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action karate main line
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
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!

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

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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.

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!

Protect
5.0
from 1 review
    Michael M.
    Verified review

    Outstanding experience working with Mr. Bell , an energetic , experienced martial arts professional .

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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.

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    I teach Chinese martial arts specifically 7 Star Praying Mantis. I was inducted into the World Karate Hall of Fame last 1998. I have been teaching kung fu for 20 years now.

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    Kwon's Black Belt Academy's services include: Traditional Martial Arts: * Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Hap Ki Do * Fat-Burning Cardio Kickboxing, Summer Camps * Private Lessons, Private Group Lessons, Birthday Parties We were established in 1972. Students begin training for many reasons: mental and physical health, concentration, flexibility, stress relief, self-defense, respect for self and others, self esteem, peace of mind, and confidence. The benefits are unlimited. Every journey begins with the first step. Allow nothing to hold you back. Schedule your first lesson today!

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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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    EXP MMA offers group and private mixed martial art instruction with lessons specifically designed for the individual member's needs. You can develop high levels of fitness, health, flexibility, power, strength, and endurance by practicing our complex and fun system.

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    Action Karate has used the martial arts to empower children and adults with the qualities of self-confidence, self-discipline, self-control and perseverance for almost 20 years. Our programs are designed to raise a child's self-esteem.

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    Corsello's Kenpo Karate is committed to preserving the art of Ed Parker's American Kenpo, and we also teach modern Arnis Jujitsu. We are now located in Lansdale, Pennsylvania in Hatfield Township on Walnut Street. Take the North Broad Street to Montgomery Street (across from the Avis/Budget Rental Cars, and where The Hearth Bakery is) and then turn right into our parking lot. Previously, we were situated in North Wales, Pennsylvania for more than 10 years. The new space has 3 training areas, 2 restrooms, 2 changing rooms, a parent's area (still under construction), and a free parking lot. Michael C. Corsello has operated and owned Corsello's Kenpo Karate from its beginning in April of 2001, and you can learn more about him under the instructor section. We have family, police, and military discounts available and various program alternatives available. Stop by or call today, so we can answer any questions you may have! We also offer karate birthday parties! We offer every new student a two-week free trial of unlimited kenpo lessons! There are no commitments during your free two weeks, and no appointment is necessary. Just be at least 5 minutes early, wear comfortable clothing, and we'll start you on your martial arts journey! The classes available for beginners are: * Ages 4 to 7: - Monday and Wednesday: 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. - Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (held from 10:00 a.m to 10:45 a.m. June to August) * Ages 8 to 13 - Monday and Wednesday: 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. * Ages 14 and up - Monday and Thursday: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Just some of the reasons you must try Corsello's Kenpo Karate are: - To make some new friends and be in a social atmosphere - Improve your self-esteem/self-confidence/self-assurance - Engage in a enjoyable form of exercise - To gain a sense of achievement - To learn personal protection skills - Improve coordination - Develop better posture - Help control anger - Develop focus skills - Improve your over quality of life - To relieve stress

    • 35 years in business
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    Established in 1983 by Master Mario Cancelliere under the "EL" (Elevated Station) in the Frankford section of Philadelphia, the USTC-Red Tiger has become one of the most recognizable and respected martial arts organizations of ITF-style taekwondo in the area. With various locations throughout Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs, the USTC hopes to spread Taekwon-do to students of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds. Through its family discounted programs, no contractual agreements, flexible hours and variety of classes, the USTC-Red Tiger demonstrates its commitment to students of all ages and abilities. Many people believe that the martial arts are just for children. That could not be further from the truth. Taekwon-do was developed as a method of self-defense. Because of its origins in the Orient, it is based on the principles of humility, respect, integrity, patience, perseverance, and loyalty. This philosophy is the cornerstone of conduct indicative of true martial artists. But Taekwon-do is much more than just one of the most efficient methods of unarmed self-defense, it serves as an invaluable tool for improving self-control, stamina, flexibility, coordination, relieving stress, sharpening reflexes and controlling weight. If you are looking for something other than martial arts instruction, we also offer two types of exciting fitness classes, Cardio-Kick (Aerobic Kickboxing) and Zumba (Latin aerobics). RED TIGER TKD

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    We offer the best and most unique martial arts training and most competitive pricing available. We specialize in child development and advanced adult training. You simply will not find another experience like this! We are the number one mixed martial arts school in Delaware.

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    Best of the Best Family Martial Arts & Fitness specializes in martial arts and fitness training for all ages. Our children's martial arts programs teach kids not only to be excellent martial artists through a muay Thai based curriculum infused with kenpo and tae kwon do but also to be exceptional people by teaching discipline, respect, confidence, and character building in a family friendly atmosphere! Our adult muay Thai program is amazing for men and women. The class allows students to get in great shape while learning the art of muay Thai. Demonstrations by instructors followed by partner drills allow students to fully absorb the techniques! BOTB's fitness programs include cardio kickboxing and body impact (toning). BOTB students have lost anywhere from 5 to over 100 lbs. in our classes. Cardio kickboxing and body impact are both full-body workouts, helping you increase your endurance and tone.

