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Best Defense Concepts
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Dorothy K.
Verified review

Peter made the class very fun and very educational! We are an insurance office with 7 women working all hours of the night sometimes. He and his wife really made the class light-hearted, but still stressed the importance of safety and using every day objects as weapons to defend ourselves. I highly recommend this session, Peter is very knowledgeable about self-defense and the best methods to use to stay safe!

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.

  • 3 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
John T.
Verified review

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!

  • 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.

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.

    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.

    Threshold Martial Arts
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 11 years in business
    Katie B.
    Verified review

    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!!

    • 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.

    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

    • 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 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 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!

    • 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

    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!

    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.

    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.

    • 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.

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