Paul Plevakas



Home Repair & Projects,
Martial Arts & Self Defense,
and Personal Training





Save money and say, "I did it myself."

Knowledgeable and patient teacher and craftsman Paul teaches you how to handle practical repairs and improvements. These hands-on workshops will give you the step-by-step instructions you need, and the vocabulary that goes with it. Group AND private one-on-one classes are available.


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Do-It-Yourself Home Repair

Hands-on Basics of Carpentry, Electric, Drywall, and a Bit of Plumbing

Three Saturdays, Sept 29, Oct 5, and 12, 2019.
10am to 2pm.

Class location in Wyndmoor (Glenside), PA. Through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT).

TO REGISTER and Waiting List For NEXT Class:

Phone: 215-843-6333





Students gain a basic understanding of carpentry, electrical, and plumbing systems of the average house. Paul will discuss topics and terminology that relate to old and new residential construction.

Each week there will be lecture plus a class project where students will use hand and power tools. The project will start with building a small wall. Students will learn how to measure, cut, layout, and join wooden studs. In the electrical class students will install an electrical circuit through the studs and a receptacle, wall switch, and light fixture. The final class project covers learning to finish the wall with drywall, tape, and joint compound/spackle.

The key aspect of the class is that students have a start in making their own home repairs or improve their current skills. Students will also be able to make knowledgeable decisions when it is time to hire a contractor.


Full Class Info

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Fix Your Own Toilet!

Save a bundle. Simple, clear, hands-on, one day workshop.

The most common reason for high water bills is a malfunctioning toilet. Hands-on class to learn to diagnose problems, make repairs, and if necessary, replace your toilet. Fix a toilet that runs continuously or intermittently, will not flush, is clogged or has other problems. Learn how a toilet works, its parts, terminology and tools you will need, how to remove your old toilet and install a new one.

Work on a (clean) working model on wheels.


Click for  full class info, and photos of what we do





Photos of students practicing each fix in class, and the fun working-model Paul built for you to learn on, are on the class syllabus page


Spring, 2019

Class location in Wyndmoor, PA.
Through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT)


TO REGISTER and Waiting List For NEXT Class


Phone: 215-843-6333




Full Class Info

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Build Your Own Little Free Library



A Little Free Library is a fun little weather-proof cabinet you can put outside or anywhere you want to share books. People can “take a book, return a book” at any time day or night, in an ongoing free book share.

This one-day class gives you do-it-yourself skills to have for a lifetime, while you build your own worthy community project that helps many on an ongoing basis. Encouraging, patient, teaching environment with a skilled teacher.

When you arrive for class, we have materials for each student ready and pre-cut, so you can begin right away with tool-safety and hands-on building.

Come alone or sign up with friends. Take home your own work same day. Then, on your own or by arrangement with Paul, paint and install in a variety of ways that suits your needs and landscape. We send you full instructions.

You can add solar lights, a place for dog treats, holiday toy exchange, include a reading bench, have a Little Free Pantry for food with dignity for the disadvantaged. Many creative healthy ideas.

Class location in Wyndmoor, PA.

Click for  full class info, movies and photos of what we do, step by step



Next class through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT), 2 November 2019

For waiting list and registration:

Phone: 215-843-6333





For waiting list for the next class through the Main Line Night School (MLNS)
call (610) 687-0460.



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Paul and Jolie built the Little Free Library For The Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT).

Below is a fun GIF movie of buying lumber and supplies, cutting, assembling, caulking, sanding, making and painting door pulls.




Here is our our first graduating class - Genie and Rachel

Thank you Rachel for asking the Mt Airy Learning Tree (MALT) to run this class.


Note - The door is clear plexiglas, hinged, with a magnetic closure. We leave the brown protective wrapper covering the door until installation and painting are finished.



Success! Here is Genie with her own Little Free Library


Add your optional registration through the non-profit organization to get a charter number and to join their world map -


More about the class and more class photos on the Class Syllabus page.





How To Hire A Contractor

Learn how to get a great contractor!

Protect yourself against loss of money, incomplete work and poor workmanship.

Learn how to do a background investigation of a contractor, the Pennsylvania laws written to protect the consumer, what a home or business owner must do to protect themselves, and what you should expect from a reputable contractor.


29 June, 2019. 3 to 5pm

Class location in Wyndmoor, PA.
Through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT)


TO REGISTER and Waiting List For NEXT Class:


Phone: 215-843-6333









More Specialty One-Day Home Repair and Project Classes

Wall and Ceilings
Kitchen and Bath Design
How To Install A Ceiling Fan

Contact Paul if you want to offer these great workshops at your location.




Do-It-Yourself Home Repair GREEN

Clean, Earth Friendly, Renovations and Products.

No classes currently scheduled.
Contact Paul if you want to offer this great class at your location.





Private Lessons With Paul at Your Location

Do your own project with expert guidance and safety. Contact:


Private instruction available with Paul
as your personal repair trainer in your own home -






Not only is Paul a LICENSED GENERAL CONTRACTOR, EPA lead certified, and degreed in Environmental technology and water quality, he is Paul Sensei, experienced and gentle martial arts and self defense teacher, Inducted into the EUSA International Black Belt Hall of Fame, and 2009 Instructor of the Year.



Shotokan Karate
Taught by 3rd degree black belt Paul Plevakas, Karate Sensei, Black Belt Hall of Fame, International Martial Arts Association 2004 Man of the Year, and 2009 Instructor of the Year

Our Dojo (School): Get back into shape or start for the first time. Self defense techniques, strength and confidence, and traditional Japanese karate with patient gentle teacher. Open to all levels. Continuing students can advance belt rank.

Learn kyu and Dan katas (forms), kicks, punches, blocks, strikes, partner sparring drills, self defense. Beginner through black belt welcome. Discounted textbook available in class.


Where: Formerly at 2100 Chestnut Street. Center City Phila. Entrance on 21st Street between Chestnut and Sansom, 2nd Floor. We also used to run popular classes through Temple University. Contact us to open classes for your group or location.

Contact: Contact to form next class:


Class Textbook - Healthy Martial Arts

See what we do - Click for Class Syllabus


Paul teaching at Temple University


Paul and Jolie, Instructors, in their dojo (training school) with top rank students     



Paul and Jolie honored as Black Belt Hall of Fame Instructors of the Year


Here is the link to Jolie's page of fun classes





Taught by third degree black belt Paul Plevakas Sensei, Black Belt Hall of Fame
Don't be afraid! Protect yourself, build confidence, and fend off attackers. Learn armed and unarmed defenses against armed and unarmed attackers. Gentle instructor will teach you how to use hands, feet, handbags, coins, umbrellas, cell phones, and other ordinary objects against all kinds of bad situations at home and in the street. Learn legal rights and how to spot and avoid trouble. For men and women, all abilities, all ages. Wear your everyday clothing for realistic practice.

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  • Seminars at your location by special arrangement through Paul -  (215) 778-2634.

Class Textbook - Healthy Martial Arts. Discounted textbook is available in class.

Class Syllabus - Self Defense class syllabus, and map and directions to our center



Personal Training

With Paul, certified personal trainer. Safe, gentle, effective. Click to go to learn about Personal Training With Paul.





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