Wim Demeere is creating writing, videos, and a podcast on Martial Arts and Self-Defense
40

patrons

$368
per month

Welcome to my Patreon page!

I have trained with much enthusiasm in a variety of Martial Arts and Self-Defense systems for over 30 years. I'm lucky in that I have been able to teach professionally for over 25 years now.

Way back in 1999, I wanted to do something on that new thing they called The Internet and started a Martial Arts website. I wrote articles, book and video reviews and did interviews with experts. One thing led to another and I ended up writing several books and making a bunch of instructional videos. But running a website was no that easy back then and the technical side became too big of a hurdle to overcome. Eventually, I stopped working on my site.

About ten years ago, I discovered blogging and how much easier the technical stuff had become. So I jumped back in and created Wim's Blog. Since then, I've written over 600 blog posts, ranging from articles on all aspects of martial arts and self-defense, to analyzing video footage of street fights, detailed "how-to" guides to help people with their training and much more. Along with my blog, I started a YouTube channel and filled it with instructional videos too. My latest project is a podcast that has become pretty popular as well.

To avoid all these projects becoming an expensive hobby, they have to be self-sufficient. Via advertisements and sponsors, I managed to cover most of the costs, but traffic has risen to the point where that isn't enough anymore. So in order to grow and to keep on improving my writing and videos, I started this Patreon page.
By becoming a patron, you help me to keep my work going.

What do I offer in return? A whole bunch of things at different reward tiers:
  • Access to my Patreon activity stream where I post updates, pictures, and anything else I can think of that would be interesting to you.
  • A discount on my new books and videos when they are published.
  • Early access to my blog posts and videos.
  • Access to my monthly Quick Q&A videos.
  • Video analysis of actual street fights and a group discussion afterwards. 
  • Free electronic version of my new books.
  • Free paper version of my new books.
  • A monthly Q&A video of 30 min.
  • A monthly, one-hour, private video conference call.
  • You can suggest topics for videos, blog posts and articles.
  • I share my work-in-progress with you, both my writing and videos. You can give input and feedback before the final version is published.
When I have ideas for more rewards, I'll add them to the relevant tiers.

Becoming a patron is easy and you can stop at any time, though that will of course mean you also stop receiving the rewards.
Thanks for any support you can offer if you decide to do so. I very much appreciate it.

Be safe and have fun,

Wim
Tiers
White Belt
$1 or more per month 6 patrons
This is the entry level of support. There is no limit to the amount of patrons in this tier and every single one of you helps, so the more the merrier! With your support, I can keep my blog and videos going. Thank you!

You get:

  • Access to my Patreon activity stream where I post updates, pictures, and anything else I can think of that would be interesting .
  • Access to a private Facebook group with monthly Livestream videos and interaction with you and all other Patrons. 
  • Access to the full Livestream video library.
  • Every podcast episode, I give a shoutout to a Patron. That might just be you...


Yellow Belt
$3 or more per month 3 patrons
On top of the previous reward, you also get access to:
  • My private monthly newsletter with articles, videos, training tips and a lot more. 
  •  Early access to my blog posts. I will send you a link to a private page where you can read them before they go public.
  •  Early access to all  my new YouTube videos, via unlisted URL. 
  •  Plus all previous rewards 
Orange Belt
$5 or more per month 21 patrons
See my latest work before anyone else! On top of the previous rewards, you get
  • A shoutout on my Twitter and Facebook page, thanking you publicly for your support. 
  • A discount on my new books and videos when they are first published.
  • Access to a monthly 15-20 minute instructional video  (martial arts or self-defense related.) You can suggest topics for these videos and I will add them to a rolling list to choose from. 
  • Access to my monthly Quick Q&A videos of 10-15 minutes. I keep a rolling list of questions from Orange and Green Belt Patrons for these videos and pick one each month.  
  • Access to the full instructional and Quick Q&A video library. 
  • Plus all previous rewards 
Green Belt
$10 or more per month 9 patrons
At this level, we start the training and instructional material. You get:
  • Every month, I will create a 10-15min. Violence Analysis video, breaking down footage of an actual street fight or other type of violence caught on video. My analysis covers the key factors involved and the lessons you can use for your own training. 
  • I'll be active in the discussion of each video, answering questions.
  • Access to the full Violence Analysis video library.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Blue Belt
$25 or more per month 3 of 100 patrons
This is where we kick it up a notch!

 

  • Access to a monthly 30min. Q&A video. You can ask questions for me to answer in these videos. 
  • Access to the full 30min. Q&A video library.  
  • As long as you're supporting me at this level, you'll receive an electronic version of every new book I publish. 
  • If you are at this level for at least two months,  you also receive a paper version of every new book I bring out.
  • Your name in the acknowledgement section of those new books. 
  • You can suggest topics for videos, blog posts and articles. 
  • Plus all previous rewards 
Black Belt
$125 or more per month 1 of 3 patrons
You become a member of my Advisory board:
  • Access to a  monthly, one-hour, private video conference call. Just you and me.
  • I share my work-in-progress with you, both my writing and videos. You can give input and feedback before the final version is published. 
  • Plus all previous rewards  
The Benefactor
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
I debated for a long time before I added this reward tier. I learned of it via other creators on Patreon and apparently, there is demand for this kind of set-up.

I obviously don't expect anyone to  support my work on a continuing basis for such a large amount. If it does happen, I will be flabbergasted, speechless and humbled all at once. 

The way I view this instead is as a one-time contribution from someone who likes my work and wants to help out big-time, just once: sign up at this level and then sign off one month later. 

Again, I don't expect this to happen at all. If it does, that would blow my mind. 



