• The first book on the hows and whys of martial arts practice written especially for children.
• More than four million children study some form of martial arts in North America.
• Explains the respectful, nonviolent discipline fundamental to all martial arts.
• Shows young readers what to expect when they study a martial art--from beginner to Black Belt.
The Peaceful Way makes it clear that martial arts are not about fighting, rather they are about resolving conflict in life. The key word in the practice of martial arts is respect--for teachers, others, and self. By cultivating a positive attitude of humility, honesty, awareness, and discipline, the martial arts student gains both physical and mental focus.
In clear, simple language the authors lead young readers into the world of martial arts. From the leaving of shoes at the door of the dojo to the mastery of black-belt skills, they emphasize that a cooperative spirit is the key to success in any martial art. Each point is beautifully illustrated with graphics, sidebars, and anecdotes to hold the young reader's attention. Furthermore, its glossary and references for additional exploration make it the perfect educational tool for the young martial artist and a powerful resource for librarians, parents, teachers, and martial arts educators.
About the Author
Claudio Iedwab is a 6th dan Black Belt in Gorindo, a 5th dan in Taekwondo and Jujutsu, a 3rd dan in Karate-do, and a yoga instructor. He was the 1982 South American Taekwondo Champion, the 1985 National Chinese Martial Arts Champion in Argentina, and has 25 years experience teaching young people.
Roxanne Standefer is a 3rd dan Black Belt in Gorindo as well as a photographer, wilderness guide, and martial arts instructor. Together they established Gorindo, "the Friendly Martial Art," which integrates the principles and techniques of Taekwondo, Karate-do, Savate, Jujutsu, and yoga.
"This is a great introduction to the world of martial arts for kids." — The Empty Vessel, Fall 2002