Baltimore School of Self Defense, LLC
About this pro
We like to teach from a realistic self-defense standpoint. Although all of our instructors have competed in tournaments and have even served as tournament judges, our main focus is on building skills to help in real world scenarios. I enjoy watching people grow and evolve. Many people start out in class and feel awkward, uncoordinated, etc. Sometimes they think they'll never be as good as the higher ranks they see in class. But those who stick with it see themselves getting better, gaining confidence and doing things they thought they never could. It's very gratifying to watch that evolution and know that I was a key component of their success.
Years in business4
Times hired on Thumbtack3
Number of employees4
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?As of 12/11/2014, the pricing structure is as follows: MONTHLY * Sign up and pay month-to-month, contract renews one month at a time indefinitely until canceled * One Class Per Week: $60.00 per month for adults, $50.00 per month for youths (up to 4 classes - 1 per week times 4 weeks) * Two Classes Per Week: $110.00 per month for adults, $90.00 per month for youths (up to 8 classes - 2 per week times 4 weeks) * Three or More Classes Per Week: $150.00 per month for adults, $125.00 per month for youths (unlimited classes for one month) QUARTERLY * 3 month commitment, contract renews quarterly indefinitely unless canceled * One Class Per Week: $150.00 per quarter for adults, $125.00 per quarter for youths (up to 13 classes - 1 per week for 3 months) * Two Classes Per Week: $300.00 per quarter for adults, $245.00 per quarter for youths (up to 26 classes - 2 per week for 3 months) * Three or More Classes Per Week: $409.00 per quarter for adults, $340.00 per quarter for youths (unlimited classes for 3 months) ANNUALLY * 12 month commitment, no cancellations, does not renew automatically. * Unlimited classes for one year, paid in monthly installments: $125.00/month ($1,500.00 annually) for adults, $105.00/month ($1,260.00 annually) for youths * If you pay your annual fee in full with one lump sum payment, cost is only $1,350.00/year for adults, $1,125.00/year for youths!
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I frequently attend martial arts seminars in the region to learn from other high ranking sensei. Some practice the same style, but many are proficient in other styles. Though I generally stay in the MD/DC/VA/PA region, I have traveled further for some seminars/conventions. I also travel to Las Vegas to attend the Martial Arts Super Show, which is the largest trade show in the industry.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?When I was 15, my older brother decided he wanted to take a ju-jitsu class being offered at our local YMCA. As little brothers are apt to do, I tagged along. We trained together for a few years, but eventually my brother's life went in different directions and work prevented him from continuing his training. But I was hooked and stuck with it. Somewhere around 1990, my original sensei relocated to CA for work, and the highest ranking student in our class took over. I continued to train with him until his retirement in 2013. I took over his class at the YMCA in 2013 and then in 2014 I decided to open my own dojo.