Angela Meyer began this work because she understands whole heartedly what it feels like to be afraid as a woman in the world. She grew up not speaking, full of fear, and now has a lot to say.
Angela came to DC 15 years ago while attending Iliff School of Theology in Denver working on her Masters of Divinity. She was moved by her teacher Vincent Harding, a pivotal activist in the Civil Rights Movement. His teachings inspired Angela to take action, and that meant moving to DC and volunteering for a year at Joseph’s House AIDS hospice for homeless men and women. The plan was to return and finish her degree, but in “Angela fashion” she followed her gut and decided to move into Joseph’s House as a resident. Her relationship morphed into many different roles, Director of Volunteers, Personal Care Aid, Chaplain, Administrative staff. During this time period, Angela decided to do a Yoga Teacher Training. She initially did the training to be more grounded at Joseph’s House, but when asked to teach Yoga, she said yes. She hasn’t turned back and has now taught Yoga for over 15 years, and leads Yoga Teacher Training Programs regularly in DC.
Angela was “tricked” into the Self Defense/Martial Arts world. She had many mentors who suggested she do Martial Arts as a healing outlet for trauma. She wrote it off as just another “thing” she didn’t have time for. Then she stumbled upon Budokon, which was a blend of Yoga and Martial Arts. Angela went to a Budokon Teacher training and found herself striking, sparring, grappling, being terrible at all of it, and loving it! From that day on she was committed.
For the past seven years, Angela has been training seriously in Self Defense, Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and wrestling. She has competed in Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu and training for MMA.
Angela is a Black Belt through Fit to Fight Defensive Options, a certified FireArmed Instructor, a Budokon Brown Belt, a Master Yoga Teacher and Teacher of Teachers, an End of Life Care Counselor through the Metta Institute, studied Buddhist Chaplaincy through the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, has her Masters of Theology. She loves people, being real, and the word “fuck.”
As a teacher, she blends, both Inner and Outer Self Defense, She leads with vision, grit, fire, love, intellectual honesty and years of experience being in the trenches.