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  • 19 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
Heather G.
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I have been training with Ricky for a little over 3 years now. When I started with him I was 10 months post-op from having an L5-S1 Anterior Lumbar Fusion (back surgery). For ten years I had issues with my back, throughout my entire 20's I felt like I had the body of an unhealthy 80 year old. I was in pain all the time. I could not exercise or do most things people my age were doing without "paying for it" during the following weeks. I had heard about Ricky from some friends and they all spoke of him very highly. I was very skeptical about training because of my history with back pain, but eventually I was talked into at least giving it a try. The first time I worked out with Ricky, we talked extensively about my concerns and about my surgery. He developed a program to help me strengthen my core to help support my back and lessen the pain. When I started I couldn't run more than a couple of minutes, could barely squat 85 lbs. more than once and was still dealing with back pain. Within 6 months of training with Ricky I was running 2 miles, squatting 225 lbs 10 times and I no longer had back pain 24/7. Due to a new job and hectic travel schedule, I had to take a 10 month hiatus from the gym. However, I've since returned to the gym and part of that decision was due to that "sneaky" back pain I felt returning. Since being back in the gym the last 3 months, I am doing things I never thought possible. I am already up to running 3 miles every workout and I feel great. My strength is also returning rapidly. Training with Ricky was one of the best decisions I ever made, he has changed my life! People workout with trainers for all different reasons, I chose to do it because I wanted to take control of my body and be pain free. Ricky Jackson helped me achieve this goal. In addition, working out has helped to increase my self-esteem and confidence in my abilities.

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Eaton Personal Defense
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  • 5 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stacy S.
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Absolutely Nothing could have been better. He knew I was leaving for out of the country so has moved his schedule around and stepped up our classes. Very informative. I've already raved about him to numerous other girl friends who are interested in self defense classes.

Tony M.
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I have worked with John for nearly two years as a student of his Haganah Houston School. John is an outstanding martial artist and instructor. He is well versed in the traditional martial arts as well as the modern 'reality based' systems such as Krav Maga and Haganah. He is a sincere and genuine good guy who is eager to teach and a generous mentor. He understands that while learning self-defense is important, training-partner preservation and faith in God are even more so. If you are looking for a great learning environment with a skilled mentor, Haganah Houston is the place.

Texas Coast Karate
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    Joel N.
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    I joined Texas Coast Karate (at the time of this writing) about three months ago. I knew nothing of martial arts beyond what I had seen in movies. Master Boozer was incredibly welcoming, and he was quite excited to begin teaching me, an excitement I saw again with more students who have joined since I began. I started with the primary intention of getting myself in shape. I have a hard time exercising when I don't have something to keep my mind occupied and working at the same time, and Tang Soo Do has provided many challenges to accommodate that. In the short time I've been training, I've learned many simple but highly useful techniques, as well as history behind and practical uses for them in modern day self defense. What I also found was that all of the students at Texas Coast Karate exude the same welcoming quality of Master Boozer, making this an extremely friendly, almost family-like environment. Everyone is incredibly encouraging, and they are more than willing to let me learn at my own pace, answer questions I have, and congratulate me on a job well done. I highly recommend Texas Coast Karate to anyone who's interested in learning self defense, or anyone who, like me, just needs a group of friends to keep them on a consistent fitness program.

    from 4 reviews
      Dexter P.
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      Lenny worked over a period of about six months with our 12-year old son, we'll call him "Frank," a hyper-articulate but irresponsible ADHD kid whose favorite physical activity is mousing with his right hand while snacking with his left, and who previously resolutely resisted all attempts to engage him in sports or exercise. Lenny realized that if he engaged Frank's brain, his body would follow. Lenny made the training sessions fun (in part, by patiently and attentively listening to Frank’s passions of the day) so that Frank looked forward to them, and even took some responsibility for being ready to start on time. The training focused on core strength and karate kata. Physically, we saw Frank's ability to move increase markedly over time, going from a slumping lumber to movements that approached grace. Mentally and emotionally, Frank developed a strong desire to live up to Lenny’s expectations and take responsibility for his own nutrition and physical activity. I don’t know how we will find someone else with Lenny’s patience, humor, and calm discipline to play a similar role in Frank’s life, but I believe Lenny’s work over the past six months has awakened in Frank a sense of self-discipline and responsibility that will continue to develop. Having tried ourselves to begin that awakening, we cannot be more appreciative of what Lenny has accomplished in this short time period. Our only regret is that we couldn’t find the time for Lenny to be our trainer too.

