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Keira P.
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Since my son has started martial arts his self confidence and focus have increased so much! They encourage supporting each other and I have seen a difference in my son's over all mood. He's much happier!! Thank you for helping my son find something he loves while building his self esteem!

  • 33 years in business
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Rebecca S.
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Not only did I learn self-defense, but I studied Taoism and Buddhism - which changed my life forever. And truly answered the questions I always had about life and the journey we are on. The Tao is neither good nor bad it is the great facilitator. My life with Sifu Jai will never end and our connection will always be there. He deserves (if one can say that) numerous students and he should be shown the utmost of respect. My love for him knows no bounds, and your lives will be forever changed as well, just open yourselves up, as he will show you limitless answers to life's most daunting questions.

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I teach martial arts and self defense. I teach men, women, and children. I have been teaching since 2004.


We are the best in Berkshires for martial arts and self-defense instruction. We provide martial arts and self-defense instruction for men, women and children, currently as young as 3, and as old as 83!

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I use the personal defense readiness "SPEAR" system. I teach what the bad guys want and what they do not want; then I teach you how to defend against them using your natural skills.

  • 38 years in business
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Choose Dynamic fighting science for effective self defense. I offer practical, cutting-edge and applied urban combat and tactical street survival training. Men, women, boys and girls, is a neighborhood bully victimizing your kid? This training will give real skills to that, give confidence, and the ability to fight back, if necessary. I also teach anti-abduction and escape tactics. Are you worried about abduction? Special training and knowledge give you the skills to employ. I have competed and won titles in Golden Gloves boxing and pro kickboxing matches, no-holds-barred full-contact shoot matches, full-contact stick fighting bouts, and pro wrestling. I am trained in the Asian jungles of Indonesia pencak silat and Filipino stick and knife. I am a mas guru (master)-certified teacher. I was a NYC night club bouncer and bodyguard for 4 years. I have martial arts background in Shorin Ryu karate, judo, wing chun gung fu, tae kwon do, Brazillian jiu-jitsu, freestyle wrestling, Muay Thai, savate, eskrima, fencing, and submission wrestling. I trained NYC police, professional and amateur fighters, bouncers, bodyguards, models, and actors, and also choreographer for stage and film combat. Contact David Tanner for personal appointments. I am a martial arts fitness instructor. Private and in-your-home lessons are available.


I have over 17 years of law enforcement and para-military experience. No other self defense and firearms training courses offered to civilians, includes this experience and tactics.

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John H.
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Hands down best martial arts training center around. Great instructors and awesome fellow classmates. Like a big family! If your thinking about self defense courses Aplea Krav Maga is by far the place you want to attend

The Chain of Defense
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  • 8 years in business
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Constance B.
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Great communication and follow up- will be out to the school Tuesday

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Chris G.
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The term Sensei has many meanings. The most popular of those meanings is "teacher". Having worked under Mr. Borter's tutelage over the past few years, the term fits perfectly. Everything taught at the Modern Self Defense Academy is meant to be applied in real world situations. There is no room for fluff or movie star martial arts moves in the real world. Mr. Borter understands this and has honed his core principles to be used by the general public (men, women & children) to defend themselves effectively, should the need ever arise. There is nothing in the Capital District that compares to the Modern Self Defense Academy. And to the best of my knowledge, there is no better Sensei.

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