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Houston Knife Self Defense Instructors

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Eaton Personal Defense
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Habeeba M.
Verified review

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.

  • 19 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
Heather G.
Verified review

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.

  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Joshua P.
Verified review

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.

LIVE 2 TRAIN
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Dexter P.
Verified review

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.

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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

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Lo E.
Verified review

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.

  • New on Thumbtack
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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

  • 13 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Jesse N.
Verified review

I have studied with John Peek for the last 2-3 years in the Haganah self defense system. I have been involved in the martial arts for a number of years and find John's teaching methodology and Haganah system to be the answer to my self defense development that the traditional styles lacked. John's emphasis on learning these very effective techniques for the right reasons and applications is central to his teaching culture. He also places great emphasis on partner preservation which minimizes injury without detracting from the real life aspects of applying the techniques. I highly recommend Houston Haganah to anyone interested in learning reality based self defense in a wholesome, safe environment taught by a top notch instructor and human being.

  • New on Thumbtack
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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.

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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.

  • 30 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Len L.
Verified review

Sifu Alex is a very experienced, full-fledged fighting Sifu! If you want to learn the real science of WT and can eat bitter, there is no one else around who can teach you better. I've spent years around other martial arts, and honestly have only met one other man whom I'd even compare to Sifu Alex in terms of his fighting ability. Every principle is completely internalized in him. He moves WT, in a way he is WT, having made it his own.

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