The Empowerment Podcast By Naga

Education Podcasts

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! 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/ Join “The Empowerment Project” Group on Facebook. If you don’t answer the questions, we will not accept you into the group. Special thanks to our producer/editor: Henry Smart-Denson

Location:

United States

Description:

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! 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/ Join “The Empowerment Project” Group on Facebook. If you don’t answer the questions, we will not accept you into the group. Special thanks to our producer/editor: Henry Smart-Denson

Language:

English

Contact:

5033328909


Episodes

You are Worth Fighting For! An Interview with Tasha Ina Church

1/26/2023
Join host, Silvia Smart and her guest, Tasha Ina Church, an empowerment self-defense teacher with a life story you want to hear about! On her website, she writes: “Empowerment goes beyond physical safety. It is understanding that YOU have a VOICE and that voice has POWER — It’s about knowing that in any fight; physical, psychological, or emotional, YOU are Worth Fighting For!” Get inspired, and then check out all of Tasha’s links: Tasha’s Website On Instagram On Facebook On YouTube On...

Duration:00:33:39

Welcome New Listeners! Start Here!

1/1/2023
Happy New Year! It’s 2023 and I’m glad you are here! Welcome to my new listeners. I hope you find something here that helps you out or inspires you to become your most empowered self. Listen to this quick recording to get your sea legs and hear my quick recommendations about how to listen. My hope for all of us is that we keep defining who we are, what our values are, and what our boundaries are, and then practice using all our muscles – the ones that allow us to speak up, speak out and...

Duration:00:07:40

Empowerment and Dragons!

12/29/2022
Empowerment is a lifelong journey. Celebrate your wins and contemplate your next steps. Join host, Silvia Smart, as she shares a piece of her journey into and beyond a lifelong challenge that impacted every area of her life. Find out how she vanquished her dragon and lived to tell about it. Think through what's on the horizon for YOU! Empowerment means doing stuff that is hard and scary, looking at the way we limit ourselves, the way society limits us…and facing it, moving through it,...

Duration:00:25:51

Self Defense and Martial Arts - An Interview with Jim Wetzel

12/20/2022
Join host, Silvia Smart, and her guest, Jim Wetzel as they discuss the martial art they train and so much more. Poekoelan Tjimindie was brought to the US from Indonesia in 1956 by Willy Wetzel. Jim is his youngest son, has been training in this art since he was 4 years old, and is a font of wisdom. He’s kind, and generous and is a wonderful human being and teacher. In this episode, Silvia and Jim discuss all things self-defense. Also, if you are looking to begin some of your own martial...

Duration:00:58:18

Zero Tolerance

11/17/2022
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...

Duration:00:34:18

Blowback: What it is and How to Handle it

11/10/2022
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....

Duration:00:21:18

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

11/4/2022
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,...

Duration:00:21:38

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

10/6/2022
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...

Duration:00:52:22

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

9/29/2022
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...

Duration:00:53:00

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

8/6/2022
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...

Duration:01:04:32

Coercion’s Many Faces - An Interview with Justine Halliwill from the University of Oregon!

6/14/2022
What is coercion as it relates to sexual assault? What does it look like, sound like, feel like? How do we build resilience to it? What are tools we can add to our toolkit to deal with coercion when we feel it is happening to us? Luckily for us, in this episode, we are joined by Justine Halliwill from the University of Oregon where she teaches self-defense. Join us for part one of this two-part series as we take a look at this manipulative ploy which is so nuanced and important to...

Duration:01:04:32

Quick Update for my Listeners

5/10/2022
Here's a quick update to let you know what's going on. I've missed you! Also... 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. TELL ME YOUR STORY! Connect with Silvia: www.nagacommunity.com/contact Support this important work: Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/silviasmart Donate through my website:...

Duration:00:05:54

Boundaries!

10/17/2021
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...

Duration:00:31:52

Empowerment Self Defense Works! An Interview with U of O’s Jocelyn Hollander

8/18/2021
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...

Duration:00:31:46

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

8/4/2021
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...

Duration:00:41:54

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

7/17/2021
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...

Duration:01:12:41

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

7/3/2021
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...

Duration:00:41:15

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

5/22/2021
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...

Duration:00:33:55

Janessa Jaye Chamgagne - Stealthing

5/7/2021
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 find links in the episode description & on The Empowerment Project Community, our Facebook Group to resources and more information. Mature content. Janessa’s Blog, "Well, Actually": http://www.janessajaye.com/well-actually/ Janessa’s...

Duration:00:47:26

Active Shooter Survival Training

4/21/2021
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 important because knowing what to do and making fast decisions save lives. For Active Shooter Survival Trainings on Zoom: https://nagacommunity.com/active-shooter-training/ FBI Information: https://youtu.be/55v7fP5nn9c Stop the Bleed:...

Duration:00:58:46