MEDIA & PRESS
Teja VanWicklen is a 30-year veteran martial artist with a background in edged weapons, firearms and wilderness survival. She was a personal trainer for over 12 years and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Teja has been involved in many areas of martial arts from instructing, to modeling and stunt performance, to high level training with elite military personnel. She has engaged in a number of training exercises she doesn’t necessarily recommend others try and has had experiences she might have been happier (though not necessarily smarter) without – dodging live darts, fighting through pepper spray, feeling the full-body jolt of a Taser.
Teja has been featured in multiple magazines including Madmoiselle and interviewed on Television for ESPN, Nancy Grace, Good Day New York andVeria Living TV.
In 2009 Teja found herself pregnant and on bed rest. After several surgeries and some extenuating circumstances, she felt weak and ill-equipt to care for her infant. Teja began to question her training and formulated the idea for a new paradigm of self defense that spoke directly to those who needed it most: women, moms, seniors, the disabled. The idea evolved as she continued to ask herself questions like how she would fend off an attacker with her infant in a sling or a stroller.
In the beginning, Teja focused on the physical techniques which had always seemed built for someone larger or taller or someone with longer arms. But since a woman with a baby needs something closer to a miracle to protect her from three attackers with weapons, Teja’s view of what she was calling Protective Offense grew into a 360 degree view of how we move through the world. ~ Read Complete Bio
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