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action karate main line
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Joey W.
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I just love Miss Judy! She is very patient with me and I fee that I am learning a great deal from her. I've been to other martial arts schools before, and I was not satisfied with what I experienced. In addition, I see that the martial art style that was taught in those other places would have been of little use in a "street fight". Kenpo has a self defense move and counter for any practical attack. The other schools did not teach that.

  • 10 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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I have studied and trained with some of the best in the world and I bring that to all of my classes. My background covers a wide variety of skills and I have a passion for being the best I can be which allows my students the benefit of learning multiple techniques for keeping fit and staying safe.

About

I teach martial arts, self-defense and fitness. If you need to get in shape or want to learn self-defense and whether it's against a weapon or no weapon, I can show you how to be confident in yourself to handle any situation.

  • New on Thumbtack
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Krav Maga DelMar
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Christian L.
Verified review

My wife and I have attended several Krav Maga sessions. we have learned many valuable techniques that are very effective in self defense. Taylor Bracken is a high caliber instructor who has a passion to teach all who want to learn self defense. Along with developing comradery with our fellow classmates we all have a great time doing it.

Red Eagle Combat Hapkido
4.6
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Veronica A.
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Red Eagle Combat Hapkido was a great place to learn self defense techniques I can carry with me and I move to an urban setting. It increased my confidence and allowed me to learn and do things I didn't see myself doing before. Classes were fun and made you think about real life scenarios. I would definitely love to take more classes as time allows me to.

Action Reality Martial Arts
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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.

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Amanda B.
Verified review

Sharon's F.L.A.G. seminar has impacted my life dramatically. I never thought anything dangerous could happen to me, but when put in the situation I had come to realize I wouldn't know what to do. With this program, I have learned some basic self defense that could save my life that I will not soon forget!

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Wade H.
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Hi I'm Sensei Hetrick and I am one of the younger instructors at the school. I have known Sensei Heine and Sensei Marmon for several years. You will not find a more dedicated group of instructors at any school. We are all personally invested in the progression of our students and teach Karate in a practical sense to be used as a way of life, whether that means improving physical and mental health or for self defense. I have trained at other schools that charge hundreds of dollars a month and yet the quality of instruction does not measure up to PSKC in Philadelphia. Hope to see you in class soon!

About

I will help you with self-confidence, discipline, and how to protect yourself. I am retired from the Navy after 25 years of service. When doing house raids, my martial arts was used on a daily basis.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Terell W.
Verified review

Great instructor, with great detailed instruction with a high emphasis of safety. Perfect place for adults to lose weight, tone up and get in of the best shape of their lives. Also, perfect environment for children to learn self-discipline, build their confidence and learn self defense.

About

Our academy teaches judo, Brazilian jiu jitsu, self-defense, and fitness and kettlebell classes to adults and children in South Philly. We can help you and/or your loved ones be safer, healthier, and more confident. We can teach you a fun and exciting set of skills that will improve your life.

Mind,Body & Soul
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Greg D.
Verified review

I hired Mike for personal one on one self defense and I’m glad I did ! He will give you the tools YOU need to protect yourself in compromising situations! Mike is professional , patient and extremely knowledgeable . He brings all the equipment you need to train . Don’t be a sitting duck . Give yourself a chance in a dangerous situation and learn these protective skills . Greg

About

We offer private lessons in Isshinryu karate, women's self-defense, personal training, as well as our martial arts school style of Mu Karate-Do. We have been in operation since 2003, and have made our mark in the martial arts community in Flemington, New Jersey. We also outsource our instructors to do private seminars and our classes for different fitness clubs and gyms. We have over 50 years of combined martial arts experience with our two main instructors Renshi Ralph Metz and Sensei Brian Metz. With any further question, please contact us.

Magnus Karate
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Jason M.
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Magnus Karate is an excellent place to learn martial arts. I have known Master Pannulla, Mike, for many years and he is a man of great character and ethics. This is his passion, and he is wonderful as an instructor with children and adults of all ages. Teaching not only the martial art of Tang Soo Do, students come away with so much more. Confidence, discipline, and a determination to work hard not just in karate but school/work and other activities. Mike strives to make sure his students understand karate is to be used for the right reason - self defense only. In my mind there is no downside to martial arts practice. Students become stronger mentally and physically, becoming healthier individuals. As a result, students are prepared to meet the challenges of today's world head on, more so than if they weren't studying at Magnus. I'm honored not just to be a friend of Mike's and to write this review, but honored to be a student of his myself. I am just as passionate about training under Master Pannulla as he is instructing me and his other students. I highly recommend coming in and seeing what Magnus Karate is all about; it'll change your life in a most positive way. Best wishes, Jason M. Devon, PA

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Need a Self Defense Instructor

Middle River, MD

  • Discipline
    Assault prevention (basic self defense), Military combatives (Krav Maga, Systema, etc.)
  • Age
    Adult
  • Skill level
    Beginner
  • Details
    I need to be able to compensate for my physical limitations. (I'm not handicapped I just have had past injuries that at times still effect me)
  • $50
    Average price

Need a Self Defense Instructor

Baltimore, MD

  • Discipline
    Assault prevention (basic self defense)
  • Age
    Adult
  • Skill level
    No experience
  • Details
    Looking for a class that my girlfriend and I can take together to learn basic self defense.

Need Military Combative Self Defense Instruction After January 2013

Pasadena, MD

  • Discipline
    Military combatives (Krav Maga, Systema, etc.)
  • Age
    Adult
  • Skill level
    Intermediate
  • $140
    Average price
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