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  • 19 years in business
  • 137 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.

Eaton Personal Defense
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Nick V.
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As an absolute beginner, and having sifted through dozens of potentially gifted albeit incredibly boring instructors, I finally settled on Ken Eaton. The efficiency and care with which he passes his vast knowledge is unmatched, and his lessons are also outrageously fun. Ken possesses a lifetime of real world knowledge and experience in application and that is a serious consideration if you're aim is to learn self defense. There is no belt system, no memorization of complex poses, simply a raw and very genuine understanding of the biomechanics of fighting or defending yourself/loved ones with a degree of startling devastation. This guy is the real deal, if you've found his profile then you needn't look any further! Click that hire button and you may enjoy noticing just what you've been missing.

WILL POWER FITNESS
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Sora N.
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Will N. is dedicated and puts his ALL into his clients and shares his passion for health and fitness with everyone he meets and trains. I am grateful for his advice, encouragement and one of a kind insight so I can be my best self. Highly recommend!

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

Tactical Fitness Academy
4.8
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!!!

LIVE 2 TRAIN
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
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.

Gentle Dragon Martial Arts
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Ron R.
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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.

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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.

  • 30 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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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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.

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

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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.

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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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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 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.

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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).

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

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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.

  • 32 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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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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Need Self Defense Training for a Beginner

Houston, TX

  • Discipline
    Assault prevention (basic self defense)
  • Age
    Child
  • Skill level
    Beginner

Need Self Defense Instruction

Houston, TX

  • Discipline
    Assault prevention (basic self defense)
  • Age
    Child
  • Skill level
    Intermediate
  • Details
    need instructor to work with school chilren

Need a Self Defense Instructor

Houston, TX

  • Discipline
    Military combatives (Krav Maga, Systema, etc.)
  • Age
    Adult
  • Skill level
    Intermediate
  • Details
    Marine corps training some jujitsu
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