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Tom Stanasiuk

DL Birmingham Testimonial

Q. Name:

Tom Stanasiuk

Q. Age:

32


Q. Which Lab do you train at?

Birmingham Central


Q. Current Grade?

Orange


Q. When did you join?

January 2016


Q. How did you hear about DL?

I'd known I wanted to join some fitness classes for months before actually signing up, I just didn't know what I wanted to do! A friend told me she wanted to take advantage of the free, first DL class and I knew immediately that I wanted to go with her; it sounded exactly like the right thing for me and what I was looking for all this time. Her son belonged to kids DL, and she really liked and had confidence in Mark's facilitation style. I subsequently checked it out online and was impressed with what I saw, which just reinforced my decision to try it out. I loved it and joined immediately for all available 2 days per week.


Q. Any previous Martial Arts experience before DL? If so please specify.

None.


Q. If answered yes to the previous question, what is the main difference between your previous art/class and DL?

N/A


Q. What was your reason for coming to our Lab?

Like I said above, I'd wanted to join a fitness-type class, and it was close to home so also convenient for me.


Q. What made you join and stay at our Lab?

High energy of the classes, Mark's facilitation style, the friendly group, the system itself, which is modern and very polished, geared towards preparing you for actual scenarios that might occur on the street - all of it, really.


Q. What's your favourite part of our Lab?

The people and the system itself. It's a really nice, genuine group of people to be part of and a great system that makes sense and you know just works.


Q. How do you rate the instructors?

Highest regard for Mark, Tom and Ryan, who put enormous amount of work into this. I particularly like the individual approach and how those who are ready are shown how they can tweak basic drills to take them to the next level. Their approach is always appropriate and scaled to match the skills of individuals who are always encouraged to improve and continue to grow.


Q. Would you recommend DL to your friends and family?

Yes, I do it all the time, can't shut up about Defence Lab.


Q. Anything else to add about your DL experience?

It ticks so many boxes: improves fitness and provides a self-defence skill that builds confidence, all in a great atmosphere of camaraderie where everybody is working and learning together regardless of their motivations, where they came from, what previous experience they had etc. Since I've joined, I only missed sessions if I was on holiday and not in the country, so only a few - it's that good.

Nafisa Salim

DL Birmingham Testimonial

Q. Name: 

NAFISA SALIM

Q. Age: 

30

Q. Which Lab do you train at? BIRMINGHAM (Edgbaston)

Q. Current Grade? ORANGE/GREEN

Q. When did you join? NOVEMBER 2015

Q. How did you hear about DL? FAMILY MEMBER

Q. Any previous Martial Arts experience before DL? If so please specify. NONE

Q. If answered yes to the previous question, what is the main difference between your previous art/class and DL?Q. What was your reason for coming to our Lab? FITNESS & TO LEARN SOME FORM OF SELF DEFENCE

Q. What made you join and stay at our Lab? I JOINED BECAUSE IT WAS SOMETHING COMPLETELY NEW TO ME, I HAD NEVER HEARD OF DL UNTIL IT WAS MENTIONED TO ME BY A FAMILY MEMBER SO I WAS CURIOUS. I STAYED BECAUSE I REALLY ENJOY THE CLASSES. I LOVE THAT EVERYTHING WE'RE TAUGHT IS BASED AROUND REALITY SO AFTER EVERY CLASS, YOU LEAVE FEELING MORE PREPARED/CONFIDENT

Q. What's your favourite part of our Lab? EVERYTHING! I ENJOY EVERY CLASS, THE PEOPLE ARE GREAT, EASY TO WORK WITH AND GET ALONG WITH. GREAT ATMOSPHERE AND ENERGY.

Q. How do you rate the instructors? 10/10 THE INSTRUCTORS ARE AMAZING. ANOTHER REASON WHY I STAYED AT DL.

Q. Would you recommend DL to your friends and family? YES DEFINITELY

Q. Anything else to add about your DL experience? I'M GLAD I MADE THE DECISION TO JOIN DL WHEN I DID. I'M LEARNING AND PROGRESSING WITH EACH LESSON AND HAVING FUN ALONG THE WAY!

Dalvinder Singh

DL Birmingham Testimonial

Q. Name:

Dal singh

Q. Age:

38


Q. Which Lab do you train at?

Birmingham Mac


Q. Current Grade?

White
Q. When did you join?

