30 episodes

Interrupting the Cycle Violence through Self Defense

Research proves that empowerment self-defense programs work. Participants are less fearful, more aware of their boundaries, and are able to speak up sooner when faced with manipulative or threatening situations. Furthermore, for those who have experienced trauma in the past, evidence shows that empowerment self-defense training can interrupt the cycle of violence and decrease the likelihood of a future assault. Join host, Silvia Smart in this safe space. With over three decades on the frontlines, she’ll give you all the skills and knowledge you need to live your most fearless and empowered life!

The Empowerment Podcast By Naga theempowermentproject

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Interrupting the Cycle Violence through Self Defense

Research proves that empowerment self-defense programs work. Participants are less fearful, more aware of their boundaries, and are able to speak up sooner when faced with manipulative or threatening situations. Furthermore, for those who have experienced trauma in the past, evidence shows that empowerment self-defense training can interrupt the cycle of violence and decrease the likelihood of a future assault. Join host, Silvia Smart in this safe space. With over three decades on the frontlines, she’ll give you all the skills and knowledge you need to live your most fearless and empowered life!

    Boundaries!

    Boundaries!

    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!


    Find out:


    What is a boundary? How do boundaries make us safer? What other reasons make them important? What does a boundary have to do with empowerment self-defense? How do you know where yours begin and end? How do you set a boundary? How do you make your boundaries known and how do you enforce them?


    This is the good stuff! Enjoy!


    Special thanks to my producer/editor, Henry Smart-Denson


    Support this important work:


    Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/silviasmart


    Donate through my website: https://nagacommunity.com/product/support-the-empowerment-podcast-by-naga/


    Thank you!


    Join “The Empowerment Project” Group on Facebook. For everyone’s safety, please know that if you don’t answer the questions, we will not accept you into the group.


    #theempowermentpodcast, #theempowermentproject, #emowermentselfdefense, #selfdefense, #nagacommunity, #boundaries


    Connect with Silvia: www.nagacommunity.com/contact


    Evoke Episode – Enmeshment (https://open.spotify.com/episode/1rRlbljITSRxy6Q0hQAY48?si=av5mL_PnQMyezO6gbvfXTQ&dl_branch=1)

    • 29 min
    Empowerment Self Defense Works!

    Empowerment Self Defense Works!

    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 positive impacts that reach far beyond your class. Participants report being empowered in a variety of different areas of their personal and professional lives.


    Here’s proof that Empowerment Self Defense keeps participants safer and changes lives and the balance of power.


    Join me and my guest, Jocelyn Hollander as we discuss her research methods and findings on the efficacy of ESD and so much more! Jocelyn is a professor at the University of Oregon. Researching the efficacy of ESD has become her life’s work. She’s got fantastic information and perspective! Enjoy!


    Find out more:


    Jocelyn at the U of O: https://sociology.uoregon.edu/profile/jocelynh/


    Jocelyn’s Web Page:


    https://jocelynhollander.com/


     


    #theempowermentpodcastbynaga, #nagacommunity, @nagacommunity @nagamartialarts #esd, #empowermentselfdefense


     


    Special thanks to my producer/editor, Henry Smart-Denson


     


    Support this important work:


    Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/silviasmart


    Donate through my website: https://nagacommunity.com/product/support-the-empowerment-podcast-by-naga/


    Thank you!


    Join “The Empowerment Project” Group on Facebook. For everyone’s safety, please know that if you don’t answer the questions, we will not accept you into the group.

    • 29 min
    Why in the World is There Resistance to Empowerment Self Defense Training?

    Why in the World is There Resistance to Empowerment Self Defense Training?

    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 also in their intimate relationships. Because of this, and myriad other reasons as well, there is a great deal of resistance on the part of both individuals and institutions to taking and offering Empowerment Self Defense Programs.


    Join me and my guest, Jocelyn Hollander as we dissect and pull apart the various hurdles and obstacles people and institutions raise as reasons to NOT take or offer ESD classes. Jocelyn is a professor at the University of Oregon. Researching the efficacy of ESD has become her life’s work. She’s got so much great insight! Enjoy!


    https://jocelynhollander.com/


    #empowermentselfdefense


    #theempowermentpodcastbynaga


     


    Special thanks to my producer/editor, Henry Smart-Denson


     


    Support this important work:


    Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/silviasmart


    Donate through my website: https://nagacommunity.com/product/support-the-empowerment-podcast-by-naga/


    Thank you!


    Join “The Empowerment Project” Group on Facebook. For everyone’s safety, please know that if you don’t answer the questions, we will not accept you into the group.

    • 39 min
    Ariel Estrada: Finding Empowerment Through Creativity, Artistry and Self Defense

    Ariel Estrada: Finding Empowerment Through Creativity, Artistry and Self Defense

    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 a unique perspective on healing and empowerment.


