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Best Defense Concepts
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Molly F.
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Pete teaches practical self-defense in a low-key, easy-to-grasp manner. Unlike many schools, he doesn't believe in a "one size fits all" curriculum or that students have to be super fit to defend themselves. Instead, he works with each student to develop moves that work for them, drawing from a variety of martial arts like kenpo karate, krav maga, filipino martial arts, and others. It's cool to see and even more fun to learn, so if you're looking for a skilled instructor, you owe it to yourself to give Pete a call!

Scott B.
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I researched several martial arts dojos, particularly from a children’s perspective since two of my kids (8 and 5 years old) wanted to learn self-defense techniques. Victory Martial Arts stood out as the leading dojo. They have a unique way of integrating the time-honored traditions of respect, self-discipline, and confidence, with the relevant combat techniques of MMA, best suited for modern-day defense situations. My children love going to class, are eager to practice at home, and embrace the “mat chats” at the end of each class, which focus on being a better person. Having full confidence that my kids were in good hands, we decided to make it a family affair. My wife and I also train at the dojo and the adult classes are phenomenal. They are suitable for adults (male and female) at different age/skill/fitness levels and goals. As a 39 year old male with limited experience in combat sports, I was a little intimidated my first day. That feeling dissipated within minutes. Everyone is helpful, welcoming, and there are no egos. For those with a strong competitive spirit, a competition team is available for advanced training. For women who are a little apprehensive, you will find comfort in the female only kickboxing class. I encourage you to utilize their 2-week free trial period. You will not be disappointed. They also offer affordable family rates, although you will quickly become a “grappling dummy” to your kids.

  • 23 years in business
Tricia Lynn
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If you are seeking an incredibly knowledgeable and caring academy to attend, this is it! Pat Pusateri Sensei individually tailored self-defense lessons for me down to every detail. We started with an ample amount of background information to create a solid foundation to base strategies off of. Each week we reviewed previously-learned tactics and added new mechanisms; I never felt overwhelmed. This was not only an amazing learning experience for my body, but also strengthened my inner voice in ways I never imagined.

CFMA Group
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Brianna P.
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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!!

DG Fitness
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Olivia J.
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Danny is an exceptional trainer, he not only focuses on the physical development of his clients but also their nutritional and emotional needs. Danny is very professional, even while keeping things fun and engaging. I appreciate his constant communication via email and text; checking on how I’m doing, offering support and confirming appointments when changes were made. I also appreciated his scheduling flexibility and respecting my scheduling requirements. Danny assessed my training needs and designed a program that helped with my weight loss goals as well as address some of my limitations because of health issues. He changed our program so that it was never dull, was continuously challenging and kept me moving towards my personal goals. Often when I thought I couldn’t do an exercise or movement, Danny’s encouragement helped me to push through and succeed. In addition to physical assessments, we did weekly weigh-ins so that I could see my weight loss progression. Which is highly motivating for me. He reviewed my nutrition logs and discussed choices/changes I could make to ensure I continued dropping pounds instead of hitting a plateau. With Danny as my trainer I was able to lose over 95 pounds and continue moving forward on my journey of self-improvement. I cannot thank him enough. I would, and have, recommend Danny as a personal trainer for anyone looking to make position changes in the life…best investment to make in yourself.

Threshold Martial Arts
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 11 years in business
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
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.

Trina C.
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Patti gives 110% with her knowledge and willingness to help others with their safety needs. She is living the Damsel Mission to Equip, Empower and Educate every one that she meets.

  • 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.

Martial Arts Right Now!
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
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

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Mr. Kogan is the founder of the Spetsnaz USA Crushalo school of hand-to-hand combat in the United States. He has studied, practiced and taught hand-to-hand combat and martial arts and self-defense for over 40 years. He is certified as a master instructor in Crushalo, karate-do. He is a kickboxing trainer.

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Learn to take care of yourself both mentally and physically to have a more comfortable life. Because you take care of yourself, why should someone be able to take that away? Here is where the self-defense part comes in. Self-defense is a small part of traditional martial arts but an important part. Learn to have a balanced mind and strong body. If this is what you seek, you have come to the right place.

  • 6 years in business
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We are in a class of our own. We are Chicago's ONLY Urban and Wilderness Survival School PERIOD.

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I help people learn self defense through real life techniques and scenarios. I was a Marine Corps martial arts instructor for 4 years and have 6 years of BJJ training and 3 years of Tae Kwon Do training. I use plastic training knives and handguns to teach disarms and manipulation. I guarantee a clean and friendly experience each session. I am also trained in first aid and trauma in case of emergencies. I offer combat-style fitness sessions as well.

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20 years of self defense, martial arts and law enforcement experience. There are no contracts. Pay as you go.

  • 15 years in business
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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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We focus very heavily on drills and technique perfection. This allows one to train in a controlled situation that accurately mimics real fight scenarios that occur both on the street and in the ring, without getting injured. Whether you just want to get in shape, learn self-defense, or get into the ring, come train with us! To see our students grow and become more confident in their daily lives

  • 11 years in business
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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.

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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
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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. Marcus' goal for his students is to combine the athletic training of MMA with the Self-Defense drills of various arts to make his students grow to their full potential.

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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.

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