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Best Defense Concepts
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
April P.
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Peter is a polished professional and is extremely skilled at his craft. I already feel safer with the self defense tools that he has given me. I highly recommend him, as he is talented, flexible, and motivational.

Slavica K
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Steve C.
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Coach Slavica is great! I had never taken lessons or done any type of self defense instruction before. A friend of mine and student of hers referred me to her for lessons in Krav Maga. I was skeptical about whether it was for me, but seeing the passion with which she teaches and talks about Krav got me really fired up. She doesn't just teach me what to do, but she explains from a fundamental level why I'm doing it so I have a full understanding of what Im trying to accomplish with my techniques. She has also been flexible in scheduling which is a big plus because I have a crazy schedule. Highly recommend!

  • 15 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
About

It is extremely rare to find a Black Belt who is willing to work with others for personalized one on one training as I do. I have the luxury of working with so many other Black Belt instructors that I may spend more time one on one with students rather than only being able to see people in a class setting alone. I believe class settings are wonderful at helping you learn much material. However I realize that personal training sessions are the best way for others to learn self defense, or work out more effectively given many different factors in our lives.

  • New on Thumbtack
Amanda B.
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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!

About

I can help in practicing defense-style guard positioning and offense technique. I also have experience in helping you how to control your motions.

About

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.

Threshold Martial Arts
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Katie B.
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Our 5 year old son has been taking Jiu Jitsu at Thresold Martial Arts for 5 months and is loving it! We first heard about Threshold when we saw a demonstration they did at Park Ridge Libray last summer. Now I am now reviewing my own positive experience. My husband is a police officer and urged me to sign up for a women's self defense class being offered at Threshold. I was hesitant because I work and have two young kids, but I thought it would be a good experience and it has far surpassed my expectations. The instructor is a Jiu Jitsu black belt and the owner of the gym who really cares about teaching and keeping people safe. I could go on and on, but bottom line is this is a really family friendly place - so much more than we expected. Even with my limited free time, I am making it a priority to continue my training. Thanks!!

Modern Mindful Warriors
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Veronica O.
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My daughter and I took a self defense class with Dylan at Players U. It was an awesome experience and I tell everyone about it. He was a great teacher and very professional. Patient and thorough, all Mom and girls should take this class. Boys being bullied should too! Just so they have an option to defend themselves. He teaches self confidence and Core strength thats beneficial to other sports and dance. We look forward to coming back this fall.

Martial Arts Right Now!
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Brent A.
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Before we sent our daughter off to college, we wanted to be sure she had some basic self defense training. Michael came to our house and trained her specifically for the self defense skills a young woman might need. It was a very effective training and we were very pleased. Brent Albrecht, West Chicago, IL

  • 19 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Ali D.
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Jay did a great job accommodating my busy schedule. He is knowledgeable and professional. I recommend his class to beginners or anyone looking to improve his/her self-defense techniques.

The Village Dojo
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Sean J.
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This class will give you a great work out and self defense skills that are priceless. You will feel confident and amazed by different techniques and skills you will learn. I'm so glad I met and train with Professor Terrance. It has definitely been a life changing experience!

  • 17 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
About

I provide martial arts, self-defense, and physical fitness to my clients. I have been involved with this for over 20 years.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lisa K.
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Dennis is an outstanding coach, highly skilled and an excellent resource for self defense training. I highly recommend his course.

About

We offer the following services: - Krav maga - Combat fitness - Karate for kids - Muay Thai - Modern arnis - Mixed martial arts - Reality based self-defense - Fight like a girl - Rape prevention - After school karate programs

  • 12 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
About

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS Whether you want sport, self-defense, personal development or just something to be part of, we have a program for you. CREDENTIALS * Illinois Director for JKD Grappling Association * Senior Instructor under Sifu Larry Hartsell * Associate Instructor under Guro Dan Inosanto * Silat Instructor under Guro Dan Inosanto * Senior Training Officer of Progressive Fighting Systems * Senior Instructor under Paul Vunak * Senior Instructor under Thomas Cruse * Pro Coach 1 under Sensei Erik Paulson * Instructor Level One under Sifu Rick Faye's MKG * Green Sash Sifu Francis Fong * Marcus also studied under Keith Wetosky, David Hatch, John Spezzano, Tony Checchine, Keith "The Giant Killer" Hackney, Jon "The Jet" Manos. * Certified to guide you in your fitness needs, weight loss, strength training. ISSA.

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Need a Self Defense Instructor

Oak Park, IL

  • Discipline
    Assault prevention (basic self defense)
  • Age
    Child
  • Skill level
    No experience
  • Details
    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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