Boundaries are fundamental to our emotional, mental, spiritual and physical health and safety. Join host Silvia Smart and THRIVE – with a little help from your boundaries!
What is a boundary? How do boundaries make us safer? What ot
Empowerment Self Defense really works! Find out how Jocelyn Hollander’s research at the University of Oregon is proving this – and so much more! ESD training works not just to keep you safer, though it does that REALLY WELL! It also has positiv
Empowerment Self Defense challenges the status quo, the balance of power, and unconscious biases. It challenges myths and attitudes, cultural norms, and beliefs. It gives participants agency and tools to question power dynamics in society, but
Meet Ariel Estrada, an actor, singer, playwright, arts advocate, director, and producer living in New York City. Ariel’s trajectory, his journey through early childhood challenges, and experiences of racism and abuse as an adult have given him
My guest, Clara Porter, is a one-of-a-kind human being. Clara holds a Master of Social Work Degree and is the director of Prevention. Action. Change. In Maine. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Clara is a nationally certified instr
Meet Wim Wetzel, author of “Surviving Death By A Thousand Cuts”. There are many ways to overcome tough times and trauma. In his book, Wim describes what it was like growing up as the oldest child in a fascinating yet challenging family dynamic.
My guest in this episode is Janessa Jaye Champagne, a Drag Queen living in North Dakota. Janessa is going to introduce us to “stealthing”, through their own experience of it. We’ll find out what it means and how it works. And, as always, you’ll
From Columbine to Sandy Hook and Atlanta to Boulder, these shootings are on the rise and leave us feeling anguished and terrified. Talking about mass shootings and training for such a situation, one of the worst-case scenarios imaginable, is im
Join host, Silvia Smart, and her guest, Julie Belew! Julie’s empowerment journey finds her currently investigating how law enforcement in her town responds to rape survivors. She discovered her unique voice and perspective in “Rape, the Podcast
This is the third in a three-part series. In Episode 19 we met Pam and heard how she survived a dangerous domestic relationship and learned about her frightening and powerful escape. In Episode 20 we got to know Abigail, who married the same ab
Meet Abigail and hear her story of bravery and resilience. This is the second of a three-part series. In the last episode, Part One (Episode #19), we met Pam, who shared how she was manipulated, groomed, and finally escaped with her small child
Meet Pam and hear her story as she shares with us what happened, how she was manipulated, groomed, and tricked into staying. She’s going to point out red flags that popped up along the way, and explain how her awareness grew. We’ll find out wha
Join host, Silvia Smart and her guest, Adriana Li! Get to know Adriana and find out about her Empowerment Self Defense journey. She started off as a student at Impact Boston and has, over the past three years, become an ESD Instructor there. We
Join host Silvia Smart and guest, Katherine White, as they discuss “Victim Blaming” and why we don’t do it! We’ll talk about what it is, how it came about, why it’s so awful, and how it perpetuates the shame cycle relative to sexual assault and
What’s the difference between EMPOWERMENT Self Defense and other schools of self-defense? Join host, Silvia Smart, as she speaks with Martha Thompson, Senior Lead Instructor at Impact Chicago for over 30 years, academic and current NWMAF Self D
Join host Silvia Smart as she interviews Jennifer Hirsch, Professor of Socio-Medical Sciences at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and co-author of “Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power and Assault on Campus” published by WW
Join host Silvia Smart as we spend some time with Py Bateman! Py is one of the original founders of what has become the Empowerment Self Defense Movement. When Py began training Karate, she was one of only a very small handful of women in the m
In part three of this series on domestic violence, we continue to look at behaviors of an abusive person along with warning signs and red flags. We talk about indicators of an unhealthy, potentially dangerous relationship. As a balance to that,
In part two of this series on domestic violence, we look at some of the behaviors of an abusive person. We get specific about warning signs, signals, and “red flags”. By now you know my philosophy, which is that the more you know, the safer you
In this episode, we’re going to look at the basic facts and statistics of Domestic Violence – sometimes called Intimate Partner Violence - to see how sexual assault and violence in relationships affect various populations. We’ll also take a loo
Learn the secret code that unlocks your empowerment! Find out why a good self-defense class can make you more confident, stronger, and freer. In this episode, we start to pick apart the differences between empowerment self-defense programs and
In this episode we talk about the actual words we use and how we can create safety through their application as a self-defense tool. Of all the tools, the voice and our verbal self-defense can go the farthest to prevent unwanted attention and s
In this episode, we’re going to talk about VOICE! We’ll be talking about HOW we use this important and powerful body weapon - in daily life and in our self-defense. We are going to set ourselves up to use it consciously as a self-defense tool,
Meet Marti McCaleb, the Civil Rights and Sexual Assault Coordinator at Middlebury College in Vermont. Her background as a sexual violence survivor, a victim's advocate, a lawyer, and a martial artist make her uniquely qualified for this positio
If and when you decide to initiate a physical fighting response get to know and start to think about the parts of your body you can hit with. Learn about the primary targets and why they are important. If you’ve already taken an empowerment sel
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