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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.

Eaton Personal Defense
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Phoenix R.
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Ralph has been my trainer for the past 3+ years and I can honestly say he is AWESOME at what he does. With clients ranging from college students to retirees, Ralph tailors each clients training experience based on their skill and comfort level. To help his clients realize their health/weight loss goals, Ralph is comfortable utilizing a variety of specialties, such as pilates, boxing, self-defense, and jiu-jitsu. He is incredibly FLEXIBLE with training schedules (which is great for people who's work schedule changes frequently). Since working with Ralph I have lost weight, improved my strength, reduce my aches and pains by improving flexibility, and am confident I could use self-defense tactics to get out of a sticky situation. I would highly recommend Ralph as a personal trainer (or for his group classes) to anyone.

  • 13 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Ian U.
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Master Wayne Boozer is an excellent instructor with an amazing personal touch rarely seen in these circles. He also runs his academy with extreme professionalism and efficiency. He is an accomplished forth dan instructor, incredible coach and leader, and a friend. He adapts his style of teaching to the needs of each student and there is quite a variety in our class. If you are looking to get fit, learn self-defense, gain some discipline in life, Texas Coast Karate is the place for you. I wholeheartedly recomend it and I'm sure if you try it you will be back!

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
  • 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
  • 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.”

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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.

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

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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 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 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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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.

  • 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 a Traditional Wing Chun Instructor

Sugar Land, TX

  • Discipline
    Martial Arts (Karate, Judo, etc.)
  • Age
    Adult
  • Skill level
    Beginner
  • Details
    I'm looking for a Traditional Wing Chun Instructor

Need a Self Defense Instructor for Assault Prevention

Houston, TX

  • Discipline
    Assault prevention (basic self defense)
  • Age
    Adult
  • Skill level
    Beginner
  • Details
    Was born with a muscle problem and would like to learn some self defense technics

Need a Martial Arts Instructor

Houston, TX

  • Discipline
    Martial Arts (Karate, Judo, etc.)
  • Age
    Adult
  • Skill level
    Advanced
  • Details
    That I've been in kenpo well over 30 years. I am a Dr. Latourrette student
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