Apr 3, 2018
This interview is split into two parts. This is part A.
When Wade Pitts first began teaching as a self-defense instructor, one of the first books he read on the topic was The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting, by Kris Wilder and Lawrence Kane. The premise of the book was very clear: always avoid an altercation if possible; avoid violence. Today, he interviews one of the authors of the book, Kris Wilder.
Kris has a wide range of knowledge on martial arts. He began training back in 1976 and holds black belts in three martial art styles: Tae Kwon Do, Kodokan Judo, and Goju-Ryu Karate. He’s also an award-winning author and co-author of over 20 books on martial arts, self-defense, and several self-help books; such as How to Win a Fight: A Guide to Avoiding and Surviving Violence and The Way of Sanchin Kata — both of which have helped earn him international recognition in the martial arts world. He’s also the owner and Head Instructor at West Seattle Karate Academy.
From politics to religion to martial arts — Kris has had many fascinating experiences throughout his life. Join Wade and Kris as they discuss his unique career switch-ups, the creative processes behind writing his books, and the many lessons he has learned from training in the martial arts.
[2:07] Kris’ background on how he got started in the martial arts and the lessons from his early instructors.
[13:17] Kris’ creative process with his creative partner (for over a decade), Lawrence Kane.
[17:24] About their book, Dude, The World’s Gonna Punch You in the Face: Here's How to Make it Hurt Less and its intended audience.
[19:40] Wade’s take on The Little Black Book of Violence, and behind-the-scenes from Kris.
[24:23] Lessons Kris has learned from martial arts, and the effect they’ve had on his personal and professional life.
[30:09] About Kris’ several careers — from politics to religion to martial arts.
[35:21] Highlights from Kris’ six years spent as a Franciscan friar.
[39:29] Kris’ exploration into mysticism.
Kris Wilder’s Links:
The Back Channel with Kris Wilder (Podcast)
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