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How To Avoid "NO" and Get What You Need

Meet Craig.


Craig had a problem.


Craig wanted to learn Self-Defense, but he didn’t want to join a traditional martial arts class. I can understand that, I’ve heard that a number of times over the years. It’s certainly not for everyone.


There are a good number of people that can teach him self-defense though, so that shouldn’t have been too much of a problem for Craig.


However, Craig is not available at night. That is when most Self-Defense instructors have free time. So, he needed to seek private lessons when HE was available. OK, that is a problem.


Well, it was a problem until Craig found the perfect solution. And what was that solution?


Easy, he contacted me (John) at 603 Karate!




You see, I basically sit around all day with nothing to do, just waiting for the phone to ring hoping someone is looking for a private Self-Defense lesson.


Well, not exactly. However, 603 Karate is my full-time profession which helps separate me from a majority of other martial arts businesses in the area. This gives me the flexibility to accommodate most any requests for those looking for specific instruction at a specific time.


I do have daily class obligations, so I’m not available ANY time anyone wants. But I have been able to successfully accommodate everyone who has contacted me with their needs so far. I’m determined to help those willing to put in the work and I’ll do what it takes to make that happen!


Past and present examples of private classes include:

  • Craig comes in once a week in the early afternoon for a 2-hour Self-Defense class

  • The Tilton School had me come in on Monday and Tuesday afternoons to teach a 1-hour Self-Defense class

  • A tight knit group of ladies supporting each other in their sobriety came in for a 1-time Self-Defense class on a Saturday

  • Several regular Karate students who needed a little extra help, either before a big promotion or after missing some time from the dojo, found time that we were both available to fine tune their skills

  • A mother and son came in for some self protection tips after the son experienced an attempted home invasion that shocked his confidence on a Friday

  • Several mothers have brought their daughters in before going off to college to help develop a safety plan

  • A local woman that just wanted to do a kickboxing type workout but was not interested in group classes came in for two hours a week before my regularly scheduled classes


There have been many other similar examples over the years, but you get the idea. One thing these examples all have in common is, just because you don’t see quite what you are looking for on my regular schedule does not mean that it can’t happen.




So, if you have a problem like Craig, just reach out like he did and I’m certain that we can figure out a solution. Whether you are looking for a

  • One-time private class

  • Private classes as needed

  • Regularly scheduled private classes

  • Small group private classes, or

  • In-home private classes


Just reach out and let's make it work. The answer is always ‘no’ if you don’t ask.


To your safety,

john g


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