    • 10 years in business
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    Welcome to Fusion Freestyle Martial Arts, Pike Creek Delaware's Premier American Karate Self-Defense & Combat-Fitness Academy. Our classes are dedicated to training families and individual’s of all ages karate based self-defense & combat-fitness. Each class is taught by utilizing combat-fitness cardio exercise while enhancing self-defense hand-to-hand combat skills. Combat-fitness conditioning is a a traditional militant boot-camp exercise form that uses minimum equipment, targets and floor mats to maximize real world self-defense techniques. In each class our goal is to build strength, confidence, focus, self-discipline, respect & leadership while making our students capable of protecting themselves. The power of our combat-fitness kicks, punches, knees, elbows and grappling techniques are designed for effective exercises focused on developing upper body, lower body and core strength. Our combat-fitness workout improves muscle tone, increases cardiovascular fitness, lower stress levels, increases energy, and greater flexibility. Our training is based on modern American Karate concepts that build a broader awareness of self-defense towards violence while staying physically fit and would not be considered as a sport. American Karate uses freestyle training to stay dynamic with no rules, boundaries or limits while using the process of fusion to build techniques sourced from many martial arts forms. American Karate is designed using extremely efficient hand-to-hand combat self-defense maneuvers to help bully proof children and prevent adults from becoming victims of physical assaults. American Karate encourages students to avoid confrontation, attempt to retreat, or escape from trouble, lose their ego and defend themselves only as a last resort. If circumstances become impossible or unsafe, we train to finish a violent struggle as quickly as possible using the minimal force required to repel the attack. Our philosophy is focused on making a difference in the Delaware community by teaching families, adults, teens and children invaluable life skills through development of the body, mind and spirit using our martial arts system. Our Fusion Freestyle Martial Art System is a revolutionary American Karate program that specializes in the study of general combat-fitness training to use quick counter attacks that form self-defense techniques for dangerous and unexpected situations. We believe that one should train in the physical, mental and spiritual ways of our martial art system while learning highly skilled hand-to-hand combative techniques solely for physical fitness, self-discipline and self-protection. We are located behind the Pike Creek Shopping Center inside of The Delaware Swim and Fitness Center. We are quickly accessible from Wilmington, Pike Creek, Hockessin, Newark and Bear just off route 7, in the beautiful community hills of Pike Creek.

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    We are announcing the grand opening of Delaware Valley's newest MMA school: American Fighter MMA Academy. Located on Route 3 in Havertown, AF MMA Academy offers a wide variety of martial arts instruction for children from 4 to 13 years old and adults of all ages. The brainchild of chief instructor Ross Lindy, a Sandan black belt with 20 years of martial arts experience, this emergent style offers martial artists a competitive advantage with its specialization in Ryukyu Kempo pressure point self-defense. Whatever your interest in the martial arts are, from fight training to physical fitness to self-defense and beyond, you'll find the perfect mix at AF MMA Academy. Act now to receive a 20% grand opening discount (uniform included). Ross Lindy Chief Instructor Sandan (3rd degree) black belt American Fighter MMA Academy (Sogo Kakutogi Dojo)

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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 martial arts, krav maga, capoeira, tai chi and Pilates training. We also do amazing karate birthday parties! We also offer 30 days free or $100 off on enrollment. This is your chance to try one of our programs with no cost and no obligation. You are eligible for a free 30-day trial membership or $100 off on enrollment. Our services include: * martial arts * karate * MMA * boxing * jiu jitsu * cardio kickboxing * krav maga * muay thai * BJJ/MMA * tai chi * capoeira * mixed martial arts and private lessons * ADD * anti-bully * birthday party The zip codes we serve include: * 08328 * 08344 * 08343 * 08094 * 08056 * 08020 * 08080

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    We teach a large variety of martial arts, which includes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling, and MMA. We have programs for all ages starting at 6 years old. As a student you can train all day, every day and take all classes we offer from 12 p.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. We also have a fully equipped gym that you have access to anytime our facility is open. We have state-of-the-art facilities featuring a full-sized octagon cage and boxing ring. Come and let our highly trained instructors help you attain your individual fitness goals, all while having fun in a safe, clean environment.

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    Budo's mixed martial arts age appropriate programs are designed to increase focus, confidence and overall functional fitness in any age. Our Mantua location has pioneered MMA in Southern Jersey for over 20 years, and has mixed martial arts classes for ages 4 years and up. We specialize in combat sports such as boxing, Muay Thai, jiu jitsu, wrestling and MMA and functional fitness using the CrossFit philosophy. But what we really specialize in is in making you stronger, more confident, more fit and more focused! Our program has been known to increase a child's confidence and focus in as little as 6 weeks, and we have had 40 year olds lose over 25 pounds of fat in just 6 short weeks! What our parents and kids like most about our program is that it works, especially for real life self-defense! We coach our students on how to manage conflict and stress through the S.P.E.A.R. system. We not only work on tools and tactics that work, but also on building confidence and competence in being able to defuse a possibly violent situation. We are the only school that has 5 certified instructors in PDR/SPEAR system on the East Coast. So please stop by, visit our school, try out a free class, and start seeing all the benefits and results our program has to offer! If you mention this site, we will give a free month of lessons and a uniform! Call us today for more info.

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