Goals
$368 of $500 per month
If we hit this goal I will buy a large external hard drive so I can back up all the videos I have created so far. This also anticipates the need for storage for when I switch to 4K videos (which creates *huge* files...)
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Welcome to my Patreon page!

I have trained with much enthusiasm in a variety of Martial Arts and Self-Defense systems for over 30 years. I'm lucky in that I have been able to teach professionally for over 25 years now.

Way back in 1999, I wanted to do something on that new thing they called The Internet and started a Martial Arts website. I wrote articles, book and video reviews and did interviews with experts. One thing led to another and I ended up writing several books and making a bunch of instructional videos. But running a website was no that easy back then and the technical side became too big of a hurdle to overcome. Eventually, I stopped working on my site.

About ten years ago, I discovered blogging and how much easier the technical stuff had become. So I jumped back in and created Wim's Blog. Since then, I've written over 600 blog posts, ranging from articles on all aspects of martial arts and self-defense, to analyzing video footage of street fights, detailed "how-to" guides to help people with their training and much more. Along with my blog, I started a YouTube channel and filled it with instructional videos too. My latest project is a podcast that has become pretty popular as well.

To avoid all these projects becoming an expensive hobby, they have to be self-sufficient. Via advertisements and sponsors, I managed to cover most of the costs, but traffic has risen to the point where that isn't enough anymore. So in order to grow and to keep on improving my writing and videos, I started this Patreon page.
By becoming a patron, you help me to keep my work going.

What do I offer in return? A whole bunch of things at different reward tiers:
  • Access to my Patreon activity stream where I post updates, pictures, and anything else I can think of that would be interesting to you.
  • A discount on my new books and videos when they are published.
  • Early access to my blog posts and videos.
  • Access to my monthly Quick Q&A videos.
  • Video analysis of actual street fights and a group discussion afterwards. 
  • Free electronic version of my new books.
  • Free paper version of my new books.
  • A monthly Q&A video of 30 min.
  • A monthly, one-hour, private video conference call.
  • You can suggest topics for videos, blog posts and articles.
  • I share my work-in-progress with you, both my writing and videos. You can give input and feedback before the final version is published.
When I have ideas for more rewards, I'll add them to the relevant tiers.

Becoming a patron is easy and you can stop at any time, though that will of course mean you also stop receiving the rewards.
Thanks for any support you can offer if you decide to do so. I very much appreciate it.

Be safe and have fun,

Wim

Recent posts by Wim Demeere

Tiers
White Belt
$1 or more per month 6 patrons
This is the entry level of support. There is no limit to the amount of patrons in this tier and every single one of you helps, so the more the merrier! With your support, I can keep my blog and videos going. Thank you!

You get:

  • Access to my Patreon activity stream where I post updates, pictures, and anything else I can think of that would be interesting .
  • Access to a private Facebook group with monthly Livestream videos and interaction with you and all other Patrons. 
  • Access to the full Livestream video library.
  • Every podcast episode, I give a shoutout to a Patron. That might just be you...


Yellow Belt
$3 or more per month 3 patrons
On top of the previous reward, you also get access to:
  • My private monthly newsletter with articles, videos, training tips and a lot more. 
  •  Early access to my blog posts. I will send you a link to a private page where you can read them before they go public.
  •  Early access to all  my new YouTube videos, via unlisted URL. 
  •  Plus all previous rewards 
Orange Belt
$5 or more per month 21 patrons
See my latest work before anyone else! On top of the previous rewards, you get
  • A shoutout on my Twitter and Facebook page, thanking you publicly for your support. 
  • A discount on my new books and videos when they are first published.
  • Access to a monthly 15-20 minute instructional video  (martial arts or self-defense related.) You can suggest topics for these videos and I will add them to a rolling list to choose from. 
  • Access to my monthly Quick Q&A videos of 10-15 minutes. I keep a rolling list of questions from Orange and Green Belt Patrons for these videos and pick one each month.  
  • Access to the full instructional and Quick Q&A video library. 
  • Plus all previous rewards 
Green Belt
$10 or more per month 9 patrons
At this level, we start the training and instructional material. You get:
  • Every month, I will create a 10-15min. Violence Analysis video, breaking down footage of an actual street fight or other type of violence caught on video. My analysis covers the key factors involved and the lessons you can use for your own training. 
  • I'll be active in the discussion of each video, answering questions.
  • Access to the full Violence Analysis video library.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Blue Belt
$25 or more per month 3 of 100 patrons
This is where we kick it up a notch!

 

  • Access to a monthly 30min. Q&A video. You can ask questions for me to answer in these videos. 
  • Access to the full 30min. Q&A video library.  
  • As long as you're supporting me at this level, you'll receive an electronic version of every new book I publish. 
  • If you are at this level for at least two months,  you also receive a paper version of every new book I bring out.
  • Your name in the acknowledgement section of those new books. 
  • You can suggest topics for videos, blog posts and articles. 
  • Plus all previous rewards 
Black Belt
$125 or more per month 1 of 3 patrons
You become a member of my Advisory board:
  • Access to a  monthly, one-hour, private video conference call. Just you and me.
  • I share my work-in-progress with you, both my writing and videos. You can give input and feedback before the final version is published. 
  • Plus all previous rewards  
The Benefactor
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
I debated for a long time before I added this reward tier. I learned of it via other creators on Patreon and apparently, there is demand for this kind of set-up.

I obviously don't expect anyone to  support my work on a continuing basis for such a large amount. If it does happen, I will be flabbergasted, speechless and humbled all at once. 

The way I view this instead is as a one-time contribution from someone who likes my work and wants to help out big-time, just once: sign up at this level and then sign off one month later. 

Again, I don't expect this to happen at all. If it does, that would blow my mind.