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Helpful self-defense techniques

"It was such a pleasure having you and Stephanie at the Center. You were very patient, and explained things so well. My clients commented on how helpful your self-defense techniques might be in an emergency. Thank you so much for coming! "

April Conover, 38, Manager

Already lost 5lbs

"I've been very happy with classes and what I've learned so far. I've already lost 5 lbs, and everyone at EDS is great. They are all very encouraging. I've found from other dojos that the advanced students tend to be "too cool" to even give you the time of day, but at EDS every single person is very friendly and are all there to help. I know I've still got a lot to learn from missed classes, but I've already talked with your staff and they said they would help me catch up."

Jonathan T. Aguilar, 36

Easy yet Effective

"Well, there were many things that I liked about the program! I like that fact that it's easy yet very effective. Most of what we learn in Special Forces is more defensive, and you can't spar with it. I was thinking of getting your home program to expose the guys in my company to it, or just to refresh myself."

Joe Dulmage, Special Forces Solider

Classes motivate me to lose weight

"I'm 44 years old. I have been taking JKD classes through Matt for over 2 years now, and I believe I that I have only missed one class. When I started I weighed 196. I now weigh 166. I didn't lose the weight solely by attending classes once a week, I lost it because the classes motivated me. I was sick of only being able to wrestle for 30 seconds before I needed paramedic attention. I like the fact that the students can wear almost anything they want to class. We don't have to sit around and waste time learning useless history about some Asian emperor who, 1000 years ago, authorized use of the martial arts for the select few. Really, who cares about that?"

Bob Miller, County Judge

Extremely Satisfied

"I would like to add that I am extremely satisfied the quality of the classes, the awesome instructors and very pleased with the overall experience. You run a very good business and I am glad to be part of it."

Steve Munerantz, 27

Highly recommended for both men and women

"My name is Dave Lamoso, I began EDS in May. I have been in class for about 8 months now. I have had an interest in JKD, when I finally looked into it I decided to give it a try. For health reasons, to lose weight, and to sharpen my fighting techniques. It has been very beneficial. I feel allot better and healthier overall. When I began this class I weighed in at 236 lbs. Because of continuing classes at EDS, I now weigh in at 198 lbs. I have stopped smoking cigarettes since I have started these classes. I will be able to keep my weight under control with the exercise and workouts that I get at EDS. I feel so much better about myself now, I weigh less and I feel allot stronger. Before I started these classes I was always tired and lazy (fatigued). I now have an over abundance of energy. I feel great over all. I have made this a permanent part of my life, I fit my JKD Classes in my everyday schedule. I feel guilty if I miss one day. I would highly recommend these classes to both men and women."

Dave Lamoso, 43

Confidence

"It was good to touch base with you yesterday. I was just talking with my wife yesterday at how thankful I was to have encountered certain people who have influenced me in a positive and profound way, such as my father, a few important Football coaches, and of course Sifu Master Numrich. Seriously, credit is due where credit is deserved. Thanks for all of your teachings and friendship, as it has been such a positive force in my life. Not to mention the confidence that I have IF I ever get in to a physical confrontation with someone.....let's just say that I "Pity the fool" who messes with the "Stallion"! Seriously, I just wanted to thank you again, as I don't forget important things, and it is all much appreciated!"

Mark, Home Inspector and MMA Competitor

Great Discerner

"Thank You for being there this morning with me!!! You are a great discerner and I value your opinions."

Gary, Group Leader at Church

More challenging than expected

"Awesome Instructor Camp! I wasn't sure what to expect but it met and exceeded what I wished to get out of it. It was more challenging than I expected... and I expected it to be very challenging!!!"

Eric Peterson, Veterinarian Assistant

Totally worth it

"Hey everybody. I just wanted to say this program really works. I have only been taking this class for one month and I feel I have already learned a lot. The evolution cycle was something I have never experienced before. However, it was one of the most rewarding feelings I have ever experienced. If I could take a test with only one month's worth of experience, I feel like I can do anything. This has been totally worth it. Thanks for everything."

Reinier Marfil

The cardio and work out are killers

"I like the idea of training with teachers I normally don't get to train with. Each person always seems to have their own style or little something different to add. That's it. I just felt that since you have the site for us and ask us to use it...we might as well. Oh yeah, and Matt...I love taking your class...the cardio and work out you give us is a killer and that is just what I am looking for each week. Do I even need to say anything about the knowledge you provide your students and staff with. Thanks to all at EDS!!!!!"

Brian McDougall, Manager

A humbling experience

"I would have to call the classes a very humbling experience. The people are great and I'm really enjoying it."

