Avital Zeisler is a self-defense expert and motivational speaker. This once professional dancer, who trained at the National Ballet School of Canada, overcame the trauma of an assault, leading her to re-define self-defense for herself and other women. After studying self-defense in Israel, she began her career as a hand to hand combat instructor, specializing in Krav Maga, the self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces. In addition to her street self defense training, Avital also has a strong foundation in the martial arts. This includes: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. Avital has had the privilege of working with military personnel, law enforcement and security specialists around the world. Avital’s work and teaching experience covers a wide range of specialized topics including: Close Quarter Civilian Protection, Violence Prevention Tactics, Security Operational Planning & Consulting, and Military Style Athletic Conditioning. In addition to her self-defense instruction, Avital is a certified ACE (American Council of Exercise) personal fitness trainer.
Avital brings a unique and authentic approach to self-defense when taught to women. Avital strongly endorses the concept that all individuals should have the knowledge to protect themselves. In this regard, she has developed her signature self defense training system known as The Soteria Method.™ Her system brings women a unique and exclusive method of self-defense, fitness and empowerment - as a guide towards living life to it’s fullest, while being armed with the knowledge to defend themselves mentally and physically against a violent threat or attack. The Soteria Method™ offers several types of programs including: Corporate Seminars, Public Workshops and Community and School Programs. Avital travels globally to bring her program to women everywhere.
Avital also trains and works with several actors for their roles on popular television shows such as The Blacklist (NBC), The Americans (FX Network), and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.(ABC).
So whether teaching a corporate seminar to executives, introducing a group of high school girls to self defense or sharing her knowledge on The Huffington Post, Avital strongly endorses the concept that women take charge of their safety; thus affording women the ability to live and protect their best life. She lives her life as a testament to her belief that trauma can be overcome in a positive and meaningful way.