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Waterbury Kids Self Defense Classes

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Common Sense Fitness
from 47 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 125 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!!!!

  • 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.

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.

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.

    • 7 years in business
    Clare S.
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    I went to Alchemy to gain self defense. I ended up in the kickboxing classes and the MMA classes which truly gave me the confidence I was looking for as a younger female. If you're looking for an open minded instructor that can tailor to your needs, Nick is your guy!!!

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      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.

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