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  • 20 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Lombard, IL 60148


I hired him for self defense training. He is amazing. He adjust techniques to what comes natural to your body and mind. I'm so happy with his training.

  • 6 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Billy R.

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Peter is an outstanding instructor. Very personable, knowledgeable, takes his time to instruct, demonstrate and then, while I am peforming the move, if needing correction , does so in a calm and easy way. He fit the bill for everything I am looking for in learning self defense in a non class type setting. You wont be disappointed in giving Peter a try. He has all the equipment, mats, and practice items to use as well..He's also very flexible given my schedule of the times I am in his area on other business, to schedule a lesson around.

  • 11 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Worth, IL 60482

Strawlan G.

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This is an excellent dojo for kids and adults alike. Garza Sensei is amazing with the little ones - never a boring moment, and they stay safely and energetically engaged the entire time. No time is wasted on hokey board-breaking and silly showmanship. Kids are taught self and opponent body control, how to fall and maneuver properly in space and around obstacles, and how to deal with multiple-opponent conflict in a very safe an controlled manner as compared to other, more strike-first-oriented arts (which, if put on practice, could get a parent sued!). With a no-contract, incredibly-reasonably-priced, and familial atmosphere, the students win every time! An extra bonus is the Japanese that the kids learn. Counting and many verbal interactions are done in Aikido's native language, and most children develop a proficiency within weeks! Truly an amazing place to practice. Highly recommended.

  • Chicago, IL 60616


As an airline pilot, sitting up to 13 hours a day, being gone from home 4 days a week, eating out and living from a suitcase...a fit, nutritious lifestyle is almost impossible. ALMOST. I am blessed, being active and playing sports has come naturally to me. But growing up I was always the "bigger" girl. Always had an excuse, blamed my plump bones for not being fit. Far from speedy, hated to run...BUT dreamed big!! I would give my heart and soul everytime. I knew I could change my bodyshape if I really tried. Thanks to great friends, they started me out weight lifting and changing my eating habits, which really helped get my fitness ball rolling... mixed martial arts has become my savior. Victory Martial Arts in Chicago has truly transformed me inside and out. I've not only lost 35 lbs and 10%of pure fat, I've learned so much about self-defense and myself. When you have a passion...nothing will get in your way. Determination become routine. I've gone from being a heavier, self-conscious lady to a muscular, confident woman thanks to the encouragement from all my instructors, classmates and family I have found at all of the Victory Martial Arts Academies!

  • 10 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Roselle, IL 60172


This is a great place to learn self defense and other things. Don is kind, patient, knowlegable in all that he does. He is a great teacher. I have learned alot from our private classes. I will continue going to him as long as he is around!! Great place!!

  • 34 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Waukegan, IL 60087


Defensor Method of Filipino Martial Arts is a complete system that enables you to turn your whole body and anything around you as a weapon. These arts are thought to be weapon-based only, but in actuality, it is a complete system of self-defense. You will learn fighting drills using the stick, knife, staff, and the whole body as a weapon. The guru, Nate Defensor has been teaching the "Defensor Method" of Filipino-Indonesian martial arts for 31 years in the Chicagoland area and has been involved in martial arts for 45 years. Defensor Method is a combination of the Inayan system, Pekiti-Tirsia, Inosanto blend, Tobosa/Villabrille system, Pusaka Dwipantara Silat, Jalur Putih Pencak Silat, Doce Pares Eskrima, Derobio, Balintawak, Ilonggo style, muay Thai and Kuntao. Private classes are $50 per hour. Group classes are for $100 held once a week for two months, $160 for classes twice a week for two months, $220 for three classes a week for two months, and $250 for four classes a week in two months. Classes are held in the following: * Tuesday classes are held at Mohh Dulce, 2602 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647. Class time is at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM. * Wednesday classes are held at Fitzgerald's Martial Arts, 1742 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615. Class time is at 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM. * Thursday classes are held at Mohh Dulce, 2602 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647. Class time is at 6:45 PM - 8:45 PM. For Friday classes, please call for locations. Sunday classes are held at Albany Park, Chicago, IL 60625. For location, please contact the listed phone number for details from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM.

