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  • Best of '16

    Best Defense Concepts

    (14 reviews)

    I teach simple and effective self-defense techniques taken from the various martial arts and fighting styles - including: Krav Maga, Kenpo Karate, Hapkido, Kali/Escrima, and various styles of Combatives. I differ from many instructors in that I believe it is important to focus on the student's strengths, and also take into consideration any physical limitations, and then provide the student with self-defense techniques that will be most effective for him or her. I teach small group classes, and also offer private instruction. I tailor my classes to focus on whatever the student wants to learn, such as: defending against unarmed attacks, weapons-based attacks, learning how to use a knife, club, cane or improvised weapon to defend and attack, or even something as simple as learning basic releases from common grabs and holds. It is very fulfilling showing people that they have the ability to defend themselves. Quite often I find new students who believe that they have to be stronger or faster than an attacker to prevail. However, with a few demonstrations I can quickly show them that regardless of their strength, age, or lack of formal training, they only need to learn a few simple techniques to be prepared to defend themselves.

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  • Best of '16

    A Center for the Martial Arts

    (12 reviews)

    We are a no contract dojo. Those who are here train here because of the environment friendship and good instruction. Sharing my love of Aikido and my years of training with students of all ages.

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  • Best of '16

    Roselle Martial Arts Academy/Cobra Kai Kung Fu

    (7 reviews)

    We are a true reality based school of martial arts. Our systems have been used in real life situations by civilians, law enforcement, corrections officers, hospital security and military against single, multiple and weapon attacks. I love teaching students as well as being an eternal student. Training people and watching them improve is such a great honor to me. I also train with my teachers every week and love to learn and experience what they have to teach.

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  • Best of '16

    POW! Gym Chicago-Martial Arts & Fitness

    (6 reviews)

    We have worked with all types of people. From jobs with the Army, fitness studios, and martial arts facilities all over the world, we have been able to help educate individuals and soldiers with weight control issues, manage diets and training, and make sure they were fit to fight and live healthier lives. We have former collegiate athletes and professional athletes on staff with 40+ years in the fitness industry. Our staff has experience in powerlifting, bodybuilding, endurance training, cross fit, and martial arts. There is nothing in this world we shy away from if it can lead to a healthier life. This is our passion! We love to train, and We love to see others achieve their goals. Its fulfilling, bottom line. We are blessed to be able to make careers out of our true passions. We have never had a bad day at work outside of random acts of bad luck, Honestly. Training the athlete, the everyday human, the child or the handicapped; if there is a goal, we will help you achieve that goal.

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  • Best of '16

    Suburban Warrior Fitness

    (2 reviews)

    I am a mobile Self Defense and Fitness Instructor. This allows my clients to train at mutually agreed upon facilities or outdoor locations. Fitness training is based off of military strength and conditioning exercises while also following current National Strength and Conditioning guidelines. It is designed to build your endurance and minimize injury risk. Self Defense training improves fitness while learning how to identify dangerous situations and increase chances of surviving a violent attack. Clients opting to learn self defense can either learn general self defense techniques or a formal martial arts program. I also offer 15 minute movement optimization sessions and Isagenix Nutrition Supplements. Training sessions are $15 for 45 minutes. Teaching and sharing my knowledge with people who are eager to learn something new. To allow people another outlet to live a healthy lifestyle.

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  • Best of '16

    Douglas Matuch

    (2 reviews)

    I'm a personal trainer and boxing coach and instructor who has over 15 years of experience. I use a variety of techniques and programs to help my clients safely and effectively reach their goals. I have over 21 years of experience in boxing, both competing and coaching. I also have experience in teaching group-fitness classes and group-boxing classes to people of all ages and fitness levels.

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  • C Double Fitness

    (15 reviews)

    I focus more on LIFE STYLE CHANGING. Anyone can train for 3 months and get in shape, but if you go back to or don't change your habits you will never change. I help you create change that lasts. No two people are exactly alike, so I am always being challenged to get each individual to their own full potential. And I love seeing them do it!

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  • Victory Martial Arts Academy-Chicago

    (10 reviews)

    If you're looking for a martial arts gym in Chicago, then Victory Martial Arts Academy is your best choice. We have spent the last 25 years perfecting martial arts training to give all of our students consistent results. We are constantly updating our techniques to ensure you are learning the latest martial arts moves. We have martial arts classes for kids and adults. Give us a call today to learn how we can help you gain confidence in yourself and get in the best shape of your life.

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  • Defensor Method of Filipino-Indonesian Martial Arts

    (7 reviews)

    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.

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  • Fireheart Martial Arts

    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. I really enjoy working with people and teaching them the knowledge that I have accumulated through school, life experience, and hard work. Martial Arts is a way of life for me, and it is a pleasure for me to introduce American Tang Soo Do to a lot of clients who may not have typically thought of martial arts but then find out that it is one of the most effective workouts. Plus, learning the skills that I teach are a lot of fun! At times, it doesn't seem like working out at all, as you have so much fun it's like play for adults. I can't begin to describe the wonders that the discipline does for the mind. And maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important to all of us; we just have to find the fitness routine that we enjoy doing. Who would want to spend time working out on something that they don't really enjoy? Not me. Enjoy working out with one of our certified trainers and experience a fun and exciting workout like no other!

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    Dennis Wright Martial Arts

    Save yourself from people who would like to bring you harm by attending this school's self defence classes. They teach Muay Thai kickboxing, Kenpo Karate, MMA, weaponry, wrestling, and more.

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    White Collar Warrior Self Protection Skills

    They offer some of the best self defense classes in the area. They teach practical and effective skills, tactics, and strategies that are easy to learn and perform. Check them out.

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    Best Defense USA

    This company provides personal and self defense training for adults and children, including those with special needs. They also do workplace violence prevention training and sales coaching.

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    The Original Beverly Martial Arts

    The Original Beverly Martial Arts provides aikido training for both children and adults. Their self defense instruction will help remove your doubts about self, size, age or ability.

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  • Martial Arts & Self-Defense

    Izzo Tactical Combat Martial Arts

    Izzo Tactical Combat Martial Arts offers Wing Chun Kung Fu and street self-defense training. Their chief instructor is a former police officer and certified law enforcement defensive tactics teacher.

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  • Martial Arts Classes

    Extreme Martial Arts

    Get the latest training techniques in traditional and current martial arts when you check out this provider. They teach various styles including karate, judo, and other self defense techniques.

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  • Ultimate & Personalized Martial Arts Instruction

    Z Ultimate Self Defense Studios

    The Z Ultimate Self Defense Studios provides Shaolin Kenpo self defense courses. They teach students ages 3 and up. They offer flexible schedules and various age group classes.

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  • Self-Defense Classes

    KAPAP Combative Concepts

    Try a different form of self defense training at this school that offers Krav Maga fight tactics. They focus on close combat with or without weapons. They also provide Tae Kwon Do and MMA classes.

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  • Self Defense Strategies

    Alex's Fitness Chicago

    Learn an array of self defense moves from Alex. He is a professional trainer who handles self defense drills and kickboxing tutorials.

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  • Personal Defense Training

    Zen Fitness

    Learn self defense moves quickly by choosing this professional. Michael has been providing personal self defense training programs for men and women in Chicago for 10 years.

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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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