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Best Defense Concepts
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 21 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!

Dsan L.
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My first time stepping into the dojo was nerve wracking and I was looking at a bunch of students rolling around and sparring and here I was, feeling a little out of place. Then I was suddenly greeted by Sensei Grisko and you could tell he cared and he wasn’t just about getting someone in the door but actually wanting to share his skill AND knowledge. Shortly after that I was greeted by Zack, Chris and Alex who were just as friendly and before I knew it, I was conditioning, throwing punches and rolling around. These guys (and others) really made the effort to make the class challenging but insured that egos were left outside. It’s what made me keep coming back. I have a background in karate and have been to several dojos where you are just another paycheck or the egos are so big within the teachers that it’s not about teaching anymore. I can tell you that you won’t regret joining and that Sensei Grisko is not just about imparting martial art knowledge but also everyday lessons on life…something that he passes on down to his apprentices. There is something intensely different about this dojo and you will notice it the moment you step in the dojo. What are you waiting for????

Mariko M.
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Martial Arts classes at Victory Martial arts Orland Park has been a great experience for me. I take the Self Defense classes as well as the MMA classes. I sometimes get to see the kids karate class and they look like they are having fun but learning a lot. The location is not easy to find the first time, in a industrial strip. But this place is a gem in Orland Park.

The Village Dojo
from 4 reviews
    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

    • 23 years in business
    Denise G.
    Verified review

    I always feel like Sensei Pat and her staff train the whole person, body and spirit. The aren’t just teaching karate, they are teaching respect, patience, appreciation, discipline, dedication, and so much more.


    We offer: - Martial arts instruction - Fitness - Muay Thai - MMA - Character development - Life skills - Karate - Martial arts and fitness supplies and equipment We are a personal achievement academy and black belt school, and can cater to special needs students.


    We have a class that's customized for you. We are the best in the business with over 30 years of experience and over 2,000 awards. There's no one better at what we do.


    I am a self-defense instructor in the U.S. Marines. I am the owner of several schools in Chicago and Indiana. I have instructed police officers and students alike, including seniors.

    • 15 years in business

    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.


    American Sento Te Ryu is for all ages to help motivate and upgrade the personal confidence level. Able to handle all life situations under stress the ability to be calm during a fight as well.


    I offer traditional and authentic Japanese Shotokan Karate and self-defense instruction under the Japan Karate Association.


    I've been teaching martial arts and self-defense training for the past 15 years. If you are looking to get in shape and defend yourself, we can customize a program for you.


    I teach shotokan karate for self-discipline and exercise, with an emphasis on self-defense. I can train at the Konjo Dojo or any location large enough to do karate.


    One block off Belmont L, access to multiple instructors with variety of martial arts and personal fitness experience. One of the oldest and most traditional Karate schools in upper Midwest.


    Our main focus is teaching children, and we are great at it. We can teach the children how to focus and concentrate, and show them how the martial arts can help them every day of their life. At the same time, teach them all the values the martial arts can offer. We inform the parents that we are here to support what they want for their children, and all we ask is that they support us. We offer classes 6 days a week, and unlimited classes for students. All classes are age appropiate. We also teach all the fancy techniques that are being seen on the internet, and movies that include the jumps, spins and flying techniques. We teach all the weapons that are associated with the martial arts. We also offer adult classes where we specialize in self-defense, conditioning and also a full martial art program. In addition to the above, we also have sessions in aerobic kickboxing where we are doing martial art techniques done to music. Our classes are most part-high intensity. We teach unarmed and armed protection class for bouncers and security personnel; basically, a third party self-defense program where we teach the military and law enforcement a third party self-defense. We are also available for birthday parties at our location, as well as at a location of the person's choice. As a motivational speaker, we have sessions at our location or can be called onsite. We give seminars from self-defense in the workplace to health issues and the importance of exercise. We work with insurance and health agencies in providing onsite programs as listed above.


    We provide cheerleading dance lessons, tumbling and karate. What we do to make our business great is we treat each child with respect, and the children learn and grow by leaps and bounds.

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