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  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Philadelphia, PA

Bill P.

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Amerikick Andorra has a been a great experience for us and are kids. The instructors are great and are very patient with the kids and are willing to work one on one if a student needs help. Both my kids are enrolled at Amerikick in the beginner kids class. My son is doing great and has made good friends. My daughter who has Server Apraxia of Speech and a motor skill delay has made great strides in her Karate training. She has gained confidence in her self and her abilities. Amerikick Andorra has a friendly atmosphere and a schedule that anyone should be able to attend several classes through out the week. It's great exercise and gets kids out and moving several days a week. We joined in June and todate the kids are still excited go and learn new things.

Linda B.

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My son has grown tremendously since starting with Amerikick Andorra some 1.5 years ago. He exudes self-confidence and self-discipline. My son never wants to miss a class EVER!!!! The sensei's are extremely helpful and great with the students. Al goes the extra mile when it involves the students. A+++

Nefertiti W.

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He can be very personal. He seems to remember every child's name and is concerned with their well-being and self-esteem. He promotes the school and programs with care and doesn't try to over sell you.

  • 9 years in business
  • Bordentown, NJ

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.

Daniel B.

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I went to Tj's Jeet Kune Do, class in New Holland for I want to say a year and a half. It was the greatest thing I have ever done with my life. He is a great teacher, as far as explaining different moves and techniques and has really opened my mind to training everyday. The classes were never so overly hard, that I felt like I couldn't do it, but make no mistake we work extremely hard every class. He did a fantastic job, of mixing up kicking and punching techniques with combinations of both; along with footwork and dodging techniques. Every class was a new experience, I always felt like I learned something new. I think what I liked about the class was that he made it seem easy. I don't mean that training in Jeet Kune Do is ever easy, but he really helped me to believe in myself and helped me to realize that we all have warriors inside of us waiting to be set free! I truly had no complaints at all, He is a excellent teacher, and I miss my classes very much. I still keep in contact with Tj and have kept myself training even now that I can't take the classes. He really helped me develop in the short amount of time I got to train under him, and I hope to continue training with him in the future. I would recommend Tj to anyone looking into training in Jeet Kune Do, form beginners to season vets!!!!

Christine W.

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Two of my children have taken courses with TJ. My younger son (9) was thrilled to use different types of weapons from the first day. Wearing the safety pads while engaged in practice was his favorite part. My older son (12) appreciates the level of exercise and positivity from Instructors and participants alike. An encouraging atmosphere, coupled with knowledgable instruction make this program unique in my experience. They motivate him to push himself and build confidence that continues outside of class.

  • 4 years in business
  • Sewell, NJ

Scott M.

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Both of my kids (13 and 16) have worked directly with Duarte and the Zen sports training program to help address their weaknesses in order to improve their over-all performance. Very impressed with focus and process to identifying areas of opportunity and then crafting a training solution that helps the individual improve, This is quite unique in the training world where it is traditionally one size fits ALL. There are plenty of options out there to training - but if your looking for a solution that is focused on the individual - this is the place to be. And the positive reinforcement builds confidence - which is typically missing in youth development today. Strongly recommend this for individuals looking to improve their individual ability, self confidence and on field performance.

Tiers C.

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Mr. Monteiro is a courteous professional, but genuinely cares for the well-being of his clients. It shows that he works his hardest to provide the best service for the best value, and my results in fitness and self-defense are markedly improved.

Connie F.

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Duarte is very in tune with each of his clients and takes each client's individual needs into account. Very well informed and educational in his approach as well as personable.

  • 4 years in business
  • Response time: 13 hours
  • Gilbertsville, PA

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.

Brandon B. B.

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Larry was very professional and very thorough in his lessons. I've developed a higher sense of self confidence that I can defend myself in any situation. I would highly recommend if you're looking for a high quality self defense program!

Bob M.

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I would highly recommend Master Robinson for any self defense training needs. I am a 25-plus year student and I am still learning new things from him every time I train.

  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Christian L.

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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.

Thumbtack Customer

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Highly professional and well worth the investment. Ed is a terrific instructor.

John W.

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Great place to learn self defense!

  • 10 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Conshohocken, PA

Chris C.

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I have been training with Andrew now for over 7 months, not only to build strength and confidence, but to become overall physically fit. In this short amount of time I have visible proof that I am moving closer to reaching my personal goals. My upper and lower body as well as my core have responded well to the various techniques Andrew has introduced to me, specifically using kettle bells and Indian clubs. These new and unconventional techniques have kept me engaged and motivated during each workout session. Andrew ensures proper form and technique are maintained through the duration of each session. I have successfully lowered my body weight and increased muscle mass all while remaining pain and injury free. Andrew is personable and expresses a personal interest in each and everyone of his clients. He listens to what his clients want, designs a plan with realistic goals, and drives them toward success.

