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The Bay Area Martial Arts Podcast

Apr 10, 2018

This episode, Wade continues his interview with Kris Wilder. This is the second half of a two-part interview.


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.


In this episode, Wade and Kris go even deeper and really dive into Kris’ unique perspective on topics such as becoming more present in your day-to-day life, martial arts as they currently stand, where he sees martial arts headed in the future, what he hopes his legacy will be, and many other tips and tools to help you make better choices and live a healthier, happier lifestyle.


Key Takeaways:

[1:13] Continuing the conversation on modern religious studies.

[2:57] The difference between a fable and a parable, and some of Kris’ views on religion.

[6:23] Good vs. evil from The Little Black Book of Violence.

[10:58] Kris’ take-action-now tips and tools to become more present, make good choices, and lead a healthy and happy lifestyle on a day-to-day basis.

[20:27] About the foster kids in Kris’ class and about the “non-traditional” way he teaches.

[22:45] What Kris wants to achieve from his art/what he hopes he legacy he leaves behind is.

[23:15] The one question Kris asks himself every day.

[24:11] Where does Kris see martial arts headed and his views of them today?

[32:33] Final words Kris would like to impart to listeners in regards to martial arts and life.

[38:00] Where to find out more about what Kris is up to.


Kris Wilder’s Links:

The Back Channel with Kris Wilder (Podcast)

Kris’ Books

Kris’ Social Media: Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.


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