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Common Sense Fitness
from 46 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 124 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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!!!!

  • 13 years in business
Donna N.
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I had Greg do a self defense training class for my son and 5 of his friends. This was the boys first training class, Greg was patient with them and made sure everyone felt comfortable with what they had learned. It was a hands on class, and I would highly recommend any of the courses Greg offers. When my son applied for his license to carry he had a few questions, I directed him back to Mr. Burns and he was able to guide him.

Anshin Martial Arts
from 4 reviews
    Julie D.
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    We started at Anshin when Mike held an anti-bullying workshop. Mike has been a great instructor for both of my sons. Mike focuses on encouraging kids to grow in martial arts skills and respect for one another. My sons really enjoy learning and practicing at Anshin. My sons have learned to practice self control and gained self confidence.

    Praxis Martial Arts
    from 4 reviews
    • 8 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Mike L.
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    I have been blessed to call Steve Pearlman a teacher and a friend for many years. His consisent work ethic and dedication to the Martial Arts has remained inspirational throughout. Like Bruce Lee, who took the best parts of various Martial Arts to create his art, Steve is a pioneer in the field. When I first began to read his book (The Book of Martial Power), I stopped myself halfway through and restarted. I found there was so much practicality in his style that I needed to start over again, fearing I may miss something. Never had I read so much about the delivery of technique and maintenance of structure that has not been puffed up with filler. There is no fluff in the book or in his style, whatsoever. Wrapping my head around his concepts has been nothing but thrilling over the years. Everything Steve teaches is practical and geared toward self-defense that is highly effective. Praxis Martial Arts teaches the delivery of sound and powerful technique through seemingly effortless movement. You will work hard reaching this state of effortless technique, but the end result is the knowledge and muscle memory needed to quickly defuse and/or control a physical confrontation. As Steve says, "Work hard. Fight lazy." I would highly recommend Steve and Praxis to anyone.

    Valley Karate
    from 2 reviews
      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!

      • 35 years in business
      • 3 hires on Thumbtack
      Paul R.
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      To Whom It May Concern, I am writing this testimonial to inform you of the talent and passion of my good friend, and teacher, Eric Stowe. While I met Eric while in high school, I did not get to know him until we met again after college. It is important to note, that up to age 19, I was overweight, and unfit physically. I was awkward, and when I walk, I tended, as my mother would say, to lumber. While in college, I lost a good bit of weight, and for a couple semesters, studied Shotokan Karate. Shotokan is a hard style karate, and practices included 45 minutes of strenuous exercise, followed by 15 to 30 minutes of technique or form. While my physical health improved some, I learned very little that would benefit me. After graduating, I met Eric when a mutual friend brought me to a class he was teaching. While we did warm up with some exercises, Eric quickly moved into techniques, so when we left the class, we had a feeling of accomplishment, that we had actually learned something that we could use. I immediately signed up to study under Eric, and continued to study with him for over 15 years. Within a year, my mother commented that while she wasn’t sure how she felt about me studying the martial arts, she loved the changes she had seen in me. I stood more erect, I no longer lumbered when I walked, I was more graceful on my feet and more confident in life in general. I have seen Eric work with both men and women, both younger and older. From a middle school aged boy who studied for several years, to a retired woman who joined the class for about one year. Eric is a gifted teacher whose flexibility ensures that everyone in the class, from the most inexperienced, to the seasoned veteran, benefit from the time spent with him. I would recommend anyone looking to improve their health, balance, or peace of mind in a violent world, to spend time studying with him.

      • 16 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Milly W.
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      Chris was excellent! We met for about an hour workout, starting with a warmup and some focused instruction and then bag work. It was an absolute blast and he is very knowledgeable. Chris taught me how to fit and I feel like I can take those skills into self defense if it were ever needed. Would highly highly recommend his services and classes.


      East Coast Training Systems (ECTS) specializes in the areas of self-defense, martial arts, and fitness. Owned by the husband and wife team of Drew and Daniele Serrano, ECTS is comprised of professional instructors and trainers. Drew is a 7th degree black belt master and 10th degree grandmaster with 33+ years in martial arts and fitness. He has been featured on Discovery Channel, ESPN2, David Letterman, and Jay Leno in connection to his martial arts skill. Drew is also the co-founder of the United States and World Breaking Association, the sanctioning body for martial arts breaking, and a member of numerous martial arts-related federations and organizations. Daniele is a 2nd and 3rd degree black belt with close to 20 years of experience. She is a former fitness model and has been featured in multiple independent action films, winning "Female Breakout Action Star" in 2009. ECTS has created the following original programs: - Escape Alive Survival Skills - the leading women's self-defense program in CT, in partnership with Jane Doe No More. - Kun Tao Combatives - no nonsense real-life self-defense for everyone based on a progressive certification program. - Strike Fit Fitness - a unique blend of martial arts, fitness, and combative principals that takes participants through a full body workout, while learning basic striking and combative principles. - ECTS Foundations- leadership and character building for elementary to college age students. ECTS instructors include world champions, personal trainers, state and local police officers, and career martial artists. In addition to a main location in Waterbury, CT, ECTS teaches regularly at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield and Amistad Academy Elementary in New Haven, and teaches self-defense classes throughout the state.


