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  • 8 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 6 hours

Bo V.

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Serge is a very knowledgeable trainer. He is a specialist in mix martial arts and self defense. He kicks my ass, and pushes me harder then I think I can go every time. He focuses on my specific needs and is fun to be around. He is always on time and very flexible with his schedule. In one word amazing!

Barry C.

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Serge knew just how to push me so I was a little sore the next day without being too sore. That’s the mark of a trainer that knows what he is doing. I had no experience with any kind of self-defense training and he made me feel perfectly comfortable.

John B.

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Serge has been my trainer/self defense coach for three years. He's excellent. The workouts are intense and structured, and he is a skilled instructor. He's helped me stay in shape despite a demanding work schedule.

  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • New York, NY

Or B.

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There is many trainer out there that protant to be the best.most advicace you can ever get for your gym life style . But that is not what you need to look for if your mission is to change you body.beacuse that's take time and work. Tips and knowledge you can get online and for free you don't need no trainer for that . as a guy with years of experience I'm telling you that this what you need to look for : the skills to push you to the edge and to see your motivating scuesess as a part of them sucesess that is what your looking for. The ability to make you change your mind and see healthy life style not as a temporary thing but as a part of you , Oh man this is not easy to do,speacily if you have a hard time to be consistent at what you do. To find someone that proof you every single time that she care about you like she care about her self -this is something money can't buy . This is a gift . Anna like that. Anna have that gift . She's a winner Shes a leader With an inspiration about what she do. (Just talking to her makes your understand what kind of person she are. And the most important . And she never let me down. Anna thank you . I owe you big time about the change you bring in to my family life,and my personal life . Thank you.

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 !😀

Joey H.

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I've been training with Anna for the past 6 month. Beside the incredible training plan we have she increased my motivation and the results speaks for them self. You should give it a try.

  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 7 hours
  • New York, NY

Kacper G.

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Bill is an amazing trainer and mentor. Very laid back and simultaneously incredibly motivating. I came in to continue training kickboxing but now we do all kinds of trainings including workout to increase mucle mass, fitness and since he is a black belt in Isshinryu (Karate) we started that as well and all I can say is that his patience, skill and flexibility are absolutely remarkable. If you are looking for someone to help you with advanced training or just guide you through the basics, he is the person for it. Also, he teaches kids as well of all ages so if you're a parent with a child and would like them to get some exercise and have a mentor, Sensei Bill is your man. Thank you Bill - look forward to continuing training with you

Rana T.

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I hired Bill through Thumbtack. I have known him for a few months now and I love training with him. In fact, both my husband and I are training with him. We aren't new to PTs, so we know who's good and who's bad. We love his style - he mixes up things for you so you're never bored. I love that he motivates you and slowly pushes you to improve - none of this aggressive pushing that leaves you feeling like a failure. He is flexible and super fair. I've had PTs who try to cut your session a bit short if they can get away with it - Bill is very ethical and always on time. Both my husband and I love working out with him.

Sydney S.

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I've had a great experience working will Coach Bill Pratt. He has met my personal needs as a collegiate athlete and I can see my improvement from week to week. He is very knowledgable about self defense and fitness in general and has a very diverse skill set. I attribute my staying healthy for the cross country season to the strength he has been building with me.

  • Ocean Grove, NJ

Brandon C.

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There is not enough words in the world to describe how much this great man can help you. A few years ago I thought I was well equipped with my skills, but he showed me so much that I now know I knew so little. Mark can take you up and beyond your goals and is a great mentor and my go to man for advice. He is so wise and talented and I can't wait to train with him more in my future for the world of MMA. Not only is he knowledgable in MMA he is great for boxing, bjj, kickboxing, and muy Thai. I would recommend him to anyone who wants to be serious in the world of fighting, self defense, anyone who wants to be fit or anyone who needs a great friend or mentor to talk to. Mark goes beyond my description, you just have to try him!

Jen E.