Late Dec 2016

Q. How did you hear about DL?

Through a Friend


Q. Any previous Martial Arts experience before DL? If so please specify.

Karate


Q. If answered yes to the previous question, what is the main difference between your previous art/class and DL?

Karate, I was very young when I trained for around 5 years and it gave me good level of flexibility hand eye coordination and fitness / stamina, DL I have not been here a long time around 5 months but for me its 100% different, I'm learning more of how to defend myself or get out of situations in the real world whilst having fun and getting fitter / stronger.


Q. What was your reason for coming to our Lab?

Main reason is to install confidence in oneself, Ive had experiences of being bullied and naturally low level self-esteem. 


Q. What made you join and stay at our Lab?

The people from Mark, Ryan and Tom to my colleagues, your treated as a friend / family member and the guys are genuinely trying to help you succeed.. I don't feel I am just another member /number in the overall aspects of things but more a person who can continue moving forward with these guys continued help.


Q. What's your favourite part of our Lab?

All of it, from the fitness element, learning new techniques to smashing up the pads....  I love the ratio element from combat (on the pads or learning techniques) to fitness (as in running jumping etc) at best its 70/30... most other arts are more 70/30 fitness based and less actual 'Art'.


Q. How do you rate the instructors?

Brilliant, very approachable, always willing to listen and help, not afraid to tell you when your not at your best or if a techniques is not done correctly, they will push you when you need it most and pick you up when you fall. 


Q. Would you recommend DL to your friends and family?

I would have no issues in recommending the Art to either friends or family. 


Q. Anything else to add about your DL experience?

I would give one advice to any new starter, with everything in life things don't just happen at a click of a finger, you don't watch enter the dragon then think you can become Bruce lee, you must give things an opportunity and more importantly the time. At DL its a fun place to be and what you take from it depends on how much to give and with everyone help I give my all in every session and after each session I feel like I get it ...With DL your always learning that's the beauty of it, its not repetitive but innovative.  

Awesome!!!

Since beginning at Defence Lab, Vaughan has really come out of his shell which has been a joy to see. Prior to this, he was often very shy and withdrawn. Defence Lab has allowed Vaughan to easily assess all kinds of social situations and it has given him the skills to stand up for himself in the playground plus it's considerably improved his confidence. The teachers are all very approachable and friendly and the teaching methods are safe and supportive. Vaughan looks forward to DL each week and takes real pleasure in doing the class and has made some lovely friends. We love what it has done for our son!

This has developed his confidence

Lewis thoroughly enjoys the classes and I feel this has developed his confidence on his own and to work as part of a group.  I found these groups have also helped my child to learn to listen to others and have more patience.

The lead instructor works amazingly with the students along with the assistant instructor. Their time, motivation and patience with the children are what bring on their confidence, dedication and bring a fun aspect to the classes. 

Would highly recommend this class

We moved to Birmingham in August 2015, because of work and with a new baby on her way. This was always going to be a huge ask for our then 4-year old son Maxwell who was also due to start school that September!

We contacted Mark and joined the Saturday Kids Defence Lab class shortly after arriving to help us to establish a new routine in a new city! At the start Maxwell was distraught - there was so much change going on, in a new city, new routine - he spent the first lesson in tears.

However, he stuck at it. 

What really sets this club apart, is its instructors! Mark (aka Coach) and Gee have the class playing games, teaching spatial awareness, and simple defence techniques that are easily grasped even by the youngest members in the room. They teach discipline and respect, whilst also (and most importantly in Maxwell's case) building confidence by letting the kids act out scenarios in front of the class - and the best part is that they are having so much fun! At the end of it, they receive recognition during their grading where parents are invited to watch the class perform the moves they've learnt.

6 months after our move to Birmingham with a new baby sister, new house, new school; Maxwell loves his Saturday defence lab class. He's made friends, his confidence has grown and grown!

I want to thank Mark in particular, and would highly recommend this class to other parents!

I’d strongly recommend to any parent

Reuben, aged 5, has been a member of Defence Lab since May 2015. I wanted a class that would teach Reuben how to defend himself if the need ever came along rather than the traditional martial arts that I believe can be used wrongly amongst children at such an early age.  

Twelve months on, Reuben has grown in all round confidence. He is confident in his ability to stick up for himself, he understands what to do in the event a stranger may approach and takes health and fitness seriously. Defence Lab have been instrumental in this change in Reuben. Defence Lab is not ‘just’ about defending yourself it also teaches life skills such as good manners, how you interact with new people and team work to name a few in my mind these are invaluable skills that help prepare you for the rest of your life.

I’d strongly recommend Defence Lab to any parent.

Well done!

Defence lab has been a great introduction to exercise for my five year old son. The instructors have a gentle approach to teaching new ideas. The classes are full of energy and ensure a good Saturday morning workout. Well done!