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  • 7 years in business
  • 112 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Frank C.

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I was very comfortable & statisfied with my consultation with Steve Stern, of Common Sense Fitness. Steve answered all of my questions during our consultation, and reviewed some basic health & nutrition information, then assessed my fitness level. I look forward to working with Steve, and his help with obtaining my fitness goals.

Janice R.

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I wanted my teens to learn self defense and I'm so glad to have found common sense fitness. The cost, teaching and travel was great. He teach them things they were clueless about and now I feel confident that in a situation they will at least be able to know what to do. I recommend Stephen to anyone looking to learn self defense!!!!

Janice R.

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I wanted my teens to learn self defense and I'm so glad to have found common sense fitness. The cost, teaching and travel was great. He teach them things they were clueless about and now I feel confident that in a situation they will at least be able to know what to do. I recommend Stephen to anyone looking to learn self defense!!!!

  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Astoria, NY

Alban M.

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I am experienced martial artist and in my experience Coach Evis Bejko is the best Coach i have EVER had. It's not only the professional side but also the personality of Coach Evis Bejko, he is a very humble and patient person that gives more than 100% of his everything to the student and his knowledge is really outstanding.

Jona. P P.

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Very patient, passionate and skilled as a coach and as a human being. He workes with his students/ clients physically and mentally, giving them new techniques and training exercises but also preparing them and explaining to them the purpose of each and every step. Blessed to have been one of his students! Thanks coach!

Luis O.

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Intense, detailed European style kickboxing. Evis is a top notch trainer and fighter, mind you I am a fighter. I felt contant development in fitness, technique and actual learning. Cant wait until next time.

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  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • New York, NY

Or B.

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There is many trainer out there that protant to be the best.most knowledge.best advicace you can ever get for your gym life style . But that is not what you need to look for if your mission is to change you body.beacuse that's take time and work. Tips and knowledge you can get online and for free you don't need no trainer for that . as a guy with years of experience I'm telling you that this what you need to look for : the skills to push you to the edge and to see your motivating scuesess as a part of them sucesess that is what your looking for. The ability to make you change your mind and see healthy life style not as a temporary thing but as a part of you , Oh man this is not easy to do,speacily if you have a hard time to be consistent at what you do. To find someone that proof you every single time that she care about you like she care about her self -this is something money can't buy . This is a gift . Anna like that. Anna have that gift . She's a winner Shes a leader With an inspiration about what she do. (Just talking to her makes your understand what kind of person she are. And the most important . And she never let me down. Anna thank you . I owe you big time about the change you bring in to my family life,and my personal life . Thank you.

Antonio M.

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I give Anna 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ She guided me in living a better happier and healthier lifestyle through fitness! She didn't let me give up and thought me how to find my self motivation . She is really a catch! Thank you for the way u made me feel and look ! Hope u well !😀

Joey H.

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I've been training with Anna for the past 6 month. Beside the incredible training plan we have she increased my motivation and the results speaks for them self. You should give it a try.

  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 7 hours
  • New York, NY

Kacper G.

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Bill is an amazing trainer and mentor. Very laid back and simultaneously incredibly motivating. I came in to continue training kickboxing but now we do all kinds of trainings including workout to increase mucle mass, fitness and since he is a black belt in Isshinryu (Karate) we started that as well and all I can say is that his patience, skill and flexibility are absolutely remarkable. If you are looking for someone to help you with advanced training or just guide you through the basics, he is the person for it. Also, he teaches kids as well of all ages so if you're a parent with a child and would like them to get some exercise and have a mentor, Sensei Bill is your man. Thank you Bill - look forward to continuing training with you

Rana T.

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I hired Bill through Thumbtack. I have known him for a few months now and I love training with him. In fact, both my husband and I are training with him. We aren't new to PTs, so we know who's good and who's bad. We love his style - he mixes up things for you so you're never bored. I love that he motivates you and slowly pushes you to improve - none of this aggressive pushing that leaves you feeling like a failure. He is flexible and super fair. I've had PTs who try to cut your session a bit short if they can get away with it - Bill is very ethical and always on time. Both my husband and I love working out with him.

Sydney S.

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I've had a great experience working will Coach Bill Pratt. He has met my personal needs as a collegiate athlete and I can see my improvement from week to week. He is very knowledgable about self defense and fitness in general and has a very diverse skill set. I attribute my staying healthy for the cross country season to the strength he has been building with me.

