38 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

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

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!

    Zero Tolerance

    Zero Tolerance

    Are you ready to set a Zero Tolerance Policy? Is another person’s behavior toward you hurtful, demeaning, disrespectful, or downright threatening? In this episode, we contemplate our tolerance levels for others’ behaviors. We think through becoming ready to make a boundary and draw a line: to have “Zero Tolerance”. We look at the planning and preparation needed to ensure we set ourselves up for the greatest success possible.
    Hear two stories: one that illustrates a “mushy” policy and one that illustrates “Zero Tolerance”. Explore an example with host, Silvia Smart. Hear about the “Zero Tolerance Policy” of the NBA and yes, her favorite team, The Portland Trailblazers as they’ve codified it into expectations of fans at games.
     Connect with Silvia
    Special thanks to my editor, Collin Taber (@that2ndtaberkid)
    Resources:
    National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
    National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
     
    Support this important work:
    Buy Me a Coffee
    Donate through my website
    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, #theempowermentpodcastybynaga, #emowermentselfdefense, #selfdefense, #nagacommunity, #zerotolerance, #blazers, #trailblazers, #portlandtrailblazers

    • 34 min
    Blowback: What it is and How to Handle it

    Blowback: What it is and How to Handle it

    Blowback is another person’s reaction when you reclaim your power, take up your space, set boundaries and make changes in your life. Blowback comes in a large variety of sizes and shapes and can look and feel many different ways. Ultimately, it’s about the other person trying to maintain the status quo. It’s their way of trying to keep the power dynamic between you from changing.
    Like all of our self-defense, the level of blowback will vary up and down the continuum of assault and violence. When you know it’s coming and can plan and prepare for it, you get to practice handling it. This practice helps you respond to blowback when the stakes are higher or if it comes as a surprise.
    You have every right to claim your space, set boundaries, and step into your power. Here are some thoughts about blowback and some tools for your self-defense toolkit to deal with it when it happens to you.
    Chances are good that as you set boundaries and step into empowerment, you WILL get blowback. So be prepared! You’ve got this!
     
    Connect with Silvia
    Special thanks to my editor, Collin Taber (@that2ndtaberkid)
    Resources:
    National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
    National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
    Support this important work:
    Buy Me a Coffee
    Donate through my website
    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, #theempowermentpodcastybynaga, #emowermentselfdefense, #selfdefense, #nagacommunity, #blowback

    • 21 min
    Listener Questions: What Should I Do if I See Someone Being Followed?

    Listener Questions: What Should I Do if I See Someone Being Followed?

    Listeners ask questions. Let’s discuss: What should I do if I see someone being followed or pursued? Do I help? If so, HOW do I help? Here’s a quick episode to talk you through some options.
     
    Support this important work:
    Buy Me a Coffee
    Donate through my website
    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, #theempowermentpodcastybynaga, #emowermentselfdefense, #selfdefense, #nagacommunity,
    Connect with Silvia
    Special thanks to my editor, Collin Taber (@that2ndtaberkid)
    Resources:
    National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
    National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

    • 21 min
    Boys and Young Men are Assaulted Too – Interview with a Survivor

    Boys and Young Men are Assaulted Too – Interview with a Survivor

    Meet survivor, Jake Sinclair as he and host Silvia Smart, discuss what happened, what it was like, how he has dealt with it, how he’s found healing, and what his life is like today. According to RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), one out of every ten rape victims is male and about 3% - or 1 in 33 – American men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
    Listeners, please be advised that this episode contains strong language and content, and adjust your listening accordingly.
     
    Connect with Silvia
    Special thanks to my editor, Collin Taber (@that2ndtaberkid)
    Resources:
    National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
    National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
     
    Support this important work:
    Buy Me a Coffee
    Donate through my website
    Thank you!
    Join “The Empowerment Project Community” 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, #theempowermentpodcastybynaga, #emowermentselfdefense, #selfdefense, #nagacommunity,

    • 52 min
    Decolonization and Empowerment Self Defense. An Interview with Magdalena Dircio Diaz

    Decolonization and Empowerment Self Defense. An Interview with Magdalena Dircio Diaz

    Colonization is all around us and even lives inside of us. We can find it right now as we look at our politics, power, spirituality, daily life, families, and relationships— it’s literally everywhere. How do we become aware of it? And once we see it, how do we start to pull it apart?
    Join this interesting and wide-ranging discussion about decolonization and what it takes to deconstruct the predominant cultural and social paradigm. It’s personal, it’s lived and it’s ours to become aware of and to move through. As people who are interested in empowerment and self-defense, how does this important topic impact the way we show up for ourselves and for others?
    ABOUT OUR GUEST: Magdalena Diaz works at the Office of Student Affairs at Cal State. She grew up undocumented which had a huge impact on her family life, her education and the choices available to her. Hear the story about a moment that changed the trajectory of her career and propelled her forward in her empowerment journey.
    Book Recommendation: The Revolution Starts at Home
    Find Magdalena: @soulwarriors_esd
    Special thanks to my producer, Collin Taber (@that2ndtaberkid, collintaber@gmail.com)
    Support this important work:
    Buy Me a Coffee 
    Donate through my website 
    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, #decolonization
    Connect with Silvia 

    • 53 min
    Coercion Part 2: Build Your Resiliency to Sexual Coercion with Justine Halliwill

    Coercion Part 2: Build Your Resiliency to Sexual Coercion with Justine Halliwill

    What does coercion look, feel and sound like when it’s used in intimate settings - when we are often at our most vulnerable? How do you build your awareness of and resilience to it? What self-defense tools will you want to have stashed in your self-defense toolkit to deal with sexual coercion? Join host Silvia Smart and her guest, Justine Halliwill from the University of Oregon where she teaches self-defense. In Part 2 of this two-part series, we take a look at coercion, your sexuality, and strategies you can use to prevent sexual assault and keep yourself safe.
    Special thanks to my editor, Azucena Melchor!
    Here is one link to all the resources mentioned in this episode, the podcasts, videos and PDFs. All in one spot!
     
    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, #coercion, #justinehalliwill
     
    Connect with Silvia: www.nagacommunity.com/contact

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 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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