Wise Warrior Gym (formerly REAL Self Defense Center)

The Hard Target Seminar – Get Started in Self Defense

Become a hard target for crime with our award-winning, single-day self defense seminar. Put the full spectrum of functional self defense in your back pocket, ready if you need it.

Hard Target Self Defense Seminar in Edmonton

Effective for law enforcement & security. But designed for a citizen’s perspective.

Our objective is to enhance your survivability in real world confrontation and violence.

We do this with our functional curriculum, developed from over 2 decades of empirical, tried-and-tested training in personal protection, safety, and security.

This has been distilled into one day of self defense training for the everyday person: the Hard Target Seminar.

Seminars are presented in a fun, lively, engaging format while thoroughly preparing you to protect yourself and your loved ones.

"I wouldn't know what to do if something happened."

In a single day, receive immediate-impact, full-spectrum training you can rely on immediately.

  • Feel safer and more confident out in the world, travelling abroad, or just living your life
  • Learn to strategically handle yourself in the face of confrontation with a built-in plan of action
  • Gain more peace of mind knowing the skills you learned in the classroom work in the real world

100% of participants...

100% of participants surveyed felt more confident, empowered, and prepared to defend themselves in a broad range of scenarios after taking this training.

Who takes the Hard Target Seminar?

  • Complete beginners looking for thorough, short-term training in reality-based self defense
  • Professionals working in law enforcement, security, human services, or jobs requiring travel
  • Individuals experiencing a current or potential threat to their safety
  • Families that want to train together and stay safe together
  • Individuals interested in an introduction crash course before becoming Wise Warrior members

It's Not Just WHAT You Learn, But How You Train

We know the training methodology can make or break the effectiveness of the skills you're taught. After more than 2 decades of constant evolution, we know not only what to teach but how to teach it.

Our goal is to pass on a tried-and-tested system using a training methodology that delivers results in the fastest, safest, most direct way.

And we do this while promoting empowerment not fear and while having a whole lot of fun coming together to train.

Generally held on a Saturday or Sunday, 9am-3pm

Who Can Join
Coed, adults, youth, families

Length of Program
Single day, stand-alone workshop

How to Participate
Advanced registration is required.

Contact us to claim our current introduction offer (20% off the seminar)

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Seminar Topics

Use the Whole Self

  • Self Defense is More Than Physical: Learn to use your mind, voice, and body 
  • Instinct & Awareness: Enhancing protection awareness, trusting internal warning radar, threat recognition and fear management
  • Verbal protection tactics: Defensive negotiating postures, verbal defusing techniques, and recognizing verbal set-ups leading to attacks

Environmental Tactics

  • Defend yourself without ever throwing a punch
  • Use your surroundings to even the odds, avoid the attack and get to safety before it escalates to physical violence
  • Escape and evasion, cover, barriers and shields, and improvised weapons

Physical Self Defense Tactics

  • User-friendly and easy to learn
  • Adaptable to the situation
  • Easy to access under the pressure of threat
  • A trained course of action with realistic techniques you can rely on
Legalities, negligence, and excessive force are discussed throughout all programs. Students will be equipped to defend themselves in an ethical, responsible and reasonable manner.

Learn more about our approach to REAL Self Defense, or check out our mission & philosophy.

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Start your Wise Warrior journey. Call us to schedule a free gym tour and class!