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Born to Be a Badass

Aug 23, 2021

Kinko Hamilton has a mission to heal the world. While she was taking a break from her holistic healing practice due to pregnancy or the delivery of her second son, she started learning martial arts thinking that she’s learning self-defense. After several serious injuries, she started redefining what self-defense is and now she teaches Tony Blauer’s SPEAR System as an official affiliate trainer. Kinko has also studied DTS which is Dacascos Tactical System, kyusho jitsu which is pressure-point self defense, and trauma-informed self-defense. She created and hosted the Women’s Self-Defense Summit in 2020 and will continue to host it every year, gathering the world’s top self-defense experts to educate women to live inspired and empowered. She’s fluent in Japanese and plans to bring her work to her home country, Japan, in the near future. She’s also the host of a great podcast called, “Rise Up Against Violence” 


In this episode, Kinko and I discuss:

  • Teaching both compassion and self-respect to children
  • Experiencing violence in school and at home 
  • Changing your expectations 
  • Practical martial arts 


Key Takeaways:

  • Teach our kids to fight back when someone hits them and stand up for themselves when they’re being victimized, but otherwise be kind and compassionate. Teach them to be a fighter with a good heart. 
  • People in authority in school don’t often stand up for targeted children because of fear of dealing with the family of the child - but abuse will continue if nobody takes action. 
  • Accept what’s happening - stop holding on to what should be or what should’ve been and see things for what they are. 
  • Martial arts and self-defense are different from each other. Just because you know one, doesn’t mean you’ll be good at the other. 


"Embrace reality. Embrace the fact rather than holding on to an idea. Face the facts and go from there." —  Kinko Hamilton


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