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Conny M.
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It is a big decision to join a Martial Arts school. The head instructor is everything. Sifu Cropper and the other students made us feel welcome. We love our Kajukenbo because there are 5 arts in one. Great job and thank you for teaching our children self defense.

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Todd S.
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Krav Maga is exactly what I was looking for in a self defense system. It is geared for immediate use on the street if you were to be physically threatened. It's not about breaking boards and performing rituals, it's about very practical and effective self defense. I couldn't speak more highly about my experience so far with Mark Blake and his highly competent instructors at Krav Maga.

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Ron R.
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Portland Shotokan is one of the finest and most traditional martial arts schools in the greater Portland area. Bettina Sensei and her husband are both dedicated to teaching the art of Shotokan karate while instilling self-discipline, respect, and honor in each and every student that enters their Dojo. I highly recommend that you visit their school, ask questions and take a class or two. Be ready to enjoy a great workout, learn to defend yourself, and be immersed in one of the finest martial arts culture the world has to offer.

  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Candi R.
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I started training with Cody as a complete newbie to the gym. Cody made me comfortable in the gym environment. Cody's workouts are personalized and fun. I am stronger not only physically but mentally and its thanks to Cody Knope-Jenkins.

Impact Jiu Jitsu
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Khardellen R.
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I've been training with Bryan Nuro for about 3 years now. All I have to say about him is that he has helped me empowered many areas of myself; I have lost weight, toned up and feel better! I've been able to achieve the perfect connection between mind and body. We have used different types of training including body weight and resistance training. Besides that he has also helped me in the growth of my motivation and determination. I've brought friends who are still training with him to this day and all have been pleased as well. He's very professional with his clients and takes a lot of priority in them.

Academia Duellatoria
5.0
from 3 reviews
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Doug H.
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Jeff has been getting me started on sabre training. He and the Academia Duellatoria team have also created a few public area events which I have attended over the last year. Jeff brings his considerable knowledge, sense of fun, delightful candor, and immense patience with him in all that he does.

phoenix functional fitness
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly P.
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Janna is awesome! Her women's boxing class is fun, affordable, informative and offers a great workout! Not only is Janna a great coach, but she also goes out her way to offer her expertise on questions I have about nutrition and strength training. So glad I found Phoenix Functional Fitness!

Forge Fitness
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Elle M.
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Owner, Chris Denison, is an exceptional human being in addition to an accomplished personal trainer, self defense instructor, and arms instructor. He has a vast understanding of his field and genuinely cares about his clients' success. Even more rare is his accessibility, communication, and follow-through - he is exactly who he represents himself to be and, because of that, he has my highest recommendation.

Kenpo Karate-do
5.0
from 2 reviews
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Kinsey V.
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Don is one of the most patient and understanding people I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. He is very skilled, dedicated to his craft, and a great mentor for all ages. I highly recommend anybody from beginner to expert to train under Don!

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Jamila M.
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JT is a great trainer. He's very motivating and holds you accountable which is something I need. He is firm but compassionate. I would definitely recommend him. He can handle any type of person, whether you're just starting out or a seasoned worker-outer... And any personality because I generally cuss him up one side and down the other and he's ok with that. :)

K1 Risk Management Services
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rye Z.
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My girlfriend and I are both relatively new to firearms. Both of us had been recreational shooting with friends twice, but never received any proper training. We recently decided we wanted to buy a gun for home defense and for recreational shooting. However, we first wanted to get adequate training for safety reasons, and also wanted some experience handling different firearms to help us make our decision about what to get. Furthermore, I would like to note that due to my work schedule, my girlfriend is often home alone at night while I’m at work, and we both believe that if anything ever happened, it would be best if she had training she could fall back on rather than having to figure out what to do in the moment. Our training with Yonty turned out to not only be incredibly valuable but also a lot of fun. Yonty’s class was very thorough and covered operating, aiming, and firing of different types of firearms as well as proper stance, concealment, and threat response tactics. I would say my favorite part of the course though, and the most valuable was the live fire exercises/drills that Yonty had us do. Although the course was short, I now feel like I would know how to respond and how to function in most threat situations. If you are new to firearms, or are even an experienced shooter who is looking for more training, I would highly recommend one of Yonty’s classes. He is thorough, safety conscious, has expert knowledge on all topics relating to firearms, defense tactics, and security, and is also great at teaching and explaining. I think anyone who takes his courses will feel they walked away with more knowledge, confidence, and instinct when it comes to using a firearm.

MPMA Self Defense
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle T.
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I took the self defense class from Mitchell and now feel more confident than perhaps I should. But I would still be going myself if I didn't have personal problems. However, I was so impressed with this class and the instructor that I decided to sign my kids (8 and 10) up and they have been going now for more than six months and not only do they love it, but I love how I am able to integrate pieces of class into our daily lives to smooth some areas. And I now have confidence that my children will be able to protect themselves from most who mean them harm, or at least be able to talk about it. The only thing I must practice patience about is that Mitch can sometimes be easily distracted and go in a different direction than expected, but it is still generally informative. I would and do recommend Mitchell Pennell"s self defense class for any- and everyone.

