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.