Theresa grew up in
Caracas, Venezuela and traveled
extensively throughout Central and South America. Her exceptional
bilingual abilities have provided her with many experiences as teacher,
interpreter, translator, job developer, and cultural consultant for
clients doing business with Hispanic populations. Theresa is versed in varying aspects of entrepreneurship,
social media marketing, martial arts, fitness, self-defense, and
Theresa Ortega has conducted speaking services for
such entities as H & R Block, Catholic Charities Cuban Special
Placement Program, Catholic Charities Food Bank, Columbia House, Indiana
State University, local and Federal courts, the PanAmerican Games as
well as numerous regional projects.
Theresa is a First Degree Black Belt in
Taekwondo, has served as an instructor for toddlers to adults, designed
methods that increased ProShop sales dramatically, and has successfully
operated her own martial arts business for more than 17 years. Theresa
writes a monthly newsletter about martial arts, boxing and fitness, is often
quoted for her martial arts knowledge and she loves to promote
martial arts events.
service and niche marketing expertise were featured in "Retail
Focus", the National Sporting Goods Association's member magazine.
The National Main Street "Shop Main Street" initiative elected
her website as a "unique and interesting shop that makes Main
Streets great" and was featured on the shopmainstreet.org
shopping website in 2006. In September 2007, Kamikaze Karate was
featured in Entrepreneur
Magazine for Theresa's innovative use of cultural holidays such as
Confucius' Birthday and Chinese New Year in her retail store. Read
her interview here.
She has served as consultant for other martial arts
businesses to help maximize their unique services and products, and has
many interesting topics available for workshops and presentations for
private, civic, and corporate groups.
Her interest in the practical applications of
handwriting analysis led her to study this topic. Theresa has made
presentations to thousands of people in business groups, trade associations,
university business fraternities, college crowds, and has been a
frequent guest on radio and TV shows analyzing handwriting
"live". Read how Theresa combines martial arts, Spanish
instruction to law enforcement, and handwriting analysis in this
interview with the Indiana
In June of 2007, Theresa was recognized as a Certified
Handwriting Analyst by Handwriting University in Dallas, Texas after
completing written and oral certification testing.
Theresa was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of
Fame in April 2009, as "Female Taekwondo Stylist of the Year"
and "Business Leader of the Year".
In October 2009 at the annual Pacific Island Gathering event in
Chicago, Grandmaster Jerson "Nene" Tortal of the Philippines
presented Theresa with a certificate as "Honorary Guru" for
her "selfless work and talent shown to preserve the Tortal Family
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Theresa combined her love for martial
arts and handwriting analysis in her new website, handwritingsensei.com.
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In June 2010, Theresa was the first non-fire or
police officer ever certified by Public
Safety Language Training to teach Tactical Spanish to Law
Enforcement. You can read
about the officers and dispatchers taking her course. Theresa's
class gained attention in the IFLTA (Indiana
Foreign Language Teachers' Association) newsletter. (Page 8)
Saturday was the first year for an event to promote shopping at
small, locally-owned businesses, an effort spearheaded by American
Express. Theresa was the first and only merchant in downtown Terre Haute
to participate. Check out Theresa's
interview about it on NBC2.
In February 2012, Indiana State University Magazine
did an extensive article about Theresa's work with handwriting analysis, language
instruction, and her martial arts store.
In April 2012, Theresa was once again an Inductee into
the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, this time as the "Most
Supportive Martial Artist of the Year" for all of her work
promoting the martial arts.
In December 2012, Theresa presented a workshop in conjunction
with Dr. Thomas Rea, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Director of
Psychological Services for Terre Haute Regional Hospital, for the
"Dine With A Doc" event. Theresa
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program press release or the event
out Theresa's interview with Coach
Jeanna on BlogTalkRadio. Jeanna's listeners ask some great
questions about handwriting analysis.
In April 2013, Theresa was interviewed for a national
article about cursive handwriting and provided the video sidebar
for the piece.
In June 2013, Theresa was certified as Indiana's
first Certified Cursive Coach after training with Iris Hatfield,
designer of the New
American Cursive program.
In March 2014, Theresa was honored to be asked to take part in the
TED Conference 2014 Simulcast. Members of the American Handwriting
Analysis Foundation staffed the main site in Vancouver, Canada and the
simulcast site at Target Commercial Interiors HQ in Minneapolis, MN, in
support of Target's TED Conference theme, "Write The Next
Chapter". Theresa and another analyst analyzed 725 samples from
conference attendees during the weeklong event.
Theresa has spent a lot of time on TV talking about handwriting,
analyzing handwriting, and promoting handwriting events such as National
Handwriting Day on NBC-2's Good
Day Live in 2015 (video).
In October 2016, Theresa was invited by SOMEGRAF
(Mexican Society for Scientific Graphology) to speak to an international
gathering of psychologists, educators, therapists and forensic
handwriting analysts about the Campaign
for CursiveŽ mounted by the American
Handwriting Analysis Foundation and its supporters. Theresa
presented two lectures; the first one about the Campaign for CursiveŽ
itself, how it was formed, and how Mexico and other countries could
mount their own campaign to return cursive writing instruction to their
public schools; the second presentation was about AHAF's white paper "The
Truth About Cursive Handwriting: Why It Matters in a Digital Age"
and the compiled research included in the document, most of which has
taken place in the U.S. and pointing to the importance of writing by
Theresa continues to study with the American
Handwriting Analysis Foundation, to hone her skills and learn more
about this complex and fascinating topic.
Theresa always entertains audiences with her energetic
and unique presentation style!
You can contact her via email at email@example.com