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  • 3 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

James D.

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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.

Hector B.

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I would recommend Elin to anyone who is looking to achieve their physical goals. Talk about personal training he's the best very professional and knowledgeable at we he does. He start's you of with a plan tailored to want to you want to achieve and really helps you get there. There is not enough words to describe all the great work he does!

Dimitar P.

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Elin is amazing personal trainer. His sports experience and positive mental attitude position him in top places for personal training specialists.He is helping me with my fitness goals,my personal goals and strengthening not only my body but my mind as well. If you want fast results and amazing experience Elin Is your trainer.

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  • 6 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 9 hours

Ericka R.

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My experience with XStrengthSpeed has been challenging and well worth the investment! Several of my health challenges have been reversed, my range of motion is better from an old injury and my doctor is well pleased with my progress to date. Xavier is a coach, motivator and athlete all in one. He genuinely cares about his clients and makes every effort to accommodate my demanding schedule. He checks in regularly to find out if I am resting properly or eating well to meet my goals. If you are looking to change your body, get healthy or change your quality of life, I highly recommend XStrengthSpeed!

Janice D.

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Working with Xavier has been a success and is quite effective. He has definitely helped me to move closer to my wellness and weight loss goals through his custom workouts. In addition, he is a good motivator and is very dedicated to his clients. If you want a personal trainer who will help you in reach your weight loss goals through encouragement, motivation, and effective workouts, then Xavier is the complete package.

Joy M.

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I have just recently started my weight loss journey with Mr. Byrd and I have to say he is hands down the best! He pays attention to my needs and is ALWAYS there to give me the motivation I need. It has only been a month and a half and I have lost almost 20 pounds and toned up areas I once felt so self conscious about! He is very professional and always on time. I highly recommend him

  • 5 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 25 min

Rena D.

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I’ve been taking self defense lessons with Anthony for about 3 months now and it has been great. He breaks down movements and explains things in a way that’s easy for a beginner to understand, and is great at tailoring workouts to my needs. I work in an emergency room where patients often become violent, and Anthony takes situations I’ve seen or my co-workers have seen and shows me how to defend myself. You can tell from your first session with Anthony that he not only is an expert in what he does, but that he loves what he does. He makes working out fun. I leave our sessions completely exhausted, as he works you hard for the full time. He’s also great at working around my crazy schedule. I enjoy our sessions so much I’ve been passing out his business cards to all my work friends!

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.

Walter M.

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Anthony show great knowledge in self defense. Is extremely patience in his teachings. Look forward to more sessions.

  • 12 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 59 min

Donno C.

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I came to Brian in January of 2015. I have struggled with my weight, self image, and self confidence my entire life. At 42 years old, 5 foot 7, and 276 pounds I was desperately out of shape, weak, and in need of guidance. Every attempt I'd made in my adult life to lose weight and keep it off was miserable failure. I'd gained and lost hundreds of pounds. If you can think of a fitness gimmick, I've tried it. NutriSystem, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Beach Body, Herbalife, all of them! None worked long term. Today, 5 months after starting with Brian I have lost 30 pounds, gotten incredibly stronger in all measurable ways, lost 6 inches off my waist, and I feel amazing! Brian teaches you that the key to long term success is to build strength to support your bodies efforts to be lean and fit. He doesn't promise any quick fixes or miracle cures. It is dedication and hard work that get you to your goals. Every session is packed from start to finish with exercises that keep me moving, burning fat, and gaining strength! No excuses, no escapes...you come to him to get results and he will give those to you as long as you put in the work! For the first time in my life I'm excited about my body, the way it is transforming and the changes I can see in myself every single week. Do yourself a favor...if you need help to get to the fitness level you want, then call Brian...talk to him, meet him for a workout and see what can happen with experienced guidance at your side! The results will amaze you...they do me! --Donno Cole Fairfax, VA

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.

Kristin S.

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I really appreciate Brian's dedication to my personal fitness goals. We discuss them at every session and he constantly adjusts his routine to ensure my success. He's a pleasure to talk to and the hour always goes by fast. Any questions I have he's always ready with an answer. I would recommend Brian to train anyone at any fitness level with any goals in mind!!

  • 11 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 53 min

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!

Francesco B.

