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  • 3 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
James D.
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Elin designed a creative program to help my 9 year old son prepare for his martial arts tournaments. My son definitely made improvements in his strength, agility and stamina. Elin was also able to fine tune his kicking and blocking skills since he has experience in various self defense/fighting skills. Elin is quick to respond to emails/text/calls and has tremendous knowledge in the art of exercise, bodybuilding and nutrition. I highly recommend Elin and his team for anyone looking for a professional personal trainer.

The Rowland Training Method
4.6
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren B.
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Anthony has providing my fiance and I self defense lessons for a few weeks now. The sessions combine self defense and basic strengthening exercises. He is amazing and kicks our butt every session! He is extremely responsive to our needs and continues to work with us patiently until we understand the moves.

  • 13 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Barry P.
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I have enjoyed and grown in my study of the martial arts under the teachings of Sensei Bennett and SYBCG School of Self Defense. Sensei Bennett gives practical, simple and effective techniques to deal with single or multiple attackers. SYBCG School of Self Defense is the real deal for any one looking the study how to defend themselves.

B Fitness
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Ali V.
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I went to Brian for self-defense lessons. I had no previous experience, but I never felt talked down to or uncomfortable with Brian. His techniques were very practical and real-life applicable, as well as quick to pick up. Brian gave lots of instruction to make sure I understood everything and made the learning process easy. After just a few weeks I already began to feel very capable of defending myself in a wide variety of situations due to Brian's training. I highly recommend Brain, and would definitely go back to him.

  • 11 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy J.
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Mr. Schinasi conducted a class with me and my children and their friends. My daughter and her friends were going away to college and we wanted to offer some training in self defense. David had a plan and was patient with us and thorough. After the class, I felt confident that the girls were introduced to the basics of self defense. We plan to have another session soon. I highly recommend Mr. Schinasi's training program.

  • 9 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Jasper C.
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Joshua is a phenomenal teacher and fighter of BJJ, Kickboxing and MMA. He tailors to your specific strengths and weaknesses, so that you get maximum value out of each class. He focuses on technique, fighting concepts, conditioning all the while ensuring you have fun during the process. Learning is everything here and he encourages self-filming or bringing in a partner to train with at no extra charge. The gym in a good shape, with all the necessary equipment and padding you would associate with MMA gyms. Joshua is constantly making improvements to the gym to keep it competitive and in good condition. He has many different types of classes and he is very flexible. It is no wonder why he has such a following, his knowledge and sincerity is rare in this industry.

  • 6 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Samantha D.
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This is not a typical self-defense class. This is a re-training of my mind to better understand the physical forces at work, so I can then retrain my body to respond in a most efficient way. I am already feeling more empowered and in charge of my body. This is flowing over to my mind as I begin to take more control over decisions I make and relationships I am in. This is a self-defense class for my entire being- not just my body.

AKSystema12
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Mona L.
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Alex did some personal training and self defense sessions for myself and two teenage children. He brought equipment and was very knowledgeable about strength training, different abilities, and self defense techniques. It was great to be able to workout at home and with my older kids. We hope to resume classes with him later this summer.

Gem Fitness
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Blessing O.
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Julien is my personal training. I am extremely happy to have him as a trainer. I have actually lost wait and builded muscle within 3 months and learned some self defense moves. He tailors the workout routing base on you strength and ability than progress as your health improves. I'm grateful to have him as a trainer and I'm sure you will be also.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Karen U.
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Scott is very passionate about teaching women to defend themselves. But he also teaches respect and enhances confidence and self esteem.

Muay Thai Rachanon
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Colin T.
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Junaid quite simply changed my life. When i first came to him 2 years ago, I was overweight and my overall self-esteem was poor. He is so good at relaying information about nutrition, fitness, and discipline I felt as if I was getting my own professor to teach me for practically nothing. I have lost over 12 percent in body fat thanks to his workouts and teachings. When i look in the mirror now I not only see an improved body, but an improved person as well.

Talal Esserrare
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Tanya B.
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I have been attending self defense classes with Talal for several months now. He is an amazing coach: very professional and at the same time he has fun personality. Classes are never boring! I'm looking forward to continue working with him.

  • New on Thumbtack
Noheli T.
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When I met breelaun, I had just stepped foot into a gym for the very first time in 19 years!! I didn't have the motivation, was very self-conscious, and was very intimidated by the machines. breelaun didn't make me feel like a big out of shape loser. He is very patient, and knowledgeable on fitness & nutrition. He's super laid back and not your typical "military" style trainer. Don't get me wrong, there were times I whined & said I was tired, & he'd let me rest for a little (like 1 minute) lol & get back to working out .Most important, I was very comfortable with him. I am very happy I made the choice of getting training w/breelaun & have made major changes in my lifestyle.breelaun is the best. Very serious about getting you to achieve your personal best while maintaining a fun environment. It's important to enjoy your workouts and breelaun makes sure that you have a good time. !!!! Thanks BREE BREE ;)

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We are the DC metro region's only Krav Maga school with close ties to Israel. This means we offer the most current methods and techniques of the Krav Maga system, straight from the source. Private classes: We offer private lessons for individuals, pairs, and small groups. The training can be completely customized to meet your needs. In the past, we have done workshops for moms, gun enthusiasts, joggers, singles, and kids among others. - Are you a realtor worried about entering homes alone? - An EMS worker who routinely deals with less than cooperative patients? - An interest group of hikers or joggers who want to handle themselves out on the trail? - Planning on traveling to another country and worry for your safety? - Do you work as armed or unarmed security and want to refresh and continue to develop your skills? In all of these situations and more, we can work with you to create custom classes, focusing specifically on your specific self-protection needs. Workshops for businesses: We also offer safety lectures and workshops for corporate and small businesses. These sessions are a creative alternative to traditional team-building exercises and a great complement to your corporate wellness program.

  • 19 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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We're a no-frills Japanese Jujitsu club with a friendly family atmosphere. The cost is just $50 month-to-month; there is no contract. Our students, both male and female, range in age from 12 to 53. Sensei is a 6th degree black belt and President of the American Jujitsu Association.

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Catonsville Seido Karate provides training for self-development, self-defense and physical fitness for adults, teens and children. Our instructor, Sensei Tom Swiss, is a fourth-degree black belt with over twenty-five years of experience in karate. Classes are held at the Catonsville Y -- just 20 minutes from downtown Baltimore, near UMBC and CCBC Catonsville. Our class size is small, so each student receives individual attention.

  • 3 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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I not only teach you how to defend yourself from the average person. I also teach you how to defend yourself from people like me who already know how to fight!

  • 16 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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I offer "Women's Self-Survival Seminars" specifically to empower women with the martial art principles needed to survive a life or death encounter. This seminar consisting of lecture and demonstrations is not typical self-defense as most people think about. This seminar is about self-survival to survive a life or death encounter!

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As a Military Police Platoon Leader, security is much more than a job for me. It's a calling. And everyone who works for me shares that calling. SHADOW exists to protect what you can't afford to lose.

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I have teaching karate (kempo), judo, and some weapons system for twenty years. I am an excellent one-on-one teacher.

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I offer virtual and mobile self-defense and fitness training for individuals and/or institutions. Public and private sessions are available.

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