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  • 7 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 min

Renee G.

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I have had 2 training sessions and I am so excited! Adam is amazing and so professional. He has already boosted my confidence and motivated me. I am not new to working out but after some major life events I didn't even know where to start. After 2 sessions I am already convinced Adam is the trainer that I have always needed. I have had 2 children, ran a marathon, had arms like Kelly Ripa, danced in a company....but have never been able to do a sit up! Guess who was able to get to the problem behind it all after 2 sessions?! Adam! Seriously! I have had trainers and PT with no success but Adam was able to teach me to engage my abdominals that have not been able to work in a long time.

Lorelei Z.

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Adam is a life saver. After dealing with with loss this past year I wanted to get back to being active and working out as part of my healing. Getting myself to the gym was hard so bringing some one to me has made me accountable and I look forward to our workouts as they are mentally beneficial as well as physical. Adam is very knowledgeable and a cheerleader and I would highly reccommend him.

Eric L.

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My son wanted some self defense skills that would be fun. He had been working with a trainer for strength and conditioning and Adam has been able to combine the 2 wonderfully. Very happy with our experience!

  • 17 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Fort Worth, TX

Lisbett C.

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I Have studied with Justin for over 2 years. In that time amongst the many things he has taught me are ; sun, yang, and old yang style tai chi, bagua, self defense, and chi kung. I really appreciate the detailed explanations he gives as to what is behind what he teaches and the way the energy works. He is a very experienced, dedicated, knowledgable, patient, and grounded teacher. I have seen various students come to him after years of training in karate, grasshopper, or kung fu for example, and in one session realize that they have much to learn. Justin is the real deal. Yet he meets you at whatever level you are at. I highly recommend him.

Gurinder S.

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I have been a student of Sifu Justin Harris for 2 years, and have learnt much from him. I would like to encourage anyone who is looking into learn REAL self defense as well as getting healthier, to try out classes with him. He takes away all the unnecessary stuff and teaches what is important.

Steve B.

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I was a student of Justin's for almost two years. Justin is extremely knowledgeable in a wide variety in martial arts, but particularly in Chinese martial arts. He is expecially good in explaining and demonstrating the importance of structure and chi (internal energy) in martial arts.

  • 9 years in business
  • Irving, TX

Larry G.

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Mr Bull Has been an outstanding Instructor, Coach and mentor during the course of my workouts in his TACTIX classes. My personal goals are being met and every class is a challenge, and with his personal drive it helps me strives to success.

Diana E.

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My big boy has been with Mr Bull for 4 years, he has learned lots more than just martial arts, my Lil boy is also taking classes and it has helped him lots, Mr Bull is more then just an instructor, he is an awesome person..

April A.

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I'm currently taking Rodney's Tactix class and it's great! One of the best full body workouts I've ever experienced.

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Dallas, TX

Raghu G.

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He will study the client based on the requirement and Goal. And then he will start the diet and workout plans. I started training in the month of January 2014 its been three months now I lost 20 pounds and I have reached 60 percent of my goal, still 40 percent left I have confident I will reach my 100 percent Goal in another couple of months. I personally feel its an opportunity for me to work with Chris.

Mark D.

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Christian has been my personal trainer for 15 years. He has kept me in great shape. He varies my routine to make it interesting and to reflect the latest knowledge in his field. He has a great personality and makes the workout time fly by. He is always reliable and shows up on time and seems to really care about all his clients. I would highly recommend Christian as a personal trainer.




  • 24 years in business
  • Response time: 17 min
  • Plano, TX

Clayton M.

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Kendall is very direct and simple in his approach to teaching the system of Savate Dans De Rue. Kendall loves to see people that train with him excell in this form of self defense and makes people think of situations where it is effective. Most importantly he shares how one can defuse altercations before the problem escalates further.

Jane H.

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Kendall is interested in helping me to improve my workout. He is very tuned in to my fitness level and adjusts the workout accordingly. He is punctual, passionate about what he does and a terrific instructor. I have worked with Kendall for almost two years and have been very pleased.

