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Street Smarts with Beverly Baker of The Metro Finishing School

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

Street Smarts | The Secure Dad Podcast

Do you have street smarts?

I’ve heard knowledge classified in two major categories: book smarts and street smarts. While we can watch documentaries and read professional journals about our favorite subjects, street smarts seems to mostly come from experience. Today on the podcast, I welcome Beverly Baker of The Metropolitan Finishing School to share her street smarts.

A student and observer of violence dynamics, Beverly Baker began her education as a girl with wanderlust undeterred by tales of the boogeyman. She has dodged peril and outwitted threats on the streets of major American cities, Europe, the former Eastern Bloc and Southern Africa.

She has developed and taught personal safety courses for LAPD’s Community Police Academy, corporations, LA’s Skid Row, women’s shelters, colleges/universities, public school districts and the general public for 20 years.

She holds a 2nd dan black belt in Cha Yon Ryu martial arts, and over the past 30 years has

studied various martial arts including traditional Asian arts, Krav Maga and boxing. She

currently trains in judo.

Beverly is a volunteer escort at a healthcare clinic where she observes and physically manages the principles of conflict on the front lines where politics and religion collide.

She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA with a focus in digital media management.

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Andy Murphy

Andy Murphy founded The Secure Dad in 2016 with the aspiration to help families live safer, happier lives. What started as a personal blog about family safety has turned into an award-winning podcast, an Amazon best-selling book, and online courses. He focuses his efforts in the areas of home security, situational awareness, and online safety.


Andy is a husband and father. His interests include coaching youth basketball, hiking, and trying to figure out his 3D printer.

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