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Action Reality Martial Arts
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
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Jon S.
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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.

Dave Pastor
5.0
from 1 review
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Ilene M.
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Dave is an amazing teacher! He is creative in his teaching methods and extremely patient. I had previously taken tennis lessons for two years once a week. In one summer with Dave's instruction, I learned more than in the two years with the other tennis pro. Working with Dave was a very positive experience and I highly recommend him.

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At South Jersey Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you will be taught Brazilian jiu jitsu by a genuine black belt instructor. We offer family discounts. Come for a visit and watch a class.

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I have more than 20 years of experience in aquatic sports and massage therapy. Including working with Olympic athletes.

  • 4 years in business
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I am 30 years old and was born and raised in Philadelphia. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in counseling. I've worked at the Youth Study Center of Philadelphia counseling juvenile criminals. I've played guitar most of my life and piano for several years. I'm specializing in music therapy but love teaching music! Not only would I teach clients how to play guitar/piano, but also how it can be used as a therapeutic outlet and why. I specialize in working with people with addictions. This is a new "business." I would offer the first session for free. I'm available for strictly teaching beginner guitar/piano though. I was formerly an all-state soccer goalie. I'm available for soccer coaching/goalie training. Prices and times are negotiable.

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We provide exceptional lessons so you can focus on the next task at hand. We have no limits to what we can do.

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I provide tennis instruction to children ages 6-18. I have experience in coaching as well as playing at the high school and college level (2-time PA state championship winner). I have a passion for the sport and teaching others to excel at this great sport.

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Tennis Valet is the premier concierge tennis services company, currently serving the Greater Delaware Valley. We offer tennis lessons in your backyard.

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With a master's and multiple degrees in the fine arts, we teach all levels and ages of voice, acting, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, ballroom and social dances. Plus, yoga! We have an affordable and free environment.

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I am based in Philadelphia, and I am from Barcelona (Spain). I have a degree in business studies, and I played tennis challengers in Spain. I am passionate about working with people and helping them achieve their goals in sport and career.

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I've been a CPR instructor for two years. I teach basic first aid, CPR, and AED. My clients are always happy about my teaching method, and they like it.

  • 17 years in business
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I make the Golf swing simple !

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I have over 50 years of experience teaching horseback riding from beginner to the most advanced. Our farm sits on 55 acres right outside Philadelphia, from the convent to all major highways.

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I truly love to see my students of all levels improve and to teach their goals!

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I offer guitar, bass and drum lessons for students of all ages and ability levels. My lessons are convenient and time saving, as I come to your home.

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Come and experience the thrill of being on horseback with riding lessons at one of Chester County's premier riding stables, Out of Reach Farm. Located in West Chester, PA, we are a full-service horse farm that is offering English style riding lessons, horse shows, and full board for your horse or pony.

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Professional tennis instructor, Cecil College tennis head coach and USTA tennis umpire, is available for private lessons in New Castle County, DE and Cecil County, MD. I offer the following services: * Play Team Tennis - ages 4 through adult * USTA sanctioned tournament * Beginner Ladies Team * Home School Tennis * and so much more I will design a lesson plan just for you. Lessons cost $50 for single or group/hour.

  • 4 years in business
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At Smarter Tennis, we provide quality tennis instruction, with programs designed specifically for your particular goals and objectives. This includes private lessons, group clinics, mental strength and strategy coaching, and also custom stringing and racket customization.

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We offer therapeutic horseback riding lessons for children and adults with special needs. Our hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., from Monday to Thursday. The cost is $40 per lesson. Our customers come year round to ride in our indoor arena or outside around the farm. We offer both English and Western riding lessons. Helmets are provided. Our staff members are certified instructors by PATH International and by doing so, we take great care to provide safe, quality riding to our clients. We take great pride in the care of our horses and abide by our state and national standards mandated by PACTH and PATH International.

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I am a private tennis instructor. I have been teaching tennis for the past 8 years. I have taught mostly children, but could teach any age range. I am available for private or small group lessons.

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I teach the Hung Gar style kung fu that was past down to me from my Master Rommie Revell. It involves forms, weapons, sparring, self-defense techniques conditioning and traditional weight training.

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