by and you can try a full week for free!

Child's Play Study Group
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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! ;)

Miguel Angel
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire 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!!!

SERT Group International
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
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!

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Shani H.
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David & his wife arebboth very calming energies. David was able to answer the questions I asked. They blessed our apartment & things feel lighter now.

Pa Kua Healing Arts
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
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.

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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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Made to be learned quickly most students advance quickly and learn valuable self defense techniques in a matter of weeks. The student will begin to learn these self defense techniques starting with the first class. Successful execution of defending oneself does not depend on the strenght of the practitioner, rather it is the method that is applied. The techniques that are taught are simple, straight to the point and easy to learn. My teaching method is very hands on with a great attention to detail, the student is built up with each class session. I offer quality martial arts self defense training at a reasonable price, more expensive does not always mean something is better. The greatest reward I receive is watching someone grow in the art and gain confidence knowing they can protect themselves. In the class I am very approachable and all questions are answered.

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Talented and knowledgeable personal trainer and tae kwon do teacher available for an array of services.

  • 8 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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Body Elite Fitness strives to revolutionize fitness through the dynamic exercises and the extensively detailed nutrition. We aim to provide all our clients with the most knowledgeable personal trainers in the area who suit not only the goals of clients but also the bonding relationship that a client builds with the trainer. With dedication, aspiration, and motivation, anything is possible. We will give you the keys to success to achieve the physique you want. Please see the following for information about the founder: * Name: Albert Oganesian * National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) * Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) * 2010 NPC Pacific USA Body Building Championship (Teen Men), first place * GNC 2009 NPC Pacific USA Body Building Championship (Teen Men), first place * Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach 2009 (Teen Men), second place * Muscle Beach Championship 2009 (Teen Men), second place * GNC NPC National California 2010 (Teen Men), fifth place * Sponsored by Muscle Tech Athlete Albert Oganesian a two-time Teen USA Natural national champion who has been in the fitness industry for over five years. He's been in the limelight for quite a while now, coming into the bodybuilding scene and taking it by storm. Albert, being a multitalented athlete, is an expert in Muay Thai and kickboxing. He has been practicing the art of martial arts for 10 years. Coming into the football scene at the age of 15, he played for John Burroughs High for four years as a left guard and a defensive end. Being elusive, cunning, and quick, he got on the field and did his job beyond exception. At the age of 16, Albert started bodybuilding, never thinking he would be anything in the sport. Weighing 145 lbs., he went up to 216 lbs. His first show was the Muscle Beach Venice show. Never thinking how great he would do, he came in as the underdog with no expectations. He went on the stage, blowing the crowds' minds at the age of 16. Even though he took second, he became hungry and got the drive and perseverance to come to his next show and take the win. He never faltered and never quivered. He came to the Teen USA Natural Nationals, hungry for that first-place trophy. Nevertheless, he got what he was hoping and working so dearly for. Taking the first-place win was one of his biggest accomplishments. He went on to win the show again in August of 2010, being the last show he has competed in since. Now, Albert has specialized in bringing the best quality of training to every individual who needs it. Being one of the youngest in the sport, Albert teaches the art or Muay Thai, kickboxing and self-defense. Albert specializes in giving the best nutritional guidance to all athletes to achieve their goals, either to gain or lose weight or build muscle or strength. Utilizing both functional and improvised techniques to give the athlete the best quality of nutrition and training out there, Albert takes pride in the success of his clients and the results he provides. Albert always says that "With dedication, motivation, and aspirations, anything can be achieved, so what's stopping you? It's time to train!"

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

  • New on Thumbtack
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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.

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