Heart of a Warrior: 7 Ancient Secrets to a Great Life

Heart of a Warrior: 7 Ancient Secrets to a Great Life

by James Langlas
     
 

The inspiration for this book comes from the ancient Korean history of the Hwarang— young student-warriors who worked to strengthen their spirits as well as their fighting skills. Author Jim Langlas, an educator and Taekwondo master, presents seven principles that are rooted in the long tradition of Taekwondo and are also tied to modern character

Overview

The inspiration for this book comes from the ancient Korean history of the Hwarang— young student-warriors who worked to strengthen their spirits as well as their fighting skills. Author Jim Langlas, an educator and Taekwondo master, presents seven principles that are rooted in the long tradition of Taekwondo and are also tied to modern character education: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit, community service, and love. Breaking each of the principles into four fundamentals, Langlas explores them through a mix of storytelling from the Hwarang and writing from his own former students, describing ways in which they’ve applied these principles to their own lives and inspiring readers to do the same. Rounding out the narrative are questions to spur reflection, discussion, and action. A background or interest in Taekwondo or other martial arts is by no means necessary for readers to understand and benefit from this engaging book. Its storytelling aspect—and especially the enduring appeal of traditional master/student tales—will resonate with teens of varying interests and backgrounds.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Jim Langlas is a true modern-day warrior, weaving poetry and power into every word. Read this book and share it with everyone you love.”—Mawi Asgedom, founder of Mental Karate and author of The Success GPA: You Are More Than Your Grades and Test Scores

“In Heart of a Warrior, Jim Langlas presents seven principles from Taekwondo and reveals how they can be actively applied in your life. The book is replete with examples of young warriors, both ancient and modern, who found a way to live by these principles. Dr. Langlas also provides thought-provoking questions to accompany the warrior’s journey. This book is truly inspiring and demonstrates how our lives can be enriched through realizing that each one of us possesses the ‘heart of a warrior.’”—Dr. Gary T. Catalani, retired superintendent, Scottsdale Unified School District

“I have worked with thousands of high school students over the years, and if I could recommend one book to them, this would be it. It challenges teenagers to embody the compassionate values of a true warrior.”—Craig Zablocki, inspirational and educational speaker

“Useful for martial arts instructors and teachers as a way to discuss character.”—Kirkus

Kirkus Reviews
This guide to building character with a Korean martial arts focus is unusual but not completely successful. Langlas draws inspiration from the Hwarangdo, ancient Korean warriors whose ideals became a philosophical basis for Taekwondo. Seven principles form a code of honor: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit, community service and love. By embodying these principles, teens can become warriors: people who are successful, happy members of society. Each of the principles and its fundamentals are explained clearly in simple, encouraging prose. The "Room for Reflection" sidebars create opportunities to apply what's being taught. The teen voices in the "Voice of a Warrior" and "A Story from the Warrior's Path" interpolations, however, feel more like writing-prompt responses than authentic expression. What lets down the work is the framing device in which wise Master Yi teaches his students each of the principles. Zen-sounding homilies like "The life of possessions is not always the life of having" and examples drawn from a Hwarangdo mindset might lead to eye rolls. If teens are willing to overlook the clichés, they will gain appreciation for the warrior's path. However, this work will probably be most useful for martial arts instructors and teachers as a way to discuss character. (afterword, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575423883
Publisher:
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
03/15/2012
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
940L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 13 Years

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Meet the Author

Jim Langlas is an educator, Taekwondo master, and writer. In 1974, he was a member of the U.S. Taekwondo team and won a gold medal at the International Taekwondo Federation World Championships in Montreal. He taught English in Illinois for 33 years. During those decades, he taught nearly 15,000 pupils in the classroom, in the Taekwondo training hall he opened in 1980, and on the athletic fields as a coach. In 1996, Jim founded and directed Pathways for Achievement, a Chicago organization devoted to helping teenagers succeed in school and in daily life. He received his B.A. in English and physical education from the University of St. Thomas, his M.A. in teaching English from Northwestern University, and his Ph.D. in English from Northern Illinois University. Jim presently serves as copresident of the Universal Taekwondo Federation and teaches at Edison State College. He lives in Naples, Florida.

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