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  • 3 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
James D.
Verified review

Elin designed a creative program to help my 9 year old son prepare for his martial arts tournaments. My son definitely made improvements in his strength, agility and stamina. Elin was also able to fine tune his kicking and blocking skills since he has experience in various self defense/fighting skills. Elin is quick to respond to emails/text/calls and has tremendous knowledge in the art of exercise, bodybuilding and nutrition. I highly recommend Elin and his team for anyone looking for a professional personal trainer.

  • 13 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Stacy F.
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Our team could not be any happier with the Self Defense program that Mr. Zurriane Bennett is providing to our client. He is professional, organized and extremely skilled. The group is beyond happy with the program. We highly recommend his PSD classes.

The Rowland Training Method
4.7
from 24 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
Michael S.
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I took 10 self-defense classes with Anthony and it was an amazing learning experience and workout. He took the time to make sure all our techniques were solid and then built on that, regardless of skill level. He let the class run away with the fun occasionally but other than that, his classes were everything I was hoping for.

  • 11 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Laura K.
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My two teenage daughters and I trained with David, our instructor, with Falcon Security. It was the best decision we have ever made! Not only did we learn skills to protect ourselves, but we now feel empowered! I know my daughters will be more careful and ready at a momemt's notice to defend and protect themselves, heaven forbid should they need to! As for myself, I have a true confidence that should I find myself in an unsafe situation, I can handle it without a shadow of a doubt. David was spot on with his lessons. He conveyed what can happen to any of us but did so in a professional way. I know he really cared about our well-being and he took our lessons to heart every session. He pointed out scenarios that the girls have never yet contemplated and then gave them the skills to handle what ever can happen. At 17 and 18 it was time for them to learn self defense. David was awesome and I couldn't be happier with the results!

B Fitness
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Ali V.
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I went to Brian for self-defense lessons. I had no previous experience, but I never felt talked down to or uncomfortable with Brian. His techniques were very practical and real-life applicable, as well as quick to pick up. Brian gave lots of instruction to make sure I understood everything and made the learning process easy. After just a few weeks I already began to feel very capable of defending myself in a wide variety of situations due to Brian's training. I highly recommend Brain, and would definitely go back to him.

Muay Thai Rachanon
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Colin T.
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Junaid quite simply changed my life. When i first came to him 2 years ago, I was overweight and my overall self-esteem was poor. He is so good at relaying information about nutrition, fitness, and discipline I felt as if I was getting my own professor to teach me for practically nothing. I have lost over 12 percent in body fat thanks to his workouts and teachings. When i look in the mirror now I not only see an improved body, but an improved person as well.

Gem Fitness
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Blessing O.
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Julien is my personal training. I am extremely happy to have him as a trainer. I have actually lost wait and builded muscle within 3 months and learned some self defense moves. He tailors the workout routing base on you strength and ability than progress as your health improves. I'm grateful to have him as a trainer and I'm sure you will be also.

  • 6 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Samantha D.
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This is not a typical self-defense class. This is a re-training of my mind to better understand the physical forces at work, so I can then retrain my body to respond in a most efficient way. I am already feeling more empowered and in charge of my body. This is flowing over to my mind as I begin to take more control over decisions I make and relationships I am in. This is a self-defense class for my entire being- not just my body.

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Misty C.
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I've known Garrett for over 8 years. He is well-knowledged in self defense and awareness. Professional, comfortable to train with and has really helped build my confidence. If your looking for a passionate instructor, who has great listening skills, Trainum Martial Arts is the way to go!

Martial Arts Tutoring
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Susan W.
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Brian did a great job tailoring a self-defense class for my daughter and me. My daughter had only 2 days before moving to New York to take this class, so Brian had to cram as much information and practice into two sessions as he could. He did a great job and both my daughter and I feel more confident about our self-defense capabilities.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Karen U.
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Scott is very passionate about teaching women to defend themselves. But he also teaches respect and enhances confidence and self esteem.

Talal Esserrare
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Tanya B.
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I have been attending self defense classes with Talal for several months now. He is an amazing coach: very professional and at the same time he has fun personality. Classes are never boring! I'm looking forward to continue working with him.

