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Trish C.

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I WOULD LIKE TO FIRST SAY I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PLACE!!!! I LOVE MY COMPASSIONATE AND FAMILY ORIENTATED INSTRUCTORS (SENSEI ANTHONY,SEAN, AND NOAH) THEY ARE TRULY AN INSPIRATION AND A CONTINUED MOTIVATION FOR MYSELF AND MY FELLOW PEERS...IVE ONLY BEEN A MEMBER SINCE JUNE BUT IT HAS TRULY BEEN A HONOR TO BE A PART OF SUCH AN EMPOWERING ORGANIZATION!! AND OUR DIDN'T TAKE ME LONG AT ALL TO REALIZE AND BE CERTAIN ABOUT JOINING THIS GREAT PLACE!!! I HAD EXPERIENCED BELLS PALSY FOR THE FIRST TIME WITHIN MY SECOND MONTH OF MEMBERSHIP AND WHEN I COULDN'T COME FOR TWO WEEKS I WAS IN TEARS REALLY FELT INCOMPLETE AND COULDN'T WAIT TO GET BACK TO VICTORY!! THIS IS MY FAMILY WHEN MY OWN FAMILY ISN'T AND THIS THE TRUTH!!! THEY ARE VERY INVOLVED WITH EVERYONE AND TAKES OUT TIME TO HANDLE ANY PERSONAL ISSUES SOMEONE MAY HAVE... THAT MEANS ALOT TO ME IT REALLY DOES!!I IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A FAMILY AWAY FROM HOME, AN AMAZING EXERCISE REGIMEN AND AN OVERALL MEANINGFUL SELF DEFENSE CURRICULUM, VICTORY MARTIAL ARTS IS THE PLACE TO BE!!!! SO COME ON DOWN AND JOIN AN AWESOME TEAM OF GREAT MOTIVATION , DETERMINATION, AND COMPASSION!!

Nikolas K.

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My long lost family! About 3 years ago i walked into this Martial Arts Academy knowing nothing about the vast world of martial arts besides my wrestling background, and to this day I thank the Academy for not only teaching me how to defend my self properly. A lot of Martial arts academy will teach you how to defend yourself, but they will not teach you properly, and they do not take the time to personally go through a drill, or a move with you one on one to make sure that you are properly taught the way that Victory Mixed Martial Arts does. The trainers and even students really do care about each other and it is not only a workout atmosphere, but it is also a family atmosphere, which make it that much better. Victory has been with me since my freshman year in high school up to my senior year, and i can honestly say that it has helped me grow from a boy into a man. As a future United States Sailor i can honestly say that Victory has not only prepared me for self defense, but it has prepared me for life. Much appreciation to the family at Victory Mixed Martial Arts. Ussssss.

Noah G.

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Victory is a positive supportive atmosphere for multiple goals. Whether you are there for a workout, to learn self defense, or fight in a cage one day, the group will give you the support you need to accomplish your goal. My first 2 weeks at Victory were rough due to the fact that im not a morning person. Anthony call me for the first two weeks to wake me up and I eventually made it my routine.

  • 6 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

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.

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!

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.

  • 10 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 11 min

Sandy E.

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I initially signed up for this as a way to get back into shape, however thanks to Don and his Assistant instructors its morphed into something much more amazing. I'm only just barely a month into private training and group classes and I've already done so many things I didn't think my body was capable of doing. Not only that it's also an amazingly fun time throughout each class and session. I'm currently signed up with a friend and honestly all week we look forward to coming in and training with don! He makes it fun, and easy to grasp. Everything is explained step by step. If there is something you feel insecure about he's sure to work with you on it. If there's a certain style you want to work on that day he's more then happy to help. It's not about making money like most places are these days. He wants you to feel safe outside of the classroom and wants you to be confident in each technique you learn. Even his students, young to adults, will go out of their way to help you nail a technique or combo, something they obviously learned from Don. I would recommend him for any person looking to feel safer, stronger, more confident and even healthier in their life.

Stephanie R.

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There are few people that can separate making a profit as a business aside from helping someone in need. Makes you feel comfortable while he teaches even though I'm nervous but I feel the confidence I've gained each time I walk out. Can not wait to continue to learn, gain strength physically and emotionally.

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!!

  • 3 years in business
  • Bolingbrook, IL

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.

Miriam C.

