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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.

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!!

  • 3 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
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!

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.

Pepperspray Patti
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Colleen B.
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Patti is extremely knowledgeable about women’s self defense. Her class was thorough including oral, written, and hands on. When I had questions she answered them in a way I could understand. I felt the class was reasonably priced, although you can’t put a price on your personal safety. I would not hesitate to recommend her classes and would even take it again myself to keep up the skills I learned.

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.

The Village Dojo
5.0
from 4 reviews
    Sean J.
    Verified review

    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!

    Slavica K
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    Steve C.
    Verified review

    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!

    • 19 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Ali D.
    Verified review

    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.

    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.
    Verified review

    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
    Brent A.
    Verified review

    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

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Lisa K.
    Verified review

    Dennis is an outstanding coach, highly skilled and an excellent resource for self defense training. I highly recommend his course.

    • 15 years in business
    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.

    About

    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!

    About

    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!

    • 12 years in business
    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.

    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.

    • 17 years in business
    About

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

    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

    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.

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