Testimonials for Elite Defense Systems

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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


“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


“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

“End any altercation quickly”

JKD is straight to the point for law enforcement and civilians alike, allowing anyone to end any altercation quickly.

- Jason Kohl, Police Officer

“My life has totally changed”

My life has totally changed. You have helped me with my self-confidence & self-awareness.  Thanks for being such a positive person in my life.

- Carrie Connors, Teacher

“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


“Meaningful and Enjoyable Classes”

“I want to mention that you and your team make the classes both meaningful and enjoyable, so we look forward to each one of them. Keep up the great work!"
-Martin Klein, attending with his two sons

“Helpful and organized curriculum”

"I have truly enjoyed the last 8 months of training and believe that the new format that you have laid out are a very helpful and organized way to monitor students progress. I respect the effort you have put into making your school better and more professional, not being fearful or hesitant to try new things and ideas, and entrusting your staff to take your ideas and run with them, all qualities of a good leader. My two boys have also benefitted and have enjoyed the experience as well."
-Mike Soper, 49, 10+ year veteran at Elite Defense Systems

“Improved self-esteem”

“Evolution was a great experience. Thanks for the make-up solo session with Cole. He enjoyed having the one-to-one attention. I have seen improvements in Cole’s self-esteem and in Thomas’s behavior.”
-Kelly Winder, mother of 2

“Thanks so much for all you have done”

“I really enjoyed attending the evolution. I had no idea that Robert had learned so much and had become so proficient in his moves. I also really enjoyed watching him work with Matt her really enjoys the times he is able to work with him. I am really pleased with Robert’s progress and what he has learned so far. Thanks so much for all you have done to help Robert build his self-confidence we still have a ways to go but it is improving.”
-Teresa Marzorati, mother

“Receive the best martial arts education possible”

“I just want to touch base with you on a few things. So far the classes are going fairly well, and Savannah without question, absolutely loves them...!  I want nothing more than for my daughter to receive only the best Martial Arts instruction possible, and she has found it here.” 
-Jeff Virgil

“Build confidence”

“Just wanted you to know how great I thought the last class was.  My little Madison is the loudest child I have ever heard in my life, but she gets real shy out of her 'environment'.  The way you had the kids step forward and confidently say their name was great!” 
-Dee McDougal, mother of 3, all in our program

“Any price is worth it”

“Classes are awesome...the kids LOVE it! I am so glad that you came to the Cub Scout meeting. Watching you with all of those kids was great! You have a way with them, you have just the right tone that demands attention and respect, and at the same time you are friendly and kind and extremely likeable. They all listened, they all looked up to you instantly. Not to mention the other instructors that were there! You had me at hello (haha!). Thank you so much for making this possible for us. I hope that giving us such a huge discount (scouting, siblings, and paying in a lump sum early) hasn't left you profitless. I know that you pulled strings, and I hope you know how much I appreciate it....for me personally, it means more than you know. I know that they will each benefit from this, and so I guess any price is worth it. You are the kind of role model I want them to have.”
-Sheere Abrahson, mother of 3, all are in our program

“The quality of people here, starting at the top”

“I feel very blessed to have joined your academy this year, and when we felt the need to enroll Calvin into Martial Arts, even though there are closer places, I insisted on EDS because I know the quality of people here, starting at the top. But now, as a parent of a student, I am very pleased with the youth curriculum, the results, and again, the staff. I think Paul Ingram does a fantastic job with heading these classes. He's professional, commands respect, and has a great rapport with all of the kids.”
-Brian Czapko, 36, Medical Assistant

“Keep up the good work”

“Just wanted to let u know that my 6 year old son DROPPED me today with a perfect eye jab fake groin kick. I was down for a good 2 minutes. Just wanted to let u know that I'm glad things are starting to sink in with him. It was a good lesson for him that he could take out someone who outweighed him by 160 lbs. After the nausea went away I had to give him a high five. Keep up the good work!”
-Brian Czapko, Medical Assistant, attends class, as so does his son (sent after previous email)

“He’s more mature”

