- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (September 22, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1544916213
- ISBN-13: 978-1544916217
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,390,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Andrea Harkins, also known as The Martial Arts Woman, is a martial artist, instructor, motivator, blogger, speaker, published author, and life coach. She strives to share her martial art vision and positivity through black belt concepts and life lessons, as an outreach to others. Andrea has been training in the martial arts since 1989. She continues to teach, often for free, to mentor children and adults in martial arts. She and her family have been teaching their own martial art program at a community YMCA for the past seven years for youth, teens, and adults. To ignite her passion, and share her vision, Andrea began writing her blog, www.themartialartswoman.com, several years ago, which is a popular and candid account of martial arts and life. Her life coaching and motivational speaking information is available at www.andreaharkins.com. Andrea eventually became recognized for her writing and was invited to be a columnist for such prestigious magazines as Think Positive Magazine, MASUCCESS, The World Martial Arts Magazine, Conflict Manager, Martial Art Guardian (UK), Martial Arts Illustrated (UK), Martial Arts Business (Australia), as well as the newspaper, The Parrish Village News. She has been interviewed by the Sarge Approved Podcast, Martial Arts Nation Podcast, Martial Thoughts, Warrior Radio, Warriorcast, The Dynamic Dojo Radio Show, Modern Combat Masters Radio Show, Whistlekick Martial Arts Radio, Sisters in Harmony, Life is a Marathon, and Isshinryu Today. In 2015 she was touted as a rising star by the World Martial Arts Magazine, and featured in Martial Arts Illustrated UK in 2016. In late 2016, she was on the cover of the World Martial Arts Magazine in recognition for her positivity through martial arts mission. Andrea’s positivity, martial art experiences, and writing have captured the attention of thousands of friends, fans, and followers, who are motivated and inspired by her succinct and poignant views on martial arts and life.
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This book enlightens readers showing that martial arts is not simply about physical strength but digging up strength in many other parts of life. They showed, how even though there have been and continue to be sexist views to women who practice martial arts, the rewards far outweigh the adversity. Obviously, learning martial arts is about protecting oneself. However, many of these women had to unlearn the social barriers that had been instilled in them since childhood, such as learning to be more assertive. Stories of how it helped through physical illnesses and how they passed the lessons learned down to their children so they could kick down any barriers in their way inspiring.
Another fascinating piece of treasure about this book is how it explained how often women build and have various social expectations that differ from than men. It showed the ways women martial arts can especially be empowering for them, such as learning to be more assertive and hold onto their identities when they became wives and mothers.
Many of these women had their own insecurities about starting their practice in at various stages of their lives. Every woman should read this book. Any man who in their lives who are practice martial arts should read this as well. This book is not about disqualifying or belittling men who practice martial arts but highlighting how being Wonder Woman is not a requirement to learn martial arts. It takes ordinary person willing to step into learning what can help them a greater version of themselves.