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I really enjoyed having a personal, one- on- one self defense lesson with Mr. Z. He arrived on time and prepared with equipment and supplemental material. He is upbeat, efficient, and professional. I honestly feel more confident after working with him. I am absolutely recommending his individual lessons to my friends. Z effidiciously taught me enough to feel confident to defend myself against the bad guys. If you're considering taking self- defense classes, consider the value of having a personalized lesson with Mr Z as opposed to the cost and commitment of signing up for a series of several classes.
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I have teaching karate (kempo), judo, and some weapons system for twenty years. I am an excellent one-on-one teacher.
I would highly recommend Baltimore Martial Arts Academy for many reasons and from a couple different view points. As a student - Gary Berger and his staff are experts instructors not only in martial arts but fitness of both mind and body. I have been in the military for 21 years, have lived all over the world and have never seen a gym with so many different courses of instruction. Such a wide array and blending of talent is hard to find and almost impossible in a single school. Patient and professional - I have found these instructors to look at the individual and tailor classes to student needs and goals. The plethora of instructors is simply amazing. I have 3 Aikido instructors my son has 5 different jujitsu instructors and my daughter has 2 different kickboxing instructors - getting all of there collective strengths and experiences - class never gets boring or routine. As a father - I have two teenagers attending Baltimore Martial Arts Academy and can not imagine a better environment for an extracurricular activity.My Son has attained his black belt in mixed martial arts and is working on belts in both judo and straight jujitsu. He is on the competition team and has competed nationally in numerous grappling and judo competitions - qualifying this year for the judo junior nationals this summer. It has been a great outlet for teenage aggression for both kids and has shown them a positive way to harness energy that would be otherwise wasted. His skills will serve him well in high school as he plays football and wrestles. My Daughter is working on a belt in mixed martial arts and taking kickboxing classes. Not the competitor her brother is I have found the discipline and fitness she is learning will carry on through her entire life. As a father it is good to know that my daughter can defend herself and walks with a confidence that she may otherwise have not found. My children are the most important thing in my life and my greatest legacy - I feel blessed to have found this gym with such a large group of both male and female role models to help me raise my children and instill the values we all find so lacking in the world today. It is refreshing to find a place where integrity, honor, respect and discipline are not only preached but taught, practiced and expected. All in all I was lucky or destined to find Baltimore Martial Arts Academy. I have found a family that cares about me and my families well being. I hope all of you are as lucky. Justin D. Pyle
I am in my 40s and wanted to learn martial arts and get into shape. I tried several traditional martial arts schools without learning much. At one place, the white belts (beginners) were an afterthought for the instructors. I took a few more trial lessons at other schools. I found myself training with young children. Nothing against kids but I wanted realistic self defense skills which are not developed against 9 year olds. At the last school, I was immersed in boot camp training (did a bazillion push-ups, bear crawls, jumping jacks, etc. etc.) Karate skills took a back seat to the workout. This kind of training is fine if that is what you are looking for, but I wanted to learn practical martial arts skills without having a drill instructor yelling at me. I have had several lessons with Jordon now, and I can tell you they have been well worth it. I learn more during a 1 hour lesson than I did in several weeks at the martial arts schools I went to. Jordon is positive and encouraging, and is mindful of the physical limitations that I have (arthritis). He teaches Shorin-Ryu Karate which is not flashy but is all about practical and effective self defense. I am also getting into shape gradually at a pace my body can take. I highly recommend Jordon.
I had a wonderful time training with Master Patrick in Kyusho Concept. the class was conducted very professionally no time was wasted going into the lesson. The training was intense fun and relaxing, If anybody have doubts about this style There mistaken. Sensei Curtis thanks
Ms. Valencia provides private self defense lessons for my 19yr old son and 16yr old daughter. They both and I enjoy her. She's very professional, and has opened our eyes to so many simple things we had no idea about. This lady definitely is skilled and knows what she's talking about/doing. She's very flexible with scheduling and both of my kids look forward to training with her every week. I'm even thinking about training under her! Since my daughter has been taking lessons, her confidence, awareness and entire attitude has made a great change for better and my son as well. I'd definitely recommend her for anyone looking for self defense training!
I know Alex for couple years as a talented and skilled martial arts professional and also a great fitness instructor. Both self and my son are trained by him at Master Lee's Martial Arts Taekwondo school of Sterling,VA. We are very happy we met him so he explained and helped a lot to be well-trained and feel much better about many things. He always provides easy to follow techniques with related explanations, advises and hand-on demonstratoinons. Greatly recommended! Outstanding instructor/professional!
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Disciple Judo teaches competitive martial arts at Disciple MMA in Sterling, VA. The Disciple Judo program has recently relocated from FightWorks, and continues its same great tradition. Our team is made up of committed judoka from all walks of life with one goal in mind: creating great judo players! We take a team approach to coaching and teaching, and we are committed to the development of all of our members. Our coaching staff consists of a sensei with many years of varied experience from a number of the top programs in the country. The varied skill and experience of our members lead to a full, well-rounded skill set in both stand-up and ground fighting skills, and the student is exposed to solid, high-level judo technique and instruction. Additionally, we have the nicest training floor and facility in Northern Virginia, with a raised floor system and new Zebra tatami for safety. Come check us out!
I have been to many different introductory self- defense classes, yet never felt compelled to sign up. After Evans 2 hour introductory session where he introduced the self-defense philosophy regarding fear control, instincts, and basic striking techniques, I was excited to begin private lessons. My experience with Evan and his private self-defense training was fantastic! Evan was thorough in communicating the techniques and skills necessary to defend myself in many realistic situations. He tailored his training to my physical abilities. Evan was always patient in answering all my questions, and making sure that I understood his answers. I have come away from my self-defense training with a significantly enhanced awareness and confidence in my ability to defend myself should the need arise. Additionally, my overall fitness has improved by spending some time daily practicing the self-defense techniques. Evans practical approach to self-defense is inspiring. He cares about his students safety and he teaches techniques that one can execute with minimal thought, and instinctiveness. I give my highest recommendation for Evans training! Thanks so much Evan! Carlos N. Virginia
Taking this class has been a life changing experience for me. With every new thing AJ taught me I felt more empowered and prepared (and also like a complete badass). AJ is kind, patient, respectful and explains the moves very well. He creates a safe space during the lessons and is very encouraging, constantly motivating you throughout the lesson. Although I only had the opportunity to take 4 lessons, he offered a wide range of techniques that tackle many types of situations, from simply escaping a precarious situation to being able to disable and attacker. Because of the all around positive experience that I've had with AJ's training, I know for a fact that I will be pursuing this sport when I begin college in the fall. I can't thank you enough, AJ!