    One of many cool things about Ariel? He uses his artistry and talent to create healing for himself and others. He is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Leviathan Lab and wrote his one-man show, “Full Contact”:


    “What does it mean to have a body? Ariel Estrada investigates his experiences as a 20-year survivor of a brutal martial arts cult, interweaving his Filipino father’s immigrant story with his own coming-of-age as a gay man at the height of the AIDS crisis. Through these histories, he brings to life the emotional battle between father and son, and his ongoing battle to take pride in himself as a gay Filipino American man against all odds.”


    Ariel and I trained martial arts together and experienced the same weird and abusive cult-like dynamics simultaneously. We both left, got out, and cut ties independently of one another. But then, we found our way back to friendship as we were both processing what happened years later. It’s been really great to reconnect.


    arielestrada.com 


    leviathanlab.com


    arielestradadesign.com


     


    #theempowermentpodcastbynaga


    #empowermentselfdefense


    #nagacommunity


     


    Special thanks to my producer/editor, Henry Smart-Denson


     


    Support this important work:


    Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/silviasmart


    Donate through my website: https://nagacommunity.com/product/support-the-empowerment-podcast-by-naga/


    Thank you!


    Join “The Empowerment Project” Group on Facebook. For everyone’s safety, please know that if you don’t answer the questions, we will not accept you into the group.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Clara Porter: Empowerment Self Defense as a Means to Healing from Trauma

    Clara Porter: Empowerment Self Defense as a Means to Healing from Trauma

    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 instructor in Empowerment Self Defense. She is also certified through the Center for Anti-Violence Education.


    Clara has worked as an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at the University of New England. She was the Coordinator of Interpersonal Violence Prevention at the University of Southern Maine and was the Executive Director at the Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine before focusing full-time on Prevention. Action. Change.


    Clara is certified in Advanced Trauma First Aide, and has extensive experience working with organizations and people of all ages including folks with physical, mental/emotional, and developmental challenges.


    Clara’s Website:


    https://pacmaine.com/


    @nagacommunity, @silviasmart, #empowermentselfdefense #theempowermentpodcastbynaga


     


    Special thanks to my producer/editor, Henry Smart-Denson


     


    Support this important work:


    Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/silviasmart


    Donate through my website: https://nagacommunity.com/product/support-the-empowerment-podcast-by-naga/


    Thank you!


    Join “The Empowerment Project” Group on Facebook. For everyone’s safety, please know that if you don’t answer the questions, we will not accept you into the group.

    • 39 min
    Interview with Wim Wetzel, author of ”Surviving Death By A Thousand Cuts”

    Interview with Wim Wetzel, author of ”Surviving Death By A Thousand Cuts”

    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. War, immigration to the US, a family Martial Arts school, discipline beyond the pale and more wartime service, provide a backdrop to Wim’s journey of healing and redemption. Host, Silvia Smart reads excerpts from the book and finds out from Wim how “don’t give up ever, no matter what life throws at you” has become his message of empowerment and hope.


    #theempowermentpodcastbynaga, #empowermentselfdefense, @NagaMartialArts, @NagaCommunity


     


    Wim Wetzel’s Book “Surviving Death By A Thousand Cuts”: https://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Death-Thousand-Cuts-Wetzel/dp/0463558634


     


    Special thanks to my producer/editor, Henry Smart-Denson


     


    Support this important work:


    Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/silviasmart


    Donate through my website: https://nagacommunity.com/product/support-the-empowerment-podcast-by-naga/


    Thank you!


    Join “The Empowerment Project” Group on Facebook. For everyone’s safety, please know that if you don’t answer the questions, we will not accept you into the group.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

AliceKAT57 ,

Ali

I especially love The Empowerment Project podcasts because Silvia has empathy, power, and grace in her interviews. The guests and Silvia have a wealth of information about the subjects and truly serve at the highest level! Thank you!🌞🌞🌞🌞❤️❤️❤️❤️

1sttimeplyr ,

Amazing

Silvia’s storytelling and those she invites onto the podcast provide wildly empathetic, raw, and important lessons on how to protect yourself. As a sixth degree black belt she is quick to remind listeners that protecting yourself is not just a physical altercation to get away from a threat but one part emotional experience, one part preparation, and one part communication. The Silvia cocktail is all about preparing to protect yourself and take control of your situation (financial, emotional, or physical). This podcast is for everyone (~15 ). There are some episodes on traumatic experiences (i.e. sexual abuse, or domestic violence) but they are handled with extreme care. Silvia is quick to remind listeners to “take a deep breath” during particularly raw episodes which is greatly appreciated.

These are important conversations for everyone. Thank you Silvia! Keep up the excellent work.

harryotter99 ,

Powerful

As a man who is involved in self defense and who has found himself and those he loves in danger, this voice is refreshing and powerful and makes me feel like I am not alone. I hope to share this with others to make them all feel this immense sense of communal safety and strength I feel through listening.

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