  • Brooklyn, NY

Marie-Luisa C.

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I have been training with Scott for nearly a year now, my goals were to lose weight but mainly tone up, gain muscles and improve my shape. I also wanted to learn boxing and gain more self confidence and energy for my every day life. I especially need somebody who motivates me and I need to see results. Working with Scott I have achieved my goals, I look and feel a lot better and it is so much fun that I don't need any extra motivation to go to training! I was particularly impressed by Scott's enthusiastic personality, people skills and knowledge of his field. I have enjoyed training with Scott and he incorporated boxing into our training in a fun way and exactly at the amount I was looking for. He is very flexible and has adjusted the training to my wishes but he knows what I need and pushes me beyond what I thought I am capable of. I would highly recommend Training with Scott, he is a well experienced, knowledgable, motivated and fun trainer to work with.

Brian K.

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I have been training with Scotty for about a full year now, few days a week. When I first started I figured I would give it a shot for a few months, lose a bit of weight, and then stop. Not only do I still go, I look forward to working out. Scotty is very motivating and really cares about my success. Since I have been boxing I have lost 35 pounds and can hold my own in a sparring session. Scotty is incredibly flexible, able to adjust to my erratic schedule. I HIGHLY recommend training with Scotty, you will get in shape and develop a passion for boxing.

Ben W.

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Started boxing training with Scotty to loose weight. Ended being in love with the sport, and loosing 30lbs while it happened. Scott is a true professional, patient and knowledgable. He is VERY flexible with his time, and is always on time and ready to work. I have recommended Scotty to others whom all love working with him.

  • 8 years in business
  • Response time: 27 min
  • Baldwin, NY

Kate Z.

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NOTHING beats the experience you'll have at Shunato Karate. As a kickboxing student, Sensei Kato has not only taught me the essentials of self defense, but in the process has also taught me confidence, determination, focus, patience, and the importance of a happy workout. I've dropped 6 pant sizes just having fun! Shunato isn't just a dojo, it's a family. You're not going to find anything else like it, so stop looking. Come join us!

Rob J.

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Sensei Kato is an exceptional motivator. His kickboxing classes are fun and inclusive for all fitness levels. I highly recommend Shunato Karate and Fitness.

Donna K.

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Excellent school, our son loves it there!!

  • 13 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 22 hours

Jane O.

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For almost 10 years, Ali has been the perfect trainer for my 97-year old dad. With great sensitivity, respect and finesse, he has expertly crafted and customized workout experiences for my dad's specific and changing needs. He has helped my father to maintain his strength, independence and self-confidence by challenging him with various workout methods while always supporting him and encouraging him to stay active and fit both physically and mentally. He is patient, calm and has a great sense of humor, ensuring that their time together is enjoyable from start to finish for dad (even though it can sometimes be a challenge). While recuperating from a fall last year, dad became dangerously weak and had a hard time walking on his own or even getting up from bed or out of a chair. Ali monitored the situation closely and made sure that dad got back to the gym as soon as he was able, gradually and carefully helping him re-build his muscles, stamina and stability until he was again able to walk on his own, move freely, work out and enjoy his life as usual. The end result is that my dad is the strongest and happiest he's been in years. Ali is a treasure... a wise and consummate professional who consistently gets results!

Saif S.

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I am based in Dubai but travel to NYC often, and I always make sure to get in my sessions with Dimensions. They are outstanding! I have worked with a number of their trainers who have very impressive backgrounds and areas of specialization, and I have never been disappointed. I find that this company hires much higher quality employees than any gym or any other company I have used before. In addition to their noteworthy credentials, each person I have met has been extremely kind, professional and personable.

Myron O.

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I started seeing AIi when I was 88 years old, almost 10 years ago. He has solved numerous problems for me. Whenever I visit my doctor, she compliments me on my good health and I always tell her that Ali is the one responsible!! He has a great sense of humor and he is masterful at making my workouts fun, which goes a long way to making the experience both successful and enjoyable. I'd highly recommend him to anyone who wants an intelligent, reliable and supportive trainer.

  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 8 min

Jim M.

