- Paperback: 226 pages
- Publisher: Kaizen Quest; 1 edition (September 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193788418X
- ISBN-13: 978-1937884185
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,869,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Martial Arts Woman: Motivational Stories of Human Triumph Paperback – September 27, 2016
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The story by Sama Bellomo brought me to tears. If someone with her illness can get up to train at the dojo, what's my excuse for not going in with my able body? But rather than leave you feeling guilty, these stories inspire and lift you up and make you realize how beautifully imperfect we all truly are. I highly recommend buying a copy for your daughters and I plan to regift my copy to my dojo so more women can read it and pass on the wisdom. Thanks, Andrea Harkins, for a wonderful book.
We take the lessons learnt in the dojo – lessons in resilience, discipline, commitment, strength and adaptability – and apply them to our lives. Life can be as brutal and challenging as any fight.
Gichin Funakoshi – often called “The Father of Modern Karate” – said, "One whose spirit and mental strength have been strengthened by sparring with a never-say-die attitude should find no challenge too great to handle. One who has undergone long years of physical pain and mental agony to learn one punch, one kick, should be able to face any task, no matter how difficult, and carry it through to the end. A person like this can truly be said to have learned karate."
I agree! The contributors to this book have embodied that martial spirit in the tales they share. Their stories and insights also embody a true femininity. A femininity of strength, determination, compassion, insight and power. This is a book written by warrior women and it will inspire all who read it.
As I write this, the love of my life – herself a Martial Arts Woman – is pregnant with our daughter. Our daughter will be educated in the martial arts, because we both want her to be a Martial Arts Woman too. The lessons outlined in this book are exactly the ones we wish to impart to her though the martial arts. It’s a joy to read this coming together of martial values, life lessons, and feminine strength.
A brilliant book!
Iain Abernethy, 6th Dan karate
Thanks! Train Hard Stay Safe -Dan
It begins by addressing MINDSET, where the ninja warrior mindset tells us to engage the ninja prophecy that is deep inside of us. The second section looks at VALIDATION, which tells us that martial arts will help us to never have to seek validation. The third concerns FEMININITY, which is a big thing with me since I am the only woman at our Academy. Andrea says that being a powerful martial artist does not take away from a woman's feminine nature ... in fact, it enhances it! Thank you, Andrea, I cannot wait to read the rest!
--Kathy Marlor Kozlowski, Owner St. Pete Self Defense, 4th degree black belt & former world champion
Featuring several of my own martial arts heroes, this book challenges you to see the arts through another's eyes and understand that training can mean different things to each individual. It is entertaining and packed with wisdom. Enjoy!