About Devi Protective Offense and Mommy & Me Self Defense

Devi Protective Offense is the study of dealing with adversity, of high-speed problem solving, of projecting and reaching goals. It’s the study of disarming bad situations, of survival, perseverance and awareness, of dynamic rather than passive living.

Preparing for life-threatening emergencies wakes up a part of our brain we rarely use, sharpens thought processes and prepares us for all manners of adversity.

The concepts it’s necessary to study in order to become fluent in the language of safety will make you more effective in any situation that requires you to make split second decisions with lasting ramifications.

The thing about violence is, it’s somehow a microcosm for everything we do. It’s so much a part of our world that understanding it clarifies human behavior.

A person who understands violence is at liberty to see it before it occurs and to make choices.

Understanding violence and being prepared for sudden emergencies will help remove some of the fear and apprehension from your life.

Protective Offense is a more active term meant to replace the legal term Self Defense. Protective Offense implies offense for the purpose of self defense. Think offense as in chess, preparing several steps ahead, seeing things before they happen. 

Protective Offense skills are not just a collection of physical techniques, but a compete three dimensional picture of how we interact with the world. These skills can enhance our lives on all levels while keeping us out of trouble and helping us get out if we find ourselves in a jam.

The Live and Online Workshops, DVDs and CDs cover physical and mental techniques specific to women's bodies, clothing and habits.

Other programs by Devi Protective Offense focus on training for women, college girls, instructors of women's self defense and moms with young children to protect.

Mommy & Me Self Defense (MMSD) is a comprehensive mental and physical study series dedicated to Moms and the babies and toddlers who depend on them to be educators and protectors. It is comprised of a starter CD or Audio Download that imparts basic knowledge, and continues by group Workshop or a personally focused Phone Consultation series to ascertain your specific strengths and vulnerabilities. 

Self defense is a great excuse to learn crucial life skills.

Protective Offense is something young women could greatly benefit from were it taught in college or even high school; a way for a woman to learn to see danger coming and to hone her understanding of how a predator sees her.

"Women require different answers, in fact, the questions are different altogether. The kind of danger women face and the ways they are attacked suggest the need for more insight into their lives and the way they function rather than the grafting of men's self defense techniques onto classes for women."
~ Teja Van Wicklen 

Women need a true to life, evolving system that answers questions specific to them. It's time they get it.

If you're interested in learning Devi Protective Offense or Mommy & Me Self Defense, check out our Workshops PageBuy a CD or DVD, read our MommyBlog, Instructors Blog, find Devi Protective Offense on Facebookfind Mommy & Me Self Defense on Facebookor  Contact Us.


About Teja Van Wicklen - Founder, Head Trainer

Teja Van Wicklen, Founder

"I see martial arts as a tool box for life.  A way to care for my family, set and achieve goals, and live at the highest personal level possible. " ~ Teja Van Wicklen

The Devi Protective Group was created by 25 year veteran martial artist, personal trainer, edged weapons instructor and EMT, Teja Van Wicklen to dispel common myths about women's self defense and bring it into the 21st Century.

came up with the idea for Devi Protective Offense and Mommy & Me Self Defense as an answer to empowerment and self defense while pregnant and sick. The idea evolved as Teja grew in to motherhood and found herself distracted, exhausted and with limited time to continue her martial arts training. In analyzing modern self defense, she discovered it was demonstrably lacking in real answers for women and moms.

"I created the Devi Protective Group out of frustration with the status quo," Teja says. "Safety begins with your individual outlook and how you position yourself in the world, not with a kick or punch."

The system is a lifestyle that encourages women with busy lives to prepare, plan and be ready for anything.

"All my life I was physically strong and very athletic, it wasn't until a difficult pregnancy and a series of illnesses and surgeries in my late 30s that I began to look at martial arts in a new way. Really, I like to say my infant son came up with the idea for the company. Holding him and feeling how fragile he was really scared me out of complacency. It caused me to rethink all my training."

Teja grew up in New York City's East Village with a passion for the arts. She attended PS41 and then IS70 where she learned to duck and run from various thrown objects. At IS70 Teja graduated two weeks early due to gang activity.

Teja hit her stride at the High School of Art and Design in Mid-Town where she studied theater arts and graphic design. She credits A&D for the best four years of her life up til then and for lifelong friends. After Art and Design Teja attended the School of Visual Arts for filmmaking and received a BFA.

Teja began studying martial arts at 15 years old and it quickly became a staple in her life. The training gave her a focus, a social group and a sense of strength and accomplishment. Training also led to competition which resulted in a number of trophies.

Teja Van Wicklen Flying Side Kick City ViewTeja has trained in the martial arts for over 25 years and is skilled in a wide range of styles including Sayoc Kali, Taekwondo and Tai Chi. Sayoc Kali is a Filipino tribal art specializing in edged weapons, survival training and martial science. Teja credits the head of the system, Christopher C. Sayoc, with many life-changing lessons. She thanks him for teaching her to ask questions all the time, for pushing her to the reaches of exhaustion and fear and even farther, for showing her that martial arts is the study of just about everything and, most importantly, for providing the seed that became Devi Protective Offense and Mommy & Me Self Defense.

Prior to creating Devi, Teja was hired as an instructor at Tactical Awareness to co-run their Woman Warrior camp alongside 24-year veteran Navy SEAL, Michael Jaco. The camp was created to empower women to learn self protection and wilderness survival. Teja was also the only woman certified as an instructor at Sayoc Tactical Group, a company which instructs military and law enforcement personnel in the correct use of edged weapons.

Teja is a certified personal trainer with over 15 years of experience at New York City gyms and health clubs like the New York Health & Racquet Club and New York Sports. She also assisted at an office for physical therapy to stretch her understanding of injury and safe training techniques.

Teja is proud to have become an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) in 2011 alongside an outstanding group of trainees who struggled through the highest number of training hours and the largest amount of material in EMT history at the time.

Throughout her life, Teja has been fortunate enough to be able to combine her visual and martial arts skills. She managed GO!, a martial arts production company that created and implemented staged stunt performances for major events and meetings worldwide. Over the course of seven years, GO! performed at the Star Wars: Attack of the Clones Premiere, The Matrix: Reloaded Premiere, the Tribeca Film Festival, Madison Square Garden for the New York Knicks and the Japan Pavilion at Disney's Epcot Center. Teja has also trained actors for independent films and assisted in choreographing fight sequences for films like The Hunted (starring Benicio Del Toro and Tommy Lee Jones) and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (starring Sam Rockwell, Julia Roberts and George Clooney).

Early on Teja was a sports model for major magazines and TV commercials and was interviewed for ESPN, Good Day New York and Mademoiselle magazine among others, which is where all the photos below come from.

Devi Protective Group is the culmination of Teja's dreams and aspirations. She hopes the company and its programs will help curtail the world culture of violence against women.


Teja Van Wicklen, Walking Magazine  Teja Van Wicklen, Madmoiselle Magazine  
 Teja and Massimo TaeKwonDo Teja Magazine Cover   
Teja Magazine Article   Teja by Demian Lichtenstein  

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