WE EMPOWER HEROES LIKE YOU!

By offering online self-defense leadership courses for moms & women 18 to 80.

  • Handle Emergencies with Self-Assurance.
  • Prepare your Daughter for a Safe College Experience.
  • Discover the Confidence that comes with Self-Reliance.
  • Separate Real Concerns from Head Noise.
  • Raise Resilient, Informed Kids who won’t become Victims.
  • Don’t Just Say You Can Protect Your family, know You Can!

Try Secrets of Women’s Self Defense Free Below!

If every young female college student or mother-to-be took this course there would be a lot less for me to do.
Colin Ryan, Special Investigations Unit for a suburban Pennsylvania police department

Teja has a way of bringing to light things you ought to know but never thought of… and she knows how to convey it all in a way that is easy to absorb. Everyone walked away having learned something valuable and new.” 

Tia B, Administrator, Grace Church School

CURRENT COURSE

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SECRETS of WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE

Our Flagship course will be running LIVE Early Fall 2020!

You know how as women, many of us live with the fear of violence against us or our children and don’t know what to do about it?

Well, I teach Women and Moms how to be their own bodyguards by borrowing skills and strategies employed by law enforcement, the military and protection industry experts, to demystify the way criminals choose their victims and the way crime evolves, so women can empower themselves and their families to live SAFER, SMARTER, STRONGER!

And I make it fun!

Sign up for the LIVE FALL COURSE now at HALF OFF! since everyone needs a break right now!

OMG! you actually had me in stitches! I had kombucha come out my nose! …This is critical to all women, especially mothers…. It has motivated me to change for the better… I LOVE this!
Deloris D, Secrets of Women’s Self Defense student
Wow, these are amazingly insightful comments.  Maybe I’ll bring it up at my next meeting at The Healing Center. Thank you… tearing up at the fact that you care so much.”
Michelle A, Secrets of Women’s Self Defense student

CURRENT COURSE

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SECRETS
of WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE

Our Flagship course will be running LIVE This August 2020!

You know how as women, many of us live with the fear of violence against us or our children and don’t know what to do about it?

Well, I teach Women and Moms how to be their own bodyguards by borrowing skills and strategies employed by law enforcement, the military and protection industry experts, to demystify the way criminals choose their victims and the way crime evolves, so women can empower themselves and their families to live SAFER, SMARTER, STRONGER!

And I Make it Fun!

Informed self-defense-based empowerment built for the #MeToo Era!

If every young female college student or mother-to-be took this course there would be a lot less for me to do.
Colin Ryan, Special Investigations Unit for a suburban Pennsylvania police department
OMG! you actually had me in stitches! I had kombucha come out my nose! …This is critical to all women, especially mothers…. It has motivated me to change for the better… I LOVE this!
Deloris D, Secrets of Women’s Self Defense student

COURSES in the WORKS

 

Stroller Self Defense

(Strategy with a side of movement for Moms)

Learn how to protect your little ones while out pushing a stroller. Practice strategic movement and situational awareness. Arm yourself with the knowledge and tools to mitigate danger and stroll with confidence.

GOGA

(Self Defense movement flow for Women & Moms)

Learn strategic self defense movements created for the female body. Get STRONGER the right way and without injury. Increase, FLEXIBILITY and ENDURANCE, all while learning the smartest ways to move in an emergency.

“I LOVED this weeks training with Teja. She brought up so many things I’d never thought about – like [the ways] little girls are taught to ‘hang back’ and little boys become more equipped to deal with aggression even at a young age… this is so true! very good info, Teja, am looking forward to the next session!”
Chere H, Student of the Secrets of Women's Self Defense

“This is a college course in self-defense… so impressive in scope and depth and with such an acute understanding of women’s issues. It will be my gift to every woman I know.” 

Belisa Vranich, Clinical Psychologist, Author and Founder of The Breathing Class
“I’m learning so much and I love it! And it’s not just the course content itself that is great, it’s the interaction in the [community] group, the discussions, the disagreements… life experiences, the support… and the fun as well!  Thanks Teja.”
Alannah T, Student of the Secrets of Women's Self Defense

ABOUT GO!

GET OFFENSIVE (GO) is a hybrid of self defense, leadership and empowerment created for moms and women 18 to 80.

GO Online Courses are built to empower you to take on life with knowledge and skills that aren’t readily available (though they should be). It’s particularly good if:

  • you’re in an unsafe relationship of any kind
  • if you have children but no help
  • if you are ill or injured
  • if you live in bad neighborhood
  • or you work at a dangerous job
  • if you work late and ride elevators after hours
  • or if you like to drink and party and would rather not give it up but want to be smart!

Maybe you, your friends or a family member has been assaulted and you want to turn fear to strength and knowledge. Or maybe you’re just just curious about how predators think and what they look for in a victim.

