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Action Reality Martial Arts
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
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Jon S.
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I met TJ as he was growing his New Jersey based training program. Prior to this, I had practiced Aikido (Kokikai) for several years and Kung Fu (North Dragon - Lung Jop Pai) for a couple of years. I had also been a fan of Bruce Lee since the 1970's, and the opportunity to talk to somebody about Jeet Kune Do instantly caught my attention. So many martial arts instructors are, to put it politely, hacks. The average store front "martial arts" studio seems to specialize in mediocre training geared primarily towards kids who will only be there a couple of years, and those who expect to be guaranteed a black belt in exchange for 3 years of lessons and a few thousand dollars;we refer to these as "McMartial Arts" studios. I had seen way too many of these, with "sensei's" claiming to be Grand Masters from distant exotic lands, so I have a tendency to view any self-proclaimed martial arts instructor with "open minded skepticism". While I've never been good enough to indulge in "dojo storming", I will politely wait to be impressed before assuming an instructor is good. TJ Miller blew that skepticism out of the water quickly -- and consistently. He's the real deal, in a very big way. Working out with TJ, I finally learned what Jeet Kune Do is really all about. You can start to glean it from Bruce Lee's writings if you're patient and persistent. But to really "get it", you have to "do it" with someone who's already there. My initial training with TJ was in small adult groups of 3 to 5 initially. His approach was excellent. We focused on basics to start, beginning simply with learning how to fall. As Alfred says to Bruce Wayne in Batman, "Why do we fall, sir? So we can learn to get up." We learned basic punches and kicks, as most people have no clue that a good punch is 80% body and 20% arm. We started stationary with heavy bags until we could actually fall, punch and kick effectively, though still very much beginners. Then we starting moving around, working with TJ and also pairing up with others, alternately holding practice mitts and pads for each other. Trying to throw a punch or kick at a moving target is a somewhat shocking revelation if you've never done it before, and a bit embarrassing when you first try. Now that we were moving, TJ started to really emphasize this, the various ranges that Jeet Kune Do focuses on - weapons, kicking, punching, close-in (knees, elbows, head), grappling and the idea of controlling distance, and controlling the encounter. This evolved into developing an understanding of keeping a distance until you're ready to engage, and knowing when to close and escalate. We worked with a single "attacker", and then with two and three attacker, learning once again how to control our position relative to them so we could selectively encounter one at a time, and use them against each other. As quickly as we digested his lessons, he started including more styles that are traditonally taught with JKD, such as Wing Chun, Kali/Escrima, Silat, Muai Thai, Savate, Dumog and Jujitsu. We spent quite a bit of time on trapping, and blending and transitioning from technique to technique, across styles. The emphasis was always on establishing our "tools" to the point where we could apply whatever was most effective in any given situation - much more important than rote forms. Of course, the ideal would be to practice enough so that the reaction and application of techniques would be instant, requiring no thought and conscious selection -- but that takes years to develop. At one point, I was training twice a week with TJ in the dojo, and had the luxury and privilege of having him come to my home once a week for private training. During these sessions, we focused primarily on the heavy bag - my form, speed, endurance, combinations - with TJ emphasizing the need for repetition and consistent effort. When the weather permitted, we'd work out on my driveway or in the backyard with the Kali sticks -- one of my favorite parts of practice. TJ's skills are, in a word, superb, both as a practitioner and a trainer. I've been incredibly impressed with his mastery of each of the styles from which he demonstrated and trained us in technique, and even more so in his ability to truly keep them as part of his "toolkit" from which to draw, instantly and seamlessly, as needed in a combat situation. I practiced with TJ for several years, as did my teenage son and daughter, and only stopped when he relocated out of state. I would start up again in a heartbeat if logistics permitted. Beyond being a world class Jeet Kune Do trainer, in both group and private settings, TJ is a philosopher perhaps in the tradition of the best practitioners like Bruce Lee and Morihei Ueshiba, something you learn gradually over years of practice with him. All in all, TJ is a unique and superb martial arts practitioner and trainer, and it's a rare privilege to learn from, practice with - and be able to call someone this special your friend.

Dave Pastor
5.0
from 1 review
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Ilene M.
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Dave is an amazing teacher! He is creative in his teaching methods and extremely patient. I had previously taken tennis lessons for two years once a week. In one summer with Dave's instruction, I learned more than in the two years with the other tennis pro. Working with Dave was a very positive experience and I highly recommend him.