      I've been involved in the physical training since the age of 4. I was a track and field athlete. I started mixed martial arts when I was 9. I got a granted college scholarship as a 200-meter-runner athlete. I became a registered dietitian and a certified personal physical trainer at the age of 23. I started bodybuilding and ever since, I've done 40 shows and placed first place in more than 29 shows. My new Number is 2 zero three five five one zero eight six eight

      • 20 years in business

      Hello, and thank you for inquiring. We're sure that you have lots of questions. We hope that some will be answered in the paragraphs below. So, let's get to it! We are a privately own business with our studio located at 360 Main Street, Ansonia, CT 06401. My wife Jennifer and I (Edison) had been teaching privately for over 10 years now. Our students range from 10 to 80 years of age. Our classes are small (no more than five students per class). Some students prefer to work alone; we do that, too. In our basic self-defense class, we focus in teaching the mechanics of joint manipulation, the proper ways to punch and kick (no flying kicks here) and how to use your elbows and the rest of your body to protect and use as a weapon. The students also learn to use the opponent's momentum to execute simple, yet effective moves. In the intermediate class, you'll learn to anticipate the opponent's moves and move in as close as possible to take them off balance. Finally, in the advance level, you'll learn to execute defensive-attacking moves, strike with precision and speed at this level. We also introduce defense against weapons as well as how to use weapons for your own protection. One last point, although we are black martial artists, we are not a martial arts school. No particulate discipline is taught. We evaluate our students' abilities and tailor our teaching for them to become more practical, efficient and yes, lethal! We are looking forward to hearing from you! Best regards, Jennifer and Edison


      The American Studio of Martial Arts offers the most comprehensive martial arts program in the area. Sifu Miller began teaching Jiao Shou in this area in 1999 and continues to provide students with a safe, noncompetitive environment. Along with learning history, philosophy, and culture, students will learn very practical and effective self-defense techniques. Different from many sport-style martial arts of the present, our school provides the environment necessary for the development of the mind, body, and spirit, thus making it possible for students to attain self-discipline, self-esteem, respect and compassion for all life. We offer classes in kung fu, tai chi, and kickboxing for children as young as 3 1/2 years old through adults of all ages. Classes are Monday through Saturday, mornings, afternoons, and evenings.


      We offer a variety of styles and are the most diverse, fully-functional martial arts school in the State. We have many instructors and teach several different styles. We are also open six days a week and have classes in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Come and try a free lesson to see what separates us from the other schools in the area.


      We are located at 20 Jefferson Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut. Our staff comprises of diversified instructors, and we offer martial arts instruction in the following: * aikido * kung-fu * karate * jujutsu * Muay Thai * Brazilian jiu jitsu * freestyle kickboxing * judo * boxing * capoeira * kali or silat * mixed martial arts or MMA * kettlebell training * soft style arts All these are taught under one roof! We are open 6 days a week. We have the following facilities: * two training areas * a boxing ring * a full complement of training equipment * a shower for students * a weight room * a Wi-Fi lounge We have 12 staff members and are arguably one of the most fully functional martial arts school in the state of Connecticut. We are ready to help you achieve your training goals in a variety of styles! Please feel free to call and schedule a free introductory session.


      I teach woman assault avoidance and defense through the Girls On Guard seminar model. In 1 to 3 sessions, we can teach you how to become a "Hard Target". This makes you unappealing to a predator, and if you are picked, teaches you how to fight back and survive.


      I have been involved in the martial arts for 30 years and I have been a body worker for nearly the same amount of time. I am looking for clients for private instruction and healing bodywork. Let's talk about what you are looking for and create a positive experience for you!

      • 5 years in business

      We use real world threats and train our students to be self aware of their surroundings and how to completely defend themselves in any type of stressful situation.


      Learning more about karate and the martial arts is what we are all about. We're here to help answer your questions. Maybe you're just getting started, and you want to know how to tie your belt, or where to get a karate uniform or equipment—we can help you with that. If you just want some self-defense techniques, we can help you with that, too. If you're looking for some good articles about self-defense and staying safe for adults and teens. We got that also. We have a great selection of videos, pictures, news, and more. If there is something you think we should ad or expand on, just leave us a comment, and we'll do our best to meet your demand. Online Karate Classes is here for you. We want to help you in any way we can, so you will have a great karate/martial art experience. Your comments are always welcome.

      • 16 years in business

      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!


      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.


      We provide reality based self-defense training for women. Our program is layered, progressing from Avoidance through De-escalation, Discouragement, and finally Destruction. The first two layers are not physical. The last two are. Counter attacks in the Discouragement layer range from relatively mild to relatively harsh. The last layer involves all-out- no rules counter attacks designed to incapacitate an attacker and ensure that the client, not the attacker walks away. Although our instructors hold advanced black belt degrees in more than one martial art, we do not teach martial arts or combat sports. What we teach would be illegal in any of them including MMA. We also provide the physical and mental training necessary to effectively utilize this program.

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      Need a Self Defense Instructor for an Adult Beginner ASAP

      Albany, NY

      • Discipline
        Assault prevention (basic self defense)
      • Age
      • Skill level
        No experience
      • Details
        I'm a resident worker for young females ages 16 - 22. At times, the worker is attacked be one of the resident.
      • $15
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