The Peaceful Way: A Children's Guide to the Traditions of the Martial Arts

The Peaceful Way: A Children's Guide to the Traditions of the Martial Arts

by Claudio Iedwab, Roxanne Standefer
     
 

• 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

Overview

• 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.

Editorial Reviews

The Empty Vessel
"This is a great introduction to the world of martial arts for kids."
Fall 2002 The Empty Vessel
"This is a great introduction to the world of martial arts for kids."
From the Publisher
"This is a great introduction to the world of martial arts for kids."
Children's Literature - Nicole Peterson
Martial arts are designed to resolve conflict in daily life. They teach students to focus as they learn respect, integrity, awareness, humility, and discipline. This book teaches everything a young student needs to know about the martial arts. Some things are basic to those who already practice the martial arts (e.g., what to do as you enter the Dijo), but completely foreign to those who have never taken a martial arts class (e.g.,the concept of the Dijo and other aspects are explained as though someone had never before heard the terms). Other topics covered include the tradition of the belt system, the meaning of self- defense, how to apply what is learned in class, and the origins of martial arts. The clear and simple language of this book makes it an excellent guide for anyone who has a genuine interest in the martial arts and wants to learn more about becoming an artist. This is an excellent book for any school library, classroom or home setting. Reviewer: Nicole Peterson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892819294
Publisher:
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date:
06/01/2001
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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"This is a great introduction to the world of martial arts for kids."

Meet 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. They are also the authors of The Secret Art of Health & Fitness and Martial Arts Mind & Body. They live in the hills of Bancroft, Ontario.

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