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I have worked with Mark for several years now. He has helped me to go from being afraid to do anything but Zumba to a soon to be Ironman! We've covered eveything from boxing to Jiujitsu and weight lifting. I am achieving and surpassing goals I never thought possible. He has helped develop the strength, enduance and confidence to take on any challenge. Every cent has been very well spent. No Limits!

Michele O.

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Such a good guy to train with! He gets you to where you want to be in your fitness level at your speed.

  • 8 years in business
  • Response time: 27 min
  • Baldwin, NY

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!

Rob J.

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Sensei Kato is an exceptional motivator. His kickboxing classes are fun and inclusive for all fitness levels. I highly recommend Shunato Karate and Fitness.

Donna K.

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Excellent school, our son loves it there!!

  • 13 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 5 hours

Jane O.

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For almost 10 years, Ali has been the perfect trainer for my 97-year old dad. With great sensitivity, respect and finesse, he has expertly crafted and customized workout experiences for my dad's specific and changing needs. He has helped my father to maintain his strength, independence and self-confidence by challenging him with various workout methods while always supporting him and encouraging him to stay active and fit both physically and mentally. He is patient, calm and has a great sense of humor, ensuring that their time together is enjoyable from start to finish for dad (even though it can sometimes be a challenge). While recuperating from a fall last year, dad became dangerously weak and had a hard time walking on his own or even getting up from bed or out of a chair. Ali monitored the situation closely and made sure that dad got back to the gym as soon as he was able, gradually and carefully helping him re-build his muscles, stamina and stability until he was again able to walk on his own, move freely, work out and enjoy his life as usual. The end result is that my dad is the strongest and happiest he's been in years. Ali is a treasure... a wise and consummate professional who consistently gets results!

Saif S.

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I am based in Dubai but travel to NYC often, and I always make sure to get in my sessions with Dimensions. They are outstanding! I have worked with a number of their trainers who have very impressive backgrounds and areas of specialization, and I have never been disappointed. I find that this company hires much higher quality employees than any gym or any other company I have used before. In addition to their noteworthy credentials, each person I have met has been extremely kind, professional and personable.

Myron O.

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I started seeing AIi when I was 88 years old, almost 10 years ago. He has solved numerous problems for me. Whenever I visit my doctor, she compliments me on my good health and I always tell her that Ali is the one responsible!! He has a great sense of humor and he is masterful at making my workouts fun, which goes a long way to making the experience both successful and enjoyable. I'd highly recommend him to anyone who wants an intelligent, reliable and supportive trainer.

  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Hartsdale, NY

Chris G.

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Kristian was my personal trainer. He elevated my fitness level demonstrably. I am a very fit, 58 year old long distance cyclist. Kristina's regimen increased my stamina and overall strength to where it has never been. I can easily complete rides of 60 to 100 miles based on his program. Even though a young man he has a very complete understanding of the human body. He was able to target my weaknesses and work on them. Additionally he always commended my efforts. Great guy for those of you looking for serious personal trainer who will challenge you but also understands limitations.

Laura B.

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Kris is the best!! I always have a blast & at the end of a training session I feel incredibly accomplished. I was struggling on my own for months trying to lose weight for my wedding. Once I started personal training with Kris, I finally saw real results & had to get my dress taken in two times before my wedding day! He's truly an excellent trainer who motivates you to work hard & designs workouts personally to your abilities and goals.

Mike R.

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Kris has been training me in boxing technique for a year now and i notice a huge increase in my skill level, endurance, health, and self confidence. Kris is a great mentor, setting the tone for a positive and safe learning environment. He pays attention to form and detail and pushes me hard enough where i remain interested and feel successful.

  • 8 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 14 min

Sharon K.

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I have been working out with Bob and Linda for over a year now and have nothing but good things to say! The CardioStrength workout is awesome! You never know what you're going to be doing, so you won't get bored! It is guaranteed to be a great workout and you will be drenched when you're done! On a personal level, Bob and Linda are the sweetest people you will ever meet, always with an encouraging word for you! You will love working out at New Jersey Karate Club!!