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Ed is a great choice for anyone interested in learning self defense. Ed quickly responded to all of my emails. He tailors the lessons to what you want to learn. Ed is very friendly, punctual and motivated. He isn’t staring at his watch looking to be done with you. My lessons all have run long because Ed is such a motivated teacher. You can really tell that he loves what he’s doing. If you’re thinking of learning self defense or expanding on your self defense knowledge, drop Ed a line, he is a capable motivated teacher. He will respond quickly and his prices are extremely reasonable. Take one class and you will see what I mean.

Arthur C.

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I have known Ed Costigan for 40 years. We have worked together on a number of self defense projects while working with Target Consultants. He is one of the most professional people I have worked with over the years. Plus, he knows his stuff. We team taught together at a number of law enforcement conferences. I can highly recommend him without reservation. Professor Arthur Cohen B.A., M.A. Center for School and Personal Safety Research

Michael C.

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I've been working with Ed for 2 months now. He is awesome, he's very knowledgeable and a great teacher. The training secessions have gone so well I now have my son training with Ed. I HIGHLY recommend Ed to anyone looking to learn self defense, MMA, etc.

  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Hartsdale, NY

Chris G.

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Kristian was my personal trainer. He elevated my fitness level demonstrably. I am a very fit, 58 year old long distance cyclist. Kristina's regimen increased my stamina and overall strength to where it has never been. I can easily complete rides of 60 to 100 miles based on his program. Even though a young man he has a very complete understanding of the human body. He was able to target my weaknesses and work on them. Additionally he always commended my efforts. Great guy for those of you looking for serious personal trainer who will challenge you but also understands limitations.

Laura B.

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Kris is the best!! I always have a blast & at the end of a training session I feel incredibly accomplished. I was struggling on my own for months trying to lose weight for my wedding. Once I started personal training with Kris, I finally saw real results & had to get my dress taken in two times before my wedding day! He's truly an excellent trainer who motivates you to work hard & designs workouts personally to your abilities and goals.

Mike R.

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Kris has been training me in boxing technique for a year now and i notice a huge increase in my skill level, endurance, health, and self confidence. Kris is a great mentor, setting the tone for a positive and safe learning environment. He pays attention to form and detail and pushes me hard enough where i remain interested and feel successful.

  • Shelton, CT

Susie C.

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Tang Soo Do is a wonderful martial art that provides great discipline, self respect, flexibility and a great source of weight loss. The teachers at Valley Karate are fantastic and they provide a variety of different instructions in line work, terminology, forms, one-step self defense techniques and grabs. They make themselves available for any help or support that is needed by any student. Valley Karate provides a great family inclusion aspect with Parents Night, Buddy Week and Family day. They also hold kids tournaments that make each of them winners no matter what happens and will be holding their first school tournament next Saturday, March 26th. Master Bergers is a superb role model for all the kids and adults, as well as all the other Masters and Dans. Finally, the students all aspire for Black Belt excellence at whatever level they are. Valley Karate rocks!

Steve K.

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Valley Karate is a great school for both Adults and Children. Its a family run school and it's very family friendly. Everyone is great. Master Bergers and his wife offer a lot to me and my family. The students always do well in competition, so they've got to be doing something right!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Astoria, NY

Jacqueline F.

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The 8 year old who is bullied at school was very happy with his private lesson. He's already feeling more confident and has learned some self defense moves that are appropriate for his age, height, strength level, etc. John will be doing bi-weekly one on one self defense lessons for the next few weeks and then some. As a grandma, I'm very happy my grandon is learning how to protect himself, confidence, how to get out of bully situations, etc.

Maria M.

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As my kids were entering their later years of grammar school and preparing to enter the middle grade system, I wanted to make sure they were mentally, emotionally and physically prepared for anything and everything that came their way. I wanted to keep them in shape, protect themselves, build confidence and increase their flexibility and so I found it right here in my home town, Sifu Ivan's Ultimate Martial Arts Acadamy. We have been training here for the past 6 months and this is as good as it gets when it comes to mixed martial arts. You will have an amazing time, meet new friends and find new levels of energy. After attending for several months now, I have noticed a huge positive improvement in the areas of confidence, focus, listening, strength, self esteem, endurance and grades. They are so eager to attend that we quickly went from once a week to twice a week. They look forward to learning new skills and mastering them in order to advance to the next level. The academy also reinforces the values of respect, friendship and family. It is an incredible environment to not only learn martial arts but to also have fun in the process. Sifu Ivan is an incredible instructor not only does he teach the skill, but relates it with life experiences and applies it with example. What a phenomenal experience filled with positive energy!

