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Harrison Self Defense Instructors

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SergeFX
5.0
from 57 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lilly H.
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Serge is by far one of the best trainers I’ve ever trained with. He is extremely professional with all his appts and respects his client’s time. He has a great work ethic and takes training seriously, but at the same time knows how to make a hardcore workout so much fun. Serge will work with you on all aspects of fitness and self defense. He will increase your levels of fitness and can train you to defend yourself in all situations. I highly recommend Serge, you will not be disappointed!

daryl
4.5
from 41 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 118 hires on Thumbtack
Tasha M.
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Daryl is really a true professional with an abundance of knowledge of muscles and the body. He is very Punctual and pushes you to be your best self.

Boxfitstrong
4.9
from 31 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Jack W.
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Evis is a great trainer with a lot of knowledge about Kickboxing and martial arts in general He is very easygoing and has a laid back personality but don’t let that fool you:) He can really push you to the max As an intermediate level student I found his method to be interesting His aproach is very methodical and challenging which is what I was looking for As far as training intensity he can really get the best out of you with a very calm way I had so much fun on my first day and really enjoyed his teaching

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Annabelle fitness
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Antonio M.
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I give Anna 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ She guided me in living a better happier and healthier lifestyle through fitness! She didn't let me give up and thought me how to find my self motivation . She is really a catch! Thank you for the way u made me feel and look ! Hope u well !😀

East Morris Karate Academy
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 37 years in business
George K. (Instructor) K.
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My training at the East Morris Karate Academy (EMKA) forms one of the foundations of my life. I have been a member of the Dojo for 28 years and I have been an Instructor there since 1996. The time commitment alone shows how valuable I consider my membership at EMKA. One of the reasons I joined the Dojo (at age 12) was to learn Self-Defense (from bullies). What I got goes far beyond that (though I have learned many effective self-defense techniques). The training gave me the self-confidence to avoid bullying without any physical altercations. This is just one of the many skills I have incorporated into my life through training at the Dojo. I learned how the effort you put in pays off in the results, I leaned discipline, awareness, courage, integrity and courtesy. Upon becoming an Instructor, the training only expanded. My continued training as an Instructor has given me lessons in leadership, planning, marketing and of course teaching. One of the unique things about this Dojo is how focused the training of instructors is on effective teaching techniques. I use things I’ve learned at EMKA everyday. I value the camaraderie between the students and my fellow instructors. I thank my Teacher Mr. Musco for his efforts at developing such an extraordinary place.

  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
KRISTINA C.
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Terrific, articulate coach for practical self-defense techniques for my 16-year old daughter to understand, practice and excel at also for a good cardio workout. He's super nice and very knowledgeable about different techniques and what works best for her.

Ed Costigan
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Michael C.
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I've been working with Ed for 2 months now. He is awesome, he's very knowledgeable and a great teacher. The training secessions have gone so well I now have my son training with Ed. I HIGHLY recommend Ed to anyone looking to learn self defense, MMA, etc.

  • 8 years in business
Kate Z.
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NOTHING beats the experience you'll have at Shunato Karate. As a kickboxing student, Sensei Kato has not only taught me the essentials of self defense, but in the process has also taught me confidence, determination, focus, patience, and the importance of a happy workout. I've dropped 6 pant sizes just having fun! Shunato isn't just a dojo, it's a family. You're not going to find anything else like it, so stop looking. Come join us!

Tabor Tactical LLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Donna G.
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We hired Ray to give my 2 nieces lessons in self defense as they are going away to college. They loved him! They had such a great experience. Thank you so much!!

Gleason's Jersey Shore
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Reyna D.
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    Jackie is awesome. She teaches the best techniques and has helped correct my form. She cares about everyone that walks into her gym and into her life. She cares that I get it right instead of just making money. I wish I could train more often with her because I know I would be in excellent condition and a supreme fighter. Or at the very least supreme in self defense if God forbid I should ever need it. When I think of great teachers Jackie is my top 3. Probably #1. I just wish she was closer to my area. Or I closer to hers. If your close to her gym. GO!!! you will fall in love with her spirit and commitment to training. You will will find a new home too. OK I really need to move. I would literally move closer just so I can go train with her on a regular basis. I don't drive so its not easy for me to get to her. But if you can... GO!!!

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Jacqueline F.
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    The 8 year old who is bullied at school was very happy with his private lesson. He's already feeling more confident and has learned some self defense moves that are appropriate for his age, height, strength level, etc. John will be doing bi-weekly one on one self defense lessons for the next few weeks and then some. As a grandma, I'm very happy my grandon is learning how to protect himself, confidence, how to get out of bully situations, etc.

