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117 – Melanie Murphy the Master of Self-Defense says “Learn how to Roar”

Note: This episode has a few swear words so please be aware of your surroundings when listening out loud!

I recently took a free self defense class at Way of the Crane in Boulder. It was hosted by Newton Running and the sensei, Melanie Murphy, was fantastic. She was strong and bold and in just one hour, she made us feel stronger and bolder. I knew immediately when she started talking that I needed to get her on the podcast. We recorded a couple weeks ago and I decided her message was the perfect way to start the new year.


Today we talk about:

  • Traumatic events that push us to find our power
  • Melanie’s philosophy on self-defense
  • Dis-ease: turning someone else’s disease into a weapon you can use to defend yourself
  • Asshole repellant
  • Tricks that predators use: intimidation, manipulation & more
  • What we can do to help our kids develop their power and avoid being preyed upon
  • Flipping the power switch


I know this episode will resonate in some way with each of us. For more empowerment, Melanie offers free classes on the calendar every month and a 4-hour intensive class that will drive home what you learn so that it starts to become second nature. If you’re in Colorado, this is a great opportunity for you to gain strength and confidence. Check the calendar here for more info. In the very short term, she has a free intro class on Wed Jan 9 6-7PM and she’s taking enrollment for her 4 hour workshop on Jan 27 from 12-4.


To further enhance your strength and empowerment this year, Skirt Sports is offering you 20% off your orders through March. Just use the code RUN20. If you aren’t familiar with Skirt Sports, I founded the company in 2004 because I wanted clothing that didn’t ride up or chafe, that fit my body, and that was cute! So I figured out how to start a clothing company and I did it. Over the years, we have grown and evolved. Today we offer a full line of women’s athletic apparel that fits our bodies and makes us feel good. So be sure to use the code RUN20 as we’re launching all sorts of incredible stuff this season.


To close out, it’s Melanie’s final nugget that you need to hold close as you enter this new year. “Speak from your heart. Believe your soul. And trust your body.”


As always, thank you so much for giving me a very long 5k of your time. If you have any recommendations for guests, feedback, questions or more, let me know. I’m here for you. All right then, you know what time it is. It’s time to get out there and run this world. Have a great workout and I’ll see you next week!