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Your mind is your best weapon. To fill your mind with the knowledge of the best integrated martial art and your first line of defense, is to protect yourself and your family. We offer Samurai Jujutsu-based lessons, integrated with Wing Chun, Mande Muda, Arnis, etc.

  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Mount Vernon, NY

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My service will provide you with the Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muy Thai and MMA. Through the mix martial arts you will gain, strength, confidence, discipline, self defense. You get your body in shape, your health is going to be in another level, cause the sport in General does that with the people. You create a new habits. Well, My service will get all the tools that you need to avoid bullies, to have a nice body, to feel great about yourself, you'll be confident, strong, with new abilities, and skills. Thank you.

  • 11 years in business
  • Bronx, NY

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If you are interested in learning self defense or just want to achieve a goal like weight loss through Martial Arts exercise or want to discover the hidden world of being a Black Belt then I am your instructor. I have over 20 years experience in Shotokan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Boxing, Muy Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I have trained students of all ages for over 10 years. I also offer Bully Busting Seminars for children. I offer workout packages that are affordable and with a flex schedule. I can help you optimize your physical potential.

  • 16 years in business
  • New Britain, CT

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Modern Self-Defense has been offering private lessons, group classes, and seminars & workshops in Self-Defense, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & No-Gi Grappling, Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do, Boxe Francaise Savate French Kickboxing, and other Martial Arts to the Middletown, Connecticut area since 2002. Dedicated to finding the most effective approaches to training in the world, Chris Martell has devoted his life to sharing these methods with anyone who wants to improve their personal safety. Chris is also the author of the book "Knack: Self-Defense for Women", published in 2011 and available at bookstores everywhere. Join us for safe, friendly, and highly effective training today!

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I am a certified personal trainer (NASM) and fitness nutrition specialist. I also teach Bruce Lee's martial arts, jeet kune do. I have a diverse background in self-defense prior having studied taekwondo, Shaolin Kempo Karate, boxing, and MMA.

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We offer instruction in traditional/modern koga ryu, American ninjitsu, martial arts & fitness. We could also teach traditional and modern weaponry, stand-up fighting, ground fighting and shuriken jutsu for projectile weapons, stars ,spikes and knives.

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Private, personal self-defense, and martial arts lessons with a sensei who has been teaching students self-defense for over 30 years. I have a black belt in four separate martial arts and styles. I am dedicated and committed to both the martial arts and the student's learning and self-confidence. The martial arts began centuries ago with the teacher and student trusting and learning together in a unique and private setting. The student was able to not only learn self-defense, confidence, and protection skills, but they were also able to learn and grow as an individual and as a person. The element of trust became easier for the student as they were able to confide and learn in this sacred and private setting. There are no other students to distract you from learning, no lines, no substitute teachers, no being stuck in the back of the class or the back of the room. All questions were asked and all questions were relevant. The student was always the priority and the focus of the class and session. Always more time for learning and confidence building. That's the tradition where I came from and what I believe in. No uniform is required, no long term contract, and no hidden fee. The only request from me, Sensei Dennis, is for serious students only who keep their word, who come to class on time, who are respectful to the martial arts and the sensei, and who are willing to trust and learn. Any student who is willing to learn comes into the room leaving their ego at the door. With that agreement in mind, then that's our contract. Private classes are 90 minutes long and can be requested for any day of the week at any time provided that the time is not already scheduled. Semi-private and small group classes can be requested and done upon request. Classes can be in the day, afternoon, evening or late hours. Classes are for men, women, children, and couples. No age is too old or too young. Everyone is welcomed. Remember that personal safety and protection skills never goes out of style. Wherever you live or wherever you move to, your protection skills and advantage goes with you. I hope to have the privilege of meeting and teaching you in the future. Thank you. ~ Sensei Dennis.

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We are reaching jujitsu to children ages four and up as well as adults. It's great for self-confidence, self-esteem and dealing with bully prevention.

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I teach jiu jitsu, MMA, kickboxing, tai chi, cross fit and weapons arnis sticks/knife, and self-defense.

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