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  • 3 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 50 min

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.

Hector B.

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I would recommend Elin to anyone who is looking to achieve their physical goals. Talk about personal training he's the best very professional and knowledgeable at we he does. He start's you of with a plan tailored to want to you want to achieve and really helps you get there. There is not enough words to describe all the great work he does!

Dimitar P.

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Elin is amazing personal trainer. His sports experience and positive mental attitude position him in top places for personal training specialists.He is helping me with my fitness goals,my personal goals and strengthening not only my body but my mind as well. If you want fast results and amazing experience Elin Is your trainer.

  • 6 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 46 min

Ericka R.

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My experience with XStrengthSpeed has been challenging and well worth the investment! Several of my health challenges have been reversed, my range of motion is better from an old injury and my doctor is well pleased with my progress to date. Xavier is a coach, motivator and athlete all in one. He genuinely cares about his clients and makes every effort to accommodate my demanding schedule. He checks in regularly to find out if I am resting properly or eating well to meet my goals. If you are looking to change your body, get healthy or change your quality of life, I highly recommend XStrengthSpeed!

Janice D.

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Working with Xavier has been a success and is quite effective. He has definitely helped me to move closer to my wellness and weight loss goals through his custom workouts. In addition, he is a good motivator and is very dedicated to his clients. If you want a personal trainer who will help you in reach your weight loss goals through encouragement, motivation, and effective workouts, then Xavier is the complete package.

Joy M.

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I have just recently started my weight loss journey with Mr. Byrd and I have to say he is hands down the best! He pays attention to my needs and is ALWAYS there to give me the motivation I need. It has only been a month and a half and I have lost almost 20 pounds and toned up areas I once felt so self conscious about! He is very professional and always on time. I highly recommend him

  • 5 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 53 min

Michael S.

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I took 10 self-defense classes with Anthony and it was an amazing learning experience and workout. He took the time to make sure all our techniques were solid and then built on that, regardless of skill level. He let the class run away with the fun occasionally but other than that, his classes were everything I was hoping for.

Lauren B.

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Anthony has providing my fiance and I self defense lessons for a few weeks now. The sessions combine self defense and basic strengthening exercises. He is amazing and kicks our butt every session! He is extremely responsive to our needs and continues to work with us patiently until we understand the moves.

Walter M.

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Anthony show great knowledge in self defense. Is extremely patience in his teachings. Look forward to more sessions.

  • 6 years in business
  • Response time: 3 min
  • Glen Burnie, MD

Jeffrey H.

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Christian Noll so skillfully injects humor into every training session that you might not realize how much you've learned until you're done for the day. Since starting at Arundel Aikikai 10 months or so ago, I have not had a single bad experience. The more advanced students never begrudge working with a beginner, instead helping to further enhance the good instruction that Christian provides. The environment is low-pressure so that I've never felt bad for having trouble with a technique or not remembering something from a previous session. At the same time, I feel like I'm learning a lot in every lesson. I would definitely recommend taking aikido here, no matter who you are or where you are in life.

Samantha D.

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This is not a typical self-defense class. This is a re-training of my mind to better understand the physical forces at work, so I can then retrain my body to respond in a most efficient way. I am already feeling more empowered and in charge of my body. This is flowing over to my mind as I begin to take more control over decisions I make and relationships I am in. This is a self-defense class for my entire being- not just my body.

Audrey W.

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Exciting stuff, Christan is an awesome teacher, and everyone has an all around fun time! I've been attending Arudel Aikikai classes for about three years now, and for one, I can say my confidence has definitely increased. If you don't at least give this class a try, you're missing for sure!

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

Austin R.

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I went into this class with a general interest in self-defense but not knowing what to expect. By the end, it was well worth my time to do four sessions over four nights. A few things stand out from my experience that make me comfortable recommending it to all others. First, Evan clearly has a deep knowledge of the field and ability not just to answer any question but to help you see rationale and develop your own self-defense mindset. Second, Evan's emphasis is on simple, functional defense based on easily-learned movements rather than complicated techniques that would require more than four sessions to learn and execute properly. He started simple and in just four classes built confidence and provided a toolbox to build from moving forward. Third, Evan is great at scaling the instruction and execution to match individual students' level of experience. I was in a class with total beginners (like me) mixed in with more experienced students and never felt uncomfortable thanks to Evan's ability to keep everybody engaged and learning. Altogether a great experience and look forward to working with Evan again in the future.

Laura A.

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Evan came to SSSAS to work with my 12th grade students last week. I teach Contemporary Issues in Health & Sexuality. I have wanted to have a self defense instructor teach my students how to be loud and aggressive when necessary as well as develop situational awareness for risk reduction and protection. Evan did a phenomenal job with my seniors! They all seemed to feel comfortable participating and had very positive things to say about the session afterward. One student remarked, "I think all students should be taught these skills." I hope Evan can work with SSSAS for years to come and I'm looking forward to our next session together.

