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khama worthy
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew C.
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Khama is currently training me in MMA. I love his enthusiasm, and his fighting experience shows in his teaching. Most importantly, I can see how he's taken my personal goals to heart when designing my training regimen. He's also been able to instantly identify habits I've established through traditional martial arts that could prove dangerous in an actual self defense scenario. I'm not surprised given his own background in TMA.

  • 7 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Alyssa M.
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Through self-defense classes with Dann I am more confident than I ever was before. He's a personable, good hearted guy outside of the cage, but when we're training there's no messing around. Originally bought 10 classes, but definitely coming back for more. Great workout + anxiety reliever!

Wallace Training Systems
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Brianne K.
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Alex is a wonderful trainer. He is very professional and very passionate about what he does. I would recommend him to anyone who wants to achieve a healthier lifestyle and gain self confidence in their body image and strength!

  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Elena V.
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I came to Jon-Michael unhappy about the extra post-pregnancy pounds I could not get rid of. He tailored a workout for me that hit all my problem areas and it didn't take up lots of time, considering I don't have much with 2 kiddos. Jon-Michael was able to identify short falls in my diet and gave me realistic replacement suggestions. Jon-Michael doesn't only get you to focus on your physical self, but he also gives you the tools to take control of your mental self. He did this for me through visualization techniques. To this day, when I'm working out or admiring the 5000 calorie burger on TV, I visualize myself wearing a bathing suit and looking great and it usually gets me through either situation!

Personal Training Tactics
5.0
from 10 reviews
    Joseph S.
    Verified review

    I sought to find the best MMA fighter and trainer in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who could teach me how to better my fight skills. After months of research and wasted time with other trainers and schools, I stumbled upon Don Kaecher of Personal Training Tactics. There are many reputable teachers in the Pittsburgh area but Don immediately stuck out to me as a perfect fit, not only because of his cage tested MMA skills but because of his coaching style, leadership, diligence and patience. He is flexible and worked around my unconventional schedule of working nightclub security around the Pittsburgh area and he applied real world solutions as well as teaching me a curriculum for MMA. Almost thirteen years later, I look back and realize how choosing Don to train me in all areas of Mixed Martial Arts was one of the best decisions I have ever made. After moving across the country to Las Vegas, Nevada, I've had many opportunities to learn from and train with some of the best coaches and fighters in all areas of MMA. I can confidently say that Don Kaecher is in the upper eschelon of the sport, earning him the respect and approval of many of the top names in MMA. He taught me all of the necessary skills to reach my personal dreams, while still remaining patient, dedicated, and a true professional. Don is also very focused on finding each individual student's path to their own personal success and goals. He is not only a true warrior, who fought on some legendary fight cards long before the UFC became "mainstream" or trainer who helped create the local Pittsburgh MMA community, but he IS Pittsburgh Mixed Martial Arts. Whether your dreams are to one day maybe fight in the UFC or you just want to get in shape and learn some self defense, Don Kaecher will help you. He is a true professional at what he does. I am currently achieving my goals, and I owe it all to Don Kaecher who helped get me to where I am today. PTT will always be a part of me and I am dedicated to help others grow with PTT. Joseph Sullivan -MMA Referee & Judge with ISKA & KICK of Nevada -Veteran TuffNUff Referee & Judge -Certified Grappling Referee

    • 21 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Jesse B.
    Verified review

    I attended the tai chi and bagua classes at Black Mountain for several years before work obligations took me away. I miss the place. The instructor realizes that students need to spar in order to effectively use the techniques they learn in a self defense scenario. Sparring nights were a good workout and always a time for self reflection for the purpose of improving. The instructor also allowed for student input as to what self defense applications we would practice each week. I appreciated this aspect. The mainstream self defense applications I experienced at other schools were rigid and didn't always cover the type of attacks I was concerned about encountering. The instructor is also very analytical, and takes wisdom from many sources, he and I are big boxing fans. We often talked about what movements and strategies we observed in major fights.

    ARS Self Defense
    5.0
    from 7 reviews
    • 7 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Rebecca G.
    Verified review

    Jeff was very professional. He was very accommodating and flexible to our group's needs. We were very happy with the self defense class that he thought! We will definitely book a class with him again!

    Pittsburgh Combat Club
    5.0
    from 6 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    Sarah M.
    Verified review

    I have been a student at Pittsburgh Combat Club for a little more than a year. I started by taking the up against a wall workshop. The best part of the workshop is that you are able to take away effective methods of defense that you can use instead of things that take years to do properly. This is vey important as it fulfills the purpose of taking a self defense workshop. Being a student, what you learn builds on skills like these and prepares you for far more situations. It also helps to create a confidence and awareness. As someone who has taken at least one self defense course a year for a very long time, this is the place I would recommend whether you are looking for a one time class or something consistent.

