843: Reclaiming Your Courage With Leslie Lew

Leslie is the Founder of Reclaiming Your Courage and is the “Self-Defense Mama” . SheReclaiming Your Courage With Leslie Lew became the Self-Defense Mama when she made the decision to become the mother she always needed by breaking the cycle of intergenerational trauma. Leslie is a second generation Korean and Chinese American, mother of two and wife. She is a San Francisco native and has been a martial artist for 20 years with a black belt in Tae Kwan Do Hap Kido and Kenpo Karate. Today she is passionate about Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu.  Her mission is to save the lives of womxn. She believes in teaching from a compassionate, trauma-informed perspective that provides a safe space for her clients to heal and root themselves in LOVE and COURAGE.

Leslie shares about her journey of reclaiming her courage to be a voice for the Asian community and move forward with her mission to help save women’s live.  She also shares tips to help you in your own journey to self confidence.


Leslie Lew is the founder of Reclaiming Your Courage.

Cultural Background

Leslie is of Chinese and Korean descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

There is no try, there’s just do.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence is embracing your fears and using it to overcome struggle.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Leslie’s life before was cold, dark and lonely.  She went through different challenges in her life such as mental health challenges, depression, insomnia and more.

The “AHA” Moment

Self defense was always part of Leslie’s life but she never expected to create a business out of it.  When she was conducting a self defense class, she realized that the people in the class were not connected mind, body and voice which stops them from doing the actual moves.  She created a space where women can heal through their trauma so that they are ready to learn the techniques and be more powerful in their own right.

Also, with the Atlanta shooting spa that happened in March 2021, it made Leslie carry out her vision more to save women’s lives and speak up about the rise of Anti-Asian racism.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Leslie’s life is chaotic and beautiful at the same time.  She is courageous to show up as her true self.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Get clarity through defining your values and letting it be your north star and guiding light.  Just go instead of getting stuck in the fear of going.

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