    • 35 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Paul R.
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    To Whom It May Concern, I am writing this testimonial to inform you of the talent and passion of my good friend, and teacher, Eric Stowe. While I met Eric while in high school, I did not get to know him until we met again after college. It is important to note, that up to age 19, I was overweight, and unfit physically. I was awkward, and when I walk, I tended, as my mother would say, to lumber. While in college, I lost a good bit of weight, and for a couple semesters, studied Shotokan Karate. Shotokan is a hard style karate, and practices included 45 minutes of strenuous exercise, followed by 15 to 30 minutes of technique or form. While my physical health improved some, I learned very little that would benefit me. After graduating, I met Eric when a mutual friend brought me to a class he was teaching. While we did warm up with some exercises, Eric quickly moved into techniques, so when we left the class, we had a feeling of accomplishment, that we had actually learned something that we could use. I immediately signed up to study under Eric, and continued to study with him for over 15 years. Within a year, my mother commented that while she wasn’t sure how she felt about me studying the martial arts, she loved the changes she had seen in me. I stood more erect, I no longer lumbered when I walked, I was more graceful on my feet and more confident in life in general. I have seen Eric work with both men and women, both younger and older. From a middle school aged boy who studied for several years, to a retired woman who joined the class for about one year. Eric is a gifted teacher whose flexibility ensures that everyone in the class, from the most inexperienced, to the seasoned veteran, benefit from the time spent with him. I would recommend anyone looking to improve their health, balance, or peace of mind in a violent world, to spend time studying with him.

    Maria M.
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    As my kids were entering their later years of grammar school and preparing to enter the middle grade system, I wanted to make sure they were mentally, emotionally and physically prepared for anything and everything that came their way. I wanted to keep them in shape, protect themselves, build confidence and increase their flexibility and so I found it right here in my home town, Sifu Ivan's Ultimate Martial Arts Acadamy. We have been training here for the past 6 months and this is as good as it gets when it comes to mixed martial arts. You will have an amazing time, meet new friends and find new levels of energy. After attending for several months now, I have noticed a huge positive improvement in the areas of confidence, focus, listening, strength, self esteem, endurance and grades. They are so eager to attend that we quickly went from once a week to twice a week. They look forward to learning new skills and mastering them in order to advance to the next level. The academy also reinforces the values of respect, friendship and family. It is an incredible environment to not only learn martial arts but to also have fun in the process. Sifu Ivan is an incredible instructor not only does he teach the skill, but relates it with life experiences and applies it with example. What a phenomenal experience filled with positive energy!

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    JKD NYC is an MMA gym in NYC, dedicated to promoting Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do for mixed martial arts, self-defense and pro fitness. We offer beginner- to advanced-level training in our MMA classes, self-defense classes, women's self-defense, and personal training in New York City. JKD NYC offers the only self-defense classes in NYC, based on the hand-to-hand combat program for our Navy Seals (Seal Team 6). Our MMA classes and training are based on Bruce Lee's JKD. Recently, JKD NYC was voted Top 5 MMA Gym in New York City by CBS News. We have a unique personal training approach to our classes and private sessions to get you in fighting shape. Our classes are a practical and fun approach to training for men, women and teenagers, ages 16 and up. We are an NY martial artist.

    • 3 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
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    I am a certified personal trainer (NASM) and fitness nutrition specialist. I also teach Bruce Lee's martial arts, jeet kune do. I have a diverse background in self-defense prior having studied taekwondo, Shaolin Kempo Karate, boxing, and MMA.

    About

    Private, personal self-defense, and martial arts lessons with a sensei who has been teaching students self-defense for over 30 years. I have a black belt in four separate martial arts and styles. I am dedicated and committed to both the martial arts and the student's learning and self-confidence. The martial arts began centuries ago with the teacher and student trusting and learning together in a unique and private setting. The student was able to not only learn self-defense, confidence, and protection skills, but they were also able to learn and grow as an individual and as a person. The element of trust became easier for the student as they were able to confide and learn in this sacred and private setting. There are no other students to distract you from learning, no lines, no substitute teachers, no being stuck in the back of the class or the back of the room. All questions were asked and all questions were relevant. The student was always the priority and the focus of the class and session. Always more time for learning and confidence building. That's the tradition where I came from and what I believe in. No uniform is required, no long term contract, and no hidden fee. The only request from me, Sensei Dennis, is for serious students only who keep their word, who come to class on time, who are respectful to the martial arts and the sensei, and who are willing to trust and learn. Any student who is willing to learn comes into the room leaving their ego at the door. With that agreement in mind, then that's our contract. Private classes are 90 minutes long and can be requested for any day of the week at any time provided that the time is not already scheduled. Semi-private and small group classes can be requested and done upon request. Classes can be in the day, afternoon, evening or late hours. Classes are for men, women, children, and couples. No age is too old or too young. Everyone is welcomed. Remember that personal safety and protection skills never goes out of style. Wherever you live or wherever you move to, your protection skills and advantage goes with you. I hope to have the privilege of meeting and teaching you in the future. Thank you. ~ Sensei Dennis.

    • 5 years in business
    About

    I teach classical self defense not modern sports martial arts. This is not a fitness class and it's not Muy Ty or Kung Fu. If your looking for those please find someone teaching that. If you ARE interested in the real ancient battlefield techniques of the samurai and osoteric warriors of Warring States Period Japan, this is what you looking for. This art is a high quality self defense method that works regardless of the practitioners size, strength or age. This martial art WORKS at all levels!

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    Your mind is your best weapon. To fill your mind with the knowledge of the best integrated martial art and your first line of defense, is to protect yourself and your family. We offer Samurai Jujutsu-based lessons, integrated with Wing Chun, Mande Muda, Arnis, etc.

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    I am teaching self-defense and fitness based on Taekowndo, Jeet Kune Do, Arnis, boxing, and kickboxing. The student gets practical skills and sparring safely.

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    We are reaching jujitsu to children ages four and up as well as adults. It's great for self-confidence, self-esteem and dealing with bully prevention.

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