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He can be very personal. He seems to remember every child's name and is concerned with their well-being and self-esteem. He promotes the school and programs with care and doesn't try to over sell you.
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.
Mr. Monteiro is a courteous professional, but genuinely cares for the well-being of his clients. It shows that he works his hardest to provide the best service for the best value, and my results in fitness and self-defense are markedly improved.
Great place to learn self defense!
The self defense class was very informative and also a lot of fun! I'd definitely recommend it!!
I've been going to UDC for 2 years and I. Love. It. I participate in the Urban Defense Martial Arts program which teaches self-defense for real-life and street situations. So you learn practical moves while getting a kick-ass workout. Anyone who wants to learn real techniques to protect yourself (this is Philly, after all), have a ton of fun, and have a great workout with an amazing teacher who actually knows what he's talking about (Master Whitaker), this is absolutely the place to go!
As an alumni of Penn State Karate Club- University Park, the Philadelphia Region group brings together all the great things about the original in a more convenient package. Our classes are small, so each student can get individual attention and everyone can work at his or her own pace. This is a class for anyone who wants to kick their fitness into a whole new gear- so if you are really interested in getting into even better shape, this is the place for you. Likewise, if you aren't in great shape, and are looking for a sport you can practice for the rest of your life, this is also a great place. I'm in the latter group, and I can attest that these classes are rigorous, but the senseis will be there to help you every step of the way. Lastly, if you are interested in neither getting or staying in shape, but are feeling uneasy in the city, then we are the place to be for self-defense training. You can learn moves that even the weakest person (myself!) can perform accurately on much stronger people so that when the time comes, you can defend yourself in any situation.
Miss Judy is just wonderful to work with. She worked with my after school program and summer camps and related well to the children. She had everything prepared to go. She typed a memo about her self and had a lesion plan ready that the children would enjoy. Al this time was volunteer. The children and parents really enjoyed her very much! I was so impressed that she seem to enjoy what she was doing and made the children ALL feel special
Great instructor, with great detailed instruction with a high emphasis of safety. Perfect place for adults to lose weight, tone up and get in of the best shape of their lives. Also, perfect environment for children to learn self-discipline, build their confidence and learn self defense.
Excellent, very knowledgeable and patient instructor. Would highly recommend!
Very knowledgeable and patient
I hired Mike for personal one on one self defense and I’m glad I did ! He will give you the tools YOU need to protect yourself in compromising situations! Mike is professional , patient and extremely knowledgeable . He brings all the equipment you need to train . Don’t be a sitting duck . Give yourself a chance in a dangerous situation and learn these protective skills . Greg
Sharon's F.L.A.G. seminar has impacted my life dramatically. I never thought anything dangerous could happen to me, but when put in the situation I had come to realize I wouldn't know what to do. With this program, I have learned some basic self defense that could save my life that I will not soon forget!
Magnus Karate is an excellent place to learn martial arts. I have known Master Pannulla, Mike, for many years and he is a man of great character and ethics. This is his passion, and he is wonderful as an instructor with children and adults of all ages. Teaching not only the martial art of Tang Soo Do, students come away with so much more. Confidence, discipline, and a determination to work hard not just in karate but school/work and other activities. Mike strives to make sure his students understand karate is to be used for the right reason - self defense only. In my mind there is no downside to martial arts practice. Students become stronger mentally and physically, becoming healthier individuals. As a result, students are prepared to meet the challenges of today's world head on, more so than if they weren't studying at Magnus. I'm honored not just to be a friend of Mike's and to write this review, but honored to be a student of his myself. I am just as passionate about training under Master Pannulla as he is instructing me and his other students. I highly recommend coming in and seeing what Magnus Karate is all about; it'll change your life in a most positive way. Best wishes, Jason M. Devon, PA
I will help you with self-confidence, discipline, and how to protect yourself. I am retired from the Navy after 25 years of service. When doing house raids, my martial arts was used on a daily basis.
Our academy teaches judo, Brazilian jiu jitsu, self-defense, and fitness and kettlebell classes to adults and children in South Philly. We can help you and/or your loved ones be safer, healthier, and more confident. We can teach you a fun and exciting set of skills that will improve your life.
I teach martial arts, self-defense and fitness. If you need to get in shape or want to learn self-defense and whether it's against a weapon or no weapon, I can show you how to be confident in yourself to handle any situation.
I specialize on weight loss, self-defense programs, personal enrichment seminars and depression alleviating tactics. Sometimes, I find that just a simple telephone conversation helps look forward to getting started.
Simply put I make sure I leave my ego out of it. I base my lessons around what the students look for and not what I think they should look for. If a student wants to focus solely on fitness during their lesson then I will make sure to put them through a more rigorous training session. If the lesson is asked to be centered around focus and self discipline then I gear the training in that direction. I set out to be sure to always make the training about the student and not myself.
I am teaching usable methods of self-defense that can be practically applied by anyone. I teach very basic but applicable techniques for personal defense.
"If you want to awaken all of humanity, then you must awaken all of yourself; if you want to eliminate the suffering of the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly the greatest gift you can give to the world is that of your own self-transformation." - Lao Tzu I provide training and consultation in self-defense, namely Krav Maga. Krav Maga is the most effective self-defense system on the market and has been engineered and structured to ensure optimal development, quick retention and a high degree of fitness! Let me help you transform into a more secure, more aware and more prepared version of yourself. I can teach you skills that may one day save your life, only if you accept the journey!