“I appreciate your report on Logan. I'm happy he attends EDS. You have been the most patient instructors ever. My head pounds just sitting there. But you guys interact with each child individually, you guys teach them from right and wrong, plus you guys know all their names. I think that's really cool. Ya know what you’re doing and I respect that to the fullest. Logan has changed, he's more mature. Thank you, for the results!”
-Iris Moslave, parent

“I am really happy”

“I am really happy with how things are going with Madelyn in your class. She is so proud of herself and can't wait until her next class. I am very satisfied and so happy that we found your program! If there's anything I can be doing at home to help her, please let me know” :)

“Greatly appreciated”

“Thanks for extra care with Sam today.  He was off sick last week and on Monday when he returned to class, there was a little accident that scared him.   He was rather hesitant to come to class today so your help was greatly appreciated.”
-Mary, Medical Student and Mother  

“Have the power to defend yourself”

“I know it has been a while since you heard from me. But I wanted to let you know that even after what, almost a year of training, Lexi is still benefitting from her education at EDS. Yesterday I received a call from her teacher telling me that for a few days now, a small group of boys have been chasing Lexi on the playground at recess and grabbing a hold of her not letting go. She has told them to stop, but they don't listen, and she wants to go play with her other friends, but they haven't let her and kept chasing her. I had no idea this was happening. I asked her about it and she confirmed everything...saying that she gets so tired at recess from running all the time. It of course broke my heart. I asked her why she doesn't tell them to stop in a loud, forceful way. It turns out, she is intimidated by them because they are her age, and "some of them are even 8 already!"  But then I asked her what she learned from you. She kept saying "I don't know..I don't remember"  I refreshed her memory on what to do about bullies, and her face lit up! "Oh yeah!" She exclaimed.  So we went through the whole thing, practiced it, talked about how to get away from the boys holding her, wrist escape, etc. She practiced telling them in no uncertain terms to leave her alone. I could literally see the confidence coming back into her. She was so happy to remember that she has the power to defend herself! We practiced again this morning before school, and I think we both felt better. I have talked to the other mom's, so I don't think the chasing will be happening anymore, but I am so glad that she ultimately knows what she can do to help herself. I thank you for teaching those skills to her. Congrats to you...I saw in the Bloomingdale Park District book that you have a class now there. Thats great! Thanks again for the great lessons that have been taught to Lexi.”
-Amanda Poreda, past student’s mom

“Perfect for children”

“Great class, Matt.  Not that you need the applause, but I do like your teaching style. Actually I love how he thinks about things in class; you can almost see the gears working in his head.  This class is definitely the right fit for him.”
-Christopher Meyer

“Love the class…and the instructors too!”

“William went to class yesterday and LOVED IT!!!  Your instructors did such a great job showing him what to do.  This is already a much better fit for William than hockey was.  Thanks so much!!!! Taresa”
-Schuster Family


“He is a better student who is confident”

"I laughed when I heard that these martial arts classes would teach my child discipline, confidence, and self-esteem... But now he is a better student who is confident and respectful. It changed his life!"
-Linda Jacobs, single mother


 “Concentrate on his homework better”

“After a few months of lessons, I noticed my son was able to concentrate on his homework better, and was able to change his activities quickly and quietly without a fuss.”
-Sara Perez, mother of 3


“JKD… the most effective”

"My husband and I made the decision we wanted our children to learn Jeet Kune Do, because it is the most effective."
-Heather Ballard, mother of 8


"What you're doing is totally different"

"I did karate as a kid, and what you're doing is totally different. I brought my son in to improve in school, and within a short time he was doing better such as spelling tests, now both of my kids are full of energy."
-Zonan Whyte, father of 2 with previous martial arts experience


“He gained a lot of self-confidence”

"I saw my son crawl out of his shell shortly after he started classes, as he gained a lot of self-confidence. He is also a lot more outgoing."
-Kathy Syre, parent


 “Benefits through martial arts are for life”

"Team sports help but it seems short term, but the benefits through martial arts are for life."
-Chris Polaki, father of 2