DefensiveFit School of Jeet Kune Do

Cranford, NJ

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Our Kickboxing classes consists of a wide variety of interval training using calisthenics (squats, push-ups, sit-ups, mountain climbers and burpees) followed by striking techniques for optimum fitness and general self-defense. You will learn to live a healthy life and be able to protect yourself.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love to workout, I love to meet new people and I love helping anyone that wants to change thier lives and live a healthier. I think both fitness and self defense should be part of everyone daily life. They both provide longevity and security in one way or another.

Location

Cranford, NJ 07016

Years in business

4

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

40

Reviews

18 Reviews
  • James W. Jul 6, 2017
    Self Defense Lessons
    Verified Review
    Andre is great to work with! Super knowledgeable and a nice guy.
  • Debra R. Aug 6, 2016
    Self Defense Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Brandon J. Jun 26, 2016
    Martial Arts Training
    Verified Review
    Outstanding grappling and practical application of Bruce Lee's Jeet Kun Do. I feel very confident that I can protect myself and my family if ever put to the test. Mr. Tosado is extremely knowledgeable on various forms of fighting and has a efficient and straight forward teaching style. I would recommend all ages best, Sifu is warm and down to earth best martial arts class by far!
  • Sara M. Feb 29, 2016
    Self Defense Lessons
    Verified Review
    Andre explained some basic Krav Maga techniques and had us pair up to practice these moves. He was punctual, friendly and answered any questions that we had with extreme care and detail. It was an enjoyable experience that left us wanting to practice more. He also shared valuable information on NYC laws regarding self defense that were very good to know.
  • Valerie D. Jan 10, 2016
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    I've only had one session with Andre because, shortly after my first session, I found out I was pregnant and decided it probably wasn't the most ideal time to learn self-defense! I plan to get back in shape with a vengeance and learn how to kick butt after the baby is born, so I would love to try out some more sessions with Andre at a later date. With that being said, in only one session I felt that he really seems to know a lot about self-defense, as well as be genuinely interested in helping people get into great shape. Plus, he's a very friendly guy and his pricing is reasonable. I would recommend scheduling a session with him!
  • Grady W. Dec 1, 2015
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    Andre is an excellent trainer and caters to your fitness level. Always imaginative to change things things up and increase the challenge to get you on your way to your fitness goals. By changing things up, keeping you on your toes and ensuring that the workout is new, exciting and of course physically challenging. The boxing & self defense workouts are fun too because you get to hit back some :-). Andre is exceptional talent to your fitness needs.
  • Francisco J. Nov 21, 2015
    Martial Arts Training
    Verified Review
    It's great experience!
  • Alexandra S. Nov 9, 2015
    Self Defense Lessons
    Verified Review
    Very knowledgeable in self defense and knows how to demonstrate and get his message across regardless of the size of the crowd. Andre is passionate about what he does and this shows through his work. We were lucky to have Andre at our event!
  • Justin T. Nov 9, 2015
    Martial Arts Training
    Verified Review
    Andre has been training his whole life and does an awesome job at teaching and passing on what he knows as simple and clear as possible. Defensivefit is the place to go if you are seeking confidence in self defense, it is a process you can trust
  • Sela K. Oct 27, 2015
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
  • Rose S. Jul 20, 2015
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    Andre is nothing short of amazing! He's all about developing the right technique and posture first as if you don't have these key things in place first, your workout will be pointless. As a result of working with Andre, I've noticed a significant difference in my upper body strength and energy level. Andre is also very flexible when it comes to scheduling my workout sessions and he's an absolute joy to work with. Lastly, I appreciate how he incorporates self defense techniques within my strength straining. When working with Andre, you're guaranteed to get your money's worth and beyond!
  • Jenn S. Jun 23, 2015
    Self Defense Lessons
    Verified Review
    Very thorough instruction and I'm enjoying my sessions and don't plan on stopping any time soon.
  • Dana Z. Mar 14, 2015
    Self Defense Lessons
    Verified Review
    Andre was great really thorough i would highly recommend. My daughter is traveling in Europe for 2 months I wanted to give her skills to help empower her. Andre was professional -prompt and gave her a useful skill set that hopefully will not have to use . But if prompted she is educated !
  • Claire C. Dec 20, 2014
    Self Defense Lessons
    Verified Review
    Andre is a great guy and teacher who genuinely wants to teach others how to defend themselves. Helpful to anyone at all levels of training.
  • Lisa J. Jul 14, 2014
    Self Defense Lessons
    Verified Review
    Andre was very professional and communicative. He understood what I wanted and tailored a self defense training class that fit my needs. During the class, he was thorough, but he also kept the language and technique easy to understand. We learned a lot in a short amount of time and walked away with knowledge and confidence. I highly recommend Andre Tosado and Defensivefit.
  • Perri C. Apr 21, 2014
    Self Defense Lessons
    Verified Review
    Andre was on time, extremely accommodating and most importantly very fun and informative to work with. I would definitely recommend working with him, I will be again in the future!
  • Stephanie E. Dec 29, 2013
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    Andre Tosado has helped me alot. I came to him looking for personal training. He is alway helpful, very kind, but at the same time will push you to do your best and push past your limits. If you need a personal trainer i would recommened Andre 110%. If you follow his routines and advice you will meet your goals an start feeling and looking better in no time. Thanks so much Andre!!
  • Elle D. Oct 27, 2013
    Self Defense Lessons
    Verified Review
    Andre and his instructor Anthony were both awesome! They were both very professional, knowledgeable, passionate, kind, and fun. They worked with a group of 90 women, teaching them self defense strategies and techniques. All of the girls had a great time, learned a lot, and are now so much safer living in NYC. I am so glad that I was able to meet Andre through Thumbtack. He was extremely accommodating. I truly appreciated all of the work he did.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Yes, it's pretty simple. Adult's Tuition - $129 monthly Youth Tuition - $99 Drop in Rate $20 Private Training: $50 - $85 You pay month-to-month and cancel anytime. Payments are setup on ACH/EFT.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Martial arts Training: We ask you to come by, try and check out a class. Then we talk about goals and expectation. If you like what we offer, then we sign you up. First payment cash, after that it's EFT/ACH from your bank or credit card. Private Training: We schedule a meet and greet to discuss goals and expectation. Next we schedule a trial session. If your goal is fitness then we do assessment, body composition and a fitness test. Finally, we schedule where we're going to meet along the days and time we will train.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have multiple certifications in both fitness and martisl arts. I'm a certified Muay Thai Fitness Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, Instructor Level in Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Kali, Edge Weapons and Self-Defense.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I wanted to do something I enjoyed and could help others. I love to exercise and train in martial arts and I want to pass on that passion and knowledge to anyone that's looking for a healtier lifestyle.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with people from all walks of life. From kids to senior citizens, from obesity to very weak, from beginner to athletic people.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recent taught self-defense to a group of 90 sorority girls at NYU. By the end of class they were all very happy with what they had learn and like the way it was taught and explained. They said they felt safer with the information they had just received.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
When looking for personal trainers make sure they are certified. Make sure they are looking to help you not take from you. Avoid long contracts; the reality is a personal trainer should be helping and motivating you so you no longer need him. As for a self defense instructor/teach goes, make sure they have credibility. What type of training have they had and who's been their teachers/instructors?