  • New on Thumbtack
Noheli T.
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When I met breelaun, I had just stepped foot into a gym for the very first time in 19 years!! I didn't have the motivation, was very self-conscious, and was very intimidated by the machines. breelaun didn't make me feel like a big out of shape loser. He is very patient, and knowledgeable on fitness & nutrition. He's super laid back and not your typical "military" style trainer. Don't get me wrong, there were times I whined & said I was tired, & he'd let me rest for a little (like 1 minute) lol & get back to working out .Most important, I was very comfortable with him. I am very happy I made the choice of getting training w/breelaun & have made major changes in my lifestyle.breelaun is the best. Very serious about getting you to achieve your personal best while maintaining a fun environment. It's important to enjoy your workouts and breelaun makes sure that you have a good time. !!!! Thanks BREE BREE ;)

Virginia Okinawan Karate
5.0
from 1 review
  • 25 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Alex T.
Verified review

In the short time that I have been training at Virginia Okinawan Karate, I've learned so much about kata and how every movement has a practical application. Sensei teaches in a fun, motivating way. The upper belts are always willing to stay around after class to help you. While my schedule is busy, every minute of training with Sensei and the class is invigorating and motivating. I've trained for more than 10 years in other styles and recently just came back to martial arts. I am so grateful to have found this place. I highly recommend training at Virginia Okinawan Karate. The class structure and curriculum is ideal for adult practitioners. You'll have fun and learn practical self defense skills.

  • New on Thumbtack
About

Catonsville Seido Karate provides training for self-development, self-defense and physical fitness for adults, teens and children. Our instructor, Sensei Tom Swiss, is a fourth-degree black belt with over twenty-five years of experience in karate. Classes are held at the Catonsville Y -- just 20 minutes from downtown Baltimore, near UMBC and CCBC Catonsville. Our class size is small, so each student receives individual attention.

  • New on Thumbtack
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I have teaching karate (kempo), judo, and some weapons system for twenty years. I am an excellent one-on-one teacher.

  • 3 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
About

I not only teach you how to defend yourself from the average person. I also teach you how to defend yourself from people like me who already know how to fight!

About

As a Military Police Platoon Leader, security is much more than a job for me. It's a calling. And everyone who works for me shares that calling. SHADOW exists to protect what you can't afford to lose.

  • New on Thumbtack
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We are the DC metro region's only Krav Maga school with close ties to Israel. This means we offer the most current methods and techniques of the Krav Maga system, straight from the source. Private classes: We offer private lessons for individuals, pairs, and small groups. The training can be completely customized to meet your needs. In the past, we have done workshops for moms, gun enthusiasts, joggers, singles, and kids among others. - Are you a realtor worried about entering homes alone? - An EMS worker who routinely deals with less than cooperative patients? - An interest group of hikers or joggers who want to handle themselves out on the trail? - Planning on traveling to another country and worry for your safety? - Do you work as armed or unarmed security and want to refresh and continue to develop your skills? In all of these situations and more, we can work with you to create custom classes, focusing specifically on your specific self-protection needs. Workshops for businesses: We also offer safety lectures and workshops for corporate and small businesses. These sessions are a creative alternative to traditional team-building exercises and a great complement to your corporate wellness program.

  • 11 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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We are a one stop shop for ALL training.

  • 16 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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I offer martial art instruction and "Women's Self-Survival Seminars" specifically to empower women with the martial art principles needed to survive a life or death encounter. My martial art classes are limited size and only adults (18 and over). My seminar consists of lecture and demonstrations and is not typical self-defense as most people think about. This seminar is about self-survival to survive a life or death encounter!

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Need a Self Defense Instructor

Falls Church, VA

  • Discipline
    Assault prevention (basic self defense)
  • Age
    Adult
  • Skill level
    No experience
  • Details
    This is for a group of 15-20 co-workers. We wanted to get quotes for a 2-hour self-defense lesson. Hopefully verbal and physical instruction (late January) In Arlington, we have a multipurpose room where we can do the training.
  • $307.17
    Average price

Need a Self Defense Instructor

Arlington, VA

  • Discipline
    Assault prevention (basic self defense)
  • Age
    Adult
  • Skill level
    No experience
  • Details
    We are looking for an instructor to provide a 45 minute self-defense lesson for a group of adults and children at a Black Belt party. Basic street smarts and simple, yet effective techniques is what we want the group to learn.

Need a Self Defense Instructor

Washington, DC

  • Discipline
    Assault prevention (basic self defense)
  • Age
    Adult
  • Skill level
    No experience
  • Details
    Self defense for an adult woman concerned about street assault. Prefer Tuesday weeknights 6-8pm in December or weekend afternoons. Can travel to NW DC locations. Otherwise prefer provider comes to me.
  • $70
    Average price
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