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  • 11 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 50 min

Laura K.

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My two teenage daughters and I trained with David, our instructor, with Falcon Security. It was the best decision we have ever made! Not only did we learn skills to protect ourselves, but we now feel empowered! I know my daughters will be more careful and ready at a momemt's notice to defend and protect themselves, heaven forbid should they need to! As for myself, I have a true confidence that should I find myself in an unsafe situation, I can handle it without a shadow of a doubt. David was spot on with his lessons. He conveyed what can happen to any of us but did so in a professional way. I know he really cared about our well-being and he took our lessons to heart every session. He pointed out scenarios that the girls have never yet contemplated and then gave them the skills to handle what ever can happen. At 17 and 18 it was time for them to learn self defense. David was awesome and I couldn't be happier with the results!

  • 3 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

James D.

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Elin designed a creative program to help my 9 year old son prepare for his martial arts tournaments. My son definitely made improvements in his strength, agility and stamina. Elin was also able to fine tune his kicking and blocking skills since he has experience in various self defense/fighting skills. Elin is quick to respond to emails/text/calls and has tremendous knowledge in the art of exercise, bodybuilding and nutrition. I highly recommend Elin and his team for anyone looking for a professional personal trainer.

  • 5 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 28 min

Rena D.

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I’ve been taking self defense lessons with Anthony for about 3 months now and it has been great. He breaks down movements and explains things in a way that’s easy for a beginner to understand, and is great at tailoring workouts to my needs. I work in an emergency room where patients often become violent, and Anthony takes situations I’ve seen or my co-workers have seen and shows me how to defend myself. You can tell from your first session with Anthony that he not only is an expert in what he does, but that he loves what he does. He makes working out fun. I leave our sessions completely exhausted, as he works you hard for the full time. He’s also great at working around my crazy schedule. I enjoy our sessions so much I’ve been passing out his business cards to all my work friends!

  • 12 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 57 min

Donno C.

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I came to Brian in January of 2015. I have struggled with my weight, self image, and self confidence my entire life. At 42 years old, 5 foot 7, and 276 pounds I was desperately out of shape, weak, and in need of guidance. Every attempt I'd made in my adult life to lose weight and keep it off was miserable failure. I'd gained and lost hundreds of pounds. If you can think of a fitness gimmick, I've tried it. NutriSystem, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Beach Body, Herbalife, all of them! None worked long term. Today, 5 months after starting with Brian I have lost 30 pounds, gotten incredibly stronger in all measurable ways, lost 6 inches off my waist, and I feel amazing! Brian teaches you that the key to long term success is to build strength to support your bodies efforts to be lean and fit. He doesn't promise any quick fixes or miracle cures. It is dedication and hard work that get you to your goals. Every session is packed from start to finish with exercises that keep me moving, burning fat, and gaining strength! No excuses, no come to him to get results and he will give those to you as long as you put in the work! For the first time in my life I'm excited about my body, the way it is transforming and the changes I can see in myself every single week. Do yourself a favor...if you need help to get to the fitness level you want, then call to him, meet him for a workout and see what can happen with experienced guidance at your side! The results will amaze you...they do me! --Donno Cole Fairfax, VA

  • 7 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 5 min

Madeline C.

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Evan is the lead instructor of NOVA Self Defense. NOVA Self Defense teaches Personal Defense Readiness (PDR). It's a very hands on interactive class that teaches you to channel your natural instincts into a productive weapon against potential threats. Unlike martial arts, you do not need to know serious complex movements. Evan is very hands on and he is very compentent on the subject matter. He will break down every movement and provide the reasoning/rational for the specific movement. Then by the end of the class he allows you to practice everything you learn - - Evan or his colleague, Scott, strap into high gear and you literally get to practice everything you learn, full force, during a high adrenaline senario. It's practical and literally increased my confidence with the subject matter. Both guys have a great attitude and a good sense of humor, which helps if you feel awkward doing the moves the first time. A class can last up to an hour and I know NOVA SD does seminars and lectures for up to 3 hours. I ultimately think this is a great class for teenagers and families. You never know what can happen and it is smart to be prepared and be aware of your resources.

  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 7 hours

Anatoliy M.

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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!

  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 19 min

Susan W.

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Brian did a great job tailoring a self-defense class for my daughter and me. My daughter had only 2 days before moving to New York to take this class, so Brian had to cram as much information and practice into two sessions as he could. He did a great job and both my daughter and I feel more confident about our self-defense capabilities.

  • 9 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 20 min

Jasper C.

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Joshua is a phenomenal teacher and fighter of BJJ, Kickboxing and MMA. He tailors to your specific strengths and weaknesses, so that you get maximum value out of each class. He focuses on technique, fighting concepts, conditioning all the while ensuring you have fun during the process. Learning is everything here and he encourages self-filming or bringing in a partner to train with at no extra charge. The gym in a good shape, with all the necessary equipment and padding you would associate with MMA gyms. Joshua is constantly making improvements to the gym to keep it competitive and in good condition. He has many different types of classes and he is very flexible. It is no wonder why he has such a following, his knowledge and sincerity is rare in this industry.

