Wise Warrior Gym (formerly REAL Self Defense Center)

Clients & Testimonials

We are proud to bring our tried-and-tested programs and unique philosophy, not only to our members, but to the larger community as well. Here is a partial list of businesses and organizations we have served.

Police and Security

  • Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers
  • City of Edmonton – Corporate Security and Executive Protection
  • Edmonton Police Service - Hard Target Program
  • First Nations Reservations – Security Training & Employment program
  • RCMP – Victim Services Units
  • Solicitor General – Alberta Security training for various security organizations
  • Solicitor General – Victim Services Unit

Community and Social

  • Alberta Employment and Immigration
  • Alberta Health and Wellness – Public Health Division
  • Alberta Health Services
  • BILY Parent and Youth Support Society
  • Bissell Centre
  • Boyle Street Community Services
  • CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind)
  • DECSA (Distinctive Employment Counseling Services of Alberta)
  • Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
  • Edmonton Parks and Recreation
  • Government of Alberta – Legal Services
  • LifeRoots Counselling
  • McMann Youth, Family and Community Services – Crisis Intervention
  • REACH - Edmonton's Council for Safe Communities
  • Red Deer Parks and Culture


  • AMSCAR – Alberta Medical Students' Conference and Retreat
  • Edmonton Catholic Schools – St. Brendan Catholic School
  • Edmonton Public Schools – Mount Pleasant School; Nellie McClung Girls’ Jr High, and more
  • Grant MacEwan University
  • NAIT
  • Norquest College
  • University of Alberta – Recreation Services; Faculty of Dentistry
  • Vegreville – St. Mary’s Catholic School

Corporate and Business

  • AE (Associated Engineering)
  • ATCO
  • Costco
  • Enbridge
  • Epcor
  • Evolution Combat Systems, Peace River
  • Fodada
  • Horizon North Logistics
  • Lulu Lemon
  • SMS Equipment
  • Starbucks Coffee
  • Straight Blast Gym, Drayton Valley
  • Telus
  • The Running Room

Women’s Organizations

  • Babes Without Babes - Women's Networking Organization
  • Canadian Deaf Women’s Conference
  • Curves Fitness
  • Edmonton Regional Women's Committee
  • Elizabeth House - Edmonton Short-Term Supportive Housing
  • Kehewin Women's Conference
  • Women Building Futures

Edmonton Clubs and Groups

  • Edmonton church groups
  • Edmonton Trail Runners

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  • I have been a fitness enthusiast all my life. I have played or participated in virtually every sport including the marital arts. Never have I experienced such a fantastic work out and at the same time had so much fun while learning “real self defense”. Calen’s teaching style, camaraderie, knowledge and commitment to his art make it a joy and pleasure to train. My only regret is not finding him sooner.
    - Dr. T. Zukiwsky
  • I just wanted to say again that it was an honor training under you over the last few years. I have learned so much from you, and your tutelage and friendship has been a very positive influence in my life.
    - Jay S.
  • I have been training at Real Self Defense Center (now the Wise Warrior Gym) for 3 years. I felt ready to defend myself after only a few classes but I stayed to improve my skills. Calen is a great instructor with enough information to fill an encyclopedia yet is able to break it down and keep it simple. The information is relevant and it is such a great environment to learn in.
    - Michael Grills
  • I have been training at the Real Self Defense Center for the past three months. I have learned a lot during this time, but most importantly I enjoy every minute I spend at the training center; the people are great, the training is realistic and fun, and there is no ego whatsoever. Thank you for giving me a chance to be a part of your training family.
    - M.A.
  • Just wanted to say THANKS SO MUCH!!! It’s rare that you meet someone who is a true teacher—that can teach anyone and make those around him passionate about what they are learning. I had always loved watching fights and brawls (*grin*) but I never expected I could learn—let alone so much in so little time. You truly have a gift. You’ve developed a passion for grappling in me…I absolutely adore it. So thanks from the bottom of my heart.
    - Joanna
  • Calen's willingness to create a flexible and personalized training program specifically for me is what has kept me coming back to Real Self Defense and Fitness Center (now Wise Warrior Gym) for over seven years.
    - R. Lozinsky
  • With my many years of martial arts experience I have ascertained that Calen Paine has an acute ability to integrate techniques and tactics from a wide variety of martial and combative arts, to develop a practical and applicable personal defense system. His presentation of his martial arts repertoire is simple, concise, and direct for any level of personal protection advocate. I would recommend him as a highly skilled practitioner and qualified instructor.
    - Anonymous
  • Calen, great stuff! Fun. Interactive. Entertaining. Excellent progressive teaching method - they appear to learn what they need in a well-paced manner. I would recommend this to anyone! Very impressed! You know your sh*t!
    - Paul P.

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