  • 17 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL 60607

Courtney W.

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I've been training with Brennan for just over a month and I am extremely impressed with his personal training program. Brennan is professional, attentive and knowledgeable when it comes to health and fitness as well as nutrition. He created a customized workout plan for me to match my previous fitness experience while being mindful of a pre-existing injury. Brennan works to accommodate my schedule and is always encouraging during workouts, giving me that extra cheer when I need to finish just a few more reps. I would highly recommend Brennan and his training program to others and I will definitely continue to work with him as I progress in my fitness journey.

  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL 60605


I am a certified personal trainer and head trainer at UFC gym South Loop. I specialize in strength/conditioning and boxing/kickboxing. I also help with nutrition and meal plans. Come to me or I'll go to you. Contact me for complimentary assessment.

  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Lyons, IL 60534

Jason D.

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\I recently began taking lessons from Doug. I have no fighting experience and he has been very patient showing me the proper technique and foot work to build a good base of knowledge for boxing. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a great workout and one on one training. JD

  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Darien, IL 60561

Jesus M.

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At first i was skeptical whether or not i could really learn anything from just one guy but Adam was really informative and understanding. I told him about my weaknesses and a little about what i already know and he was able to figure a routine that would work best for me. He was quite fair when it came to work-outs and made sure it was just at the right pace, after one session i already felt stronger than i ever did before and for that i am grateful. I would recommended taking Adam's services for anyone willing to learn basic or just fundamental of what Adam offers to teach. Overall a nice and good instructor and i plan on taking more sessions with him.

  • Chicago, IL 60610


Zen Fitness provides individualized strength and conditioning personal training and mixed martial arts for all ages. Including strength training programs that will help strengthen your body and provide it with the mobility to perform the necessary techniques to learn to defend yourself. By combining strength coaching, structural balance work, and ancient MMA techniques, not to mention proper nutrition. You will improve yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally by exercising at the next level and with proper motivation. Think of the years that you will add to your life! Learn and develop your strength, explosiveness, mixed martial arts skills, conditioning, and overall fitness with private, semi-private, and group classes.

  • 15 years in business
  • Lisle, IL 60532


Reward your mind and body. Learn to defend your personal space while practicing an amazing workout routine. You will most likely find that your level of energy increases throughout the week. Your body will become more flexible while building inner core strength. Learn from an instructor/trainer who wants you to learn the skills you can use for many years to come; don't just have someone show you how to do a routine during your sessions. Experience instruction from someone who maintains healthy fitness as a lifestyle choice; we want you to succeed in learning life-long fitness skills. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced students are welcome. Why pay from over $300 a month to thousands of dollars a year for limited instruction with larger classes? Our students enjoy the best possible instruction through private lessons one on one with an instructor. We have also dropped our hourly rates during the recession nearly 50% from $60/hour to only $36 an hour. We also provide the service to couples or groups of 2 at the same rate of only $36/hour, that is just $18 a person! Please email us today to get started or if you have any questions. This is your chance to learn martial arts and self defense for any who have ever wanted to learn karate or another form of martial arts. Have supervised instruction for: yourself, you & a friend, your children, siblings, couples, etc. Enjoy a fun fitness routine by yourself or with a close friend under professional certified instruction. We teach: Karate, Tang Soo Do, basic self defense, Kickboxing, Personal Training, tournament sparring, Cardio Kick-boxing and flexibility classes. Experience Fireheart Martial Arts: "Where Instructors Make the Difference."

  • 4 years in business
  • Glenview, IL 60025


The only martial arts company specializing in personalized martial arts instruction for the entire family, based on a martial arts style of Shaolin Kenpo. Kenpo is a style that is a blend of Karate, Kung Fu and Jiujitsu, using the best from each martial arts style to provide an effective and efficient method of self defense that can be tailored to any age and body style.

