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Best Defense Concepts
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Ed M.
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Peter has a great personality and tailors training to fit my skill level. He makes the training fun and the time goes by very quickly. A great way to get some self defense ideas, practice some moves, and get some exercise. I highly recommend him.

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.

Amanda B.
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As an airline pilot, sitting up to 13 hours a day, being gone from home 4 days a week, eating out and living from a suitcase...a fit, nutritious lifestyle is almost impossible. ALMOST. I am blessed, being active and playing sports has come naturally to me. But growing up I was always the "bigger" girl. Always had an excuse, blamed my plump bones for not being fit. Far from speedy, hated to run...BUT dreamed big!! I would give my heart and soul everytime. I knew I could change my bodyshape if I really tried. Thanks to great friends, they started me out weight lifting and changing my eating habits, which really helped get my fitness ball rolling... mixed martial arts has become my savior. Victory Martial Arts in Chicago has truly transformed me inside and out. I've not only lost 35 lbs and 10%of pure fat, I've learned so much about self-defense and myself. When you have a passion...nothing will get in your way. Determination become routine. I've gone from being a heavier, self-conscious lady to a muscular, confident woman thanks to the encouragement from all my instructors, classmates and family I have found at all of the Victory Martial Arts Academies!

  • 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!

CFMA Group
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 23 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.

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!

    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!!

    • 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.

    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

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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.

    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 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
    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.

    • 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 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
    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

    I have over 30 years of training in taekwon-do with the last 10 years as an instructor. I am a 3rd-degree black belt and currently teach at a well-known health club in Chicago. My instruction is customized to fit a client's needs whether it is simply learning basic self-defense or traditional taekwon-do with the benefits of cardio, concentration and body awareness.

    About

    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.

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