  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Silver Spring, MD

Shannon C.

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I've been training with Julien about two years now. It began as an at home training experience, and sometimes we would meet at the gym and do some weight training. Many times we worked out at a local park. I've enjoyed working out with Julien because of the sometimes unorthodox exercises that he would do. I lost a lot of weight working with him, and increased my 5k race pace. I enjoy that he draws inspiration from many disciplines such as yoga, meditation, martial arts, weight training, parkour, etc. I think if he had his own gym in a centrally located place it would be awesome. In his gym, he could have jungle-gym inspired equipment in addition to weight training equipment, so we could have a gym (indoors) that would support his style of training. As he grows, perhaps this is what will happen one day :)

Erica L.

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The atmosphere was very flexible and comfortable. The course is designed to meet the needs of the students, and the instructor is always adapting to the needs of each student. You can freely ask question, practice what you want, and ask for help when you need it.

  • Bethesda, MD

Noheli T.

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When I met breelaun, I had just stepped foot into a gym for the very first time in 19 years!! I didn't have the motivation, was very self-conscious, and was very intimidated by the machines. breelaun didn't make me feel like a big out of shape loser. He is very patient, and knowledgeable on fitness & nutrition. He's super laid back and not your typical "military" style trainer. Don't get me wrong, there were times I whined & said I was tired, & he'd let me rest for a little (like 1 minute) lol & get back to working out .Most important, I was very comfortable with him. I am very happy I made the choice of getting training w/breelaun & have made major changes in my lifestyle.breelaun is the best. Very serious about getting you to achieve your personal best while maintaining a fun environment. It's important to enjoy your workouts and breelaun makes sure that you have a good time. !!!! Thanks BREE BREE ;)

  • 3 years in business
  • Suitland, MD

Sephira G.

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Hey Mr B!! We miss you!!! YES!!!! I recommend training with Mr Hercules. I met Mr Hercules one night in Phnom Penh coming from the club when I saw him defend himself against 3 chaps WHILE HE WAS DRUNK!! When I learned that he trains and teaches martial arts I had to sign up with him. The training with Mr Hercules was intense and very knowledgeable. I think anyone who is looking for a good teacher in martial arts who knows what he is talking about should check Mr Hercules out. You will not be wasting your money!!


As a Military Police Platoon Leader, security is much more than a job for me. It's a calling. And everyone who works for me shares that calling. SHADOW exists to protect what you can't afford to lose.


We are the DC metro region's only Krav Maga school with close ties to Israel. This means we offer the most current methods and techniques of the Krav Maga system, straight from the source. Private classes: We offer private lessons for individuals, pairs, and small groups. The training can be completely customized to meet your needs. In the past, we have done workshops for moms, gun enthusiasts, joggers, singles, and kids among others. - Are you a realtor worried about entering homes alone? - An EMS worker who routinely deals with less than cooperative patients? - An interest group of hikers or joggers who want to handle themselves out on the trail? - Planning on traveling to another country and worry for your safety? - Do you work as armed or unarmed security and want to refresh and continue to develop your skills? In all of these situations and more, we can work with you to create custom classes, focusing specifically on your specific self-protection needs. Workshops for businesses: We also offer safety lectures and workshops for corporate and small businesses. These sessions are a creative alternative to traditional team-building exercises and a great complement to your corporate wellness program.


I have teaching karate (kempo), judo, and some weapons system for twenty years. I am an excellent one-on-one teacher.

  • Falls Church, VA

Tanya B.

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I have been attending self defense classes with Talal for several months now. He is an amazing coach: very professional and at the same time he has fun personality. Classes are never boring! I'm looking forward to continue working with him.

  • Hanover, MD


I teach traditional art of taekwondo. I am ITF based. Self-defense, discipline, and respect are all core values of the traditional arts. I hold a 3rd degree black belt. I am experienced in wrestling, kickboxing, and boxing.

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Frederick, MD

Misty C.

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I've known Garrett for over 8 years. He is well-knowledged in self defense and awareness. Professional, comfortable to train with and has really helped build my confidence. If your looking for a passionate instructor, who has great listening skills, Trainum Martial Arts is the way to go!


I offer virtual and mobile self-defense and fitness training for individuals and/or institutions. Public and private sessions are available.

  • 4 years in business
  • Annandale, VA


real life self defense training for real life situations. train with one of only two certified female Krav Maga instructor on the East Coast

  • Alexandria, VA


My name is Ken Shurin and I am a black belt in Krav Maga and a certified Law Enforcement/Military Force Training Instructor. I got my training and certifications at West Los Angeles Krav Maga Worldwide facility directly under Darren Levine and Jon Pascal for LE/Military. I provide self defense lessons to adult, kids, women only, and LE/Military. I you are looking for a great way to get in shape while learning to get home safe, I am the right person to teach you and get you to your goals. It's better than getting us stressed out than by punching, kicking, and learning to defend yourself.