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A friend has advised me to take self-defense training, not a typical self defense course, a special training made by Falcon. I thought that he was joking, that’s been the true: a training give by an Israeli school security expert thought outdoors in real places. I did a special training, very special. I never found and did in my entire life nothing like that. Falcon was patient and constant to take me to be independent for my personal security. I learn a lot important interesting things. With Falcon‘s school I did an articulate training, taking care of all the technical, psychological, physical and behavioral aspects. Falcon is a high level security professional even if he doesn’t want to show it. His reserved behavior is synonym of guaranty, professionalism and importance. I have to be sincere, this training was really exhausting but I don’t regretet it.

Cindy J.

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Mr. Schinasi conducted a class with me and my children and their friends. My daughter and her friends were going away to college and we wanted to offer some training in self defense. David had a plan and was patient with us and thorough. After the class, I felt confident that the girls were introduced to the basics of self defense. We plan to have another session soon. I highly recommend Mr. Schinasi's training program.

  • 6 years in business
  • Response time: 3 min
  • Glen Burnie, MD

Jeffrey H.

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Christian Noll so skillfully injects humor into every training session that you might not realize how much you've learned until you're done for the day. Since starting at Arundel Aikikai 10 months or so ago, I have not had a single bad experience. The more advanced students never begrudge working with a beginner, instead helping to further enhance the good instruction that Christian provides. The environment is low-pressure so that I've never felt bad for having trouble with a technique or not remembering something from a previous session. At the same time, I feel like I'm learning a lot in every lesson. I would definitely recommend taking aikido here, no matter who you are or where you are in life.

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.

Audrey W.

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Exciting stuff, Christan is an awesome teacher, and everyone has an all around fun time! I've been attending Arudel Aikikai classes for about three years now, and for one, I can say my confidence has definitely increased. If you don't at least give this class a try, you're missing for sure!

  • 9 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 20 min

Jasper C.

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Joshua is a phenomenal teacher and fighter of BJJ, Kickboxing and MMA. He tailors to your specific strengths and weaknesses, so that you get maximum value out of each class. He focuses on technique, fighting concepts, conditioning all the while ensuring you have fun during the process. Learning is everything here and he encourages self-filming or bringing in a partner to train with at no extra charge. The gym in a good shape, with all the necessary equipment and padding you would associate with MMA gyms. Joshua is constantly making improvements to the gym to keep it competitive and in good condition. He has many different types of classes and he is very flexible. It is no wonder why he has such a following, his knowledge and sincerity is rare in this industry.

Erin H.

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My son loves taking lessons and it's been great seeing him so excited

  • 7 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 5 min

Carlos L.

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I have been to many different introductory self- defense classes, yet never felt compelled to sign up. After Evan’s 2 hour introductory session where he introduced the self-defense philosophy regarding fear control, instincts, and basic striking techniques, I was excited to begin private lessons. My experience with Evan and his private self-defense training was fantastic! Evan was thorough in communicating the techniques and skills necessary to defend myself in many realistic situations. He tailored his training to my physical abilities. Evan was always patient in answering all my questions, and making sure that I understood his answers. I have come away from my self-defense training with a significantly enhanced awareness and confidence in my ability to defend myself should the need arise. Additionally, my overall fitness has improved by spending some time daily practicing the self-defense techniques. Evan’s practical approach to self-defense is inspiring. He cares about his student’s safety and he teaches techniques that one can execute with minimal thought, and instinctiveness. I give my highest recommendation for Evan’s training! Thanks so much Evan! Carlos N. Virginia

Austin R.

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I went into this class with a general interest in self-defense but not knowing what to expect. By the end, it was well worth my time to do four sessions over four nights. A few things stand out from my experience that make me comfortable recommending it to all others. First, Evan clearly has a deep knowledge of the field and ability not just to answer any question but to help you see rationale and develop your own self-defense mindset. Second, Evan's emphasis is on simple, functional defense based on easily-learned movements rather than complicated techniques that would require more than four sessions to learn and execute properly. He started simple and in just four classes built confidence and provided a toolbox to build from moving forward. Third, Evan is great at scaling the instruction and execution to match individual students' level of experience. I was in a class with total beginners (like me) mixed in with more experienced students and never felt uncomfortable thanks to Evan's ability to keep everybody engaged and learning. Altogether a great experience and look forward to working with Evan again in the future.

