Self Defense

Self-Defense: Creating, Living & Protecting a Life You Love | Avital Zeisler | TEDxSevenMileBeach

Once a victim of a violent sexual assault, Avital Zeisler chose to “attack back” by learning Self Defense. She embarked on a journey that led her to become an internationally known hand-to-hand combat instructor. Yet, despite her success, she struggled to break through the negativity and pain of her trauma. At her lowest moment, she made a discovery that challenged her to redefine self-defense, ultimately saving her life and the lives of others.

Avital Zeisler is a hand-to-hand combat expert, author, women’s empowerment coach, and creator of The Soteria Method™ – a unique practice of self-defense, fitness and self-discovery that has transformed the lives of women from all walks of life. Originally a professional dancer trained at The National Ballet School of Canada, she began her exploration of self-defense to overcome the trauma associated with experiencing violence and sexual assault.
Avital is the creator of Weapons of Fitness™, “the workout program that could save your life”, while sculpting your ultimate body. She works with a wide range of groups, corporations and celebrities for self-defense, fitness and empowerment instruction. Avital has lead numerous workshops for women in the Cayman Islands and as a result has ignited a love for Cayman. She brought The Soteria Method to the Cayman Islands in summer 2015.

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