Dorota D.

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Evan was very clear about the objectives of the self-defense class and very precise in his demonstration. His manner of teaching was effective and our group felt that we gained more confidence for defense in case of an aggression. I highly recommend Evan to any individuals or groups whose need is to be able to handle an unexpected physical attack.

  • 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 :)

Blessing O.

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Julien is my personal training. I am extremely happy to have him as a trainer. I have actually lost wait and builded muscle within 3 months and learned some self defense moves. He tailors the workout routing base on you strength and ability than progress as your health improves. I'm grateful to have him as a trainer and I'm sure you will be also.

Kamareena M.

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Julien is a very understanding trainer, I felt very comfortable while I was working out with him. He explained explicitly what the various types of exercises would do for me, especially cause I needed to improve on my strength and flexibility. Communication is great, as he checks up on my daily health routine. So far, I am pleased.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Washington, DC

Carole D.

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Al is an incredible instructor, patient, tolerant, humble, zen and wise. He makes me want to take martial art as an everyday practise. I recommend him to young and old.

Bri A.

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Absolute professional and very knowledgable of his craft

  • 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!!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Springfield, VA

Raihan P.

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Junaid is someone that greatly helped me in my life. He not only helped me get fit physically, but really encouraged my mindset as a person. I've been handicap and in a wheelchair my entire life and fitness has been a difficult prospect for me. But Junaid truly believed in me, he encouraged me to believe that nothing is impossible even in my situation. He worked with me to develop specific exercises that I could do with the range that I have. He encourages me regularly to push last my limits physically and believe I can achieve my goals no matter what. I highly recommend him. He will work with you and develop physical exercises that are tailored to your strengths. He'll take your weakness and teach you to develop them into strengths. He's truly fantastic.

Adrian M.

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I have worked private security for a while now. Both armed and unarmed. The physical training I received was mainly bits and pieces of God knows what. So I seeked professional trying from J... And WOW.. The confidence I have now has gone through the roof. I feel I'm much better suited for my job and don't have to depend on my tool belt as much as I've needed to in the past. Extremely professional and the man is lightning fast and has an unmatched amount of strength. I admittedly stalked his social media page a bit and saw him training in Thailand. Absolutely amazing videos. Grade A!

Colin T.

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Junaid quite simply changed my life. When i first came to him 2 years ago, I was overweight and my overall self-esteem was poor. He is so good at relaying information about nutrition, fitness, and discipline I felt as if I was getting my own professor to teach me for practically nothing. I have lost over 12 percent in body fat thanks to his workouts and teachings. When i look in the mirror now I not only see an improved body, but an improved person as well.

  • 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.

Jeff M.

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Brian knows his stuff and is a very good instructor The small class size really helped him focus on me. I studied Kumdo but have also studied Tae Kwon Do with him as well. Definitely recommended.

  • 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 ;)

  • 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.

  • 19 years in business
  • Severna Park, MD


We're a no-frills Japanese Jujitsu club with a friendly family atmosphere. The cost is just $50 month-to-month; there is no contract. Our students, both male and female, range in age from 12 to 53. Sensei is a 6th degree black belt and President of the American Jujitsu Association.


Catonsville Seido Karate provides training for self-development, self-defense and physical fitness for adults, teens and children. Our instructor, Sensei Tom Swiss, is a fourth-degree black belt with over twenty-five years of experience in karate. Classes are held at the Catonsville Y -- just 20 minutes from downtown Baltimore, near UMBC and CCBC Catonsville. Our class size is small, so each student receives individual attention.


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


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.

  • 11 years in business
  • Nottingham, MD


We are a one stop shop for ALL training.

  • 16 years in business
  • Leonardtown, MD


I provide instruction in self defense training by way of martial arts principles, needed to survive a life or death encounter. No matter what happens, a principle works in your favor! I work privately with each student to make sure he/she understands each principle and how to use it when needed. This can usually be accomplished in (four to five) one-hour sessions in a safe and controlled environment.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Bowie, MD


Advanced Sports Performance offers the best in personal fitness training and diet coaching. Our clients include top-level, professional athletes to athletes in the sport of life. ASP methods are predicated on combining mental and physical conditioning. ASP trains one-on-one, small groups, and teams. With an an extensive martial arts background, our instructors also offer a full compliment of self-defense classes and seminars. Head trainer D'Angelo Kinard, "The Mental Strength and Conditioning Coach", is an international speaker, author, noted motivator and life coach. He speaks extensively on goal-setting and achievement.

  • 11 years in business
  • Temple Hills, MD


I provide self-defense for the absolute beginners. I teach those who desire to protect themselves yet have had no or little defense training. I will cover and strengthen the foundation of defending yourself, such as breathing, how to block, where to strike, when/when not to kick, using your surroundings as teammates, etc. You will become grounded, solid, powerful, and extremely confident. All mastery begins with solid basics.

  • 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.

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