This is the Born to Be a Badass Podcast. Focused on Women, Violence & Safety, Life after Trauma, and Developing Personal Power & Courage.

BORN TO BE A BADASS PODCAST

Mary Stevens is a third degree black belt and martial arts instructor with 18 years experience with Karate, weapons and Jujitsu. She holds a master’s degree from Oxford University and a post-graduate certificate in education. She runs her own Martial Arts School called the Athena School of Karate, has written a series of children’s books […]

061- INTERVIEW:  Martial Arts and Self-Protection with Mary Stevens

In this episode, we discuss: The most important technique for being safe, our first line of defense What happens in the absence of boundaries Setting firm boundaries  Defending yourself when somebody crosses your boundaries and knowing when your boundaries are violated   Key Takeaways: Set and defend firm boundaries, it will prevent attacks. Setting boundaries […]

060 – FIERCE AND FEMALE FRIDAY – BOUNDARIES

In this episode, I discuss: Common examples of and statistics on street harassment  How street harassment can affect targets What you can do about street harassment if you’re a target A larger perspective on street harassment, more solutions for protecting yourself from predators and reasons behind predatory behavior   Key Takeaways: It’s not productive to […]

059 – SOLO: Street Harassment with Cynthia Jolicoeur Rood

In this episode, I discuss: Common examples of and statistics on street harassment  How street harassment can affect targets What you can do about street harassment if you’re a target A larger perspective on street harassment, more solutions for protecting yourself from predators and reasons behind predatory behavior   Key Takeaways: It’s not productive to […]

059 – SOLO: Street Harassment with Cynthia Jolicoeur Rood

Mytrae Meliana is a Women’s Empowerment and Spiritual Teacher, a Holistic Psychotherapist, Trauma Expert, speaker and author. She leads workshops and programs for women that empower them to heal from trauma, liberate themselves from patriarchy, and connect with the divine feminine so that they can live true, bold, inspired lives. Mytrae is also the founder […]

058 – INTERVIEW: Forging A Path To Freedom with Mytrae Meliana 

Cindy Villanueva is a memoirist and an inspirational writer with a passion for helping women achieve lives of strength and joy. She’s the author of a terrific book called “Don’t Fight Mad: A Black Belt’s Quest To Recapture Joy” and she is the co-author of “Finding Our Wings: Seven Entrepreneurs on Reclaiming Hope and Power”. […]

57- INTERVIEW: Recapturing joy with Cindy Villanueva

Melissa Soalt is a women’s self-defense pioneer, a Black Belt Hall of Fame recipient, former trauma psychotherapist, and the creator of Fierce & Female Self Defense. She is a forerunner in full-force padded assailant scenario training, her approach is both practical and transformational. She has taught thousands of women how to safeguard their boundaries, protect […]

56 – INTERVIEW: Seizing the Power Within with Melissa Soalt 

Alba is an extraordinary woman. She has survived childhood sexual abuse, rape, and domestic violence, and now supports other women who have experienced trauma or abuse. She is courageous and open and willing to talk about subjects and experiences that are often kept hidden. Hearing her share about her journey from trauma to healing is […]

055- INTERVIEW: Healing From Trauma with Alba Soto  

Sheena has been teaching 20 years, ten of which have been dedicated to self defense. With loads of hands on experience with violence and defending herself and others from violence her expertise is undeniable.  Certified as an Instructor in Krav Maga, Striking and MMA, Firearms, Grappling and more, Sheena owner and Lead Instructor of Krav […]

054- INTERVIEW: Women and Safety with Sheena Williams 

Babita Spinelli is a psychotherapist and certified coach who works with people who are experiencing significant life transitions and couples looking to improve or rebuild their relationships and survivors of trauma and abuse. One of her key areas of focus is on narcissism and how to deal with people who are narcissists. She received the […]

053- INTERVIEW: Narcissism with Babita Spinelli  

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