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Common Sense Fitness
from 46 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 123 hires on Thumbtack
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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!!!!

  • 18 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Crystal D.
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I was quite impressed with the way Sensei Werth greeted us before class, having been fully prepped on the quirks of my sometimes overly sensitive 8-year old. What impressed me most is that he met us in regular clothing before dressing to lead the class - thereby giving my son an opportunity to interact with him as a regular person he might meet on the street as opposed to another instructor we'd visited a few years prior, who was already engaged in teaching students. My son was "incorporated" into the class, not just to observe, but to participate so he'd have a much better (hands on) opportunity to understand how the class was run. What continued to impress me was that Sensei Werth continued to be the genuine individual he is and not morph into someone teaching in a rote manner - he managed to meet each individual in the family class where they were, without judgement and clearly giving them the respect he aspired to be given himself. I wish I could introduce you to my son as a part of this review as it's difficult to relay in writing how challenging he can be. He is silly at times, has hopelessly high expectations of his abilities (and himself) at other times...he's probably just like any other boy aged 8-10 years old, but the only one that I've had to raise. He's funny and smart, but always thinking, thinking, thinking, and if he thinks he can't master something right away, he's ready to throw in the towel and quit. Sensei Werth has a manner about him that is curious, respectful and encouraging - basically the patience of a saint when it comes to young children. How he and the co-owner of the dojo manage essentially a pack of wild wolves (boys) during a class (we've been to 3 now!) is amazing. Wait, don't think there's only young children in this class as well as beginners - no, there are adults and parents participating as well! My martial arts experience is limited and from well over 20 years ago, so I like to think I have a good idea of classes can be run. My experience is more from a self-defense prospect; I very much enjoyed classes offered by my Sensei in college, but he did have a slightly different approach when he was addressing larger groups of individuals at varying levels and practicing Go-Jo-Ru Karate. Sensei Werth's approach with students seems much more gentle and individualized - skills are not rushed and everyone is encouraged to participate at their level - whether it be skill and/or energy. Overall, this has been a very rewarding experience and I look forward to seeing my son's self-confidence (the secondary goal) grow and hope he's able to learn how to efficiently and safely burn off his abundant energy (primary goal).

  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Gina N.
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I think Infinity is a great place to work out because it is so warm and inviting. You never feel self conscious or uncomfortable around the other guests. The staff are the best you will find anywhere and they truly care about you personally and will do all they can to help you accomplish your fitness goals.

  • 13 years in business
April F.
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Very experienced in his profession. Self defense strategies are invaluable.

Cortes Bjj
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Jamie E.
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Nicks teaching is hands down unbeatable. His attention to detail is what makes his self defense skills, as good as they are. If you are beginner or advanced person he can tailor his teaching skills to fit anyone with any issue... I highly recommend nick to any one who needs self defense.....

Praxis Martial Arts
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Wes S.
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I have been a student of the martial arts for 15 years, primarily in Kempo and Aikido, though I've dabbled in other styles. Dr. Pearlman has researched and studied classical styles to teach modern self defense. His classes have opened my eyes and my mind to a deeper understanding of the martial arts. Besides learning new techniques and applications, my performance in the other styles I practice have also improved. Dr. Pearlman's style is holistic, in the sense that it covers a wide range while keeping everything integrated. Strikes, kicks, locks, trapping and ground techniques are all covered. The focus is on self-defense, not fighting. Classes are relaxed but intense, great for beginners and experienced practitioners. I cannot recommend Praxis Martial Arts enough. Come down and see it for yourself.

Women's Safety Project
from 3 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sheila R.
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This was an excellent workshop. It was exactly what I was looking for -- a class on self-defense techniques and empowerment for women. Anne made the environment very comfortable and explained things fully. She engaged the class. If Anne offers any follow-up workshops, I will definitely attend.

George A.
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I've been training Fang Shi Do for 1 1/2 years and it has become a way of life for me. In a short period of time I had lost 40lbs of body fat and learned some of the most brutal fighting techniques in self defense to date. Master Chief Instructor Tommy DiLallo and the Fang Shi Do fighting method have completely changed my life, I believe it will do the same for you.

  • 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.


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.


This company provides professional personal training services. They have experienced instructors that offer self defense lessons as well as fitness and weight loss workouts.

  • 6 years in business

Jhorge offers self defence classes and specializes on critical survival skills. He offers firearms training, physical conditioning, and more. He also offers CPR and first aid training.


Check out Dr. Robert Pritchett if you are looking for a professional who accepts self defense instructor jobs. He's also a world champion martial artist who handles executive protection services.


This company offers physical and online security services including physical self defense course, facility security systems, investigations and more. They also offer awareness and tactical training.


This business has self defense instructors who can help you be prepared and ready for any situation. They offer women's self defense classes, focusing on teaching how to avoid attacks.


These professionals offer self defense instruction styles that students can use for real street self defense fighting. They teach intelligent self defense samurai among others.


Kenneth Melbourne offers self defense training for adults, small kids and ladies, in groups or individually. This karate, judo and taiho jitsu fighter started training martial arts in the 1960s.


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.


We offer practical self-defense and real martial arts training from certified experts. We have been in business for over 30 years and are one of the best karate/self-defense schools around.


We are a professional martial arts school run by a martial artist with over 20 years of experience, published in the leading martial arts magazine, and is a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

  • 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 tutor and teach anything, from basic math, reading, writing, and other high school-/collegiate-level tutoring to teaching sports such as basketball, rugby, softball, soccer, and combative/self-defense classes.


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.


Antonio Bellaflores is a martial arts instructor who is skilled in teaching basic self defense for women. He also does extreme athletic training services.

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