Rob Lowery

Bring pride in continuing tradition

"Emil Bautista here, a student of Adriano D. Emperado, Kajukenbo and I wish to thank you for helping me recognize Michael McDaniel's rank within the art he studied with you while in Chicago. This is important to me because he has shown great talent but I unsure as to where he belonged as respect to Kajukenbo and your art. I wanted the students here to respect Michael and also his rank in your art as well as his rank in Kajukenbo. I know where he fits in with respect to our art of Kajukenbo, but not what he studied with you. I knew he was very knowledgeable in your art and I felt he should have something to show for it. But I am not in the habit of going behind anyone's back and giving rank in any other art but the one I am qualified for {Kajukenbo}. Michael has helped tremendously with our grappling program and has helped many of our students to win competitions and feel better about themselves with respect to grappling. This is something that was missing from our program and I am very grateful to Michael for sharing his knowledge with us. Our Kajukenbo ranking goes like this; white, purple, blue, green, brown and black and this can take about three to four years to get through the ranks. I know it's different with your style as Michael has explained to me. I just wanted you to know how very proud I am of Michael and all he has accomplished here. The students really like him and he has a good following for his classes. Please know that Michael is carrying on your tradition very admirably, that I am proud of him and honored that he came from you."

Grandmaster Emil Bautista, who had one of our students join his school after a move

Feel energized

"I had an especially good work out last night. That energized feeling you get the next day after a good hard work out is awesome. Add that to the nice end of summer weather we have today and things are shaping up to be a great day. Just thought I would share."

Jim McCoy, Attorney

Great team building and camaraderie

"My best moment so far had to be this past Tuesday night. I have not had that much fun in a long time. The fun began from the beginning of class. The beginners began attacking the advanced students by a ratio of 9 on 1. I was absolutely amazed at how one person could fight off 9. After being hit in the face a couple of times, that got my blood flowing. As classed progressed, the heart rate started shooting up. At one point I thought I was going to quit, but that is just not my personality. I could barley breath, so I had to poke my head out of the door for a minute. The team building and camaraderie was great that night. I even enjoyed trying to dive over the pads with my 1 inch vertical leap. I thought the next day I was not going to be able to work due to the intensity of the class; however, I actually felt like a million bucks the next day. It is funny how a fun evening of getting it handed to me led me to be more active and mentally focused in my professional and personal life. I feel alive again wanting to do more. I can already tell that my wife and daughter can see a change in my attitude. So far I cannot say enough positive things about my experience at Elite JKD."

Jignesh M. Patel, Dentist

Excellent

"Saturday was excellent, it helped to review, a few things I think I saw and some feedback from you. Great job and excellent class!"

Jim Kennon, 63, Financial Planner

No regrets

"Everything is going great. The classes are what I was hoping for and more. So I am very pleased with my decision to attend your school."

Jose Mata, Manager

Felt comfortable even though I'm still very new

"It was a great experience Matt. I felt very comfortable even though I'm still very new. I particularly enjoyed the atmosphere. Everyone seemed to be having a really good time. I intend to attend again next year."

Mike Baldwin, Business Owner

Worth more than people pay for it

"The training is worth more than people pay for it, and is the most practical self defense I have seen. I would recommend it to anyone."

Sam Louflen, student

Tons of great information

"Just wanted to say I had a great time on Saturday. Learned a lot of great information. I wished i had known the curriculum ten years ago, when i was working as bartender at a local pool hall in the city. But that's another story. Once again thank you for the opportunity to learn this information."

Marc Johnson, bouncer

Let go of frustrations go and learn

"I would like to thank you and EDS. Recently I have felt that life has went full circle and have never felt better.. Less stress and really enjoying life.. Hey I have lost 20 pounds doing it.. Work is going good. Family and friends are great.. and found a great person to share everything, we found each other and WoW... The Lord works in really mysterious ways and I am glad he guided me thru this. EDS has been a place were I can let my frustrations go and learn.. Again thank you sir."

Beny Rivera, Computer Systems Tech

He truly cares for my best interest

"I did a lot of research in the area martial arts schools, and after visiting and trying out various places, I enrolled with Matt Numerich and EDS about 2 years ago. I am extremely happy to report that I made a right choice then, and that even now this is the most perfect program for someone like me. Apart from childhood interest in Martial Arts, I did not have any background in it so I was a total novice. Sifu Numerich and the EDS staff have been able to patiently guide me and train me in all kinds of techniques and skills with personalized attention and guidance, so that now I am at the intermediate level. Being a professional musician and artist who draws from global musical backgrounds, I truly appreciate that Sifu Numerich has in-depth knowledge of all the self defense and fighting styles, and is able to bring the best of it all together in a true continuum of Bruce Lee's concept and philosophy. I also feel that Sifu Numerich has taken personal interest in making me reach my goals of physical abilities and martial arts skills, as well as, he truly cares for my best interest, and that he has made a positive impact on my life."