Paul C.

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Very good teacher. If you want to learn how to kick box he's the guy. Its not the most fancy place, but if you want to learn to fight it's the best deal around.

  • 9 years in business
  • Fort Worth, TX

Will S.

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Great place friendly environment and people with lots of training training options to choose from. Edwin Rodriguez and the team really know what they are talking and they will the first to admit they for have all the answers but will search to find them. I highly recommend TDA to the public....check them out....

Hector C.

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He is a excellent trainer, never rushes and always motivates me to try harder and do better. The knowledge he has is by far is a motivation in itself. I hope to be as good as him someday. With him as my teacher i see that day coming soon. Ty edwin

Dion B.

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I found this training to be very useful. Instructors were helpful and took time to show moves that I was having trouble with. I encourage anyone to take this training. You'll be glad you did. I know I am.

  • 26 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Rhome, TX

Patrick D.

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Patrick is great to train with. He takes his knowledge and his many years of experience and teaches it in an easily understandable way. The moves and tactics are challenging but Patrick takes plenty of time with each student to ensure that they have mastered what is being taught. The knowledge and training gained through these classes are useful, very effective and a great way to get your body into shape while keeping your mind engaged. Jason S. on January 3, 2016

Kathy H.

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I have paid a lot over the years for this self defense class , but Patrick is the best ever. Not to mentioned his price for classes are the best, you cant beet them. Kathy

Mark M.

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Patrick is a great instructor. He is very knowledgeable about self defense and is very patient with his students.

  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Mansfield, TX

LaTonya A.

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My daughter and I take Defence Lab together. Once Brian explained exactly what the program offers I knew it was exactly what I've been looking for. What I love about this program is yes we learn technique, how to build endurance, have an amazing workout but more importantly before we leave each class Brian makes sure we learn something new we can use to defend ourselves that's simple and feels natural. That was important to me because my daughter will be off to college in a couple of years. Now I feel confident she will be able to defend herself if need be. Brian is very patient and will work with you until you get it which is much needed for my old self :). Also we have a lot of fun.

Cathleen T.

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Great self defence system with lots of practical methods. Brian is an excellent teacher and all around good guy and he really knows his stuff!! Highly recommend this company.

Chelsea G.

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Brian is an excellent instructor and is able to help any skill level. I would recommend Brian to anyone wanting to learn self defense.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Arlington, TX

Ashley P.

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I was so impressed by Derrick my first session. He has so much knowledge to share. My friend referred me to him. I reached out for training in general fitness. He took the time to get to know my interests and body goals. He suggested yoga and martial arts. Working out and self-defense? Yes please! He is patient with coaching. I could tell he genuinely cared about helping me be a better me in the way that fit me best. I look forward to every session :)

Julianne C.

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I have been a long time client of Derrick's, and he has provided me with fitness, martial arts and self-defense that is top notch! He is both very encouraging and tough. He will definitely push you to the next level of your training! Derrick is very good at explaining things in a way I can understand and modifying exercises when I have physical limitations. He is very knowledgeable and versatile so our sessions are always different and tons of fun!

Misty H.

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Phoenix Fitness & Martial Arts 🥋is an invaluable way to discover self-defense. Professional, thorough, and a patience is one of the most important things you need in an instructor - if you want true proficiency in martial arts, this is the way to go. Thank you! I would recommend you any day of the week to my friends and family.

  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Forney, TX

Michelle C.

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I started taking ACWA self-defense classes not knowing what to expect. The team has an extensive knowledge of self-defense and the ability to help you gain confidence to use the techniques in real life situations. The interactive classes develop a sense of awareness of your surroundings and provide common sense concepts and functional defense based on easy, natural movements, not complicated techniques that require years to learn and execute properly. I have been able to build confidence as they have provided a toolbox to build from moving forward. I started in a class with beginners mixed in with more experienced students and never felt uncomfortable due to their ability to keep everybody engaged. They’re great at instructing to match individual students' level of experience and providing feedback without being critical. Learning self-defense at ACWA has been a great experience and I look forward to working with them through more extensive levels of instruction.