Kate F.

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The owners are supper friendly and treat everyone like family. The self defense instructor is great, and doesn't take himself to seriously. A fantastic class and I look forward to going every week.

Ilyssa S.

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This class is the best! Bob and Linda are always coming up with new routines to keep the class fun and challenging. It's a great workout every time!

  • 3 years in business
  • Staten Island, NY

Joseph Z.

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Alex is very professional and knows his craft better than any of his peers with whom I've come into contact. What is particularly impressive is how he can, on the fly, modify a planned work out due to an injury so as to achieve an effective workout without an exacerbation of the injury. Furthermore, his knowledge of nutrition is something you don't find with most personal trainers. He is able to match one's physical needs with nutritional habits and behaviors. Lastly, Alex practices what he preaches. He adheres to the same physical standards that he uses in his instruction to clients. An instructor who eats his own dog food is an inspiration to his clients!

Boo R.

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I've been studying FMA under Guro Alex for about 8 months. He not only helped me reconnect with FMA, but because of his background in fitness, has also shown me exercises to complement the martial arts training. If you are looking for an effective self-defense class but require a physical fitness element to complement that training, then I highly suggest you seek Guro Alex.

  • 26 years in business
  • East Brunswick, NJ

Jamie S.

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Our daughter has been attending for a full month . She loves it, and we think the class is great ! Teacher is really amazing with all of the children. So happy we decided on Tiger Schulmanns!

Judi F.

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I am becoming who I am because of my training. I am stronger, healthier and more self confident. Great instructors who believe in the students all the way. Five stars...

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!

  • Monroe Township, NJ


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I offer personal training (i.e., resistance training, weight loss and muscle gain) and self-defense fight training.

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Uniondale, NY


My business is providing martial arts training and street combative self-defense. I also teach tai chi chuan. I teach private lessons where I can come to you. In addition, I am a tactics consultant for law enforcement and security agencies and assault prevention training for the violence against women agencies. Shinobi combative science is the proper name for ninjitsu. Kali silat is the southeast asian style of martial arts we teach too We also provide anti-bullying self-defense for children. For relaxation, health and self-defense, we teach tai chi chuan. We also teach jiu jitsu and ninjitsu, Chinese kung fu, kempo, Filipino Southeast Asian martial arts and aikido. If interested i provide a one time free trial self defense class or seminar for womens safety against any form of assault and violence. The class is a must for women who were the victim of some type of violence My classes are very informative.I do personal training weight loss build muscle Finally accunpuncture is a service i am license to provide. Body pains anxiety blocked energy pain management. depression accunpuncture helps .dr amir muhammad. Master instructor


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.


We are life long Martial Arts family with decades of teaching civilian and Law Enforcement officers. M.A.C.S was founded in 1975 by Master Instructor and hall of famer Shihan Mac Sr.


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.

  • New York, NY


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.


I teach jiu jitsu, MMA, kickboxing, tai chi, cross fit and weapons arnis sticks/knife, and self-defense.

  • 11 years in business
  • Bronx, NY


Because I'm not doing this solely to get paid. I want to live in a world where a large majority of the population has studied some form of the art. I believe that if a large enough group or community train the amount of negative things that happen will decrease because they would have something that instills them with purpose and meaning.

  • 4 years in business
  • Brooklyn, NY


If you are interested in learning how to defend yourself from common attacks from a person who is kind, compassionate, and tough, look no further! We can learn indoors or outside in nature. I had a school specializing in Indonesian martial arts for 10 years in Manhattan. I taught kids and adults self-defense, forms, and how to fight. I now teach self-defense to individuals and for those who want to train intensively. I will teach Indonesian martial arts. I am told often that I am a fantastic teacher! To avoid uncomfortable situations, I only work with women. Oftentimes, men want to learn from me for reasons other than self -defense. When I had a permanent school setting, I enjoyed teaching men. Now, some are interested in dating, and I want to avoid those conversations and situations. Please only ask for a quote if you honestly need help learning about self-defense.

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