    • 2 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Darlene E.
    Verified review

    The "Girls on Guard" workshop presented by Gwyn Nickens at Obama Academy is reflective of her outstanding and very engaging skills as an instructor. Her pristine techniques demonstrated to the senior girls made them eager to participate in the workshop. The student's were very impressed with Ms. Nickens and expressed interest in pursue more self defense classes with her.

    Tang Soo Do Karate College
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      Sheila O.
      Verified review

      My son Johnny attendes Tang Soo Do Karate College, in Robinson Twp. He is taught by Master Cipriani, whom in my opinion is totally amazing! This school not only teaches Tang Soo Do Karate but it teaches the children self-discipline, confidence, coordination, and helps the children develope a positive attitude. These skills that are taught here are also enforced here as well. I really enjoy the fact that some children join in the adult classes. (Under the close supervision of Master Cipriani) The higher degree belts are more than happy to help and teach the younger students. Many of the higher degree belts love to demonstrate their own techniques. John has been taking classes for about 1 1/2 yrs and has already improved in attitude and confidence. John is much stronger physically as well as mentally. I would reccomend this school to anyone! It is a wonderful place and the children have fun!!!!

      Ryer Martial Arts Academy
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
        Denny F.
        Verified review

        Before deciding upon a martial art school to join, I looked into a variety of programs. And, while each had their merits, none seemed to have the complete package I was looking for: that is, until I walked through the doors of Ryer Academy. After touring the facility and talking to Josh, joining was a no brainer. But as positive as my experience has been with the adult classes, I have to say that I am most impressed with Ryer Academies Bullying Prevention and Verbal Judo programs. These programs teach kids how to verbally diffuse a volatile situation before it becomes physical. These "verbal" self-defense skills aren't even talked about, let alone taught in most area schools and are the heart & soul of the Ryer way of winning a fight before a punch is thrown. If on the other hand violence is unavoidable, students at Ryer Academy are taught to defend themselves from three very important ranges: Kicking- punching, standing grappling, and the ground. This was a huge selling point for me as most of the other schools I visited only specialize in teaching one range. It's was over four years ago that I walked through the doors of Ryer Academy and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. This Academy has literally helped me take my life to the next level! It comes as no surprise that Ryer was voted best in the Burgh by the Tribune Review and won the Nickelodeon Parents Choice Award. Denny F

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        I schedule, plan, and coach others through workouts as well as teach martial arts such as jiujitsu and boxing. However, i have also been trained in karate, tae kwon do, Muay Thai, krav maga, judo and wrestling.

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        I am a 60 year old martial artist with over 20 years experience. I am a 3rd degree black belt in Chinese Kempo and a practitioner of what we in the west have commonly referred to as Kung Fu. My specialty is teaching those who may not be sure of the differences in the various forms of martial arts, and especially those who may not feel that they are powerful or athletic enough to practice a fighting art. It is easily adaptable to smaller, lighter individuals, older people and females, although can be easily transformed into a "harder", more powerful fighting style.

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        We are a full-time martial arts and law enforcement training center. We offer private or in home study courses in the following systems. * Sanwang Yi Ren Shu * Karate * Hapkido * CQC - hand to hand * Koga Ryu Ninjutsu

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        We are a family-oriented facility teaching men, women, teens and children with no prior experience to amateur and professional MMA competitors. World Class MMA and Karate teaches life skills, such as confidence, discipline and respect through the martial arts of muay Thai kickboxing, jiu jitsu, submission, grappling, and kali or eskrima for fun and self-defense.

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        I am a certified Krav Maga worldwide instructor in the Pittsburgh area. I teach reality-based self-defense. Krav Maga (contact combat) is the official self-defense and fighting system of the Israeli Defense Forces and hundreds of law enforcement agencies from across the world. Krav Maga has been taught across the world to men, women and children of all walks of life. Krav Maga is perfect for the military and police. However, it is also perfect for your girlfriend, wife, mother, daughter, son, father and you! With Krav Maga, you do not need years of training or to become Bruce Lee in order to defend yourself. Simply put, Krav Maga is the simplest and most realistic self-defense system ever developed. Warning: Don't be fooled by impostors! Many people and schools are claiming to teach Krav Maga or Krav Maga "like" techniques. I am a certified, licensed Krav Maga worldwide instructor and teach out of the only facility offering certified Krav Maga in Pittsburgh!

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