The Empowerment Podcast – Episode 1

In this introductory podcast, meet host Silvia Smart. Find out why she is considered an expert in the field of self-defense. She’ll talk about her background, her education and the experiences that led to this project.

Find out what Smart’s mission is in this groundbreaking podcast and what her plans are for future episodes. Discover the important role power dynamics play in the field of self-defense. Join Smart as she shares her thoughts along with research, books, and stories to illustrate her points. Listen along as she lays the groundwork to get us on the same page and build a common language for her listeners.

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The Empowerment Podcast – Episode 2

In this episode, join host Silvia Smart to look at the Continuum of Sexual Assault and Violence. Using this continuum is a way of calling out perpetrator behaviors, identifying them, breaking them down and picking them apart on a scale of intensity. This will give us a common language and a vocabulary during our time together.

The continuum is important because, during all our episodes, we’ll be looking at various scenarios and hearing lots of success stories. We can start to place them on this spectrum and see how and where they land. As we build up your self-defense toolkit, we’ll identify tools that work especially well on the lower end of the spectrum, some that are key on the farther end and a bunch of stuff in between.

Smart uses two very different self-defense success stories to illustrate what she means and how this works.

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The Empowerment Podcast – Episode 3

In this episode we’re going to talk about the Testing Process which is the way perpetrators decide who they are going to choose to assault. This is important because the more we know about how sexual assault and violence works, the safer we are. Period.

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The Empowerment Podcast – Episode 4

In this episode, we are talking about body awareness, trusting yourself and your body, and building that trust. Intuition is our first line of defense! We’ll talk about how you can tell when something’s not right. How you can tell when someone is testing you or when you are being manipulated and how you can tell when some situation or some person is “off” or creepy or plain ‘ole not safe.

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The Empowerment Podcast – Episode 5

If you ae heading off to college or leaving home for the first time as a young adult, this episode is for you. Likewise, if you love a young adult who is spreading their wings and heading out into the world to find adventure, take time to listen and share with them what you learn. Sexual Assault and Dating Violence are huge problems on college campuses and as young adults leave home for the first time. In this episode, which is chock full of information, find out what is really happening and why. Learn simple tools to stay safe and plan wisely. Set yourself up to feel empowered and really enjoy your newfound freedom!

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The Empowerment Podcast – Episode 6

If and when you decide to initiate a physical fighting response get to know and 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 self-defense class, consider this some good review. If you haven’t taken an empowerment self-defense class yet, get yourself to one, but use this episode as your sneak preview!

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The Empowerment Podcast – Episode 7

Meet Marti McCaleb, the Title IX, 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 position! Listen in as we discuss the projects she’s working on and the successes she’s having. Get excellent advice about how to be a good friend to someone who’s experienced sexual assault. Find out how best to advocate for safer and more responsive and supportive college campuses. And finally, a plug for more empowerment self-defense classes on college and university campuses around the country and the globe!

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The Empowerment Podcast – Episode 8

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, probably one of the most important tools in our toolkit!

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The Empowerment Podcast – Episode 9

Last episode, we talked all about the voice and the various ways we can use it, hone it and rely on it. Today, I want to 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 situations. As with all of empowerment self-defense, we’re also going to look at the multitude of ways words can impact the quality of our lives and the way we walk through the world, which keeps us safer. I’ll give you examples, stories to illustrate the strategies and solid suggestions for practicing so you can get really good at this.

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The Empowerment Podcast – Episode 10

Learn the secret code that unlocks your empowerment! Find out why a good self-defense class can make you feel more confident, stronger, and freer. In this episode, we start to pick apart the differences between empowerment self-defense programs and other, frankly, not-so-empowering self-defense classes. Our stories and focus are all about preparation and planning, and how a few simple game plans can boost your safety exponentially so you can live your life to the fullest and thrive!

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The Empowerment Podcast – Episode 11

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 look at the continuum of sexual assault but through this particular lens.

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The Empowerment Podcast – Episode 12

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 are. In that spirit, we’re going to dig around some unhealthy behaviors and start to pull them apart. It’s a lot to listen to and think about, so remember to breathe!

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Silvia Smart | Podcast Host

With over three decades of experience teaching self-defense, host Silvia Smart is a sixth-degree black belt and Head Instructor at her martial arts school in Oregon. Smart was recognized for her dedication when the Association of Women’s Martial Arts Instructors inducted her into their Hall of Fame class of 2020. Aside from teaching at her school, she brings her compassion and expertise to companies like Nike, The City of Portland, Doc Marten, the FBI, and various non-profits, organizations, private groups, schools, and universities around the country.

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Production and Editing Credit: Henry Smart-Denson

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The Power Up Kids Self Defense Podcast

With over three decades of experience teaching self-defense to children, teens, and adults, host Silvia Smart is a sixth-degree black belt and Head Instructor at her martial arts school in Oregon. Smart was inducted into the Association of Women’s Martial Arts Instructors Hall of Fame in 2020, recognized for both her dedication and body of work. Smart shares her compassion, ferocity, and wisdom with companies like Nike, Splunk, The City of Portland, Doc Marten, the FBI, and various non-profits, organizations, private groups, schools, and universities around the country.

It is Silvia’s joy to share the gifts of owned power and safety through understanding, humor, and storytelling. A mom, Smart credits her two adult children with inspiring an ever-greater awareness of kids’ real, lived experience and their incredible ability to comprehend age-appropriate messaging. She strives for impact, honesty, true empowerment, and effectiveness in her work teaching children self-defense.

Listening to The Power Up Kids Self Defense Podcast, kids are engaged and empowered while the adults in their lives gain language and tools to best support them. This can be a challenging subject to walk through with our children! Smart’s hope is that by listening together, children, and the adults who care for them, keep their conversations going long after each episode’s final affirmations. Her passion for this work is evident from the very first episode.

The Power Up Kids Self Defense Podcast – Episode 3

How does it feel to be threatened by a bully at school? How can kids power up and respond? What works for kids and what support can parents provide? How can schools respond in a way that is safe, effective and fair?

Join this age-appropriate conversation with Emilia, daughter of host Silvia Smart, and find out what happened when a school bully tried to intimidate her in fourth grade. What did she do when he pulled out a pair of scissors and threatened her? How did it feel, at 10 years old, to find herself in that vulnerable position?

Listen as Emilia describes what she did, how she handled this complex situation, and how her mom supported her when the school fumbled. Use this conversation as a jumping-off point for a family conversation. Add these important strategies to your child’s self-defense toolkit. Engage with your kiddo’s school to ascertain what their bullying policies are. Hint: “No Tolerance” is a good start.

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

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

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The Power Up Kids Self Defense Podcast – Episode 2

Our bodies are designed to warn us when something is wrong. Learn about your amazing alarm system and find out how to pay attention when your body is talking to you! Listen to Silvia’s story which illustrates this concept, find out what happened, and learn ways to practice. This is one of the most important tools in your self-defense toolkit!

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!

#powerup, #theempowermentproject, #kidselfdefense, #selfdefense, #thepowerupkidsselfdefensepodcast, #nagacommunity, #firstlineofdefense

The Power Up Kids Self Defense Podcast – Episode 1

Welcome to Episode #1 of The Power Up Kids Self Defense Podcast! Meet your teacher and host, Silvia Smart. Find out what we’re going to learn and how this podcast is going to unfold. Get to know and understand some of the basic concepts so we can all be on the same page. This is exciting! So happy you are here!

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!

#powerup, #theempowermentproject, #kidselfdefense, #selfdefense, #powerupkidsselfdefensepodcast, #nagacommunity,

Connect with Silvia: www.nagacommunity.com/contact

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