Chris V.

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I've been training with Evan and NOVA Self Defense for over a year now both in group classes and in private training's and I can't recommend him enough. His knowledge of self defense goes beyond the PDR system that he teaches. Even more important Evan is an outstanding teacher. I was really awkward when I first started training with him - but the way he teaches is engaging with lots specific examples and tons of positive feedback so it was easy to learn. I've seen other trainers teach the same system and I have to say Evan was the most effective. I've seen him tailor a class on the fly to cater to both advanced level and beginning level attendees. If you're interested in learning self defense you really can't go wrong with NOVA Self Defense!

  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 8 hours

Anatoliy M.

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I know Alex for couple years as a talented and skilled martial arts professional and also a great fitness instructor. Both self and my son are trained by him at Master Lee's Martial Arts Taekwondo school of Sterling,VA. We are very happy we met him so he explained and helped a lot to be well-trained and feel much better about many things. He always provides easy to follow techniques with related explanations, advises and hand-on demonstratoinons. Greatly recommended! Outstanding instructor/professional!

Lana B.

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This was my first Thumbtack experience so I did not know what to expect. I called Alex and booked an initial meeting for a self defense class. I was so impressed with his knowledge and ability to teach to me (someone with absolutely no experience in self defense) that I hired him immediately. I would recommend him in a minute, I can't explain how much fun each training is while at the same time also getting a tailored workout as well as learning useful and practical skills!!

Mona L.

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Alex did some personal training and self defense sessions for myself and two teenage children. He brought equipment and was very knowledgeable about strength training, different abilities, and self defense techniques. It was great to be able to workout at home and with my older kids. We hope to resume classes with him later this summer.

  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Silver Spring, MD

Shannon C.

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I've been training with Julien about two years now. It began as an at home training experience, and sometimes we would meet at the gym and do some weight training. Many times we worked out at a local park. I've enjoyed working out with Julien because of the sometimes unorthodox exercises that he would do. I lost a lot of weight working with him, and increased my 5k race pace. I enjoy that he draws inspiration from many disciplines such as yoga, meditation, martial arts, weight training, parkour, etc. I think if he had his own gym in a centrally located place it would be awesome. In his gym, he could have jungle-gym inspired equipment in addition to weight training equipment, so we could have a gym (indoors) that would support his style of training. As he grows, perhaps this is what will happen one day :)

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.

Kamareena M.

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Julien is a very understanding trainer, I felt very comfortable while I was working out with him. He explained explicitly what the various types of exercises would do for me, especially cause I needed to improve on my strength and flexibility. Communication is great, as he checks up on my daily health routine. So far, I am pleased.

  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 19 min

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.

Jeff M.

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Brian knows his stuff and is a very good instructor The small class size really helped him focus on me. I studied Kumdo but have also studied Tae Kwon Do with him as well. Definitely recommended.

  • Bethesda, MD

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 ;)

  • 25 years in business
  • Response time: 2 hours
  • Alexandria, VA

Alex T.

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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.

  • Falls Church, VA

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.

  • 11 years in business
  • Nottingham, MD

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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.

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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.

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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
  • Suitland, MD

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Herculian Karate is a Korean traditional style martial arts based upon the philosophy and ideas of the late Ki Whang Kim. Self defense, character and self challenge is what we focus on improving in our students. Herculian Karate is not only a great place to learn self defense but also a great place to shape teens into adults. Herculian Karate is the place where teens are initiated into adulthood.

  • 19 years in business
  • Severna Park, MD

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We're a no-frills Japanese Jujitsu club with a friendly family atmosphere. The cost is just $50 month-to-month; there is no contract. Our students, both male and female, range in age from 12 to 53. Sensei is a 6th degree black belt and President of the American Jujitsu Association.

  • 16 years in business
  • Leonardtown, MD

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I offer "Women's Self-Survival Seminars" specifically to empower women with the martial art principles needed to survive a life or death encounter. This seminar consisting of lecture and demonstrations 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

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Assault prevention (basic self defense)
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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.
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Arlington, VA

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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.
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Washington, DC

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Assault prevention (basic self defense)
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Adult
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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.
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