Lisa S.

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I have to say, I get excited to go to class on Tuesday nights. At first, I was a little intimidated and unsure of myself. But now, I look forward to what I'll learn. I leave feeling more confident that I can defend myself, should I be put in that position. I think the most impressive thing I've learned is I have a lot of self defense moves with nothing in my hands if I have this knowledge in my head. I would recommend this class to anyone.

Brandi P.

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Justin came out and provided private lessons for me and my two daughters. Honestly I was pleasantly suprised at the volume of information he provided on making sure we have the skills to protect ourselves. We are excited and look forward to the continued training from Justin and his staff.

  • Richardson, TX

Carol W.

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I took self defense lessons from him for about a year and it helped with my self confidence and took away a lot of fear I had about going out in public, especially evenings alone. He introduced me to moves that I don’t think you can learn from anywhere else with the intention of self defense, and not karate, but actual self defense if someone grabbed you from behind. I was very impressed with the knowledge and the care he took to release my fears. I would recommend hum for any woman for self defense.


Our main focus is on self defense. We won't waste your time, teaching you things like weapons and so forth that you can not even carry with you on the street. Learn how to escape from someone who has you on the ground, not make them "tap out". There is no "tap out" on the street. Weapon disarming, pressure point application, balance disruption, joint locks, and take downs are examples of what we do. If you're looking for trophies and medals, that's not us. We care about your family's safety.

  • Cedar Hill, TX


I am a martial arts, self-defense and fitness instructor. We have classes for 4-6, 7-14 and adults. Our fitness class is MMA fitness for adults that is an intense 30-min workout that will instill self-defense moves along with working out your entire body.

  • Desoto, TX


I offer the following services: * Karate * Traditional Martial Arts * Self-Defense Training

  • 1 year in business
  • Seagoville, TX


With my one on one approach I am able to focus 100% of my attention for the student. I have both individual and military training.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Keller, TX


IKMF certified Executive Protection Instructor. I have trained for Executive Protection and VIP services with some of the highest ranked security professionals in Israel. I can provide high quality protection services, or I can train your team. I am also a certified tactical shooting instructor and a Krav Maga instructor.

  • Irving, TX


Systema is one of the best self-defense martial arts with classes in Dallas. You will have a chance to learn the most comprehensive and unique martial art Russian special forces use to defend themselves in hand-to-hand combat and against weapons. As the matter of fact, Systema is so effective and damaging to your opponent that for over 70 years, it was taught only to few in elite force and considered a top Soviet military secrete. It combines a strong spirit with creative, intelligent and versatile fighting tactics. Natural and free of structure, the system allows practitioners to readily adjust to virtually any circumstance. The system stresses a realistic approach to self-defense, recognizing that real conflicts bear no resemblance to what occurs in the comfort of a training facility. Techniques are based on the natural movement of the body rather than a prearranged pattern of moves, such as a karate kata. Students act on instinct, rather than memory, when responding to an attack. All Spetsnaz soldiers learn Systema, a Russian martial art many experts consider to be the best technique for knife defense of fighting multiple opponents, essentially the most complete way to defend yourself, maim and kill. Systema is the most effective self-defense you find.

  • Keene, TX


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Brandt Fitness and Self Defense is a CrossFit gym and martial arts studio in Downtown Fort Worth, Texas. We believe that fitness is an important component to health and longevity, and we pay close attention to each athlete's personal goals. We also believe that working out should be a fun and uplifting community experience.

  • 6 years in business
  • Dallas, TX


I am a massage therapist, personal trainer, boxing trainer, fitness coach, yoga instructor, and self-defense instructor.

  • 5 years in business
  • Bedford, TX


We specialize in the following areas: * Self defense * Martial arts * Weapons training * Combat jiu jitsu. We teach children aging three and up, teens and adults. We also offer combat fitness classes.

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