Celebrity Self-defense & Fitness Trainer

Avital Zeisler, the creator of The Soteria Method® is a world-renowned hand-to-hand combat expert that has transformed the lives of women from all walks of life. This includes everyone from Hollywood actors like Amanda Seyfried and Keri Russell, to corporate executives, and those struggling to overcome trauma. 

Avital began her exploration of self-defense to overcome the trauma associated with experiencing violence and sexual assault. After studying and teaching Krav Maga, Avital consulted with neuroscientists, military personnel, law enforcement officials, security specialists, psychologists and victims of abuse from around the world. 

Avital's dedication to helping others prevent, survive and overcome the trauma associated with violence and sexual assault led her to create The Soteria Method—a unique practice of self-defense, fitness and self-discovery that arms practitioners with the tools to create, live and protect a life they love. 

Over the years, Avital's mission of inspiring other women to embrace a holistic approach to self-defense has led to her recognition as a globally sought after personal security consultant and celebrity self-defense and fitness trainer. Avital is a Penguin Random House author and has shared her unique fusion of fitness and striking in her first book, Weapons of Fitness®. She is also a keynote speaker and has spoken in front of thousands of people spreading her message of health, safety and empowerment.

She has been featured on media outlets worldwide including The New York Times, GLAMOUR, ELLE, The Sunday Times and is a recurring security segment consultant for Fox News, Good Morning America, and the Today Show. She also does combat movement consulting for film/television and has prepared actors for shows including: The Americans (FX), The Blacklist (NBC), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC) and more. 

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