Kalyan Pathak

I am still blown away by EDS

"I have been through several martial arts schools through my time with equal time in and out of them. So far I am still blown away by EDS. Every day I come in that I will learn or improve on something new. In too many places have I got away unknowingly busting out repetitions incorrectly unnoticed or unhindered by the instructor. Not so at EDS. With the assortment of instructors and advanced students or even beginners hell-bent on learning, improper technique will get you corrected quickly. The free use of tools that is allowed by Bruce's concept is a odd but welcome change to the traditional arts where stance limits your selection of kicks and punches. I particularly like that the concepts we use are explained over and over again end even if I might have understood it the first two times around, the third time I might notice a little tweak to the technique that will improve it for me. Added bonus is that with each instructor style, you might learn the move three different ways with all of them being correct and applicable in different situations.All in all. I look forward to every class and leave afterwards tired yet pumped and ready to brave another day at work.Thank you for making this a great experience."

Marcin Krzeminski, 33

Even after almost 8 years

"I wanted to write you this letter to give thanks to you, because unbeknown to you, have been a mental mentor over the years. Even after almost 8 years I still think back to the training EDS has provided, not just the techniques but mainly the mental capacity. So I wanted to give you the best of luck to you for your recovery and to your good health."

Chris A. Santi, past student who moved out of state

Inspiration in a difficult time

"I just got back from a funeral of a very old and close friend of mine. He had just committed suicide. His death made me feel lost and confused as to how we are to direct our own lives when death reaches us all, regardless of our purpose. Then I started to read your blog and realized that direction of life starts with our own health. I have since taken your blog to heart and have started to walk (still to heavy to run) every morning. I have lost close to 16 pounds since the start of the year and am coming back to class tuesday. Just wanted to say thank you for the words of inspiration in a difficult time. See you tuesday."

Raymond Rimocal

Great school that it is

"I was feeling a bit bummed about missing a whole month of EDS training due to work and vacationing with the family, and I was about to ask Sifu Numrich about any possibility of giving me one hour of training to catch me up on the curriculum that I missed. Just then Tom Ceravolo, Instructor/Staff in Training, contacted me on email asking about when I am coming back to the classes and offered to help me catch up. Not only did Tom C. coordinate with on going programs at EDS, Bloomingdale, about when to hold this extra training time, he also organized a group of other students who were also in my position of having missed the recent classes. I am happy to report that Tom C. gave a great training and workout session to some 6 of us last Saturday morning, for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, fully catching us up with what specific drills and training we had missed. Sifu Paul, while he was busy with many things that morning, still came into our session at regular intervals and gave us his notes and comments, and Tom C and Sifu Paul both actually spent a lot of time with us in doing the drills and thereby making our training even more intense. I understand that I cannot physically catch up with 8 or 9 sessions of a month long training in just 1 session in terms of conditioning and drill time that each drill requires…but this 1 day of training with Tom C and Sifu Paul, made me feel like coming back to classes regularly again, and also made me feel like I should be able to catch up with others if I put in some extra time into it. A mark of any good institution is not just the credentials of the senior teachers, but also the other staff and its student body with their own enthusiasm towards learning and training. Over the 3 years with EDS as a student, I have come to appreciate how Sifu Matt N., Sifu Paul, Sifu Mike Solper, and other staff such as Noah, Dr. Glen, etc., have created a very positive and infectious environment that nurtures this enthusiasm in the students and staff alike towards training with each other and making each other better at JKD. I truly want to express my gratitude to Tom Ceravolo, Sifu Paul and everyone who showed up for this extra training session last week, and also by thanking them, I also want to thank everyone at EDS for making it a great school that it is."

Kalyan Pathak

This guy threw 6 punches and never made contact

Matt, I got in an altercation with an aggressive guest last night at my restaurant. This guy had about 60lbs on me and was 6 feet tall compared to my 5' 6". Thanks to you, this guy threw 6 punches which never made contact. It took 15 to 20 seconds and the fight was over. I can tell you that this guy had no clue what happened to him."

Walter G. Paiz, Restaurant Manager

Principles come like second nature

Elite Defense Systems has given me the edge I need when comes to a confrontation. JKD principles are so easy to remember, they come like second nature. This is so important in my line of work.

Tom Stephenson, Bouncer

Price is unbeatable

The instruction is of the highest quality, and the price is unbeatable in comparison to other schools.

Jake Nuesser, 28, Graphic Artist

I have lost over 15 pounds

I needed something other than the boring routine of a health club to get in shape. Since joining classes I have lost over 15 pounds which has made me feel incredible! As a bonus I have greatly improved my cardio and flexibility."

George Boutsikakis, 43

Exceeded my expectations

I strongly believe every woman should know how to protect herself. Training at Elite Defense Systems helped me gain the physical skills of self-defense along with the mental attributes to avoid conflict. The classes are taught in a fun, informative and non threatening environment by instructors who's knowledge and skill level exceeded my expectations."

Susan Mueller, Mother

Given me more confidence than I have ever had

Elite Defense Systems has given me more confidence than I have ever had. Of course I would not have the confidence or the knowledge if it weren't for the E.D.S. instructors, who are always willing to help and always very patient when teaching new information.

Christine Tomczak, 26

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