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Born to Be a Badass

Jun 28, 2021

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 themselves from danger and resist attack while reconnecting women with deep-seated, primal and emotional powers to live safer, bolder, and fuller lives and to reverse female fear. Melissa is an outspoken advocate for self-defense as physical feminism, she has been featured in national and international media and has also taught in Europe, India, Nepal, and Kenya. She provides customized online training and corporate consulting and is at work on a manifesto for women. 


In this episode, Melissa and I discuss:

  • The journey from innocence to awakening into aggression and survival
  • Fighting back against violent attempts from people who won’t take no for an answer
  • Our power and potential as part of our original, primordial nature. 
  • The reversal of horrific oppressive culture 


Key Takeaways:

  • Don’t silence yourself nor let yourself be silenced. 
  • Your body is an instrument of power. Your body, as a tool, can be dangerous to oppressors. 
  • We have to be able to make room in our hearts for the capacity for aggressive force, that’s the first step to fighting back. You can still be caring and loving, but at the same time be fierce and indomitable. 
  • The reversal for the oppressor’s perceived right to take is our right to take control, to embrace power and defend ourselves. 


"Speak up and take action if something doesn’t feel right. Free yourself from fears that inhibit you…" —  Melissa Soalt 


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