Teneo to cherish, endure, grasp, possess, maintain
Effrenus wild, unrestrained, unchecked, unbridled
Katafractarius armored soldier

In essence, teneo effrenus katafractarius (tek for short) means everything to me. People are always going to try to change you, break you, or make you into something you aren’t or don’t want to be.

Individually, each word isn’t necessarily spectacular, but combined, it refers to an individual’s will to defy those who would oppress him or her.

It’s only in facing intimidation and oppression that one develops the true sense of who they really are. TEK involves fighting for who you are and to always remain free against adversity.

That in a nutshell is Teneo Effrenus Katafractarius.