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K1 Risk Management Services
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rye Z.
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My girlfriend and I are both relatively new to firearms. Both of us had been recreational shooting with friends twice, but never received any proper training. We recently decided we wanted to buy a gun for home defense and for recreational shooting. However, we first wanted to get adequate training for safety reasons, and also wanted some experience handling different firearms to help us make our decision about what to get. Furthermore, I would like to note that due to my work schedule, my girlfriend is often home alone at night while I’m at work, and we both believe that if anything ever happened, it would be best if she had training she could fall back on rather than having to figure out what to do in the moment. Our training with Yonty turned out to not only be incredibly valuable but also a lot of fun. Yonty’s class was very thorough and covered operating, aiming, and firing of different types of firearms as well as proper stance, concealment, and threat response tactics. I would say my favorite part of the course though, and the most valuable was the live fire exercises/drills that Yonty had us do. Although the course was short, I now feel like I would know how to respond and how to function in most threat situations. If you are new to firearms, or are even an experienced shooter who is looking for more training, I would highly recommend one of Yonty’s classes. He is thorough, safety conscious, has expert knowledge on all topics relating to firearms, defense tactics, and security, and is also great at teaching and explaining. I think anyone who takes his courses will feel they walked away with more knowledge, confidence, and instinct when it comes to using a firearm.

MPMA Self Defense
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle T.
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I took the self defense class from Mitchell and now feel more confident than perhaps I should. But I would still be going myself if I didn't have personal problems. However, I was so impressed with this class and the instructor that I decided to sign my kids (8 and 10) up and they have been going now for more than six months and not only do they love it, but I love how I am able to integrate pieces of class into our daily lives to smooth some areas. And I now have confidence that my children will be able to protect themselves from most who mean them harm, or at least be able to talk about it. The only thing I must practice patience about is that Mitch can sometimes be easily distracted and go in a different direction than expected, but it is still generally informative. I would and do recommend Mitchell Pennell"s self defense class for any- and everyone.

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We offer martial art class for 3- to 5-year-old, 7- to 13-year-old, teen, and all adults. Benefit of the class: * Respect * Discipline * Confidence * Self-defense * Personal development * Physical fitness

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Conny M.
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It is a big decision to join a Martial Arts school. The head instructor is everything. Sifu Cropper and the other students made us feel welcome. We love our Kajukenbo because there are 5 arts in one. Great job and thank you for teaching our children self defense.

  • 43 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jim T.
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I've known this man for decades... Class act!! Jim Thomas

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Jamila M.
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JT is a great trainer. He's very motivating and holds you accountable which is something I need. He is firm but compassionate. I would definitely recommend him. He can handle any type of person, whether you're just starting out or a seasoned worker-outer... And any personality because I generally cuss him up one side and down the other and he's ok with that. :)

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I am a very experienced, personable and knowledgeable practitioner, who understands that each body is unique. I am able to learn and able to enjoy learning. The mind calms, so the body can react well in this physical life.

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ISB Self-defense classes are designed with the individual in mind. The lessons offered are very affordable. The first session is free so you can see if my lessons are a fit for you. The techniques and type of training will be customized for each individual so that people of all body types, gender, and skill levels may learn proper and effective self-defense at a pace they are comfortable with. ISB pulls knowledge from a variety of traditional and nontraditional martial arts and grappling schools to give you well-rounded knowledge and the means you need to protect yourself safely and effectively.

phoenix functional fitness
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly P.
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Janna is awesome! Her women's boxing class is fun, affordable, informative and offers a great workout! Not only is Janna a great coach, but she also goes out her way to offer her expertise on questions I have about nutrition and strength training. So glad I found Phoenix Functional Fitness!

Forge Fitness
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Bethya B.
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Working with Coach Chris at Forge Fitness has been one of the best experiences I've ever had with a fitness trainer as well as a self defense trainer. Coach Chris has an amazing talent of being able to push me Just enough. He is quietly encouraging and in no way intimidating. He helps the overall person. He is very observant and can tell when you've had enough and when you need to keep going. If you are looking for a buffed out meathead how shows off how awesome he is while counting your jumping jacks and shouting at you then Coach Chris is not your guy. But if you've come to a point where you've tried everything else and are now realizing that you need to put in the work to get the results and you just need some guidance from someone who really cares, then look no further. Coach Chris will help you get there and will help you realize that you can do it. When I first began with Chris, I had never been able to do a single push-up, now I can do 150! Now I am setting goals I NEVER thought I'd be able to do. Thanks Coach! I owe ya big time!😊

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Tulen self-defense is simple to learn and highly effective. We provide interactive and age-appropriate training for women and children that builds the skills and confidence to respond immediately to real-life situations. Practice assertive body language and voice, learn to strike with speed and commitment and gain valuable information. No Go Yell Tell is for boys and girls ages 7-10 years old. Through role plays, storytelling and interactive practice, kids learn to set boundaries and act in their own behalf. Kids have fun and gain the skills to live healthier and safer lives. 3 Hours of Power is for girls and women ages 11 and older. Women learn to recognize and respond immediately to threatening behavior. All classes are taught by women martial artists who are certified self-defense instructors. This dynamic course builds skills and confidence in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

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As a woman, I understand the fears and safety issues that all women face! I have studied the best techniques and have come up with a system which empowers any woman, no matter age, size, or shape. My system features the three Ps of personal safety as follows: * Prevention--what you can do in advance to prevent a crime or get out of danger quicker * Perception--awareness training and what you can do to change how an attacker sees you * Power--not just using your personal body weapons that you carry with you daily but your mind and the passion for the people you care about We provide self-defense training and seminars for women taught by a woman!

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Ron R.
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Portland Shotokan is one of the finest and most traditional martial arts schools in the greater Portland area. Bettina Sensei and her husband are both dedicated to teaching the art of Shotokan karate while instilling self-discipline, respect, and honor in each and every student that enters their Dojo. I highly recommend that you visit their school, ask questions and take a class or two. Be ready to enjoy a great workout, learn to defend yourself, and be immersed in one of the finest martial arts culture the world has to offer.

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Mike N.
Verified review

Allow me to be the first to recommend Guru Angie! I always find her training sessions to be fun and informative. She's very patient and presents the material in an easy to understand, step by step manner that doesn't overwhelm. Her self defense techniques are easy to learn but very effective against larger and stronger opponents.

About

With martial arts teaching careers that began as far back as 1989, the instructors at the Academy of Modern Martial Arts have over 50 years of combined experience assisting individuals and families to be both safer and more secure. With over 16 years in Lake Oswego alone, our long standing in the community speaks for itself. We do not utilize contracts, charge for advancement, or have any hidden fees. Students choose to train with us on a month by month basis. We firmly believe that if you offer people enough information, they will make a decision that is right for them. That is why we always offer a complimentary class, so you can see the training for yourself. Visit our studio yourself to see why so many people choose to entrust their training to the professional staff at the Academy of Modern Martial Arts. You owe it to yourself to experience the tremendous benefits of martial arts fitness training.

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Woodburn, OR

  • Discipline
    Assault prevention (basic self defense), Sports-based (boxing, wrestling, etc.)
  • Age
    Adult
  • Skill level
    Beginner
  • Details
    im 18 and need training for future career in criminal justice world
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