Melodie G.

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I have had three sessions with Andrew so far and couldn't be more satisfied! I have a physiological condition that makes it dangerous for me to get overheated. This can be problematic when it comes to any kind of physical activity. Not only has Andrew been incredibly understanding of this, but innovative in his approach for working with me. Thanks to him, I am able to break a sweat without get overheated. I've never been able to strike that balance on my own or with any other coach/instructor -- it's a great feeling and one that encourages me to keep going! Andrew is a trainer that will encourage rather than intimidate -- he will motivate you to do your personal best (whatever that may be). I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Andrew to anyone looking to get a great workout with an outstanding trainer.

Katie A.

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The self defense class was very informative and also a lot of fun! I'd definitely recommend it!!

Kate K.

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As an alumni of Penn State Karate Club- University Park, the Philadelphia Region group brings together all the great things about the original in a more convenient package. Our classes are small, so each student can get individual attention and everyone can work at his or her own pace. This is a class for anyone who wants to kick their fitness into a whole new gear- so if you are really interested in getting into even better shape, this is the place for you. Likewise, if you aren't in great shape, and are looking for a sport you can practice for the rest of your life, this is also a great place. I'm in the latter group, and I can attest that these classes are rigorous, but the senseis will be there to help you every step of the way. Lastly, if you are interested in neither getting or staying in shape, but are feeling uneasy in the city, then we are the place to be for self-defense training. You can learn moves that even the weakest person (myself!) can perform accurately on much stronger people so that when the time comes, you can defend yourself in any situation.

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!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Abington, PA

Terell W.

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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.

Bill M.

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Responded very quickly. Unfortunately my teenaged daughter does not drive and the location does not work for us.

Amanda B.

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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!

Rob O.

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The instructors are fun and high energy! They know how to make the children laugh but also help them to learn how to get focused and work hard. The fact that my child is learning real world self defense is a huge plus!

  • West Chester, PA

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

  • 4 years in business
  • Media, PA

Michael A.

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Excellent, very knowledgeable and patient instructor. Would highly recommend!

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Media, PA

Sean O.

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Very knowledgeable and patient

  • 19 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 min

Pam J.

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Miss Judy is just wonderful to work with. She worked with my after school program and summer camps and related well to the children. She had everything prepared to go. She typed a memo about her self and had a lesion plan ready that the children would enjoy. Al this time was volunteer. The children and parents really enjoyed her very much! I was so impressed that she seem to enjoy what she was doing and made the children ALL feel special

Jazmin P.

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Miss Judy was an instructor at Action Karate. From the beginning we liked her demeanor and how much she knew about karate and form and just work out in general. She was very good in helping my kids learn martial arts and also discipline and respect and focus. We enjoyed having her as an instructor and our kids placed in the top spots at the karate tournaments thanks to her! She sure knows her martial arts!

Paul N.

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Miss Judy is energetic, dedicated, cooperative and patient. She has been part of our group for 5 years and coordinated our fund raising efforts while being a consistent participant at meetings. She is community minded and she gives the needs of people of all ages a high priority. She projects a complete knowledge of her profession while also demonstrating compassion and good judgement.

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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.

  • Monroe Township, NJ

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  • 10 years in business
  • Furlong, PA

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I teach private self-defense and fitness. I have over 39 years in the martial arts. I am a former kickboxer. I teach combat Ninjutsu, Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan Karate, Kickboxing, Wing Chun Kung Fu, JKD, Jiu Jitsu, and MMA for protecting yourself against one to many attackers. Here are my certifications: -Certified Fitness Trainer - International Sports Sciences Association -Certified Martial Arts Fitness and Group Instructor -Advanced Certification - Cancer Exercise Specialist -Advanced Certification - Breast Cancer Recovery BOSU® Specialist -Certified CPR and AED for Infants, Children and Adults -Member IDEA Health & Fitness Association I teach pressure point (lethal and non-lethal) and joint manipulation as well as various real world defensive techniques. You must be over 21 years old to train with me. You will be sparring with me directly (pads and without). I have all the equipment needed, including professional training systems like Focusmaster, Everlast, Title, Century, Fighting Sports, and Warrior International. I also have electronic measurement devices (at my location) for speed, power, and reaction time measurement. Everything I own is professional quality equipment. I am serious about defense and fitness, and you should be too if you want to train with me. Classes can run from one hour to several depending on your needs.

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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.

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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.

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-What stands out the most about as compared to other martial arts schools is the fact that we provide authentic teaching in real lineage-based martial arts. We teach a variety of styles and are fully-accredited in each one on a masterful level.

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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.

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Middle River, MD

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