      • 30 years in business
      Greg In Baytwon, TX L.
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      I only attended one class, and have/had to skip the following two weeks due to some a business isues. I intend to return ASAP, From just one hours time in his class; I can say Sifu Alex Wallenwein; is a very fine teacher, with great knowledge to share. He teaches with conviction and passion for his thr art; but with the patience of a real and true teacher. I am 44 years old (soon to be 45) and merely wanted to get back into shape learjing a fascinating and usefull set of skills and art, hAlbert Einstein once said: “The hardest task it to be a teacher. Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.”

      Lo E.
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      Skylar is an extremely patient coach. Not only am I uncoordinated which makes doing things difficult( and he never laughs at my errors), but listens to questions I might have, and does his best to simply and slow techniques down for me.

      • 7 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Joshua P.
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      The owner, the instructors, the more intimate class size leads to an environment conducive to developing quickly within the discipline and general fitness. It's a place you will be pushed out of your comfort zone, the ambience is that of a typical nascent martial arts gym on the come up. If you want fancy and flashy, look elsewhere. If you want to take your training seriously and get the attention from small class sizes and you are willing to give your hardest effort, I believe this is the place to progress quickly and intelligently. The intellectual capital and sum of experience available amongst the instructors is commensurate with any high level gym and the humility and welcoming atmosphere exceeds them.


      I am a Houston-based self-protection instructor. I have been a martial artist for 15 years and have won several city, state, and world titles. Since then, I have served in the United States Army and have dedicated myself to studying reality based self protection as well as teaching others in a way that no martial arts-experience is necessary. I believe, the tools of self-defense should be simple enough that people of all ages and skill-levels can learn them quickly and be able to apply them easily.


      In a world where threats abound, everyone needs to learn how to defend themselves from physical attacks, whether it be from a sexual offender to the average bully. My self-defense techniques are not the same that you see in movies where you poke eyeballs and kick groins, I am trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a form of martial art proven to be effective for decades in mixed martial arts competitions such as the UFC, Pride, Bellator, etc.


      Martial arts classes are forming now. We offer short-term practical self-protection classes. We also have seminars, safety programs, the best group rates, affordable family rates, special classes for women, and instructor training programs.


      I teach self-defense, martial arts, leadership, and confidence classes for children and adults ages three and up.


      I have been a personal trainer for 10 years. I also teach self-defense, kickboxing (muy thai), and capoeira (Brazilian martial arts).


      I am a former marine with eight years of experience in weapons and tactics. Many people think self-defense is the hand-to-hand combat between yourself and another person. My position is that knowing your surroundings and having a mindset that you will not put yourself at risk, will many times deter an attack from happening, and if an attack does occur with my instruction, you will be able to prevent harm to yourself or another.


      You will learn boxing techniques, cardio exercise, discipline, weight loss, fitness, nutrition, sports conditioning, self defense, and how to pack a good punch! Reach me on Facebook.


      We are a school that is focused on reality based, highly efficent self defense methodology. We enhace this with additional fire arms training and fitness programs. We have classes for all age ranges. Please contact us for more infirmation.


      I am a personal trainer and self-defense coach. I have over 15 years' experience in the fitness industry.


      I teach women and children with self-defense. I also do traditional karate and close quarter Kenpo fighting and finally competitive tournament sparring. I am a recent black belt hall of fame instructor of the year.


      I offer Korean and Filipino martial arts, self-defense, and arnis. I teach all levels. I have a flexible schedule. Service is for kids and adults.


      My name is Luis Pacheco. I will be the instructor for this class. I am a black belt in hapkido. My knowledge is certified by two orld hapkido federations. I was six times national champion in my country and two times a Pan-American champion. I have done many martial arts, and I am taking the best techniques for these classes. I have four years of of teaching experience. The class is a perfect mix of personal defense and fitness conditioning that provides the person a good physical health and self-control in any dangerous situation. The main phrase for this class is "Do not give up," do your best, and the results will appear faster. The class contains the following: Personal Defense and Fitness Conditioning * Pressure Points * Abs Pro Conditioning * Makeshift Weapons * Leg Pro Conditioning * Conflict Communication * Upper Body Pro Conditioning * Advance Techniques of Self-Defense * Cardio Exercises * Kubotan Self-Defense * Yoga Exercises * Real-Situations Examples * Burning Fat Exercises * Body Control * Music Workout * Fighting Techniques * Body Lifting Techniques

      • 32 years in business

      Mousel's Self-Defense Academy and Mousel's Mixed Martial Arts Academy are martial arts organizations dedicated to the promotion of the following: - Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) - Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do Concepts - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - Thaiboxing (Muay Thai) - Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW) - Filipino Martial Arts - Boxing - Reality-Based Self-Defense (RBSD) - Women's Self-Defense We do this through seminars, classes and instructional videotapes & DVDs. We're located in downtown Houston, Texas right next the University of Houston Downtown.

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