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Houston Kids Self Defense Classes

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  • 19 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
Kris C.
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Training with Ricky increased my overall fitness level and helped to incorporate regular fitness as a "habit" into my schedule. During our training course I lost approximately 30 pounds from training 3 times per week consistently. For the first time in my life I saw the benefits of strength training as well as cardio workouts. I've always been aware of healthy eating and fitness (ie. cardio), however, strength training with Ricky has giving me the confidence and the skills to go to the gym to and do my routine knowing I am benefiting instead of spinning my wheels. I am proud of my results and lifestyle change and I feel great as a result. Kris C. Flight Attendant

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Eaton Personal Defense
from 27 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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Habeeba M.
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I absolutely love my self defense classes with Ken! What i find most helpful is that Ken's lessons are very personalized. I am a petite woman and Ken teaches me how to use my size to my advantage. I went to about a dozen gyms all over Houston (MMA/Krav Maga/Jiu Jitsu/etc) and Ken is the only person that could offer me everything that i needed/wanted. (1) He works around my crazy schedule (2) Personalized training that is AFFORDABLE (3) Preparing me not just physically, but also mentally (4) Providing me personalized techniques - example: there is a technique he showed me to free yourself from someone that is choking you, unfortunately my arms just wouldn't reach. He realized this almost immediately and changed the technique right then and there. Within 5 minutes we had a modified move and i was breaking choke holds. (5) Real world application - example: he teaches body language, so you can better assess when an attack is coming. I told him a get nervous walking to my car, he taught me how to use my keys as a weapon! How to defend myself in a small area (like if someone comes up to me in between 2 cars). (6) Gets you out of your comfort zone - I have never hit a person and didn't realize how uncomfortable it would be to do so. I felt silly and weak throwing a punch. Literally by the second class all of those feelings were gone. I've only been training for about a month and my punches are awesome! You can literally see the strength i've gained in such a short amount of time. I feel like this post is getting long, but seriously i cannot stress how great these lessons are. I genuinely think anyone would benefit from these lessons. Its not only a great work out (you will be sore) but its also a great confidence booster. I feel so much safer just doing things that would normally have me worried (ex: walking to my car at night when i work late/late night runs to the grocery store). If you are serious about self defense, take his classes. He operates out of a gym that has great people, great environment, and everything you need to train.

Tactical Fitness Academy
from 16 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Alyssa M.
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Raphael is an amazing and very knowledgable trainer. He is really well versed in his profession. I have taken my daughter to him for self defense classes before she heads of to college and I have seen her confidence grow, now I can rest assured that she is able to protect herself. Thank you Raphael!!!

Chris L.
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I am now 36 years old and have always been interested in Martial Arts. But I was looking for a system that would have REAL WORLD applicability, something that I could apply immediately. Haganah was the answer. The atmosphere is not intimidating and VERY constructive. It is full of real people who just want to protect themselves and their families. The owner and Head Instructor (John) is extremely knowledgeable in his craft yet very humble. He has a great way of delivering the material so that everyone understands. So if your think about training in Martial Arts or Self-defense or even physical fitness I would encourage you to call Haganah Houston and try it for yourself.

Texas Coast Karate
from 5 reviews
    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.

      Loureiro Jiu-Jitsu
      from 4 reviews
      • 8 years in business
      Steven G.
      Verified review

      I was introduced to Maurino Loureiro through a friend I had trained with in the past. I decided to train with him because of his jiujitsu lineage. Maurino received his black belt from Royler Gracie of the legendary Gracie family. I've been with Maurino for over a year now and feel like I'm learning jiujitsu at a faster rate than I ever have before. More recently, my wife has decided to begin training with Maurino for the self-defense aspect of the martial art. She's now on her third month of training and has become more confident in her ability to protect herself. We are lucky to have met Maurino.

      Gentle Dragon Martial Arts
      from 3 reviews
      • 2 years in business
      • 5 hires on Thumbtack
      Ron R.
      Verified review

      Best martial arts class I've taken. Very physical and real life oriented. I love it and would recommend to anyone wanting to learn self defense.

      • 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.”

      • 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.

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