Wesley Manko is the Founder and President of DEFENSEWORKS and one of America’s foremost personal safety and self-defense experts. A former private investigator, he provides personal safety programs and self-defense workshops for corporations, non-profit organizations and individuals. He is also a faculty member of Mount Mary College where he is the Professor of women’s self-defense. He has also taught at Marquette University, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Edgewood College and Gateway Technical College.
His academic background consists of college degrees in Police Science and Criminal Justice as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Since 1973, he has trained in numerous martial arts including Police Defensive Tactics, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, Fencing, Boxing, Chin-Na, Tai Chi Chuan, Aiki-Jitsu, Ninkage Ryu - Ninjutsu, Chinese Kempo, Ryu Kyu Kempo- Kyusho-Jitsu, Combat Hapkido and Systema. He currently is a Certified Systema – Russian Martial Art instructor, which he teaches to the public at various locations.
Some of his clients include U.S. Marines, Army Rangers, Fortune 500 companies, domestic abuse prevention organizations, college students, sororities, teachers, families, girl scouts, and security and law enforcement professionals. In 2005, Mr. Manko was awarded a citation from the Wisconsin State Assembly for teaching violence prevention and realistic self-defense.
Mr. Manko has been published in Black Belt Magazine, Self-Defense for Women Magazine, At LAW, as well as other national and local periodicals. He has also appeared as a self-defense expert on CBS, ABC, MPTV, WTMJ and FOX TV local affiliates as well as a number of local and international radio programs.
His latest book is called How to be Safe No Matter What and is available for purchase after his presentation. Please give a warm welcome to Wes Manko.
Mr. Todd Nilson, Employment Manager, SPR, Inc. "My coworkers and I were tremendously impressed with your semi-private lessons given at our workplace. Your ability to communicate self-defense concepts is truly phenomenal."
State Representative Marlin Schneider
"This course should be part of every in service training for every teacher in Wisconsin."
Jan Koloen, Policy Analyst "More fun and useful information than any other self-defense I've ever taken."
Thomas Gualandi, Major, United States Marine Corps
"As a Marine Corps Officer I was looking for something to complement our martial arts training, instead I have found a style that in many ways surpasses it! Even if you never expect to fight, I would still recommend Systema for focus and balance."