Quarantine reading and help note

A few days ago, I released my podcast episode on the Coronavirus and Personal Safety. You can listen to it here:

The situation is rapidly escalating here in Europe and chances are that where you live it already is or will get to that point soon. Governments are increasingly recommending people to stay at home or enforcing quarantines.

Two things:

First, individuals survive best when they work together and some people need help. Here is a form you can print out and use to stand together in your community. Some instructions for it and safety tips are here:

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Second,

I discounted all my self-published books to $2.99 and will keep them at this price for a week. If you are forced to stay home and want something to read and keep you busy, these books might be a good choice for you:

Fingers crossed this is all behind us soon, but in the meantime: stay safe.

Podcast episode 46: Coronavirus and personal safety

I woke up this morning to a bunch of questions from people about the Coronavirus and personal safety. So I decided to make this the topic of today’s episode. I go over a bunch of information you need to know first and then paint a picture of how things work in today’s world, what to expect and what you can do to stay safe.

I hope we can all look back at this episode in a few months and laugh at how things turned out just fine instead. But if not, perhaps you might find this information useful…

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Podcast episode 45: Interview with Andy Benfield

I’m very happy to finally release this podcast episode of my interview with Andy Benfield. He’s been a student of mine for many years and has traveled extensively through, but also lived in, many Asian and African countries. To say that he’s had a few adventures is perhaps the understatement of the year… So I wanted to pick his brain a bit and he generously shared his experience with all of us. He answered many questions about specific countries, how to stay safe, what to avoid and so much more. If you plan to do some exotic traveling, listen to this episode for some practical information that could just save your life.

The bonus episode in which Andy answers Patron questions and gives a lot of specific advice is available here.

Enjoy!

The links mentioned in this episode:

 

Thanks for listening!

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Patreon Overview: June 2019 – January 2020

I just noticed I hadn’t done an update about my Patreon page since May of last year. Oops…

My Patreon page is a membership site with online training on martial arts and self-defense along with a community of like-minded people. The video archive now has over 58 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 also available for re-viewing afterward. The best part about Patreon is that you get full access to the entire library immediately after joining, so take a few days off and dive in. :-)

The support from my Patrons is what keeps everything I do going:

  • It pays for my web host, which was critical for the blog as I was forced to upgrade to a higher plan due to the large volume of visitors. Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled that so many of you visit my blog, but to make sure the traffic didn’t slow down the site to a crawl, a big investment was critical. Without my Patrons, that $825 bill would have been too expensive.
  • The podcast needs hosting too. I use Libsyn and am very happy with them, but the monthly bill needs to be paid too.
  • All equipment is financed by my Patrons: the Yeti microphone I use to record the podcast, the tripod to record videos in class, the software I use to do my analysis videos, the storage solution I very much needed because my laptop was running out of disk space, etc. Together, that boils down to a nice chunk of change…
  • Production of my books and instructional videos is also paid with the support of my Patrons: editing, formatting, cover creation, renting equipment for video shoots, renting studio’s, etc.

The bottom line is that I am self-employed and I don’t make anything if I’m not working. so the blog and all my other online activities need to be self-sustaining at the minimum. Otherwise, it is just a very expensive hobby that I can’t afford with one kid already in college and the other one starting later this year. So if you enjoy my work, please consider supporting it on Patreon.

As I don’t think you should do so for free, I give lots of unique content in return, which you can read about here below. The reward tiers start at as low as $3 and you can stop any time you like.

 

There is way too much to cover for one post, so it is more practical to direct you to where you can find specifics:

  • You can view everything we did month-by-month or by reward tier by clicking on the drop-down menu on the “Posts” tab.  Just scroll down the page to see everything, including the posts on my timeline that I didn’t mention here. If you click on the tags (the small thumbnails just underneath that drop-down menu), you get to see everything else, which is quite a bit by now.

For a quick visual representation, here are all of them from June to January below in a low-resolution image. You can see the high-res one here.

There is a lot more to come, including an exclusive bonus offer I am working on now: a small ebook that complements my Boxing for Self-Defense book. So stay tuned for more.

If you want to join us there and support my blog and podcast, head on over and sign up at whatever reward tier works for you. Thanks!