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KSK Martial Arts
from 6 reviews
    Danielle B.
    Verified review

    I began my experience training with Kent Nelson at his school, KSK Martial Arts, by participating in the school's 2 part Women's Self Defense classes. I was unsure what to expect, but found the experience to be empowering and fun. Kent Nelson and his staff were clearly very knowledgeable, great teachers, and made me feel comfortable. I enjoyed the self defense classes so much that I began taking MMA-JKD at KSK Martial Arts. It was an intimidating thing for me to do, as I was a woman who had never participated in any sort of martial arts training before. And as a newbie I found training at KSK to be something hugely enjoyable. I have now been a student at KSK for a year. I always look forward to class and find the methods used to train students to be inclusive, informative, practical, and done in a manner that is low-pressure, focused on detail, and so much fun that I always leave class exhilarated having learned new things while getting a pretty good workout as well! It’s a fantastic facility, led by a very knowledgeable and engaging teacher that is Guro Kent Nelson. I am so happy to be training at KSK and look forward to discovering where training at KSK Martial Arts will take me. I have learned so much and have so much more to learn from Guro Kent and the rest of the KSK folks! Go there! Try it out!

    Personal Safety Unlimited
    from 2 reviews
    • 15 years in business
    Jeff J.
    Verified review

    Mr. Zorn is not only very knowledgeable about his subject matter, but also a great teacher. Very professional as well. I would reccomend his instruction to anyone desiring more insight into defensive stratagems, tactics, and combatives.

    Technically Sound
    from 1 review
    • 11 years in business
    Cory P.
    Verified review

    I received a few self-defense lessons from this vendor. Style: Jeet Kune Do (JKD) Pros: Brian, my instructor, was incredibly knowledgeable about this style and was excited to teach it. He worked within my limitations - I am not very flexible or coordinated, so he tailored his approach to work within my limits. That's what JKD is about: creating a system that works for each individual. Brian was also a compassionate teacher. He always asked permission before he went into a demonstration, meaning he never laid a hand on me without my consent. At no point did I feel intimidated or threatened, which has not always been my experience in studying other martial art styles. He was also diligent in assigning me homework so that, when we weren't working together, I had plenty to practice so we could make more progress in our next section. His prices per lesson were also incredibly fair. Cons: With Brian's excitement and interest in the style came a little impatience. He's so eager to teach that he occasionally overloaded me with information. I'm sure if I had said as much to him, he would have understood and slowed down. But his energy is contagious, and I wanted to learn just as much as he wanted to teach. For anyone else working with Brian, be sure to speak up if he's going too fast, and I'd be willing to be he'd understand. As I said, JKD is all about flexibility, meaning the style can be adapted for your needs.


    With its state-of-the-art, reality-based systems, the Tactical Self Defense (TSD) provides personal protection solutions for everyone in society whether you are a civilian, police officer, security specialist or soldier. TSD is an eclectic self-defense system that combines karate, wrestling, judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, modern arnis and boxing. Commando Krav Maga is also offered. Classes address real-life scenarios like chokes, weapon disarming and ground attacks. Are you interested in learning more about our methods, classes, or if Commando Krav Maga is right for you? Contact us, or come visit/observe one of our sessions. Class listings can be found on our Facebook page. Our facility is state of the art, with bathrooms/showers to clean up after a hard workout, and an extra large dojo floor with pads. Feel free to give us a call, or email us with any questions, comments or concerns that you may have. We look forward to hearing from you! We encourage participation from any shape, size, and age, 14 and up. The instructor has a Level 5 Commando Krav Maga certification (highest female level in Michigan), a black belt in Goju-Ryu karate under the instruction of Sensei S. Larioza, and a white belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under the instruction of Ryan Fiorenzi (highest black belt in Michigan). Public and private classes are offered.

    • 8 years in business

    Welcome to My Stronger Self where "a firmer body begins with a firmer mind!" This is the sheer core of our training philosophy. We must be strong from the inside out to really flourish in life, no matter what we're trying to accomplish. A completely different approach to the standard "gym training system," our approach is challenging for everybody, no matter what your experience level or goals are. While weight loss is a common goal, lifetime results are the most significant and what we stress to each of our clients. We offer lifetime results that not only translate into lost inches and pounds but also better stress management, more confidence, energy, and a healthier relationship with food. We give the type of results that can never be weighed on scale or quantified but are simply as significant to a lifetime of personal health and well-being. If you're a person who has done exercise for years or merely getting started but not seeing the lifetime results you've always need and wanted, we're here to help. We offer programs customized just for you, in our studio or the convenience of your own home. We provide the following: - One-on-one personal training - Semiprivate personal training - Group training - Youth and adult sport endurance and agility training - Cardio classes: Zumba, Zumba toning, yoga, boot camps, kickboxing, cardio fusion, cardio kickboxing and step - Specialty classes: nutrition, grocery store tours, self-defense, belly dancing, dinner with your trainer, and a lot more of "out-of-the-ordinary" classes - Nutritional guidance and accountability We welcome the opportunity to assist you in attaining your goals. Give us a call today to see how you can have healthy results that last a lifetime. Yours in health and fitness, The My Stronger Self family


    I have 19 years of mixed martial arts experience and 13 years of weightlifting and fitness experience. I customize my services to each individual's needs and personal goals. Everyone is in a different place in their fitness journey and I will meet you wherever you are and help you set goals and give you the tools you need to meet them.


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