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About Wise Warrior Gym & REAL Self Defense
Wise Warrior Gym and REAL Self Defense training facility in Edmonton, Alberta
Not all training is created equal. When done right, the martial arts and combatives are an exceptional vehicle for advancing well-being, health, fitness, and personal development—we specialize in this.

We also believe martial arts should provide real skills that work. This has always been our mandate: To provide the most functional, reality-based, and empirically-tested training using sophisticated teaching methodologies. We don't waste your time with training that doesn't hold up in the face of real-world confrontation and violence.

Established in 1995, Wise Warrior Gym serves the community with self defense, mixed martial arts, weapons training, accredited security courses, crisis intervention training, and personal development. 

We accommodate youth to senior age groups, all skill levels (beginner to advanced) and all fitness levels (out of shape to athletic) in a fun, friendly, inclusive atmosphere with a strong community spirit.

We've got our programs down to an art and a science and are constantly evolving our relevant, functional, and safe training.

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Wise Warrior Gym and REAL Self Defense training facility in Edmonton, Alberta
Head Self Defense and MMA Instructor, Calen Paine
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Calen Paine | Owner & Head Coach
Head Self Defense and MMA Instructor, Calen Paine
Calen Paine has been featured in:
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I'm Calen Paine, founder and director of Wise Warrior Gym.

I aim to bring enthusiasm to my teaching to facilitate greater enjoyment and improve student retention and results. The world of violence can be dark and ugly, but effective training doesn't have to be.

I've coupled my lifelong martial arts background with ongoing courses in security, personal development, psychology, coaching, and communications.

I've taught hundreds of seminars to security professionals, social services workers, Victim Services units, women's groups, schools, and other businesses and organizations, as well as ongoing group classes for over 25 years. My favourite thing to hear a student say at the end of class is, "I love being here," or "I don't want to go home."

I'm incredibly grateful that my vocation gives me the opportunity to meet cool people, travel, have a life-changing impact on others, and pay back at least a fraction of what my own mentors have given to me.
 

Wise Warrior in the Community: A partial list of clients we have served

Police & 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 & 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
 

Educational

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 & 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 & Groups

Edmonton church groups
Edmonton Trail Runners
 

International

Father John Bosco Catholic Services, Kitale, Kenya
Women's self defense instructor training, Quito, Ecuador
 
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