Burg Fitness Self Defense

Burg Fitness Self Defense

5.0 (7)
2 hires on Lessons.com
6 employees
3 years in business

About this pro

Although martial arts are great for exercise and sport, they are not effective in real-world self defense because unless you’re an expert, when your adrenaline shoots up, you will lose your ability to use complex motor skills.  My program is not a martial art and harnesses your pre-wired, instinctive reaction to a sudden violent attack. We weaponize movements your body will automatically use in an attack. 

My goal is to make good people safer, one person at a time and feel that everyone should be able to defend themselves and their loved ones. 

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St. Petersburg, FL 33710
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7 Reviews


  • Destiny Rodriguez

    Dan makes it comfortable and easy to understand. He implements concepts over and over until you fully get it. Burg fitness is a great gym, with very friendly staff and clients.

  • Andrew Thornquest

    I took the weekend course with Dan in June 2018 and would strongly recommend it for anyone looking to learn how to defend themselves from would-be attackers. The class focused on how to recognize an attack and what to do in the crucial seconds you have before your really hurt or worse by an assailant. It made me completely reconsider the way I would act in tense situations out in public and showed me the value of being able to have a plan when you need it most. Dan walks you through the steps from how you should be thinking and standing in volatile situations, to how to spot the split second someone makes an agressive move, to how to react and gain the dominant position when attacked. He literally has skin in the game, letting you test out your reactions and skills against him. It's clear he cares about his class members ability to survive in the worst situations and he spends a lot of time with each member addressing their questions and tailoring plans to their body types and abilities. I'm a 30 something male, relatively tall, and maybe not the stereotypical target of an attacker, but I now feel much more comfortable in the event that someone does decide to attack me at a bar or event. My wife took the class with me and the age, sex, size, and background of the other class members were varied. Dan still made sure each of us learned the vital skills to survive in the event something awful were to occur, from the smallest female to an Army veteran.

  • Kammeron

    This class was professional, safe, and I learned a LOT. Dan was clear in his instructions and explanations, patient, and made something outside of my comfort zone, comfortable and educational. I feel more confident about being able to defend myself, and his class made me look at self-defense much differently than I had before.

  • Ashley

    This was a great beginner's self defense class. Coach Dan made it fun but very informative. I would definitely recommend it to someone who (like me before the class) doesn't know the first thing about self defense.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The ability to protect yourself or a loved one is the single greatest skill you could possess. What if learning how to protect yourself was much easier than you thought? That was the inspiration Coach Blauer had over thirty years ago. He noticed that no one really used technical martial arts in real confrontations.

Coach Blauer’s focus, mission and path has not wavered since he began teaching real-world self-defense in 1979. He has been on the cutting-edge of reality-based training for the self-defense world ever since. His goal has always been to make the world saf

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Led by 2nd degree black belt and Blauer Tactical Systems Certified Personal Defense Readiness (PDR) coach, Dan Miller, the Burg Fitness Personal Defense™ Program is a reality-based self-defense system, effective at preparing you for the real world. It’s easy to learn regardless of your previous experience

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Pricing is based on client's needs and resources. We're flexible.

How did you get started teaching?

I've been studying martial arts since I was 8 years old in new Jersey. I've been trained in multiple techniques including taekwondo, judo, boxing and grav maga. I also am a certified instructor in coaching Blauer Tactical Systems Personal Defense Readiness methods. This approach is the most viable approach to street-level attacks and is not a martial art.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with adults and children

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make sure your coach is instructing using real world scenario training and not martial art techniques.