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Danny has a unique ability to focus on YOU, the client ! As his client I feel that he has always been sensitive to my needs and has figured out what motivates me to achieve my highest potential. Due to his expertise and sensitivity he has often found it advantageous to adjust and alter my work outs, even right in the middle of a session, to accommodate the limitations of my age or whatever "comes up" as an issue. I always feel that he has my best interests in mind. I must admit that I have experienced phenomenal progress and achieved levels I never thought possible ! Work outs with Danny are rewarding both physically and psychologically; he makes you feel like it's a team effort to achieve your goals :)

Molly I.

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Danny motivates you to keep yourself motivated about fitness & working out. He helps you see the bigger picture about what you are working towards w/o being pushy. He has a great personality for his chosen field.

  • 3 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 11 min

Kristen P.

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He did such an amazing job teaching my co-workers we decided to have him teach us monthly! Raymond showed such great detail and you can tell he really cares and has a passion for self-defense. He took extra time to make sure everyone had one on one time with him and that they understood the moves!

John T.

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Very informative, very professional The instruction received was right on point. I felt that the first class was a gateway to not only learning self defense but also educational! Thank you!

Jackie N.

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I loved working with Urban Combative. The instructor was very knowledgeable and very easy to work with.

  • Chicago, IL

Jaylen W.

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Sensei Terrance is an amazing teacher to have even if you're brand new to martial arts. Based on my personal experience he doesn't like to leave anyone behind in a group setting, so I can guarantee everyone will get what he's saying. He's more than willing to give examples if you don't understand something with hands on experience so that makes it even better. Anyone under Sensei Terrance would make it without a doubt.

Jeffrey B.

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I've taken Karate before and to be honest, Sensei Terrance teaches a system that's turned Sanuces 4 life. A whole body and mind experience that gives you realistic fighting scenarios and workout that made my previous personal trainers seem lazy.... water break anytime too.Learn to ask tho,lol. I learned the hard way

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!

  • 2 years in business
  • Skokie, IL

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!

Michael M.

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Fantastic instructor and person to work with. Very easy to communicate with and makes her goals and objectives with the task at hand clear, concise and attainable. She is very transparent, so communication is a breeze. She makes it her mission to make sure you succeed and puts the client's needs first and foremost above all. Highly recommend!

Jessica N.

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Slavica has a passion like no other! When she trains she is present, and her mindset is focused on achievement. She breaks down routines to make them safe and comprehensive, while reminding you all the while the purpose for each piece of the puzzle. Her intensity and passion are contagious! -Jessica N.

  • 11 years in business
  • Des Plaines, IL

Sam A.

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Where do I begin? As an overweight man in his early 30s, I realized that if I didn't start taking care of my body now, I'd be setting the stage for future health problems. I can't stand gyms (too repetitive), and I have little patience for martial arts that serve no real life purpose. If I'm going to be stuck in a life or death situation, high-kicking attackers all around me isn't going to work. I whittled down which martial arts would actually interest me, and it came down to Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. Lucky for me, Threshold had BOTH, and is right by my train stop and home. How much more convenient can you get?!? The Muay Thai classes are great. There's no "line up side by side and mimic my moves" here! The moves or combos are demonstrated multiple times, then your job is to practice them one for one with a partner. You learn to read real life opponents, not am imaginary figure taking all of your shots. It is fast paced and intense, but the methodology is such that even a rookie won't feel overwhelmed. Class is competitive, but at the same time the more advanced students do their best to get all new members to their level. Our instructors, Bill Shimuk and Ed Serra, have years of experience, and have both the patience and passion to impart their skills to us. Seriously, I haven't felt this great in over a decade. Thanks!

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!!

  • 3 years in business
  • Mount Prospect, IL

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.

Aris A.

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Very positive and wonderful to work with! I experienced great results and felt great during the whole process. Definitely recommended.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Cary, IL

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.

  • 1 year in business
  • Roselle, IL

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
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL

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.

  • 12 years in business
  • Bloomingdale, IL

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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.

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Chicago Fight House is located in Chicago and offers personal, one-on-one boxing training and women's self-defense.

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

  • 17 years in business
  • Chicago, IL

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

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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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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

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We provide comprehensive self-defense training by blending Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing). We also offer a free women's self-defense course. You can sign up for the two-week course, and then take it as many times as you need to keep all the concepts fresh. For a more intense workout, you can sign up for our regular classes.

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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.

  • 15 years in business
  • Lisle, IL

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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."

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Chicago, IL

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Assault prevention (basic self defense), Martial Arts (Karate, Judo, etc.)
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my child has been bullied by other children. It is important that he brings up his self confidence as well as learn to defend himself if needed,
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Chicago, IL

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I will be working on an all male psych unit as a nurse- some patients have assault histories and have unpredictable behaviors. I need to be prepared to defend myself if a situation arises.
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