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Common Sense Fitness
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 120 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
  • New on Thumbtack
April F.
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Very experienced in his profession. Self defense strategies are invaluable.

  • New on Thumbtack
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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
  • New on Thumbtack
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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!

  • 5 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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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.

  • 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.

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

Valley Karate
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
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!

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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.

  • New on Thumbtack
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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.

Praxis Martial Arts
5.0
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.

  • New on Thumbtack
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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.

  • New on Thumbtack
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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.

  • 14 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Jacqui L.
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Chris is by far the best personal trainer I've ever had. He cares so much for his clients and makes sure he is pushing you to your full potential. I loved working with Chris, he is fun to work with and adjusts workouts to fit your strengths and helps you work on your weaknesses. I would recommend Chris to anyone, no matter the shape or size, he is a great trainer and worth every penny!

  • 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.

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