  • La Grange, IL 60525


Extreme Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness is the result of many years of training under varying types of martial arts. We have taken the best parts of all traditional martial arts, and combined them into one proven system. Mixed Martial Arts has grown in technique, as well as styles, over the years. We are here to bring you the latest training techniques, while maintaining our roots in tradition. Our styles include karate, kickboxing, boxing, judo, jiu-jitsu, wrestling and self-defense techniques. With the instructors having over 46 years of combat sports training in these disciplines, all of our students will be well-rounded martial artists working towards a common goal - obtaining their black belts.


We offer Wing Chun kung Fu and street self-defense training for Chicago and the NW suburban area. Chief instructor Dominick Izzo is a former police officer, certified law enforcement defensive tactics instructor, and co-founder of the non-profit women's self-defense organization, I Am Self Defense.


We offer Aikido training for both children and adults in Self-Defense training. We remove doubts about self, size, age or ability about self-defense training. We encourage students to believe that they can and will defend themselves. This is important when they understand the "why" concept for taking martial arts. You will learn more about self development that will strengthen the core of Living Life to the fullest!

  • Hebron, IL 60034


We offer personal training and self-defense training for children and adults, including those with special needs. We also offer workplace violence prevention training with specific content for healthcare, real estate, sales and other occupations. We also offer sales training and coaching.


We offer a simple, effective and practical system of proven self-defense skills, strategies and tactics that are easy to learn, simple to perform and practical for anyone regardless of age, size or ability level. Workshops are tailored to your organization's needs and can be done on-site at your location or at our studio located inside Lee's Academy of Martial Arts in Oak Forest,IL.

  • Midlothian, IL 60445


Do you watch the UFC and want to train in martial arts? Our enthusiastic, motivated, fun team seeks new members to train in a safe, fully equipped environment. Dennis L. Wright, with over 20 years' teaching experience, offers coed classes in the following: * Muay Thai kickboxing * Submission grappling/wrestling * BJJ (affiliation with Carlson Gracie Jr. Black Belt instructor Jason Sullins) * Kenpo karate * MMA * Take downs and throws * Close quarter combat * Weaponry * Self-defense seminars Don't forget to ask about cardio kickboxing classes and weight loss boot camps. All ages and abilities are welcome. Classes are held from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., 5 days a week, and daytime during Saturdays. Lastly, our rate is $70 per month for unlimited classes, no contracts.

  • Highwood, IL 60040


Krav Panim El Panim or KAPAP is the Hebrew acronym for face-to-face combat. It is the original combat system of CQB, hand-to-hand combat and self-defense, employed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). KAPAP (Krav Maga) fight tactics originated in the 1940s and were used by the Palmach (Jewish Strike Brigades) forces in fighting for the independence of the state of Israel. These Palmach units later formed the core of Israel's special units in the conventional military (IDF). The KAPAP Academy is staffed by former official Israeli military and police instructors in counter-terror combatives (LOTAR). In oppose to typical martial arts schools, it is an "all combat" system -- a system totally dedicated to close combat and self-defense, with and without weapons. It has no sporting or competition aspect, nor does it adhere to any classical or traditional school of thought. KAPAP Combative Concepts is the first and the only training center in Illinois to be certified by the KAPAP Academy. We offer authentic Israeli combative CQB, H2H combat, tactical training, and more. In addition to our KAPAP and Krav Maga training, we offer Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) classes, kids programs (Tae Kwon Do), women self-defense classes, and uniquely designed combat fitness classes. We offer 2 free trial classes, so stop by to get your guest pass today!

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Oak Park, IL

Assault prevention (basic self defense)
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My daughter is 15 years old. She needs to learn skills to protect herself, to feel safe alone and when traveling, and to have the confidence to know that she can protect herself.
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