GO IS FOR ANY WOMEN WHO WANTS TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF HERSELF AND NOT JUST SAY SHE CAN.

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JOIN US! and revel in the chess game of life, dismantle fear, use emotions wisely, see conflict as opportunity, raise engaged, resilient children who won’t become victims or criminals . . .

. . . and, even if it comes to the worst, know you can beat innumerable odds and come out on top!

ABOUT TEJA

GetOffensive founder Teja VanWicklen is a 30-year veteran of martial arts 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 is also the ADHD mom of an ADHD son.

Teja has been an instructor and a stunt performer; she has trained 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 Black Belt, and interviewed on Television for ESPN, Nancy Grace, Good Day New York and Veria Living TV among others.

Teja traveled the world managing a martial arts performance troupe out of New York City that created and performed over a hundred staged stunt performances for major events, pharmaceutical conferences, film festivals and movie premieres (The Matrix Reloaded, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones). During the same period she leaped on a melon in a grocery store for a South West Air Super Bowl commercial and assisted the choreographers of films like Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, directed by George Clooney, and The Hunted, starring Tommy Lee Jones.

Teja was a founding member and lead writer for Conflict Manager Monthly, an online magazine run by a collective of well-known safety professionals who navigate the dark and labyrinthine territory of violence and conflict.

Just as Teja was studying for her certification to train law enforcement and military personnel she became pregnant. She was chronically nauseated, required hernia surgery at the end of her second trimester, contracted a blood born strep infection and lost hard-earned muscle.

Dazed and exhausted, she wondered when her training had ever covered running away from danger pregnant or fighting off a determined mugger with a baby in a sling? What were the answers to any number of disturbing scenarios? How had years of instruction missed such crucial, every-day reference points. Didn’t lots of people have kids? Injuries? Extenuating circumstances?

It seemed that teaching a pregnant woman with a toddler in tow how to fight off two attackers with knives was rather like teaching someone how to survive a car accident without ever teaching them to drive.

As she delved deeper it became clear that physical self-defense was at the end of the continuum of safety and that other skill sets needed to take priority. Women’s self defense could and should be a vehicle for physical and emotional empowerment. So the work began.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly does GO offer?

We offer courses in something new we’re calling self-defense leadership & empowerment. It’s a cross between physical self defense and mental self defense, the combination of which empowers us to move through life with more security and confidence and less fear, apprehension, confusion and anxiety.

Our flagship course is the SECRETS of WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE, which is a sweeping course built to clarify the way crimes happen and to impart specific tools to help women and moms take control of their own safety and empowerment.

You can find other Courses in the Works here!

Is GO offering physical self defense?

Get Offensive includes physical self defense instruction, but it is a 360 degree look at self defense beginning with how crime happens and how you move through the world.

GO began as  a way to help women learn to protect themselves against a physical attack by moving like women rather than like men, while also honoring a woman’s very specific lifestyle. However, because of the high risk a smaller or pregnant woman, or a women with children faces in physically confronting one or more violent people, GO puts mental self defense and pressured problem solving first.

It’s better to STAY out of trouble than to have to GET out of trouble! Not as sexy perhaps, but ultimately the strategy and psychology go beyond safety and help us get ahead in life.

How do the courses work?

GO courses run online with video, audio, a group forum and printable materials. Courses run live during a specific period. The materials are easily accessible in one simple screen.

Assistance will be available throughout the course and up to one month after it finishes. It is always best to go through the course during the live period, but if you have extenuating circumstances you can always finish in your own time.

The course will always be available to you once you’ve signed on. There is a 30 day, no questions asked, money back guarantee on all full-length live courses. The 30 day period begins when the course begins (not when you pay!) So you will have plenty of time to see if the course is for you.

Who should take GO courses?

Anyone is welcome to take the course. But GO is built specifically for Moms with young kids and women 18 to 80 years old. We focus on moms because they have the next generation to raise and protect and we didn’t see any self defense options specifically for them.

Founder Teja VanWicklen is a serious martial artist who had a rough pregnancy and realized how much of her training didn’t address situations in which she had her baby attached to her body or screaming in her ear.

The beauty of self defense for Mom’s is that it easily translates to women in general. Some courses (like Stroller Self Defense – under construction) will be specifically for moms, some (Secrets of Women’s Self Defense) will be for Moms and women in general.

Is there a money back guarantee?

Yes! There is a 30 day, no questions asked, money back guarantee on all full-length live courses. The 30 day period begins when the course begins (not when you pay!), so you will have plenty of time to see if the course is for you.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH:

Arya Stark: “I don’t feel like fighting today.”

Swordmaster: You are troubled, good. Trouble is the perfect time to train.
When you are dancing in the meadow, this is not when fighting happens.

~ from GAME OF THRONES

(“Fighting” implies “Learning”, “Thinking“, “Doing!”)

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