Patreon Overview: March 2019 – May 2019

Another three months came and went and a lot happened over on my Patreon page. I’ll give you the overview of March until May in a bit but first this:

I’m doing a “Q&A Month” in June and am taking your questions. 

Head on over to this Facebook post to leave your question in the comments or contact me privately there. I’ll then make a selection of which Qs I’ll tackle and make them publicly viewable. The first one is already live and you can watch it here.  So don’t hesitate to ask your questions!

 

My Patreon page is where I give online training on martial arts and self-defense. The video archive now has over 45 hours of exclusive content not available elsewhere and every month about 75min. is added.  We also do a monthly 1-hour Livestream hangout in our private Facebook group, which is afterward also available for re-viewing. The best part about Patreon is that you get full access immediately after joining, so take a few days off and dive in. :-)

April was “Violence Analysis Month” so I did 7 videos instead of only one. I got a lot of great feedback from my Patrons, which is why I am doing the “Q&A Month” now, to add more of the kind of content you find interesting.

I also did a bonus Stretching Routine video as an addition to my Stretching and Mobility Exercises for Martial Arts and Self-Defense video.

Finally, I started doing Bonus Podcast Episodes. These are exclusive to Patrons and work as additions to the regular podcast episodes. Often, it’s information I wanted to add to an episode but we were already going too long. I have some other things planned for these bonus episodes as well, stay tuned…

 

As for what we were up to on Patreon, you can see every post by month here: MarchAprilMay. Just scroll down the page to see everything, including the posts on my timeline that I didn’t mention here. Or you can click on the text links below to see all the videos in each category: [Read more…]

Podcast episode 32: Self-defense tips for young women

Here’s the next podcast episode, #32: Self-defense tips for young women. This will be a controversial one for some listeners, I’m well aware of it. But I believe it is more important to be as truthful as I can be than cater to popular belief that I know to be harmful. If it isn’t for you, then I can only shrug and move on. Nobody forces you to listen to my stuff anyway, right? If it is for you, There will be a bonus episode to accompany this one over on Patreon.

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Violence, death and common sense

This two-minute video is making the rounds here in Europe. It’s self-explanatory, just watch it:

 

A few thoughts:

  • I find it interesting that the uploader claims the officer “belittles” the drivers. Merriam-Webster defines that verb as such: “to cause (a person or thing) to seem little or less.” I’d say that is not at all what happens here. The officer isn’t making them feel little or less, he’s making them feel shame and rightfully so in my opinion. More in a bit.
  • Why is there a big problem with gawking or rubbernecking, you might say? It’s dangerous and causes accidents, that’s why. It creates traffic jams due to the sudden slowing down, which causes accidents. It also makes drivers distracted and makes them hit dividers or other cars as they pass the site of the crash. I drive over 50.000km per year here in Belgium, which already has loads of traffic jams and it’s getting worse. Due to the way our highways are structured and being the crossroads of Europe, I get to experience dangerous traffic situations on a daily basis. I’ve seen this kind of thing happen repeatedly.
  • Some people find the officer’s actions problematic. I don’t really have an issue with them. We can argue how effective they are in making people understand their dangerous behavior. Personally, I can see the benefits. The main one is that it can raise awareness of dangers and how your own actions can cause danger to others. More below.
  • Some examples I wrote throughout the years:
  • If that isn’t enough, here’s another video. I did some research and it is apparently a real event, despite how it looks like he’s in front of a green screen. Notice the look on his face when he realizes what happened…

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Road rage death and self-defense

This is an interesting case of road rage and it illustrates one of the reasons why I do my Violence Analysis videos: to share information and insights on how violence happens in real life and what the consequences can be. But most of all, how this applies to self-defense and personal safety. One of my Patrons sent me the video and we talked a bit about it. In particular, how people seem to have less and less an understanding of danger and take stupid risks all the time.
Watch the video first, then read this:

Some thoughts:
  • This incident clearly shows the unpredictable nature of conflict: it starts as a typical shoving match but it ends with a body on the floor. That kind of shoving match happens dozens of times all over the world, every day. But not every one of them ends with somebody losing his life over it, most don’t come even close to that. Because so few of them end in death, it is easy to assume they never will.

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