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Well, I like to do multiple activities. Walking is part of my yoga sessions, and then, I take my clients on a soothing session of stretching their body and soul.

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I'm looking to work in any area of sports. I know the basics to all; I played football, basketball, soccer, and volleyball, but my passion is baseball. I have had injuries myself and know how hard to push someone,because everyone is different, and have always worked hard to be the best I could by my coaches standards. My main expertise would be baseball. We can discuss age and sport, but I need to ask critical questions. I will do right by myself and clientele. If you're looking for extra practice, I guarantee success. Besides sports being my main expertise, I am also unemployed and currently going to school. When I am contacted, I will discuss any odd jobs to be done and price.

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Come and experience the thrill of being on horseback with riding lessons at one of Chester County's premier riding stables, Out of Reach Farm. Located in West Chester, PA, we are a full-service horse farm that is offering English style riding lessons, horse shows, and full board for your horse or pony.

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I've been a CPR instructor for two years. I teach basic first aid, CPR, and AED. My clients are always happy about my teaching method, and they like it.

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Hi, my name is Sam. I began playing tennis when I was three years old. I began competing in junior tournaments when I was eight years old and continued to compete in tournaments through middle and high school. I played in tournaments all throughout the Southeastern United States and played in the Copper Bowl in Tucson, AZ. I was recruited to play for Davidson College in Davidson, NC, which is an NCAA Division I program. I was a starting player in singles and doubles all three years that I played, and I was team co-captain my senior year. I have taught lessons, clinics, and camps to students of all ages and a wide range of abilities. I prefer teaching more advanced junior players. What I value most, however, is a strong work ethic and personal interest in the sport. Though I usually curtail my lesson around the skill level of the particular player, there is a basic structure to each lesson. First, after warming up, I like to start off by working on a specific skill that the student wants or needs to practice. After doing related drills, I like to incorporate the particular skill through point play. At the end of the lesson, I like to use basic consistency drills to make sure that the student leaves feeling in tune with the ball.

  • 29 years in business
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I provide tennis lessons for beginners and intermediate level students. All ages are accepted. Our hours are flexible and have excellent references.

  • 4 years in business
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At Smarter Tennis, we provide quality tennis instruction, with programs designed specifically for your particular goals and objectives. This includes private lessons, group clinics, mental strength and strategy coaching, and also custom stringing and racket customization.

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I offer guitar, bass and drum lessons for students of all ages and ability levels. My lessons are convenient and time saving, as I come to your home.

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I can teach any age for an extremely affordable price. I have five years of teaching experience. I am confident in college freshman teaching. I am extremely confident and patient. You can call any time.

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Dog walking in the NYC area. I provide basic golf and tennis practice partner and fitness training services in the Brooklyn area.

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I cater all your tennis needs. Teaching 10 and under is my specialty. I teach private adult customers who are regularly satisfied.

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I truly love to see my students of all levels improve and to teach their goals!

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AquarianYoga is focused on developing a community; more than a yoga center, we are your spiritual home. We are dedicated to meeting our students’ needs; from family yoga to support parents and children in the yogic lifestyle, to classes for adults of all ages.

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Tennis Lessons with former PHS varsity player and accredited tutor Kenny Xu for a low flat-rate, no matter what your abilities are!

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Winward Equestrian provides quality riding instruction on its well-trained horses or you can provide your own. We have a beautiful facility in Colts Neck and will travel throughout Ocean and Monmouth County. We have fully insured and certified instructors.

  • 17 years in business
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I make the Golf swing simple !

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Lesson objective: Structure the lessons to fit your objectives, with focus on such things as stroke production, strategy, the mental game of tennis, match play (with feedback), or any combination thereof -- you decide. My name is Adam McGregor, and I have been teaching tennis for about 20 years, helping students with proper techniques in serving, return of serve, volleys, forehands, and backhands. I am available for lessons in Somerset, New Brunswick, Edison, Highland Park, and Piscataway. During weekends, I am available from morning until dusk. I attended the NBTA for 2 years, am a USPTR-certified professional, and played on the satellite ITF Circuit from 1989 to 1995. Se habla Espanol.

  • 3 years in business
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I've been riding since I was 10. I can teach and ride both English/Western, from beginners to amateurs. I can also exercise the horse and train him from a rescue horse to more trained horses. I work with all ages as well and do trail riding. Also, I clean and groom stalls.

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At South Jersey Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you will be taught Brazilian jiu jitsu by a genuine black belt instructor. We offer family discounts. Come for a visit and watch a class.

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