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Product Details

  • Grade Level: 7 - 6
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; First Printing edition (September 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804835187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804835183
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Lynn Peterson has made a career of writing about complex topics in a straightforward, entertaining way. Her books range in topic from martial arts to history, from business to computers. What they all have in common is her interest in taking a few years to wrestle a topic to the ground before presenting it to the reader. Her "Timeline Charts of the Western Church" took ten years to put together. While writing "Western Herbs for Martial Artists and Contact Athletes," she looked at several hundred articles and studies. While writing Clare, she flew to Ireland, and walked the streets her character would walk.

Between the five of them, her books have been translated into five languages. Her "Timeline Charts of the Western Church" earned a Gold Medallion Book award nomination. "Western Herbs for Martial Artists and Contact Athletes" won the 2010 USA Book News Best Book Award in the Alternative Medicine category. She has also contributed to several national magazines including "Black Belt," "New Body," "Complete Woman," and "Fighting Woman News."

Susan Lynn Peterson holds an MA in Linguistics, and MA in Religion, and a Ph.D. in the Humanities, Text Theory. She has been a martial artist for more than twenty years and holds a fifth-degree black belt in Okinawan Shuri-ryu karate and a second-degree black belt in traditional Okinawan weapons. She has taught writing, critical thinking, history, and history of Western thought in colleges and universities. These days, when she is not writing, she runs Alcuin Communications, an Internet and print media communications company. She resides with her family in rural Minnesota.

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He much better understands the deeper self development purpose of martial arts now.
William Carson
In conclusion, this little book is an excellent resource of anyone involved in the martial arts and desires to learn about the ancient masters.
Joseph J. Truncale
The reading level is ages 12 and up, though I think that it should also be accessible to somewhat younger children.
Broadway Family Karate

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By isala on March 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is not for children - it is for everyone! By directing the book to children, and using language and imagery suitable for young adults the author has really managed to writw a readable and powerful book about the martial art spirit.
I feel that is what it is all about! The secret of the martial arts is simplicity, keep it direct, simple, and natural. This book delivers.
The stories are varied, and covers all aspetcs of the arts. She even manages to get boxing in, in a quite nice way. Some of the masters are well known, or even alive (Morihei Ueshiba, Mas Oyama), others are perhaps legendary. It ends with an endearing story on how to beging to become a master yourself.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 11, 2007
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I love the book "Legends of the Martial Arts Masters" by Susan Lynn Peterson. The book was very entertaining because with the stories it helped me understand that martial arts it's not about violence. Martial art is an art using your mind, body, and spirit. Furthermore, my favorite story in this book was "Great Power, Great Control." I really liked it because it showed that without control, you have no power and you will loose many challenges. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes martial arts. In addition, I would mostly recommend this book to children and teenagers because they think martial arts is about fighting, but it's more than that.
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Great book. A series of short stories from lives of modern masters. Truly inspirational, a reminder of modern martial wisdom.
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By Nora Schoonmaker on February 28, 2014
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This book arrived in excellent condition. My son does not like to read, but he read this one and enjoyed it very much. he is studying for his third degree black belt.
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it is not a book for true students of martial arts those who study the arts wont waste there time seller gave good example of book but the book is maybe for kids but not adults
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This book offers a fine series of traditional instructional stories about the martial arts. The reading level is ages 12 and up, though I think that it should also be accessible to somewhat younger children. This is a fun series of stories drawn from the many legends of the martial arts. I strongly recommend this book, most especially for our younger students and their families, as something that they can read together.
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The book is a fast read. Storys are interesting. I lent it to one of my brown belt students, he loved it and wants to get his own copy. I read the whole book in a day. Worth getting.
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Being a children's martial arts author myself and great collector of all genres of martial arts literature, I purchased this delightful little book to further swell my bursting book shelves and to check out the competition, of course!

So often these days the emphasis of many karate/martial arts instructors is the acquisition of medals, international athletes and glory for club, association and self. The "way's" ethos of physical, mental and spritual gain for all; through hard work, probable heart-breaking failure, and more, even harder work, with the ultimate aim of improving the human condition, has been eroded over recent decades in the quest for glory.

Susan L. Peterson has compiled a beautiful collection of short stories portraying the wonderful tales of legendary martial artists of old and, quite uniquely, of more recent times. These wonderfully descriptive tales outline and emphasise the power of a strong human spirit, built through martial arts, to conquer fears and adversity no matter size, gender or age.

Whether or not you or your children are or potentially are martial artists, these beautifully descriptive stories will brighten your day and inspire your soul to strive hard for whatever it is you want from life. If they don't; well at least you've had an extremely enjoyable reading experience.
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