Head coach Calen Paine teaches self defense seminar, Wise Warrior Gym in Edmonton
Photo Credit: Zhotoshoots, Edmonton
We Give Individuals & Families the Power of Safety & Personal Protection with Our Proven Self Defense System
Head coach Calen Paine teaches self defense seminar, Wise Warrior Gym in Edmonton
Photo Credit: Zhotoshoots, Edmonton
Do you want to be able to walk through the world confident in your ability to protect yourself and your family?

Do you want instantly-accessible skills to predict, escape, and handle violent confrontations?

For over 25 years, Wise Warrior Gym has designed, tested, and continually-evolved self defense and martial art systems for the real world.

Our REAL Self Defense program is powerful enough for use in law enforcement & security but designed for a citizen’s perspective.

If you're interested in taking control of your safety & becoming a Hard Target for violence with one proven system, click the button below to learn more.

Our students don't just train, they thrive.

Wise Warrior Gym is unique among martial art facilities. We are community-minded with a driving philosophy of health, well-being, effective training, and personal development. Our classes are designed to provide our members with relevant and functional self-defense and sport combat MMA training while advancing self-awareness, personal well-being, fitness, and student camaraderie.
Train Your Body, Train Your Mind: Group Classes, Private Lessons, Seminars
Woman defends against punch, women's self defense classes, Wise Warrior Gym in Edmonton

REAL Self Defense

Break the cycle of fear and powerlessness. You don't have to be an athlete, get your black belt, or even know how to throw a punch. You just need the right training. 

We've trained thousands of everyday citizens of all ages and abilities, plus martial artists, fighters, social workers, security professionals, and law enforcement officers.

Start with our Hard Target Program, one easy, tried-and-tested, no-nonsense self defense system that you can rely on in the real world.

100% of self defense participants surveyed after our training felt more confident, empowered, and prepared to defend themselves in a broad range of scenarios.
Head coach teaching self defense seminar, Wise Warrior Gym in Edmonton

Self Defense Seminars for Your Group

Bring REAL Self Defense to your community, school, business, or organization.

Engage your team with lively, practical self defense seminars. Seminars are suitable for both professional staff training and fun team building events.

You will safely learn a real personal protection system through hands-on training that translates into real protection. Seminars are custom-fit to your group.
Ground fighting and grappling, MMA mixed martial arts classes, Wise Warrior Gym in Edmonton

Mixed Martial Arts

Want to get fit, feel great, and learn real skills? MMA is one of the most engaging, complete, and effective sport combat systems in the world.

MMA students receive superior results across multiple categories of health and fitness, plus a ripple effect of less stress, a stronger sense of calm, and an ongoing enthusiasm for the dynamic training.

Our unique brand of MMA is based on our trademark high-quality training and integrates street-sport, self-defense crossover to give you the best real-world advantage on and off the mats.

We are proud of our friendly, inclusive, ego-free environment that encourages your individual growth, prioritizes safe training, and makes MMA fun and accessible for everyone.
Head coach teaching personal development, self defense seminars and classes, Wise Warrior Gym in Edmonton
Photo Credit: Zhotoshoots, Edmonton
Photo Credit: Zhotoshoots, Edmonton

Martial Arts for the Mind

Have you ever heard the saying, "You are your own worst enemy?" For all our focus on the physical skills of being a warrior, the battle we face most often is the one inside ourselves. 

Martial Arts for the Mind is a one-of-a-kind, functional philosophy program designed to help you cultivate self-awareness and claim conscious control of your life.

Discover philosophical purpose in combative training. Develop a greater understanding of your mental and emotional self. And learn simple tools that will help you get unstuck, break free of old behaviour, and develop clarity, self-mastery, and wisdom.

Professional and Career Training: Security & Human Services

Security Training & Licensing

Gain an advantage in the industry. Start your career as a security professional, refresh existing skills with recertification, or take your first step toward law enforcement.
  • ABST – Alberta Basic Security Training Course
  • AIT – Alberta Investigator’s Training
  • CTSS – Control Tactics and Survival Systems
  • Additional Courses – Verbal Judo, Self Defense, First Aid
Our courses are accredited, Solicitor-General-approvedand taught by certified, highly-knowledgeable instructors with direct experience in the field.

Crisis Intervention & Non-Abusive Restraint

Your clients have the right to respect and dignity; your staff has the right to feel prepared and safe in dealing with client aggression. 

Therapeutic Intervention Prevention Services (TIPS) is the new standard in crisis prevention with the goal of safe, responsible resolution of client aggression and violence.

TIPS is based on reliable behavioral research which has been empirically tested and proven. Training includes proactive preventative skills, verbal de-escalation, safe individual or team escort techniques, and industry-standard, secure, reliable restraints.

Serving Businesses & Organizations in the Community

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Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) logo
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Government of Alberta, Alberta Health logo
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RCMP logo
Costco logo
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Trusted for Over 25 Years

I would highly suggest all advocates with VSU (Victim Services Unit) take this (self defense) class. It was SO informative and very empowering. The instructor, Calen, is amazing. He is not like your typical instructor who tells you what to do and then you do it. He makes sure you have it right and keeps on doing the moves with you until you know how to do it. He is also hilarious, which is a bonus… Kimberly and I partnered up a few times, and we had a blast! The next day I was definitely sore, but it was worth it!! I was looking into taking a self-defense class for a long time (for personal safety reasons) but after seeing this class was available, I didn't hesitate to sign up. I’m so glad I did. Before the class I had zero confidence in my ability to perform such physical actions, but Calen gave us the drive and instilled mental, physical, and emotional faith in us to move forward with everything he taught us. I feel so much more confident that if I’m ever in a situation, I will know how to react. (Hope to God I never have to) but regardless, it’s really good stuff for all women to know. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to attend this! I can’t wait to learn from Calen again.
- Irene A.
I have been a fitness enthusiast all my life. I have played or participated in virtually every sport including the martial 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’ve been practicing martial arts for over 10 years and have been to many different clubs across Edmonton, Canada, and the US, and I place RSDC [now Wise Warrior Gym] among the best. I’ve been training at RSDC for a few years now and every time I come it’s like my first day – full of excitement and anticipation – to learn, grow, and develop as a person and martial artist. On training days I’m often “giddy” and have difficulty hiding the happiness I feel when I know I will be going to the club that day. My wife usually spots this a mile away and frequently comments “Oh, must be a training day!”. If you’re looking for a “home” to grow, learn, and better yourself, I can think of no better place than RSDC.
- Andrew P. LeMoine, CFP, FMA
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 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
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
I have been training at the Real Self Defense Center [now Wise Warrior Gym] 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.
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