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Mike N.
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Allow me to be the first to recommend Guru Angie! I always find her training sessions to be fun and informative. She's very patient and presents the material in an easy to understand, step by step manner that doesn't overwhelm. Her self defense techniques are easy to learn but very effective against larger and stronger opponents.

  • 43 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jim T.
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I've known this man for decades... Class act!! Jim Thomas

Gracie Barra
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
Tom P.
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Head instructor is Fabiano Scherner, multiple time world champion Brasilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. Awesome team, has a large number of blue, purple, brown and black belts that left other gyms to train there. Everyone super friendly and really into helping out beginners. Fun place to workout. Also it is in the same building as a weight lifting gym that gives a huge discount

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ISB Self-defense classes are designed with the individual in mind. The lessons offered are very affordable. The first session is free so you can see if my lessons are a fit for you. The techniques and type of training will be customized for each individual so that people of all body types, gender, and skill levels may learn proper and effective self-defense at a pace they are comfortable with. ISB pulls knowledge from a variety of traditional and nontraditional martial arts and grappling schools to give you well-rounded knowledge and the means you need to protect yourself safely and effectively.

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As a woman, I understand the fears and safety issues that all women face! I have studied the best techniques and have come up with a system which empowers any woman, no matter age, size, or shape. My system features the three Ps of personal safety as follows: * Prevention--what you can do in advance to prevent a crime or get out of danger quicker * Perception--awareness training and what you can do to change how an attacker sees you * Power--not just using your personal body weapons that you carry with you daily but your mind and the passion for the people you care about We provide self-defense training and seminars for women taught by a woman!

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Tulen self-defense is simple to learn and highly effective. We provide interactive and age-appropriate training for women and children that builds the skills and confidence to respond immediately to real-life situations. Practice assertive body language and voice, learn to strike with speed and commitment and gain valuable information. No Go Yell Tell is for boys and girls ages 7-10 years old. Through role plays, storytelling and interactive practice, kids learn to set boundaries and act in their own behalf. Kids have fun and gain the skills to live healthier and safer lives. 3 Hours of Power is for girls and women ages 11 and older. Women learn to recognize and respond immediately to threatening behavior. All classes are taught by women martial artists who are certified self-defense instructors. This dynamic course builds skills and confidence in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

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I am a very experienced, personable and knowledgeable practitioner, who understands that each body is unique. I am able to learn and able to enjoy learning. The mind calms, so the body can react well in this physical life.

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I have studied martial arts for 16 years. I have competed in over 20 tournaments including taking first place in the nationals. I have my black belt in karate and have practiced hapkido, judo and aikido. I have taught karate and self-defense. My philosophy is teaching self-defense in a way that is simple. Awareness , confidence, keeping ones body and mind strong and disciplined, as well as physical techniques that one can remember when in a frightening situation . I am passionate about a healthy diet , proper weight , exercise which includes cardio and weight training . I have 38 years of expereince. I am a trainer who pushes . Form is an absolute . I am careful to not over train and feel that muscles and " fat " respond well to variety . It's more fun and keeps up the desire to keep going. Self defense for women is an option . I am experienced in both .

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Check out Paul Meier who handles selfdefense classes for small groups. His instructor jobs also cover lessons in personal protection, live fire trainings and handgun shooting for women.

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We offer martial art class for 3- to 5-year-old, 7- to 13-year-old, teen, and all adults. Benefit of the class: * Respect * Discipline * Confidence * Self-defense * Personal development * Physical fitness

  • 14 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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Master Chief Instructor Smith is Oregon's ONLY Street Combat Instructor and he has the Only Street Defense Course in Oregon. NO, he is NOT the only qualified instructor in Oregon or Salem, he is just the one of best that Oregon has to offer.

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With martial arts teaching careers that began as far back as 1989, the instructors at the Academy of Modern Martial Arts have over 50 years of combined experience assisting individuals and families to be both safer and more secure. With over 16 years in Lake Oswego alone, our long standing in the community speaks for itself. We do not utilize contracts, charge for advancement, or have any hidden fees. Students choose to train with us on a month by month basis. We firmly believe that if you offer people enough information, they will make a decision that is right for them. That is why we always offer a complimentary class, so you can see the training for yourself. Visit our studio yourself to see why so many people choose to entrust their training to the professional staff at the Academy of Modern Martial Arts. You owe it to yourself to experience the tremendous benefits of martial arts fitness training.

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Need a Self Defense Instructor on 1st October 2012

Portland, OR

  • Discipline
    Assault prevention
  • Age
    Adult
  • Skill level
    No experience

Need a Self Defense Instructor

Portland, OR

  • Discipline
    Assault prevention
  • Age
    Adult
  • Skill level
    No experience
  • Details
    A man tried to kill me five times. He got caught for the murder of someone else and spent 26 years in prison. They let him out and are now taking off his monitor. The police told me to hide. Kind of hard to do these days.
  • $75
    Average price

Need a Professional Self Defense Instructor Good kata Feedback

Portland, OR

  • Discipline
    Military combatives (Krav Maga, Systema, etc.), Martial Arts (Karate, Judo, etc.)
  • Age
    Adult
  • Skill level
    Intermediate
  • Details
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